Values Day 2016
OUSD District Values
Oakland Unified School District employees, students and stakeholders selected six values during OUSD Values Day, on Monday, August 8, 2016. OUSD will use the values identified to guide our work with students.
Employees selected the following six values:
- Students First
- Cultural Responsiveness
More than 400 employees - including teachers, principals, custodians, food service workers, district leaders, and other staff members - plus a handful of students, came together at the event to discuss and recognize the six values.
Employees were divided into small work groups, to choose values that were important to them. Then, through a democratic process, the group collectively narrowed down and selected the six values.
These values will be guideposts for the district’s 6,800 employees and will show students, their families, and the community as a whole what they should expect of their educators everyday in OUSD.
Darius Aikens, Oakland High senior and student school board member, delivered a powerful keynote address (Darius is pictured with Director Nina Senn during Values Day). He quoted Mark Twain saying, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” His insight, courage and inspirational words set the tone for the day.
Values Day 2016 also served as a vehicle to motivate and inspire educators just two weeks before the start of the 2016-2017 school year. The District welcomes back students for the first day of school on August 22.
Also during the event, OUSD recognized six “Thriving Stars” for their exemplary work and strong sense of values:
- Nicole Knight, Executive Director, English Language Learner & Multilingual Achievement (ELLMA)
- Cliff Hong, Principal, Roosevelt Middle School
- Katie McLane, Retired Educator
- Roland Broach, Executive Director, Custodial Services & Grounds
- Diana Culmer, Special Education Teacher, Grass Valley Elementary School
- Anton Walker, Lead Custodian, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School