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Oakland Unified School District

Letter from the Board of Education

 

Dear Oakland Unified Community,

We are excited to introduce the District’s 2021-24 Strategic Plan, which is a critical document from the Superintendent and the Board of Education, and also from our students, staff, families and community. It will guide the District over the next three years and beyond. We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate on this plan and so many other things with a Superintendent who is an Oakland leader with a vision of joy, power and resilience for our community.

Recognizing we are coming back from the trauma of the pandemic, a time in our history like no other, will be key in helping our students and our organization recover and grow into the future. At the same time, during the pandemic, we were reminded in vivid terms how important our schools are in our community. OUSD schools are where Oakland comes together. They are places of joy and beauty, safety and rejuvenation, friendship and scholarship.

Over the next three years, we will continue to partner with the community to review, revisit and assess what’s working and what needs to be changed in this plan, and to build out actions for years 2 and 3 accordingly. We aim to build on our foundation as a full service community school district, and a district focused on equity and college, career and community success.

This plan brings together our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and other key plans in our district. By being more focused and unified, our impact will be stronger. None of this is achievable without the amazing staff we have at all levels in our schools and the central office. We are excited to present a plan that prioritizes recruiting and retaining a dedicated and diverse staff, as that is the foundation for quality instruction and learning in our classrooms.

Of course, the pandemic is not the only major challenge we have recently faced. Our country is still in the grips of a racial reckoning. Oakland has always been in the vanguard when it comes to addressing racial injustice. We are proud that this plan unapologetically commits to centering Black and Brown Excellence as our city’s collective work. This will require our steadfast commitment to Full Service Community Schools and developing anti-racist school leaders and curriculum.

We are excited to introduce this Strategic Plan to the Oakland community, and hope you will hold us to its goals of producing the results that all of Oakland needs and deserves. We wholeheartedly believe that this is the plan that will move Oakland Unified School District closer to its mission and vision and look forward to partnering with the community, our educators and the Superintendent to make this plan a reality.

 

Respectfully,

Shanthi Gonzales, Board President and District 6 Representative

Sam Davis, Board Vice President and District 1 Representative 

Aimee Eng, District 2 Representative

VanCedric Williams, District 3 Representative

Gary Yee, District 4 Representative

Mike Hutchinson, District 5 Representative

Clifford Thompson, District 7 Representative