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About

Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center (GO) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides education, advocacy, and leadership to support a coalition of Oakland families, students, teachers, principals, community and civic leaders united around a positive, student-oriented vision for public education in our city.

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 Leadership Center 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:

  • Chamberlin Family Foundation
  • The Charles and Karen Couric Charitable Fund
  • William H. Donner Foundation
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • Thomas J. Long Foundation
  • New Schools Venture Fund
  • Rogers Family Foundation
  • Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
  • The Skadden Foundation
  • Y & H Soda Foundation
  • The United Way of the Bay Area
  • The Walton Family Foundation
  • The Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Trust
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation

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

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:00 PM

    Regular School Board Meeting

    A regularly scheduled meeting of the OUSD school board. GO will be there covering for School Board Watch and through our Twitter site, @gopublicschools.

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 AM

    Alameda County Summit for Youth, Justice & Education

    Alameda County Summit for Youth, Justice & Education Saturday, September 13 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Laney College.