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Revitalizing Oakland Education for Students

Over the next few weeks, Educate78 will highlight the work of SEEDS of Learning.

SEEDS of Learning is a proven professional development program that provides teachers with strategies to building social emotional, language and literacy skills in young children.

Gloria Lee spent an evening learning about their work and speaking with teachers. Stay tuned to Educate78 to meet these Oakland HEROES.

A group of Oakland PreKindergarten (PreK) teachers is closing the opportunity gap for 3 and 4 year olds. Read alouds, meaningful transitions, extended conversations and opportunities for writing are giving children the boost they need to be kinder ready. This work is critical to ensuring that their children are reading on grade level by third grade – a key predictor of school success, high school graduation and future success in life.

Oakland PreK and Transitional Kindergarten (TK) teachers are working to improve their students’ literacy with the help of SEEDS of Early Literacy, an initiative of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Sherry Burrell, director of the YMCA 21st St Preschool, expressed her enthusiasm for the initiative.  “All the classrooms are offering richer opportunities for our children because the learning and materials from SEEDS have really given us a boost. Our team is learning new ways to build literacy skills, and also to create more fun and engaging schedules that are sensitive and encouraging to children,” said Burrell.

The educators at the Y are particularly inspiring. They know every child will succeed if given the opportunity and they are willing to try new strategies, support each other and hold each other accountable to giving kids daily evidenced based experiences to help children become joyful, respected and capable learners. They believe in and love their young students and their students have shown big gains!

Susan True

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

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