In June 2020, the Oakland Unified School District renewed our commitment to a future in which all OUSD students, educators, and families feel seen, heard, and supported to reach their highest potential. Despite the historical barriers that have stood in the way of OUSD community members’ ability to thrive—particularly those who come from Black, Brown, Indigenous, and/or low-income communities—we are determined to find a way to a brighter future. From the unprecedented and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities to uprisings against systemic racism throughout the country and world, the current state outside of OUSD is full of reminders that we aren’t living in the equitable world we envision. In this time of rapid change and accelerated learning, the field of education has felt the impacts deeply. We are determined to apply our new learning toward a truly equitable future for everyone in our District.
Inspired by the legacy we stand in, OUSD has crafted a strategic plan around four initiatives that will ensure all students have equitable access to the tools they need to succeed within and beyond school walls. Collaborative partnership was the foundation of our journey to create these plans; we centered the concerns of families and listened to diverse voices in our community in order to deepen our understanding and widen the perspectives informing our work to create a vibrant and just OUSD.