Each year, some 14 percent of Oakland’s public school teachers leave the district, and many of those vacancies are filled with rookies. The Tribune has devoted quite a bit of space and ink to the subject of teacher quality, most recently in our series following first-year teacher Andy Kwok through his year at EXCEL High School.
Want to learn more about how OUSD hires and supports teachers, or to offer your own two cents? There’s a District 1 (North Oakland) town hall meeting on that very topic at 7 p.m. next Monday, Nov. 17 at Piedmont Avenue Elementary School, 4314 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland.
The speakers include Laura Moran, the chief operating officer for the district; Betty Olson-Jones, the teachers union president; and Carla Aiello, a third-year teacher at Emerson Elementary School.
This is the second town hall meeting this fall organized by District 1 board member-elect Jody London, and co-sponsored by outgoing board member Kerry Hamill. London said the last one, held at Claremont Middle School on the subject of community involvement, drew about 100 people, even though it took place on the night of the vice presidential debate.
“I’m just going to keep doing this until there’s nothing left to talk about,” London said.
If you want to learn more about this forum, e-mail London at firstname.lastname@example.org. She says that snacks will be provided, but that participants are welcome to bring cookies.