After School Programs
After School Programs refer to government-funded, comprehensive programs provided by the district in partnership with community partners at Title I schools. Programs are offered daily and provide academic supports, enrichment, and physical activity aligned with school day goals. Programs are open for all students, but because space is limited, each school has site-specific enrollment priorities and procedures. For more information, please contact Martha Pena at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance and Discipline Support Services (ADSS)
Attendance and Discipline Support Services (ADSS) works with OUSD schools, students & families to increase student attendance. Responsible for the coordination of the Student Attendance Review Team (SART) and School Attendance Review Board (SARB) the unit meets with students, parents and/or guardians to discuss absences; identifies problems that lead to school absences; and connects students and parents to existing school resources, counseling, and community-based organizations, if needed. ADSS also coordinates the Pupil Disciplinary Hearing Panel and supports schools and families with the transitions related to the disciplinary process. The unit collaborates with Network Superintendents, school administrators, and other district staff to develop positive discipline interventions and implement the expulsion process as required by law. For more information contact Misha Karigaca at email@example.com
Behavioral Health Initiatives Unit
Behavioral Health Initiatives Unit works to remove institutional, social, and emotional barriers to learning and leadership by providing culturally responsive, evidence based practices to create safe and supportive schools. Initiatives led by this Unit include School-based Mental Health Services, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Restorative Justice, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, Trauma Informed Practices, Tobacco Use Prevention and Education, Drug/Alcohol Counseling, Bully Prevention, services and entitlements for Foster, Homeless, and LGBTQI students, as well as advocacy and referral for students who are Commercially and Sexually Exploited. For more information please contact your Network Behavioral Health Program Manager or the Unit Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A community school is both a place and a strategy for organizing the resources of the school and the community around student success. Community Schools Student Services provides an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement focused in improving student learning, building strong families and healthy communities. OUSD operates 35 full service Community Schools led by Community School Managers to coordinate programs and services to meet the holistic needs of youth, families and the school community. For more information, please contact Ali Metzler at Ali.email@example.com
Youth & Family Engagement
Youth & Family Engagement Office seeks to inspire, engage, and support the students, families, and communities of OUSD to become authentic co-owners of our schools who share responsibility for every student becoming college and career ready. We are building dual capacity of both parent and staff knowledge and skills, to engage families with learning and with shared decision making. We provide (1) parent leadership development and support for parents and site family liaisons; (2) site based all staff training on academic parent-teacher partnerships; (3) support for developing parent volunteer infrastructure; and (4) professional learning for school governance teams on engaging families with site planning and continuous improvement. For more information contact Raquel Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Education supports are coordinated in partnership with Teaching & Learning. In addition to the jointly coordinated efforts around nutrition, CSSS is primarily responsible for the implementation of Middle School and High School Sex Ed For more information contact Mara Larsen-Fleming at email@example.com or Barbara McClung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juvenile Justice Center
Juvenile Justice Center partners with Alameda County to serve as a resource and referral center providing warm hand-offs, in partnership with other county agencies, offers services to youth and their caregivers. We ensure that students are connected and placed safely at schools, and sites are able to support their successful re-entry into schools through linking multiple disciplinary team process with COST or SST. For more information contact Hattie Tate at Hattie.email@example.com
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS)
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a nationally recognized framework for shifting school culture from punitive to culturally responsive and positively reinforcing. Students and staff work to collaborate in targeted school-wide positive behavioral expectations which are culturally informed and positively reinforced throughout the school day. Minor and major disciplinary infractions are clearly specified as well as associated interventions designed to teach, re-teach, and reinforce the skills needed to meet positive expectations. Nationwide data on schools implementing PBIS indicate an average of 50% reduction in disciplinary events. PBIS was selected for Oakland to address the disproportionate referral of African American students for Special Education and for suspension. For more information contact Barbara McClung at firstname.lastname@example.org
Restorative Justice (RJ)
Restorative Justice (RJ) represents a paradigm shift from a punitive model of discipline to a caring model that encourages accountability and allows for healing. Much time is spent in the classroom using circles to create community, increase empathy and build solid relationships. RJ provides a framework that encourages an equitable school environment by allowing the students to bring their cultural values into the classroom. Through the creation of shared values and guidelines in the classroom, youth feel a sense of belonging and empowerment and are less likely to be disruptive. RJ processes are also used to respond to harm and conflict in a way that promotes healing and accountability. Circle is also used to support one student as the re-enter our schools from a sustained absence, or if they need social, emotional support. For more information contact David Yusem at email@example.com
School Based Health Centers
School Based Health Centers offer free medical, mental health, health education and youth development services for students at 16 campuses across the District. A number of sites also offer dental screening and treatment on-site. For more information, please contact Mara Larsen-Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process through which children and adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. These are the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. In OUSD, we believe that strengthening our social skills and competencies enhances our ability to connect across race, class, culture, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning needs and age. The SEL Team supports school sites and the central office to integrate the OUSD SEL Standards into instructional and leadership practices. We provide professional learning that supports the implementation of the district recommended evidence-based SEL programs Pre-K - 12th grade and we work in partnerships that align resources to create and sustain a positive climate and culture for all members of our learning community. For more information contact Sonny Kim at email@example.com
School nurses are assigned at all sites ranging from .20 to 1.0 FTE. They provide comprehensive,holistic and equitable health services. They assist students with chronic health conditions, provide mandated screenings and immunization audits. They play an integral role in assessing students for Special Education services and implementing 504 Plans.They also provide and coordinate health education and other prevention supports at some sites. School nurses collaborate with inter-district departments and programs such as School-based Health Clinics, Summer Intervention, Early Childhood Education and the After School Program . They also collaborate with health providers and agencies and connect students and families to health related resources. Nursing Services staff includes Licensed Vocational Nurses, Health Assistants and Section 504 Techs. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 504 is a civil rights law. It ensures accommodations to eligible students. To meet the criteria for Section 504, a student must have a physical (includes health) or mental impairment (includes behavioral issues) that substantially limits one or more major life activities or have a record of such impairment or be regarded as having such impairment. Under Section 504 a plan may be developed to assist students with disabilities that require accommodations in order to access the general education program. The Section 504 Office provides training and consultation. Contact Paris Pryor at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Learning Programs
Summer Learning Programs provide expanded learning opportunities for students in need of additional academic support as they prepare for the next grade level. In partnership with community agencies, Summer Learning programs also include enrichment opportunities. Bridge programs support students transition from elementary to middle school, from middle to high school as well as for students with no preschool experience transitioning into kindergarten. Contact Julie McCalmont at email@example.com or Maria Sujo for Summer Prek/Transitions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Therapists/Social Work Interns
Therapists/Social Work Interns provide students and families with mental health supports. Students referred for services receive one- on-one or group counseling to assist them in being successful socially, emotionally and academically. Contact Heather Graham at Heather.email@example.com
Transitional Students &Families Unit (TSF)
Transitional Students & Families Unit (TSF) of Oakland Unified works to provide supplemental education services to students and families in transition.
- McKinney-Vento specifically provides services to students and families that lack appropriate housing as defined though the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (1987). For more information contact Trish Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Foster Youth Services ensures that foster youth can overcome the barriers to education placed in by the governmental system they are apart of. The program also strives to have the school district act as a form of stability for the youth who come into OUSD, and that they receive services to help them succeed and excel while being placed in our school district. For more information contact Jennifer Tam at Jennifer.email@example.com
Wellness focuses on implementation of the district adopted wellness policy, the District Wellness Council and the Site Wellness Champion program. The Wellness Champion Program recruits school site leaders (teachers or other staff) to lead specific health and wellness systems and programs at a school, often in partnership with another Site Wellness Champion. Focus areas include: Elementary Nutrition and Garden Education; Middle School Garden Education; Safe Routes to School; Green Gloves; and Staff Wellness. In 16-17, we have 80 wellness champions at 50 schools. For more information on the program or other wellness initiatives, go to ousd.org/schoolwellness or contact Michelle Oppen at Michelle.firstname.lastname@example.org