No? That’s okay. I haven’t really been following it that much either. Luckily, the Great Oakland Public Schools has set up a page where you can get all the information you need about the strategic plan in one place. It really is super helpful, and if you want to get up to speed on this, I highly recommend starting there. The OUSD website has a nice page about it too.
Great Oakland Public Schools
Have I mentioned before how much I adore this organization? I think I meant to a few months ago, but just never got around to it. I went to this event they had earlier this summer that was being co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Oakland, where they had this speaker talking about what makes a School Board member effective. The presentation was great, the whole thing was really well-attended, and I was just incredibly impressed with their energy and organization. That was the first time I had ever been to anything of theirs, and I was just totally wowed.
And I’ve been even more impressed with them since election season started. They’re doing a kick-ass job pushing for Measure L. They posted questionnaires from the candidates running for Mayor, City Council, and School Board, and they put together this really neat education-focused video voter guide. Also, their Board Agenda Watch blog is absolutely indispensable for anyone who keep up with what’s going on with the School Board.
Anyway. You get it — they’re great. So the reason I brought them up is because they are having an event this week about the OUSD Strategic Plan, and if you are at all interested in this thing, I am sure it will be well worth your time. Watching a presentation and getting the chance to ask questions is a much, much easier way to get up to speed on complicated subjects that reading through like a zillion documents and trying to make sense of them.
Anyway. Here’s the event description, from the Great Oakland Public Schools website:
Join the GO Public Schools network for an evening of learning and engagement around the OUSD task force process.
Task force leaders Vernon Hal, Ash Solar, Kimi Kean, Chris Chatmon, Tim White (and others TBA) will be present to overview their task force’s work plans and timelines, and to share opportunities for community participation and engagement around these critical issues. RSVP for this free event by filling out the form below.
Refreshments will be provided from 5:30 – 6:00pm. The program will begin promptly at 6pm.
It all happens this Thursday, October 28th at the Jack London Aquatic Center (115 Embarcadero) from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.