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Oakland Unified School District

Growing Our Own Supporting Teacher Development

Oakland Unified Grows Our Own: Teach & Lead in Oakland  

We are thrilled to support several teacher pathway programs that emphasize the importance of creating opportunities for local, diverse teachers. We believe in diversifying our teacher workforce and valuing staff and community members who work in after school and classified positions for their experience and expertise. We believe Growing Our Own requires dedication to three key pillars: 1) Pathway development & navigational accecss, 2) Supporting the Development of Critical Pedagogy; and 3) Community & Social Emotional Support. 

Interested in learning more about pathways in OUSD?

Please fill out this interest form and sign up for an information session. 

Oakland Teacher Residency

The Oakland Teacher Residency is a one-year paid immersive experience to apprentice with an excellent mentor teacher, while earning a credential to teach Science, Math, Bilingual Multiple Subjects, or Special Education. If you would like more information, please email us.

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Classified to Teacher Program 

This program supports OUSD staff in classified positions who wish to earn a credential. For more information, email our Retention team.

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Maestr@s Program through the Office of Latino Student Achievement

This program supports the development of educators of Latino/a/x heritage who wish to pursue a teaching credential. For more information, please email Raquel Jimenez, Director of Latino Student Achievement.

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Each of these programs supports candidates with tuition and teacher test support, along with creating a community of practice for our emerging teachers. Together, we thank our funders who have generously contributed to the creation of pipeline programs that support our cultivation of local talent.