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OUSD Strategic Plan 2021-2024 - A visual representation of the strategic plan document outlining the goals and objectives

We are now well into the spring semester in the 2023-24 school year. I know that our students are working hard and growing every day in class, our families are gaining support where needed and building a stronger community, and our staff is becoming even more entrenched in the work to improve our schools and the outcomes we help our students achieve.

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There is so much Black History to celebrate here in Oakland. Of course, we can always point to the Black Panthers and all they did for our society, or to Ida Louise Jackson who was Oakland’s first Black teacher and the first Black woman to teach high school in California, or to Vice President Kamala Harris who was born at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. But this Black History Month, I want to celebrate people who are here in our district right now or products of OUSD. Let’s start with our amazing staff.

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We hope that the new year is off to a great start for you and your family and we look forward to another year of enriching academic programs, exciting community partnerships, and above all, putting students at the center of everything we do.

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Dear Oakland Unified Community,

Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year which is accompanied by the longest night. Of course, that also means starting tomorrow, our days will grow longer little by little. We’ll have more daylight each day moving forward until we reach the summer solstice in June, the longest day of the year.

OUSD new website graphic with computer generated screenshot

We’re live!

New websites for the District and all of our schools formerly housed on the Blackboard platform have launched. Please visit or your school’s website and check out the new look and feel of District websites.

Date Published Source Title Link
Friday, May 19, 2023 Learning Policy Institute Restorative Justice at Fremont High School: Transforming Relationships and School Culture Read Article
Thursday, March 30, 2023 EdSource Social media has some significant upsides for teenage girls, survey finds Read Article
Saturday, March 25, 2023 NBC Bay Area Oakland Recognizes High-Achieving Latino Students Read Article
Monday, February 6, 2023 The OaklandSide Oakland graduation rates are up. School leaders say career education is one reason why Read Article
Friday, December 2, 2022 SF Chronicle Oakland is renaming a street after this Bay Area rap icon Read Article
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Washington Post These teens won the right to vote. Their county disenfranchised them Read Article
Monday, October 17, 2022 ENR California Award of Merit – K-12 Education: Fremont High School Transformation Read Article
Thursday, October 13, 2022 2022 Election: Meet the OUSD school board candidates for District 6 Read Article
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 NYT  Lesson Plan: On ‘School Is for Us’ Read Article
Thursday, September 1, 2022 NYT What Grown-Ups Don’t Understand About School What is school really for? – Students at Oakland’s Fremont High answer this question with their cameras. Read Article
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 KQED With classroom behavior issues on the rise, restorative justice offers solutions Read Article
Thursday, June 16, 2022 EdSource At this Oakland high school, restorative justice goes far beyond discipline Read Article
Thursday, April 14, 2022 Hechinger Report How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students Read Article
Friday, December 3, 2021 EdSource Why some California school districts are changing how students earn grades      Read Article
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Archinect Firms LCA Architects and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects Complete Campus Transformation at Oakland Unified School District’s Fremont High School Read Article
Monday, October 4, 2021 Spaces4Learning Fremont High Debuts Modernized Facilities Read Article
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 KQED For Oakland Student and Her Teacher, Graduation Means Both Celebration and Loss Read Article
Friday, May 14, 2021 KQED Jose Castro: High Tech Learning is High Stress Read Article
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Oakland News Now Oakland Schools: OUSD 2021 Classified School Employees Of The Year Read Article
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 KQED Kimberly Higareda: Not Ready For Real Life Read Article
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 KQED - Julia McEvoy Boredom, Anxiety and Hope: Bay Area High School Students on Their Year of COVID Read Article
Thursday, March 4, 2021 KTVU - Rob Roth Hall of fame H.S. basketball coach from Oakland dies days before 100th birthday Read Article
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Mercury News - Jon Becker Legendary East Bay boys basketball coach dies at 99 Read Article
Friday, December 11, 2020 ACOE OUSD 2020 Teacher of the Year Watch Video
Thursday, August 13, 2020 EdSource - Theresa Harrington Oakland: OUSD Opens Virtually With Thousands Of Students Lacking Computers And Hotspots Read Article
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 YouTube - Celebrity Substitute (S1 E10) Bill Nye Explains How You Got Here | Celebrity Substitute Watch Video
Thursday, June 4, 2020 YouTube - Celebrity Substitute (S1 E9) Bill Nye’s Road Trip Across The Universe | Celebrity Substitute Watch Video
Thursday, May 28, 2020 EdSource Oakland Unified helps seniors overcome graduation challenges Read Article
Friday, January 10, 2020 OUSD News Demonstration of Mastery Summer 2019 Watch Video
Sunday, May 5, 2019 OUSD News CA Seal of Biliteracy 2019 Watch Video
Thursday, August 23, 2018 OUSD News Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in OUSD  Watch Video
Monday, May 14, 2018 EdSource  RJ Program  Watch Video