Updates

Oct 30, 2018 OSLN Meeting Canceled Due to Personal Emergency

Unfortunately, our facilitator had a family emergency and will be unable to facilitate today’s meeting. As a result, we will need to cancel and reschedule things for a date within the next couple of weeks. Our apologies for the last minute notification.

Please be on the look out for a Doodle Link with possible dates and respond at your earliest convenience.

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The OLC is Hiring

The Oakland Literacy Coalition team is growing! We are thrilled to be launching two positions that will bring exciting new talent and capacity to support our programs and network of partners. We encourage you to share these opportunities broadly.


Program Manager, Continuous Learning
We are seeking a Program Manager to develop, coordinate, and deliver a range of continuous learning opportunities to our network of members and partners.

The position is full-time (40 hours per week) based out of our office located near Jack London Square. The position will require local travel to off-site meetings and events and occasional evening and weekend hours. Compensation for this salaried, exempt position is dependent on experience and includes a great benefits package.

The ideal applicant will have at least 3-5 years of experience as an educator in a school or community-based setting along with a deep understanding of the developmental stages of reading and writing and familiarity with literacy curriculums and instructional strategies, particularly for the early grades. They also have at least 3-5 years of experience designing programs, curriculum, or trainings and a strong background in project management.


Oakland Reads Mini Grants Outreach Coordinator

We are seeking an Outreach Coordinator for our Oakland Reads mini-grants programs (Family Reading Celebrations and Summer Reading Mini Grants). The position will be key in building a broader network of community and faith-based grantee organizations and supporting them to plan and implement fun and impactful family literacy events.
This is a six-month, part-time independent contractor position. We anticipate that the role will require 6-10 hours per week, the majority of which will be spent out in the community with partner organizations. The position will be paid hourly at a rate of $18-$20 depending on experience. The initial contract will be for six months with a possibility to extend upon completion.

The ideal candidate will have a community outreach or organizing background and deep knowledge of the Oakland community and landscape of community and faith-based organizations and leaders. Experience planning community or school-based events preferred. Independent work style and pro-active, professional communication a must.

 

Notes from March Meeting of the OSLN

On Thursday, March 8th, 2018 we had our third meeting of the Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN) for this school year. In the February meeting we reflected on the results of our community assessment, identified a number of potential goals and ideas for improvement, and then self-selected activities that were important to network members, viable in the next 18 months, and within our sphere of influence.

You can find the full agenda and all the relevant links online, but here’s a high level summary:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Historical Review of OSLN
  • OSLN Action Plan Presentation (Shared Vision & Citywide Coordination Committee)
  • Committee Work Time
    • Purpose: Have an opportunity to support the mission of the OSLN
      • Goal Development (SMART), Who’s Missing & Recruitment
      • Action Plan
      • Schedule Next Meeting (if not done already)
  • Committee Report Out
  • Member Updates and Close
    • We closed our meeting with member updates and announcements, a participant evaluation.
    • Member Updates:
      • Rod from Inplay has contacted Family Liaisons at OUSD to do a presentation about how they can better connect families to programs. He’ll be sharing about the online resource guide hosted on Inplay.org, but he would also invite Lead Agencies to share any other recruitment specifics. They have offered to let us present March 27th, 12:30-3:30pm for the Family Engagement Learning Institute (FELI). The FELI is a shared learning space (professional development) for OUSD family engagement practitioners who coordinate family engagement activities and programs at the school site. They meet 5 times per year. The liaisons could share OSLN information with their families. Contact Rod Hsiao at rod@inplay.org if you would like to support the presentation.
      • After School and Summer Learning Program providers should register their program information as soon as possible on https://www.inplay.org/
      • The OSLN now has four active committees. For an overview of previous committee activities, visit our about page. Committee meetings will be supported by Daren and/or Bennie and can use the following zoom link to meet remotely: https://zoom.us/j/908329780
      • The Oakland Literacy Coalition team is growing! We are thrilled to be launching two positions that will bring exciting new talent and capacity to support our programs and network of partners. We encourage you to share these opportunities broadly.

Please join us at the next meeting of the Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN)

Oakland Summer Learning Network Meeting
March 8, 2018; 10:00am-12:00pm
California Endowment
2000 Franklin Street
Oakland, California 94612
RSVP

The Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN) is a coordinated and collaborative effort to develop a citywide system of quality summer learning opportunities in Oakland, with a focus on improving access for children and youth from under-resourced families. Our vision is that the children and youth of Oakland have equitable access to high quality summer learning opportunities. For more information on the Oakland Summer Learning Network, visit oaklandsummerlearning.net.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Community Update on the Work of the OSLN
  • Invitation to Support the Mission of the OSLN
  • Member Updates and Close

     

     

     

This meeting is open to all current, previous, and prospective members of the Oakland Summer Learning Network. If any part of your work or interest lies in the intersection of summer learning opportunities and the children and youth of Oakland, the OSLN welcomes you.

Notes from February Meeting of the OSLN

On Thursday, February 15th, 2018 we had our second meeting of the Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN) for this school year. In the December meeting we conducted a community-wide self-assessment of summer learning systems in Oakland. In the February meeting we reflected on this data and formed several committees. You can find the full agenda and all the relevant links online, but here’s a high level summary:

  • Welcome and Introductions
    • We took time to get to know everyone in the room as we had some new participants.
  • Community Indicators Self-Assessment – Results & Reflection
  • OSLN Action Brainstorming
    • We identified a number of potential goals and ideas for improvement.
  • OSLN Committee Self-Organizing
    • We self-selected activities that were important to network members, viable in the next 18 months, and within our sphere of influence.
    • Four committees were formed:
      • Shared Vision and Citywide Coordination
      • Data Management System
      • Continuous Quality Improvement
      • Sustainable Resources
  • Member Updates and Close
    • We closed our meeting with member updates and announcements, a participant evaluation, and a reminder to attend the next meeting in March.
    • Member Updates:
      • Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) will be holding three community brainstorm meetings. RSVP today.
      • The Youth Opportunity Scholarships (YOS) program provides funding to Bay Area middle school students to pursue inspiring extracurricular enrichment activities. Our goal is to provide opportunities for youth to pursue a passion of their choosing beyond the classroom. Learn more at https://www.youthopportunityscholarships.org/
      • Katie Brackenridge is transitioning from her role as Vice President of Programs at Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY) after 14 years of service. She’ll be joining the consulting community and serving as PCY’s SEL Advisor. Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto will absorb a number of Katie’s responsibilities as the Senior Director of Programs.
      • After School and Summer Learning Program providers should register their program information as soon as possible on https://www.inplay.org/
      • The OSLN now has four active committees. For an overview of previous committee activities, visit our about page. Committee meetings will be supported by Daren and/or Bennie and can use the following zoom link to meet remotely: https://zoom.us/j/908329780

RSVP Now for the Oakland Summer Learning Network – February Meeting

Oakland Summer Learning Network – February Meeting
Thu, February 15, 2018; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
The California Endowment: Oakland Conference Center
2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, California 94612
RSVP Now

The Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN) is a coordinated and collaborative effort to develop a citywide system of quality summer learning opportunities in Oakland, with a focus on improving access for children and youth from under-resourced families. Our vision is that the children and youth of Oakland have equitable access to high quality summer learning opportunities. For more information on the Oakland Summer Learning Network, visit oaklandsummer.net.

In this meeting we will be forming an action plan for our network based on the Community Assessment we conducted in December.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Action Planning with Community Indicators of Effective Summer Learning Systems
  • OSLN Committee Formation
  • Member Updates and Close

Meeting Objectives:

By the end of this meeting participants will…

  • contribute to the development of a new action plan
  • self-organize into committees to further the action plan

This meeting is open to all current, previous, and prospective members of the Oakland Summer Learning Network. If any part of your work or interest lies in the intersection of summer learning opportunities and the children and youth of Oakland, the OSLN welcomes you.

Notes from December Meeting of the OSLN

On Monday, December 4th, 2017 we had our first meeting on the Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN) for this school year. We opted to cancel the October meeting due to a number of key staff transitions at OUSD, so we had a packed agenda. You can find the full agenda and all the relevant links online, but here’s a high level summary:

  • Welcome and Introductions
    • We took time to get to know everyone in the room as we had some new participants.
    • We also got to know our new meeting facilitator, Bennie Patterson. Bennie comes to us from Brothers on the Rise. He’s the facilitator of the Oakland Youth Ally Alliance (OYAA). Like the OSLN, the OYAA seeks to foster collaboration and support the work of Expanded Learning professionals in our city. It’s great to have the opportunity to coordinate our efforts with OYAA and the Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC), which is another key member organization.
  • OSLN Committee Updates
    • We heard updates from all three of our previous committees (Data Management, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Marketing and Communications). These committees have all completed the tasks they set out to do, but there is more they could do, and we wanted to have a thoughtful and strategic approach to making those decisions, so we conducted a community assessment to guide our planning.
  • Network Member Roles and Opportunities
    • Before diving into our strategic planning, we paused to recognize the individual and organizational needs of the OSLN members with an activity called Give and Gets. You can find the notes from this activity here, but we asked members to reflect on the following:
      • Gives: What can I give to contribute to help this effort succeed?
      • Gets: What do I need to get to make this effort worth my time?
  • Annual Assessment
    • We then dove into our community assessment. This tool comes from our partners at the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). In communities all over the country, networks and collaborative like ours are assessing the health of their collaboration with this tool. The data from this self-assessment will inform our strategic plan. We’ll begin work on the plan at our next meeting, February 4th, 2018, but you can read the assessment results here.
  • Member Updates and Close

Please join us at the next meeting of the Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN)

Oakland Summer Learning Network Meeting
December 4, 2017; 10:00am-12:00pm
California Endowment
2000 Franklin Street
Oakland, California 94612
RSVP

The Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN) is a coordinated and collaborative effort to develop a citywide system of quality summer learning opportunities in Oakland, with a focus on improving access for children and youth from under-resourced families. Our vision is that the children and youth of Oakland have equitable access to high quality summer learning opportunities. For more information on the Oakland Summer Learning Network, visit oaklandsummerlearning.net.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • OSLN Committee Updates (Data Management, Marketing and Communications, Quality Improvement)
  • Network Member Roles and Opportunities
  • Annual Assessment with Community Indicators of Effective Summer Learning Systems
  • Member Updates and Close

Meeting Objectives:
By the end of this meeting participants will…

  • have an opportunity to hear updates from the previous work group committees.
  • explore their own opportunities to contribute to and benefit from the OSLN.
  • contribute to a community self-assessment of the effectiveness of Oakland’s Summer Learning System.

This meeting is open to all current, previous, and prospective members of the Oakland Summer Learning Network. If any part of your work or interest lies in the intersection of summer learning opportunities and the children and youth of Oakland, the OSLN welcomes you.

Notes and Resources from Promise of Summer Event

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the OLSN and the Oakland Literacy Coalition co-hosted “The Promise of Summer.” This event served as a community update on summer learning in Oakland, CA.

Here is an overview of what occurred:

OSLN3Jennifer Peck, President and CEO, Partnership for Children and Youth, spoke on the importance of summer learning in closing the achievement gap. The data about summer learning loss is clear and devastating, particularly for young people whose families cannot afford expensive summer program fees. It is critically important that we come together as a community to plan and provide as much affordable, high quality summer learning as possible for Oakland youth. For more information about summer learning, visit Summer Matters. She also spoke on the current critical issues in public funding for after school and summer programs; specifically the Save Afterschool Campaign, and the threat to 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The Save Afterschool Campaign seeks to to address the shortfall in the ASES rate. The President’s budget outline proposal, which was released this week, would result in the end of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which represent roughly $800,000 in public funding for summer programs in Oakland.

SilverOSLN.jpgDavid Silver, Director of Education to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland Promise, presented the work of the Oakland Promise. He shared a video, which provided an overview of the initiative. The slides from his presentation can be found here.

OSLN2Cassie Perham, Co-Director, Oakland Literacy Coalition, described the work of the OLC and the importance of summer in supporting literacy. The Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) galvanizes the community around a shared vision for a literacy-rich city and strengthen the field so that a well-supportive and effective network of services exists to make literacy a reality for all Oakland children and families.

Daren Howard, Director of Technical Assistance, Partnership for Children and Youth, provided an overview of the work of the Oakland Summer Learning Network and presented the finding of a recent report detailing the extent of summer learning opportunities in Oakland. Read the full report here. He also showed a video, created by Aim High, which demonstrates the value of summer in a child’s life experience, and discussed Inplay, the provider of Oakland’s Online Summer Learning Resource Guide.

OSLN5Dr. Devin Dillon, Interim Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District, closed the meeting with a presentation on summer learning programs provided by OUSD. She emphasized community partnerships, program quality, and role of summer in the district priorities. The slides from her presentation can be found here.

To receive invitations to future meetings of the Oakland Summer Learning Network, join the network.

The Promise of Summer: A Community Update

Mon, March 20, 2017; 12:00–1:30 PM
Preservation Park, Nile Hall
668 Thirteenth Street
RSVP Here

Please join us on March 20 from 12 to 1:30 pm for The Promise of Summer, a special update on summer learning in Oakland, featuring Devin Dillon, Oakland Unified School District’s interim Superintendent and David Silver, Director of Education for Oakland Promise and the Mayor’s Office.  In addition to lunch and networking, we will be releasing a National Summer Learning Association report on the state of summer in Oakland.  This is a collaborative event of the Oakland Summer Learning Network, the Oakland Literacy Coalition, the Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth.

Please RSVP here.

The data about summer learning loss is clear and devastating, particularly for young people whose families cannot afford expensive summer program fees.  It is critically important that we come together as a community to plan and provide as much affordable, high quality summer learning as possible for Oakland youth.  We hope you will join us.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Peck,  President and CEO, Partnership for Children and Youth
Sanam Jorjani, Co-Director, Oakland Literacy Coalition
Julie McCalmont, Coordinator, Summer Learning Programs, Oakland Unified School District
Mike Wetzel, Program Planner, Oakland Fund for Children and Youth