In News BlogAnyone who is or has ever been a teacher knows that the work a teacher does is extraordinarily complex - physically and mentally demanding, inspiring and exciting, intense and virtually never-ending. It is both a highly rewarding and highly demanding profession.
The hard-working individuals who become teachers in our city are doing this work for our children despite the possibilities many have to work in higher-paying districts nearby. Oakland, with all of its fantastic diversity and beauty, faces many challenges. Our teachers are doing the hard work every day of teaching our youth to meet those challenges and continue to build the Oakland we all know we can be.
During this Teacher Appreciation Week, we salute our teachers for everything they do to teach, empower, and love our children. It is not enough to appreciate teachers, though - we are committed to playing our part to help create conditions for teachers to thrive and to amplify teacher voice in Oakland.
We at Great Oakland Public Schools hope to play a role in building an Oakland where teachers are at the very center of policy discussions about what it takes to have effective teaching happening in every child's classroom. That's why we've been building an Effective Teaching Campaign over the past year. We believe that the time to prioritize support for great teaching is now. Consider the following:
We imagine an Oakland where every teacher is supported to be outstanding at their profession and where every student gets to experience truly fantastic teaching every day. We hope you'll join us in making this happen - our teachers deserve for that vision to be realized, and so do our children.
How can you get involved?
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 PM
Elementary student finals of the oratorical festival.
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 6:00 PM
Middle and high school student finals of the oratorical festival.
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 9:30 AM
Featuring the Mills Teacher Scholars process for developing teacher learning and leadership.
Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:26 AM
Educators from South Africa will share LEAP Schools' innovative life orientation model.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 9:05 AM
Come hear Ruth Alahydoian, OUSD's new Chief Financial Officer, speak on how the district developed local priorities for the coming school year.