OakReads 2020 Grade-Level Reading Update 2013-2014

In April 2014, OR2020 published its Baseline Report, which looked at levels of reading proficiency and indicators for the four levers of change in 2010-11, as well as outcomes, conditions, and strategies during the first two years of OR2020 (2011-12 and 2012-13). In the first annual update, we examine and reflect on gains and challenges in the past [...]

Will Millions Spent on Linked Learning Improve Success Rates for Oakland High School Students?

In November 2014, Oakland voters passed a ballot measure (N) that will bring about $13 million a year to Oakland high schools to fully develop Linked Learning as a strategy for improving rates of graduation, college enrollment, and career employment after high school. But the public’s $13 million annually is only a portion of the [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:08-07:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Education Reform|Tags: , , , , |

Council’s Work Highlighted at “Equity Matters in Collective Impact” Event

According to Angela Glover Blackwell, we’ve been doing Collective Impact here at the Council since before it had a name! In her keynote address at the 2015 Collective Impact Convening in New Orleans, Ms. Glover Blackwell (founder of Urban Strategies Council, the current CEO of PolicyLink and formerly a senior VP with the Rockefeller Foundation) [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:08-07:00August 26th, 2015|Categories: Urban Strategies News|Tags: , , , , |

Council among Grantees of Large-Scale Investment in Oakland: Board Announces CEO Transition

From Robert A.D. Schwartz, Board Chair, Urban Strategies Council: We are delighted to share the news that Urban Strategies Council is among the 15 community-based organizations that, alongside Oakland Unified School District, the Alameda County Public Health Department, and the Mayor’s Office, were funded to create pathways of opportunity in Oakland through a $34 million [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:08-07:00July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Urban Strategies News|Tags: |

Attendance Improves in Crucial Early Grades in Oakland

The latest Oakland Grade Level Reading Update, written by Urban Strategies Council and Oakland Reads 2020 staff, finds notable improvement in attendance among early grade learners in the Oakland Unified School District.   Why focus on attendance in the early grades? Kindergarten and first grade students with good attendance are almost four times more likely to [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:09-07:00May 26th, 2015|Categories: Education Reform|Tags: |
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