• RetentionandEmployeeDevelopment

    Oakland Unified Grows Our Own 

    Teacher Pipeline Development 

    We are thrilled to support several teacher pipeline programs that emphasize the importance of creating pathways for local, diverse teachers. We believe in diversifying our teacher workforce and valuing staff and community members who work in after school and classified positions for their experience and expertise. We believe Growing Our Own requires dedication to three key pillars: 1) pipeline development & navigational accecss, 2) Supporting the Development of Critical Pedagogy; and 3) Community & Social Emotional Support. 

    Oakland Grows Our Own

    • Classified to Teacher Program 

      • This program supports OUSD staff in classified positions who wish to earn a credential. For more information, email our Retention team here: retention@ousd.org 

    • After School to Teacher Pipeline

      • This program supports our staff in After School programs who are invested in becoming a teacher. For more information, email Andrea Bustamante here: andrea.bustamante@ousd.org 

    • Maestr@s Program through the Office of Latino Student Achievement

      • This program supports the development of educators of Latino/a/x heritage who wish to pursue a teaching credential. For more information, please email Raquel Jimenez, Director of Latino Student Achievement here: raquel.jimenez@ousd.org 

    • Newcomer Residency Program at Oakland International High School 

      • This program supports the development of educators with a specific emphasis on cultivating talent for Oakland newcomer programs. For more information, please email Sailaja Suresh, Director of Oakland International High School Lab Programs here: sailaja.suresh@ousd.org 

    Each of these programs supports candidates with tuition and teacher test support, along with creating a community of practice for our emerging teachers. Together, we thank our funders who have generously contributed to the creation of pipeline programs that support our cultivation of local talent.