May 15 is upon us, and it doesn’t look like the Oakland school district plans to rescind any more layoff notices of teachers and counselors than it already has. (See my April layoff update here.)
Here is the latest layoff resolution, which the board votes on tomorrow night.
You can find the full agenda here.
On a happier note, I have news about the Oakland teachers of the year. One of the pink-slipped teachers I wrote about, Lissette Averhoff, is one of them. Lissette has informed me that she will be back at ACORN Woodland Elementary in the fall.
The other Oakland teacher of the year honoree is Lisa Hiltbrand, from Urban Promise Academy. She teaches sixth-grade humanities. Here’s what her principal, Mark Triplett, said about her to OUSD (as reported in the resolution):
“Lisa’s outstanding teaching is not just reflected in her test scores. By consistently using student interactions to deepen
learning, she has built a classroom culture where students feel safe and engaged. She pushes students to high levels while also creating a nurturing environment where students can express
themselves in positive ways. This year Lisa has focused on instilling the love reading in her students. She has actively sought to build a classroom library of engaging books. She invites guest speakers to come discuss their own experiences as a reader, and she has students participate in book cafes, where they discuss the books they are reading and develop recommendations for each other.”