Teacher Policy Fellowship

GO's fellowship is an opportunity for a small, diverse cohort of Oakland teachers to lead, learn, and think about the future of education in our city.

Oakland School Board Adopts Nationally Recognized Budgeting Framework

As a former Oakland Unified principal, I know that our school district is not perfect. But my North Star as a leader – for my students, teachers, and the district as a whole – was always asking if we were improving and learning from our mistakes.

Last night, OUSD took a step toward meaningful, long-term financial improvement. In a 7-0 vote, the Oakland school board passed a resolution
naming that the district would adopt and implement the Smarter School Spending Framework, a financial framework endorsed by a nationally-recognized leader in public finance, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
Reflections on the New Cohort of Teacher Policy Fellows

Sometimes the Facebook feature “On This Day” just reminds me of how much free time I had before I became an educator and a mother. Today, it showed me that 5 years ago this week, GO Oakland put out the very first all-call for applicants to the inaugural cohort of our Teacher Policy Fellowship. At the time, I was a full-time Special Education teacher, just beginning to pop my head out of the classroom to try to understand how the whole system of public education works.

Meet GO’s Teacher Policy Fellows

Each year, GO selects a small group of Oakland public school teachers to lead, learn, and think about the future of education in our city.… Read More

Contract Matters: Compensation in OUSD

How are teachers in Oakland paid?
OUSD’s teachers get paid based on a “step and column” system. Common throughout California, teachers move one vertical “step”… Read More

Driving for Change: Contacting Oakland’s Public School Leaders

By GO Teacher Policy Fellows Alanna Baumert, Tara Singh, and Robbie Torney
Teachers have valuable insights about how policy plays out at a school-site level.… Read More

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