Who are GO Oakland’s partners?
Partner organizations are essential to our work. Since our inception, we have been grateful for the partnership of the following organizations (among others): We partnered with Youth Together, Education Trust-West, SEIU Local 1021, Youth UpRising, Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights to commission a study about effective teaching policy in Oakland. We partnered with Urban Strategies Council, Oakland Public Education Fund, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, the United Way, and First Five Alameda County among others to produce Oakland Achieves: A Public Education Progress Report, which highlights key student outcome data from across Oakland. We participate in the "All Kids" campaign with Urban Strategies Council, Oakland Community Organizations, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, East Bay Asian Youth Center, Youth Uprising, and the Prescott Joseph Center to ensure students are successful by giving all district schools increased autonomy over staffing, budget, curriculum, and schedules. In April 2012, the OUSD school board passed a School Governance Policy in alignment with the values and goals of the "All Kids" campaign. In 2011, we joined a statewide collaborative of community-based organizations including Families in Schools, Alliance for a Better Community, Reading and Beyond, COPE, and Education Trust-West working to advance effective teaching policy across the state. In 2012, we joined with the California State PTA, the California School Boards Association, education reform, and civil rights organizations to oppose AB5, which, as written, would have significantly weakened California state policies regarding teacher evaluation. Going forward, we will work to support legislation that ensures robust teacher evaluations that provide teachers with the meaningful feedback and support needed to ensure all students have access to high quality teaching. In 2011, we helped organize a broad coalition of partners, including the Oakland Education Association (OEA), SEIU Local 1021, Youth UpRising, National Equity Project, California Teachers Association, Urban Strategies Council, Oakland Parents Together, Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN), Oakland Schools Foundation, and Teach for America to support AB 609 to reverse millions of dollars in audit fines to OUSD incurred during the period of state administration. We have collaborated with groups such as New Leaders for New Schools and The New Teacher Project to help bring best practices to Oakland. We have worked with the California Charter School Association and other local charters such as Education for Change, Aspire Public Schools, and Lighthouse Community Charter School to support these schools and work toward a vision of closer partnership between OUSD and charters. We have worked in partnership with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to help access resources to support the district's work, advance the strategic planning process, and to make information more accessible to our community.