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At GO, we believe that every child deserves a quality school, and it's the responsibility of everyone in the community to help provide one.

GO Public Schools Oakland (GO) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that organizes, aligns, and develops leaders to advance policies that ensure each and every child receives a quality education.

In 2009-10, over 250 diverse constituents from across the city endorsed GO's Declaration of Beliefs and Visions for improving Oakland Schools. The Declaration was based on six fundamental conditions for attaining quality in our school system:

(1) Give schools and school site leaders autonomy in return for accountability for student achievement;

(2) Attract, develop, and keep excellent, effective teachers;

(3) Attract, develop, and keep excellent, effective school and district leaders;

(4) Ensure personalized educational experiences that prepare all students for life, college, and career;

(5) Promote and ensure diversity and innovation in school programs including charter public schools; and

(6) Treat families and community as allies and partners in the work of educating Oakland students.

Since our launch in 2009, GO Public Schools Oakland has connected the public to public education by informing and empowering community member about district and school policies and practices through communications and events. We also work with volunteer issue groups, community organizations, district and charter school leaders to develop and inform policy to improve public education in Oakland.

Support for our work

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today! 

Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center is very grateful to have received funding from the following foundations:

  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Chamberlin Family Foundation
  • The Charles and Karen Couric Charitable Fund
  • William H. Donner Foundation
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • Thomas J. Long Foundation
  • New Schools Venture Fund
  • The Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Foundation
  • Rogers Family Foundation
  • Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
  • The Skadden Foundation
  • Y & H Soda Foundation
  • The United Way of the Bay Area
  • Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation
  • The Walton Family Foundation
  • The Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Trust
We acknowledge and appreciate all those who have contributed to Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center, including the following recent supporters:

  • Kourtney Andrada
  • Valerie Bakshi
  • Bruce Buckelew
  • Jane Burton
  • Jeff and Eva Camp
  • Christi Carpenter
  • Kaitlin Carragher
  • David Castillo
  • Diana Chu
  • May Cooc
  • Richard Crandall
  • Heather Crandall
  • Sonnie Dae
  • Charles Duhigg
  • Nel and Charles Ellwein
  • Casey Farmer
  • Declan Fee
  • Catie Fee
  • Karen Fee
  • Mack Fee
  • Michael Fee
  • Jill Fujiwara
  • Austin Gilbert
  • Jacqueline Hernandez
  • Rob Hess
  • Claire Hopkins
  • Mariah Klein
  • Charlotte Knox
  • Ken Kuchman
  • Amy Laysang
  • Leigh Lesnick
  • Siu Lu
  • Hada Mariscal
  • Brian McMillan
  • Jennifer McMillan
  • Matt Meyer
  • Zelene Molina
  • Jasmine Nouri
  • Melissa Omphroy
  • Marcie Paez Meadows
  • Ashley Park
  • Ashley Paschal
  • Craig Rawe
  • Micaela Reinstein
  • Kelly Riffer
  • Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock
  • Melissa Rosengard
  • Emily Sacks
  • Yolanda Schonbrun
  • Katherine Searing
  • Michelle Shankar
  • Kristine Shiraki
  • Holly Smith
  • Anne Soto
  • Jonathon Stewart
  • Bruce Stoffmacher
  • Tessa Strauss
  • Alexandra Todisco
  • Sarah Upstill
  • Emily Upstill
  • Monica Valerian
  • Sally Van Etten
  • Kevin Verhoff
  • Kathryn Walenter
  • Allene Warren
  • Amy Weaver

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, April 25, 2016, 5:30 PM

    OUSD Board engagement session

    The Oakland Unified School District board of education will host a community engagement meeting on Special Education, from 5:30-8 pm on Monday, April 25 at Elmhurst Community Prep/Alliance Middle Schools, 1800 98th Ave. in Oakland. This is your opportunity to listen,...