This month, we have shared Oakland teachers’ ideas to address some of their basic needs and strengthen management support to increase teacher engagement and retention in theirs schools. As teachers ourselves, we know this foundation is critical to our satisfaction and success. In our recent Citywide Teacher Survey, we heard that many other teachers are seeking support in these areas, too.

We are thrilled that our fellow educators at La Escuelita, Madison Park Academy, Coliseum College Prep Academy, North Oakland Community Charter School, Learning Without Limits, International Community School, and Greenleaf, will have the resources to put their ideas into action through our Oakland Educator Retention Grant Program. We’re looking forward to hearing what they learn, and sharing those insights with educators across the city.

In this post, we are happy to announce the two teams who received grants to implement their ideas for cultivating teamwork, strategies that are at the next level on the Gallup Engagement Hierarchy. Teamwork has been critical to our own success and satisfaction as teachers, and we were happy to see in the Citywide Teacher Survey that many of our fellow Oakland teachers agree. We are looking forward to learning from these two schools – and others across the city – about what it takes to strengthen teamwork to support teacher and student success.
Team retreats to deepen relationships and develop a shared vision at Oakland International High School: Loraine Woodard and colleagues are implementing department retreats to increase teacher collaboration and teamwork aligned with schoolwide goals. They had successfully piloted this strategy last school year with one department, and through the Oakland Educator Retention Grant program they will now be able to expand to include three more departments this year.
Staff retreats and wellness workshops to deepen relationships and build a shared culture of wellness at ARISE High School: Nhi Truong, Josette Neal De-Stanton, Trevor Gardner and colleagues are designing two staff retreats and quarterly wellness workshops to build a shared culture of teamwork and wellness.

We have seen the power of deep relationships and a shared vision, and are proud to support these teams. We look forward to sharing what these teams are learning and finding more ways to strengthen teamwork in schools across the city.

Next week we’ll announce the final three teacher grantee teams, and their programs for professional growth to increase teacher engagement and retention. Stay tuned!

Emma Coufal

Emma Coufal

Think College Now

Teacher Advisory Group Member (2016)

Jennie Herriot-Hatfield

Jennie Herriot-Hatfield

Think College Now

Teacher Advisory Group Member (2016)

 

Nina Portugal

Nina Portugal

Life Academy

Teacher Advisory Group Member (2016)