Ages 0-8 Boys of Color Education and Health Project
We are working with the Oakland Unified School District to establish a focus on improving outcomes for young boys of color, a group that experiences some of the greatest disparities in rates of early education services enrollment, health and wellness, school attendance, school readiness, suspensions, and 3rd grade reading and math proficiency. We plan to convene a work group as part of OUSD’s early education initiative that will produce an equity analysis, and assess current intervention programs as well as review best practices for boys of color around the nation.
Grade-Level Reading: Oakland Reads 2020
Urban Strategies Council has been a partner since 2012 in developing this 10-year citywide campaign to double the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade, leading the development of a common agenda, shared measurement, and mutually reinforcing activities. We have worked closely with the convening partner, the Rogers Family Foundation, sitting on the Steering Committee, and leading workgroups. We researched and wrote the Oakland Reads 2020 Baseline Report and the recent annual progress report, and plan to continue publishing regular reports examining data on grade level reading, and pillars that support it including school readiness, school attendance, summer learning, parent engagement, and health.
West Oakland Attendance Project
We have partnered with Oakland-based Lincoln Child Services and Attendance Works to document, analyze and report to the community on an attendance pilot program for 50 elementary school students in West Oakland who will receive services to move them from being chronically absent to regularly attending school. Our report on the year-long pilot will include recommendations for addressing community, school and family needs for ensuring that all children in the four pilot schools attend school regularly and are not chronically absent.