Conference, anyone?

There must something about the last two weeks in April that makes people want to get together and sympose. As I get ready to leave for the annual Education Writers Association meeting in Chicago, three local conferences have come to my attention:

  • On Friday and Saturday the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools, a major player in Oakland’s small schools movement, is co-sponsoring a conference with Stanford University’s School Redesign Network and EXCEL High School. On Friday, groups tour Think College Now, ASCEND, EXCEL, and Leadership High School. Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., researchers, teachers, and community groups talk shop at a school whose future we were just debating: McClymonds, at 2607 Myrtle St. (Registration is required and costs $$$. Some spaces were available as of this afternoon. Here is a link to the conference info).
  • From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, the Oakland school district is hosting a conference on “professional learning communities” in the schools. They expect a crowd of 350, including staff from some 50 schools, for the morning session. It will be held in the downtown Oakland Marriott.
  • Effective math and science teaching practices will be the topic of discussion at a math and science forum from 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero. The event is free and open to the public. It’s organized by the East Bay Community Foundation.

Oh, and while I’m at it, the Special Committee on School Admissions, Attendance and Boundaries meets at 7:30 Friday morning at the school district offices, 1025 Second Ave.

Here’s the agenda, and a link to a report on some of the community-wide forums held so far on OUSD’s School Options program.

sketch from Nick Papaconstantinou’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.