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OUSD Strategic Plan 2021-2024 - A visual representation of the strategic plan document outlining the goals and objectives

We are now well into the spring semester in the 2023-24 school year. I know that our students are working hard and growing every day in class, our families are gaining support where needed and building a stronger community, and our staff is becoming even more entrenched in the work to improve our schools and the outcomes we help our students achieve.

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There is so much Black History to celebrate here in Oakland. Of course, we can always point to the Black Panthers and all they did for our society, or to Ida Louise Jackson who was Oakland’s first Black teacher and the first Black woman to teach high school in California, or to Vice President Kamala Harris who was born at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. But this Black History Month, I want to celebrate people who are here in our district right now or products of OUSD. Let’s start with our amazing staff.

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We hope that the new year is off to a great start for you and your family and we look forward to another year of enriching academic programs, exciting community partnerships, and above all, putting students at the center of everything we do.

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Dear Oakland Unified Community,

Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year which is accompanied by the longest night. Of course, that also means starting tomorrow, our days will grow longer little by little. We’ll have more daylight each day moving forward until we reach the summer solstice in June, the longest day of the year.