Teacher Advisory Group

Educate78’s Teacher Advisory Group is founded on the belief that our educators know best what will have a meaningful impact on their effectiveness, fulfillment, and retention in Oakland. The Teacher Advisory Group will identify opportunities to generate innovative solutions that lift up the profession and empower Oakland teachers and students.

Educate78 believes in Oakland’s phenomenal teachers who go above-and-beyond everyday to enable Oakland students to achieve their potential regardless of address or means. We want teachers like these to feel supported, valued, and celebrated for the life-changing work they do to develop the minds and hearts of our next generation of leaders.

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Teacher Retention Grants: Lazear Charter Academy

At Lazear Charter Academy — like so many Oakland public schools — students face a high level of stress outside the classroom that was negatively impacting both their learning at school and the school’s teacher retention rate. With the aid of a Teacher Retention Grant, Lazear teachers invested in a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum to better meet students’ needs and limit teacher burnout.

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Teacher Retention Grants: Life Academy

Life Academy teachers are inquiring into their own practice and identifying successful approaches to improve outcomes for their students.

With the help of Mills Teacher Scholars, Life Academy teachers in the science and humanities departments are investing in their own professional development to improve outcomes for students. They’re using data to talk about student learning, and to get a student-focused look at what’s happening in their classrooms.

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Teacher Retention Grants: Greenleaf Elementary

Over the past few years, Greenleaf Elementary School’s average teacher retention rate has been 66 percent. To address this issue and keep more teachers at the school, leaders have looked for systemic ways to retain talent and build an environment that supports growth and allows for work and relationships to develop over a number of years, rather than restart each August. Through a partnership with The Teaching Well and with the support of an Educate78 Teacher Retention grant, the school has developed a support structure focused on professional development and feedback from teachers to ensure their voices are heard. And the retention rate is on the rise.

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Teacher Retention Grants: Madison Park Academy

Madison Park Academy received funding to provide teachers with materials and supply budgets to cover “the little things” – markers, paper, binder clips, as well as books, equipment for science experiments, and journals – in order to design quality daily lessons for students, while valuing teachers as professionals by providing needed classroom supplies and materials. The result so far? “Teachers feel respected as professionals and empowered to spend this money in a way that makes the most sense for them and their students.”

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