Our families are being promised “continuity of learning” with schools closed. But with less than 30% of Black and Latino students in Oakland schools reading on grade level, the learning our children have been receiving CANNOT continue. Parents are demanding effective learning that breaks with a long history of miseducation.
Distance learning is now part of the long-term education reality — and we believe this creates an opportunity to involve families in a way they never have been before. That’s why the Oakland REACH is launching our biggest, boldest initiative yet: The Oakland REACH City-Wide Virtual Hub. Our goal is to make parents partners in strengthening their children’s learning and savvy in virtual practices into the future. We are ready to #REACHforMore.
Family Sustainability Center: Here families will receive the help they need to survive this moment intact, housed, and physically and mentally healthy — including individual guidance through a Family Liaison, seminars, and connections to services.
Literacy Liberation Center (Kindergarten – 2nd grades): Here parents and children will participate in a regular schedule of classes, taught by skilled teachers, and will have access to video lessons anytime. The aim is to involve families who have little or no history of observing instruction.
National Summer School Initiative (3rd -8th grades): Partnership to offer online summer school taught by master teachers across the country, to scale to serve more of our students beyond Grade 2.
Oakland’s education system was in crisis before COVID-19 — and school closures are raising the stakes, exacerbating the inequities that have left our black and brown students underserved and undereducated for decades.