In Oakland’s vision, students feel safe, welcomed, and liberated in their daily environments — at home, in school, and in the community — and are active participants in their academic and social emotional success. Students and their families will understand the power and the choices that they have in their school and in their community.
Families, educators, community members, and partners will collectively ensure students have the opportunities and resources to build on their unique identities and to define their own visions for a beautiful, joyful, and inclusive learning experience in our multicultural, multiracial, multilingual society.
Schools will center inclusive programs and environments based on the experiences and voices of students and families, prioritizing deliberate investment in Black and Brown students who have historically been most marginalized and continue to face disparities. They will share accountability for student progress and co-design community feedback sessions to adjust program implementation and assess allocation of resources.
Educators will build relationships with students of color, the community, partners, parents, and families and design learning experiences together that affirm the cultures, languages, ethnicities, and racial identities of their students. They will partner to infuse joy and beauty into all learning environments, and students will be excited to learn.
Schools and communities will use restorative practices that are supportive of the identities of students to foster trusting relationships between students, community, and staff. Conflict, when it arises, will be addressed in restorative ways and used as an opportunity to build empathy, understanding, and solidarity across the school community.