February 19th Professional Learning Day
Racial Justice Summit February 2021
For our 3rd OUSD Racial Justice Summit on Professional Learning Day on Friday, February 19th, we are offering our Core Racial Justice Workshops so that staff can participate in all of them across professional learning days. We look forward to connecting across sites to step up our work to dismantle anti-Black racism and systemic inequalities - and build inclusive and equitable schools as a unified district.
This spring semester, we are excited to launch a new Racial Affinity Group Facilitator Fellowship for school sites and departments to build capacity to hold space to deepen relationships, healing, accountability, and transformation that catalyzes change and increases consciousness of the impacts of racism and anti-racist practices in our work. We invite sites to apply for a limited spot in the first cohort by February 10th, and the first session will take place on February 19th 3-5pm.
1-1:30pm > Celebrating Black History Month with the launch of Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose & Racial Affinity Group Reportback
Welcome & Community Grounding
- Racial Affinity Group Reportback
1:45-3:15pm > Core Workshops
3:30-5:30pm > Racial Affinity Group Facilitator Fellowship Launch
Core Racial Justice Workshops:
Healing Centered Restorative Justice
Facilitators: David Yusem, Sandee Simmons, Susan Andrien, Denise Curtis (Restorative Justice, BHU)
- Understand the basics of restorative justice (RJ) with a healing centered and racial justice lens.
- Learn about the origins and rollout of restorative justice in OUSD and experience an online circle space.
- Understand the connection between RJ and trauma informed practices that support teaching and learning.
- Understand how the implementation of restorative justice in OUSD is linked to racial justice.
How to Be an Antiracist Educator: Everyday Race Consciousness & Resistance
Facilitators: Diane Lang (Manzanita SEED), Priscilla Parchia (Expanded Learning), Jarrett Austin-Thomas (Talent)
- Develop critical consciousness to identify the ways in which racism and colonialism marginalize students and families.
- Build, reflect on, and sustain our professional and personal antiracism work.
- Explore the practices and policies that perpetuate systemic inequity in your sphere of influence. Identify and develop strategies to interrupt racist practices within your sphere of influence.
Equity in Family Engagement: Parent Teacher Home Visit (PTHV) Training
Facilitator: Raquel Jimenez, Arcelia Gonzalez, Ylda Garica, Judith Mendez (Office of Equity)
- Build intentional relationships with students’ families to engage them as partners to assure equity and access for all of our students.
- Understand OUSD’s anti-racist family engagement framework and learn about the virtual PTHV adapted protocol and best practices.
Equity Traps: Developing Mindfulness & Counter-Strategies
Facilitators: Lailan Sandra Huen, Griffen Castillo, Sara Nuño-Villa (Equity)
- Explore common ‘equity traps’ in schools that are shaped by racist belief systems.
- Develop mindfulness around how these show up in Oakland schools and how we can interrupt these behaviors.
- Work in small groups to share experiences and develop counter-strategies to show up for racial justice.
Launching the 1st OUSD Racial Affinity Group Facilitator Fellowship!
This Spring, OUSD is piloting a Racial Affinity Group Facilitator Fellowship designed for facilitators who lead racial affinity groups in district departments or schools - one tool in our toolbelt for racial healing.
The fellowship will involve a commitment to participate in a series of four 2-hour training sessions on February 19th (3:30-5:30pm), February 26th (3-5pm), March 5th (3-5pm), March 12th (3-5pm), and a reflection and goal setting session on April 16th (3-5pm).
We will have up to 25 fellows in this first cohort, and plan to run additional cohorts.
For more information about Affinity Groups, click here.
IF YOU MISSED the FALL 2020 SUMMIT...
Sharing Racial Justice Discussion Guides & Resources from OUSD Teachers:
If you missed the Fall 2020 Racial Justice Summit, you can checkout the workshop and session materials here!
OUSD's Racial Justice, Equity and Healing Taskforce was founded in the summer of 2019 with leaders in the Principal Professional Learning Bias Cohort, Office of Equity, Behavioral Health, Restorative Justice, Health and Wellness, Special Education, Expanded Learning, English Language Learner & Multilingual Achievement, and Teacher Support to build a district-wide initiative to lift up a racial justice, equity and healing mindset for all educators in Oakland. This taskforce combined two taskforces focused on Culturally Responsive Practices and Implicit Bias as mandated by the Voluntary Resolution Plan created to address disproportionate suspensions of African American students in OUSD.
From a grant through the California School Based Health Alliance, the Taskforce hosted a speaker series focused on developing culturally responsive practices in our schools in the spring of 2019. Building on OUSD’s Core Values of Cultural Responsiveness and Equity, the entire OUSD community, staff, teachers, and families attended events and trainings with some of the nation’s most prominent leaders in the field of transformative education practices to effectively serve and support diverse populations of students. During the 2019-2020 school year, school site professional development at middle schools delved deeper into how school communities can integrate frameworks and practices into school culture and institutional structure.
In January 2020, the Taskforce held the first Racial Justice, Equity and Healing Summit which attracted over 300 educators from across the district to share core professional development workshops (see above). Racial Affinity Circles were organized in Summer 2020 by Taskforce members to hold safe space for Black, API, Latin@ and Native, White and Jewish communities to come together to discuss our various roles in the Movement for Black Lives, and will continue through the school year. For the 2020-2021 school year, the Taskforce is focusing on integrating professional development in the New Teacher supports, the Principal Leadership Institute, Teacher and Staff Professional Development offerings, and a Training-for-Trainers Series for school sites to send a team to be able to lead site work. The September 25th Buyback Day focused on facilitating Racial Justice discussions in our school communities for Elementary, Middle and High School Students, and the February 19th 2021 Summit launched site Affinity Circle Facilitator Training.
Focus areas through work groups for 2021 include:
- Supporting Black Thriving & District-Wide Coordination
- Equity Policy & Administrative Regulations
- Piloting Equity Champion School Sites
- Antiracist & Culturally Responsive Curriculum
- Developing District & Site Racial Affinity Groups
For more information about the January 2020 summit, click here.
Please contact Lailan.Huen@ousd.org & Raquel.Jimenez@ousd.org to schedule a workshop, join the Taskforce, or with any questions!