Speaking of people leaving the Oakland school district … I’ve been meaning to tell you all — who don’t already know — that Eric Nelson, a “network executive officer” who oversees more than a dozen elementary schools, is leaving at the end of the month. He’s taking a job with School Turnaround.
Nelson’s area includes ASCEND, Bella Vista, Cleveland, Crocker Highlands, Franklin, Garfield, Glenview, International Community School, La Escuelita, Lazear, Manzanita SEED, Joaquin Miller, Montclair and Think College Now.
And Allison Sands, a Broad resident who you might have seen at any number of school “engagement” meetings — about closures, enrollment priorities, and school interventions — has already left.
Here’s a letter Nelson sent out a couple of weeks ago:
May 16, 2008
Dear OUSD Friends,
I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving OUSD at the end of June, having accepted a position as a leadership coach with School Turnaround, an educational consulting company.
I’d like to extend my deepest and most sincere thanks to each of you for your compassion, skill and dedication; working every day to improve achievement for each OUSD student. I also want to thank everyone for your kindness and collaboration as I have worked closely with 18 elementary schools and multiple OUSD departments and partners. It has been inspirational to see the tremendous work and growth of many, many school staff, teachers, and principals at the schools I have been lucky enough to work with.
Although my new job will include working with schools across the country, my wife, Christina, and I will continue to live in Oakland. We feel very fortunate to have been welcomed with open arms into the community and have made many wonderful friends. Please say hello the next time you see us at the farmers market or walking around Lake Merritt.
I have included some of my favorite OUSD student photos in this letter to remind each of us that no matter what the circumstance, we are all here for the children. There are so many things to be proud of at OUSD, and success will continue if students and their needs are at the center of every conversation and every decision. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. astutely told us:
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Thanks again and take care,
I’ve heard rumors of other resignations, but I’m waiting to hear confirmation before posting more names just yet. Heard of other key managers or principals leaving? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll add them to the list.
So far, though, it doesn’t sound like quite as much of an exodus as last year.