New Report Shows Literacy Gaps Persist in Oakland

Third Grade Reading Proficiency Falls Slightly; Reading Gaps Grow Between White Students and Students of Color Third grade reading proficiency for OUSD third graders has fallen slightly in the past year (39% to 38%), with large gaps persisting between White students and students of color, according to a recent report by the citywide grade level reading [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:09-07:00May 18th, 2015|Categories: Education Reform|Tags: |

From Theory to Practice: Three Lessons on Equity and Collective Impact

First posted on the Living Cities blog: This is the second of a two-part series on insights about equity in collective impact emerging from Urban Strategies Council’s work in Oakland, CA, exploring how the process of working together with an explicit equity agenda across communities and systems can strengthen very local, grassroots efforts in specific [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:09-07:00May 7th, 2015|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Cross Sector Collaboration|Tags: |

Hard Math for Boys and Men of Color in Alameda County

Inadequate Education + Low Income + High Rates of Illness = Unhealthy Communities for Boys and Men of Color and Their Families In Alameda County Few would dispute that income and education are important for well-being and long-term health. This relationship is well documented and supported by an impressive body of research, much of which [...]

Equity and Collective Impact: Grassroots Organizations and Backbone as a Bridge

First posted on the Living Cities blog: In Oakland, CA, one of the most racially diverse cities in the U.S., too many boys and young men of color face life-threatening challenges on the path to adulthood. In the city’s African American, Latino, Native-Indigenous, Southeast Asian and Asian/Pacific Islander communities, neighborhood-based organizations have shown great creativity [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:09-07:00April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Collective Impact|Tags: |

Building Alameda County’s First Public Health & Human Services Data Portal

Urban Strategies Council, First Five Alameda County and Eden I&R (the provider of 2-1-1 services in Alameda County) recently agreed to jointly build the first ever Health and Human Services Data Portal in California. The Data Portal will increase accessibility to Health and Human Services Information resources that can be utilized by the public as [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:09-07:00April 21st, 2015|Categories: Public Health|

Alameda County Violent Crime Fact Sheet 2013

Since 2010, Urban Strategies Council has produced and published a snapshot of violent crime in Alameda County using data made available by the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. The fact sheet is produced as a part of the Alameda County Violence Prevention Blueprint, led by Supervisor Nate Miley, and is intended to help guide decision-making as [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:10-07:00February 25th, 2015|Categories: Data, Factsheets, Issue Areas, Reports, Violence Prevention|

Updated Alameda County Violent Crime Fact Sheet Released

Since 2010, Urban Strategies Council has produced and published a snapshot of violent crime in Alameda County using data made available by the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. The fact sheet is produced as a part of the Alameda County Violence Prevention Blueprint, led by Supervisor Nate Miley, and is intended to help guide decision-making as [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:10-07:00February 10th, 2015|Categories: Community Safety and Justice|

Oakland removes $5.9 million in property liens

Digging through recent city council meetings, we noticed that the city and county are considering removing $5.9 million of delinquent liens on 75 properties in Oakland. Read on to see where these properties are. The Oakland City Council is considering removing liens from 75 properties.A lien is a notice attached to your property telling the [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:10-07:00November 2nd, 2014|Categories: Housing|

New School Governance Regs Maximize Decision Making at EVERY School

On October 8, 2014 the OUSD Board of Education unanimously adopted school governance administrative regulations that make much-needed progress toward strengthening and sustaining the effective participation of School Site Councils (SSCs) in decision making at their schools. The school governance regulations come at a critical juncture: a change of resource allocation from the state (Local [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:10-07:00October 20th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

CFED PLATFORMS FOR PROSPERITY AWARD

Urban Strategies Council is pleased to announce that the Alameda County Community Asset Network (AC CAN) and Alameda County Social Services Agency were awarded the Platforms for Prosperity Prize on September 18 at the 2014 CFED Assets Learning Conference in Washington, DC.  AC CAN is a collaborative co-founded and staffed by Urban Strategies Council which [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:11-07:00October 14th, 2014|Categories: Economic Development, Income and Assets Development|
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