• September 25th Professional Learning Day

    Racial Justice Summit Fall 2020 



    You can checkout Fall 2020 Summit workshop and session materials here!


    Fall Summit Flyer


    The fall summit focuses 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), Californians for Justice

        • 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)