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    By request from educators, the January 3rd Racial Justice, Equity and Healing Virtual Summit "UPLIFTING Student & Family WISDOM" offers sessions all led by OUSD student leaders, family leaders and community leaders who have prioritized what they want our OUSD educators to know and build skills in.  As part of our work to implement deep listening, growth mindset, and transforming relationships of power, we want to put our students, families and communities back at the center of our professional learning.  
    This summit is designed to challenge our internalized adultism, racism, and classism that dismisses voices who should be at the center and tables of decision-making in our school district.   
    As we continue to build our Community Schools site plans, strengthen meaningful School Site Council representation, and build real partnerships with family and student leaders to co-construct our schools, we invite educators to listen and learn with leaders in our district who are asking our staff to be visionary, transformative and in partnership with them to re-imagine new ways of schooling, learning and youth development.  
    Please REGISTER HERE by December 28th to get calendar invites!  
    Workshops 1

    Becoming Adult Allies, Understanding Adultism & Honoring Student Voice


    Facilitators: All City Council Student Union Leaders: President - Vida Mendoza, LCAP Director - Anevay Cruz, and Media Director - Lauren McDaniels & Citlali Espinoza, Office of Equity 

    Participant Level & Audience: Emerging & Developing Educators and Community Partners


    Participants will be able to:


    • Define and identify adultist practices.
    • Understand the OUSD Meaningful Student Engagement Standards and the importance of implementing these standards to build strong and meaningful youth-adult partnership in supporting student learning and school/classroom culture & climate.
    • Identify best practices to honor student voices and create authentic partnerships between youth and adults.
    For Teachers, From Students: We Need _____ to Thrive at School.
    Facilitators: Reparations for Black Students Organizing Fellows: Sarwieh Tarpeh, Ramauri Cash Hamilton, Jordan Smith, Tonica Coulter, Ty’Jeare Hunter
    Participant Level & Audience: Developing & Practicing Educators

    Participants will be able to: 


    • Consider the importance of shared-decision making in a classroom setting.
    • Incorporate student-identified best practices to enhance classroom culture. 
    • Discuss the benefits of student-centered learning models that capture the emotional, mental, physical and academic wellness of students.



    Effective Communication Practices with Families


    Parent Facilitators: Adriana Corona, Marina Munoz, Max Orozco, Meisha Booker, Monica Armstrong, Rita Reyes, Tiffany Fields [ Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network Staff Support: Alexia Maciel, Che Phinnessee, Eleazar Cuenca ]
    Participant Level & Audience: Developing & Practicing Teachers


    Participants will be able to: 


    • Better understand how families feel when communicating with teachers.

    • Develop strategies that strengthen the family-teacher partnership.

    • Become a more effective teacher and communicator.

    Workshops 2

    The Unconference: Wisdom Exchange with Families

    Parent Facilitators: Adriana Corona, Marina Munoz, Max Orozco, Meisha Booker, Monica Armstrong, Rita Reyes, Tiffany Fields  [ Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network Staff Support: Alexia Maciel, Che Phinnessee, Eleazar Cuenca ]
    Participant Level & Audience: Open to all levels & roles


    Participants will be able to: 


    • Engage in lively talk-story with families around the issues that impact teacher-family relationships.

    • Identify practices that can restore teacher-family partnership.

    Building Student Power: CFJ’s Student Voice Continuum
    Student Facilitators: Blue Lopez, Akayla Matthews, Larissa Morales
    Participant Level & Audience: Developing for all roles

    Purpose: To provide a student voice framework for attendees, and for those attendees to reflect how they can integrate Californians for Justice's student framework into decision-making in their classrooms & schools.


    Participants will be able to:


    • Reflect on your own beliefs of student voice.

    • Learn and understand Californians for Justice's student voice framework.

    • Learn framework best practices and reflect on how to bring them back to your own work.



    Building Community In & Out of the Classroom with BAY-Peace

    Youth Facilitators: Bria, Cin, Sam, Juli - BAY-Peace: Better Alternatives for Youth
    Participant Level & Audience: Practicing for Educators


    Participants will be able to: 


    • Learn different community building activities for educators to implement in their own classrooms, to create a greater sense of community between educators and students. These activities can be modified for in-person and virtual!


    BAY-Peace offers holistic youth leadership programs where we empower Bay Area youth to transform and heal from militarism, systemic violence and intergenerational trauma. 



    Thank you to Bay Area PLAN: Parent Leadership Action Network, BAY-Peace, OUSD All City Council, and Californians for Justice for partnering to co-create this summit!


    For 10-month staff who are not within paid working hours on this day:


    SEIU & AFSCME Members who are 10-month staff can check in with their Supervisor to see if they are eligible to submit an extra time form online if these times fall beyond contract hours:

    • Please list Raquel Jimenez - Office of Equity Executive Director as the approver / supervisor.
    • You will be compensated at your Extra Time rate.



    Trauma Resilience


    Antiracist Trauma Resilience

    & De-Escalation

    REGISTER HERE by November 8th, 2022! 

    For more information, click here.


    School Site Teams: Complete the Antiracist Learning Fall 2022 Inventory & Request for Support HERE.


    To get on the email list for Racial Justice events & resources, please sign-up here!


    To join the Racial Justice & Healing Taskforce that meets 1st Tuesdays 3:30-5pm on Zoom, please sign-up here!


    Sharing Racial Justice Student Discussion Guides & Resources from OUSD Teachers:


    Elementary School - Identity & Safety


    Middle School - Belonging


    High School - Solidarity


    For more information about Racial Affinity Groups, click here.




    OUSD's Racial Justice 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 were invited to attend 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 learning workshops.  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 focused on integrating professional development in the New Teacher supports, the Principal Leadership Institute, Teacher and Staff Professional Development offerings, and a Racial Affinity Facilitator Fellowship for school sites to send a staff point person to be able to implement site work.  The September 25th 2020 Professional Learning Day focused on facilitating Racial Justice discussions in our school communities for Elementary, Middle and High School Students, and the February 19th 2021 Summit included sharing on racial affinity group work.  The September 3rd 2021 Summit highlighted lessons learned from sites on implementing antiracism initiatives, and included new workshops on the George Floyd Resolution implementation, Ethnic Studies, Islamophobia and Cultivating Healing in the Classroom.  The March 2nd 2022 Summit focused on looking at the Intersectionality of racism and other forms of oppression in the lives of our students, and how we can practice and deepen solidarity across our identities.


    Focus areas through work groups for 2021-23 include:

    • Supporting Black Thriving & District-Wide Coordination
    • Equity Policy & Administrative Regulations
    • Piloting Equity Champion School Sites
    • Antiracist & Culturally Responsive Curriculum
    • Developing Site Racial Justice LearningAffinity Groups 


    Please contact Lailan.Huen@ousd.org & Raquel.Jimenez@ousd.org to request support, or with any questions!




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