Oakland’s vision is that its youngest students develop a joyful curiosity and a love of reading, writing and self-expression. Over time, they will grow the literacy skills they need to become lifelong readers, critical thinkers and effective communicators. All students will have a command of the power of literacy as a means of personal expression, economic opportunity, and community leadership. This must include 21st century skills like digital literacy, collaboration, and creativity.
Students will own their learning in classrooms in which they feel belonging, safety and deep connection. These spaces will be alive within a community of literacy role models that reflect the cultures and languages of our diverse students. Motivated by relevant learning experiences and powerful relationships, our youngest students will develop confidence that will lead to success throughout their time in school.
This will be possible because each and every student will receive research-based reading instruction from the moment they step foot in school, bridging anti-racist practices and the science of reading. This includes both phonics instruction and meaningful experiences with reading, writing and discussing rich books, articles, and digital content. Students will be engaged in grade-level instruction regardless of their starting point, with appropriate scaffolding, small groups, and language supports to ensure mastery. Bilingual and multilingual students will have pride in their home language and develop their ability to read, write and communicate in more than one language. Teachers will utilize high-quality materials and have the time, collaboration and coaching they need to grow their capacity and deliver effective lessons.
We will build a vibrant city-wide reading community, with community-based organizations aligning to accelerate student literacy, and families and communities reading together. The district will invest in the leadership of parents, catalyzing their ability to become literacy ambassadors. Families will understand the curriculum, key literacy milestones, and ways to support their child and to partner with their teacher. Families, educators, and community leaders will move arm-in-arm in service of our children’s literacy.