• September 25th Professional Learning Day

    Racial Justice Summit Fall 2020 



    Fall Summit Flyer


    This fall's summit will focus on preparing our OUSD staff and educators to lead for equity at their school sites, including preparing teachers to lead conversations with students around racial justice.  


    Back by popular demand, we are offering four of our core workshops for staff who were not able to attend these sessions at the January 2020 Summit or the Back-to-School 2020 Series.


    Elementary, middle and high school teachers have partnered with youth and parent leaders to share Racial Justice Discussion Guides by school level.  We invite you to bring your lesson plans and ideas to share across sites as we build a district library of curricula on issues of racial justice and the Movement for Black Lives.


    We ask educators to attend the grounding self-reflection session to prepare ourselves for the 1:45pm sessions as a critical part of the process!




    1-1:35pm > Racial Justice Self-Reflection Tool for Educators

    • Welcome Ritual 

    • Educator Self-Reflection Tool 


    1:45-3:15pm > Concurrent Workshops


    Core Racial Justice Workshops:

      • How to be an Anti Racist Educator: Everyday Race Consciousness | 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.


      • Healing Centered Restorative Justice | Facilitators: David Yusem (Restorative Justice), Susan Andrien (Behavioral Health)

        • 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 healing centered practices that support the environment for teaching and learning. 
        • Understand how the implementation of restorative justice in OUSD is inextricably linked to racial justice.


      • Pandemic of Racism: How Does White Supremacy Show Up In Our Schools? | Facilitators: Raquel Jimenez (Equity), Mara Larsen-Fleming (Health & Wellness)

        • Understand key tenets and frameworks of racial justice, equity and healing in Oakland schools. 
        • Build a common understanding of our shared legacy of oppression, white supremacy and its impact on our thinking, actions, and work as anti-racist educators.  
        • Ground in how schools have intertwined with centuries of racial discrimination.


      • Building Relationship-Centered Schools to Address Racism & Bias | Facilitators: Urana Jackson (Behavioral Health), Barb McClung (Behavioral Health)

        • Explore the link between trauma and racism. 
        • Understand why relationships, addressing bias, and creating culturally responsive spaces are a fundamental feature for student success and well-being. 
        • Self-reflect and explore practices needed to help students to feel safe, empowered and supported in our schools.


    Racial Justice Discussion Guides for Schools & Classrooms

      • Breakout by School Level
        • Teachers & Youth Sharing Grade-Level Discussion Racial Justice Guides & Lesson Plans
        • Workshopping, Sharing & Brainstorming Lesson Plan Ideas
        • Grounding in our values as an Oakland community:
          • Safety
          • Belonging
          • Solidarity


    Elementary School | Facilitators: Leah Aguilera (Sequoia), Sara Shepich (Global Family), Cleveland Parent Leader


    Middle School | Facilitators: Jonathan Piper (Kingmakers of Oakland), Candice Fukumoto-Dunham (United for Success), Cassandra Chen (United for Success)


    High School | Facilitators: Jamal Muhammad (Skyline), Griffen Castillo (APISA & RJEH Taskforce)





    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 will focus on facilitating Racial Justice discussions in our school communities, and the February 19th 2021 Buyback Summit will follow-up on Affinity Circle Sharing and School Site Toolkit Resources for racial justice and healing.



    Previous Events: 


    Back to School Flyer

    Summit Flyer


     For more information about the January 2020 summit, click here.


    CRP Series


    Please contact Lailan.Huen@ousd.org & Raquel.Jimenez@ousd.org to schedule a workshop, join the Taskforce, or with any questions!