Last spring, at its first-ever teacher convention, delegates told the district administration — loud and clear — that often the most valuable support and training came from colleagues, rather than outside experts, and that teachers needed a chance to come together and share ideas.
So this year OUSD’s Talent Development Office, with support from the teachers union, organized an all-day conference for some 200 teacher-delegates, asking each school to send two elected representatives. It takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Technical High School. (The schedule of courses is posted below — or, if it’s not there, should be soon.)
But not every school has selected delegates, and there’s still room for about 40 more teachers. Yesterday, the district opened enrollment to others who want to take part, said Margaret Dunlap, a former Glenview and Montclair teacher who now works in the district’s Talent Development Office.
Dunlap said teachers must register by the 8 a.m. Friday deadline to receive the $150 stipend. Interested? Fill out the registration form at the bottom of this post and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email Dunlap by 5 p.m. today to request the registration form or to ask questions about the conference. She said walk-ins will not be accepted on Saturday.
(Note: The office’s fax machine is broken, so it’s best to use email.)
If you teach at one of the following schools — most of which have sent no delgates — you’ll have priority, she said:
- Castlemont Business Information & Technology School
- Leadership Preparatory Academy (Castlemont)
- College Prep & Architecture Academy (Fremont)
- Media Academy (Fremont)
- Community Day School
- Far West
- Lazear Elementary School
- Parker Elementary School
- Ralph Bunche Academy
- Street Academy
- United for Success
About the conference: In the morning, full-time classroom teachers will lead workshops on effective teaching strategies; the afternoon session (participants choose between nine topics) will be devoted to sharing information about and discussing various initiatives, from the Office of African American Male Achievement and the ethnic studies task force — which grew out of the 2011 teacher convention — to teacher retention, leadership and effectiveness.
Do you plan to go? What do you hope to gain from the experience?