The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University has spent six years studying a major initiative of the Oakland Community Organizations: to radically change public education in the city’s flatlands neighborhoods by creating small schools. Tonight at Castlemont’s East Oakland School of the Arts (EOSA), researchers discussed the findings.
You can access the report here. Researchers focused mostly on the ability of OCO leaders — mostly working-class parents — to shape policy at the district level, and to create the political will to keep initiatives going. (The simple, non-grammatical answer is `yes.’) I plan to write more about this report, in the context of Oakland’s small schools movement, in the next couple of days.
What do you think the future holds for Oakland’s small schools? In your opinion, how important is it that Oakland’s next superintendent supports the movement?