What We Do
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:
To plan a new multi-lingual middle and high school to serve students graduating from dual language programs in Oakland
Castlemont Community Transformation Schools
To launch two new charter schools serving 960 TK-8 students in the Castlemont neighborhood
Roses in Concrete Community School
To launch a new charter school serving 240 TK-5 students in East Oakland
The Reset Foundation
To launch a new residential charter school for youth as an alternative to prison
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:
The Black Teacher Project
To develop, sustain, and retain excellent Black teachers in Oakland for all Oakland students
To develop new school principals, train teacher leaders, and strengthen school leadership teams
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
To update and simplify the enrollment process to increase families’ access to all of their public school options