What We Do

We chose the name “Educate78” because the city of Oakland is 78 square miles, and our mission is to ensure every student, in every neighborhood of Oakland, has access to world-class public schools.
Our work is driven by the needs of Oakland families. The challenges facing Oakland’s public schools are too big for our community to be divided by ideology and politics. Instead we are interested in results that bring people together and put the needs of Oakland students first.
Educate78 takes a community-based approach, because we believe for change to be sustainable, it must reflect the views of local families. We support efforts to strengthen and expand great public schools in our city – both public charter schools and district-run public schools through our new School Design Lab. We are collaborating with our Teacher Advisory Group on ways to cultivate local education leaders and elevate the voices of excellent teachers.
We are committed to closing the opportunity gap by supporting OUSD initiatives aimed at making it easier for families to access and enroll in the public school that is right for them. Together, with a diverse coalition, we are looking for ways to create an equitable and fair environment so public schools can better serve the needs of all young people in our city, particularly students from communities that are too often left behind.

Grow Great Schools

Every student deserves access to an excellent public school that meets his or her needs.  We accelerate the development of new quality schools by backing new schools, scaling up high performing schools, supporting restart schools, and piloting solutions for serving the most at-risk students, like special education, English Learners and foster youth.  We also seek to build a dynamic and constructive community across all public schools in the city.

To date, we have invested in:

Roses in Concrete Community School

To launch a new charter school serving 240 TK-5 students in East Oakland

Roses in Concrete

The Reset Foundation

To launch a new residential charter school for youth as an alternative to prison

The Reset Foundation

Seneca Family

To pilot, evaluate and scale its “Unconditional Education” model of integrated services for students with disabilities

Seneca Family of Agencies

Multilingual Pathways

To plan a new multi-lingual middle and high school to serve students graduating from dual language programs in Oakland

Oakland Multilingual Pathways

Lighthouse Community Charter School

To create a second Lighthouse to serve 756 TK-12 students in East Oakland

Lighthouse Community Charter School

Develop Education Leaders

Every world-class public school system excels at recruiting, retaining and growing great teachers.  We invest in organizations and projects that elevate the voices of teachers, cultivate new teacher leaders, and foster outstanding school principals.

For example, we have invested in:

Develop Teacher Leaders

The Black Teacher Project

To develop, sustain, and retain excellent Black teachers in Oakland for all Oakland students

The Black Teacher Project

New Leaders

To develop new school principals, train teacher leaders, and strengthen school leadership teams

New Leaders

Teach for America

To develop TFA alumni who are emerging as strong voices in Oakland schools

Teach for America - Oakland
Engage Families

Engage Families and the Community

We envision an Oakland’s public school system buoyed by sustained support from a broad coalition of aligned community organizations and leaders.   We also believe that every family should have the opportunity to choose the school that will be the best fit for their child, through an accessible, informative, and authentic process.

To support this, we have invested in:

Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center

To inform the community about relevant education policies and develop grassroot voices

Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center

Oakland Community Organization

To develop parent leaders and organizers

Oakland Community Organization

Oakland Achieves

To provide better data about student outcomes, cradle to career