Education reform continues to be a hot button issue for urban schools. Many people talk about services to the schools and students and programs to address both, but rarely do conversations focus on the stability of the teaching force.
Since the 1990's urban school districts have experienced a revolving door of teachers in their neediest schools, and yet have been critiqued for students not meeting district academic standards and benchmarks. A stable committed teaching force is key to addressing academic success in all schools.
During the Dellums administration the Effective Teachers for Oakland Task Force created a plan to create a local permanent teaching force for Oakland youngsters. The task force believed that the best educators for Oakland students were Oakland citizens. Through dialogue with OUSD, The Teach Tomorrow in Oakland program was born. Since 2009, this program has worked to address the barriers that confront people of color who would like to go into teaching, and has placed 100 teachers in OUSD with a 78% retention rate. Because of TTO's focus on a local permanent and diverse teaching force, they are implementing a local hire policy for teaching in the city, and many TTO teachers are themselves products of OUSD.
Come learn more about how we can stabilize Oakland's teacher workforce and improve our schools.
3301 E 12th St
Oakland, CA 94601
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