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  • anya willis
    commented 2021-05-30 22:49:50 -0700
  • anya willis
    commented 2021-05-30 22:49:49 -0700
  • Hildie Spritzer
    commented 2020-05-26 15:16:14 -0700
    Shanti, I have had the opportunity to review the proposed ethnic studies curriculum and ask you to please consider rejecting it at this time…as did the state . Our students deserve a more accurate and sensitive presentation that is more balanced and not hurtful l to some of our ethnically diverse community. A better balance and inclusive program is well worth waiting for and not rushing into at this time. I hope you have been able to read through this document—as true for all of the board members voting tomorrow! Thank you for your work..
  • Rachel Heffner
    commented 2020-04-22 21:37:29 -0700
    Hello! I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. For those of you working and teaching simultaneously, I feel for you and know firsthand how difficult this is.

    Would you be interested in seeing a quick list of teaching resources, specifically related to STEAM, that you can use at home with your kiddos?

    I thought it would be great for personal use, but also a great fit on your website to share with others. We can all use a bit of help these days!

    Please let me know, and I’ll put something together for you (free of charge!).

    -Rachel H.
  • Consuelo Lara
    commented 2019-09-05 14:27:26 -0700
    Hello Chanthe,

    This is Consuelo Laura. I would very much like to start my own newsletter as school board member for WCCUSD.

    What are the first steps to begin?

    Thank you so much

  • Eric Kelly
    commented 2019-07-10 18:12:08 -0700

    My kiddo, Gus, is having a little trouble learning to read so we’re using this summer to strengthen those skills.

    My experience with Gus got me thinking about how students of all ages can struggle in their studies, and there may be no better time than summer break to help kids who are having trouble in school.

    With that in mind, can I write an article for you to share on your site on how to help a struggling student? I’ll do lots of research and include all of the sources I use. My goal is to make it a great piece of information for parents who want to set their kids up for success for the next school year and beyond.

    Please let me know if you’re interested!

    Thank you!

    Eric Kelly

    [email protected]
  • (Ms.) Dale Davis
    commented 2019-06-07 17:43:49 -0700
    Hi Shanthi,

    My business partner and I are looking to find any program that needs older computer’s and/or has a refurbishing program. Our company, Wonder Dog Computer Tutors (, has accumulated misc. hardware (laptops, desktops, cables, USB hubs) that we hate to take to e-waste. If you know of a school or program that would be interested in these free donations, please let me know!

    Thank you.
  • susan silverman
    commented 2018-07-23 08:50:10 -0700
    Hi, Shanthi – It was a pleasure meeting with you at the MLK Library last May. Our group of volunteers is partnering with the League of Women Voters of Oakland to go to high schools and college campuses to pre-register teens and register young adults to vote. Last year’s experience taught us that many of Oakland’s high schools are not supporting the “Joint Letter” from Secretary of State and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. How can your office support our efforts? Thank you!


    Susan Silverman

    Oakland, CA 94619


    [email protected]
  • Mary Bergan
    commented 2017-03-01 11:11:34 -0800
  • Karen Witham
    commented 2015-04-29 09:38:14 -0700
    Have you seen this article? The entire situation is a horrific tragedy and makes Oakland and OUSD look terrible. How can this poor child and her family be helped? I can’t get this story out of my mind.
  • Debora Nyere da Silva
    commented 2015-02-15 13:22:31 -0800
    As an experienced and highly effective educator, I applaud your efforts to support the vision of excellent public education for all students. I am a visionary and a realist that has worked at both highly effective charter and public schools in Oakland. From this lens and with this experience, I say it is absolutely possible to transform Oakland schools into an exemplary district that successfully interrupts the trajectory that inequitable socio-economic conditions and mass trauma attempt to impose on our future leaders (students).

    As you work to ensure teachers are paid a more equitable living wage, we must also work together to create healthier and more sustainable working conditions for the heroes (teachers) who serve our children every single day. Working and learning conditions are inextricably linked. The reality is that teachers who work in disadvantaged, disenfranchised communities with trauma, have to be better than teachers who serve affluent communities and have to work harder with less resources. This is akin to the students, mostly of color, who come from our communities and have to be better than in order to succeed in this globalized society ridden with isms. The narratives that are evolving within district are deepening the divide between “the district” and teachers. This will only serve to further erode trust and impoverish the moral of the adults who work tirelessly to serve our youth. The intellectual, physical and emotional tole it takes to “be there” and effect change for our children is incredibly rewarding and taxing. To be effective, we are required with be diagnosticians, differentiation and acceleration experts, content experts, nutritionists, counselors, behavior specialists, trauma experts etc. Without attending to the working conditions and providing more resources to teacher and schools to better support the youth we serve, it will result in pushing exemplary teachers, like myself, who are skilled enough to have better paying jobs with more work/life balance, out of the district or away from the profession entirely. Improving working conditions for teachers is a critical components for our students success. Help us help them. Please help Oakland be the place teachers want to come and build a teaching career that effects change in the interest of social justice.

    with respect
  • floyd huen
    commented 2014-12-28 09:36:08 -0800
    did not have your email so will send this way. Sorry I did not see th etext today and went down to meet with you. What about Tuesday morning? At same place? 10 am. Floyd Huen
  • Steve Morse
    commented 2014-11-05 22:43:31 -0800
    Shanthi – congratulations!
  • Susan Green
    commented 2014-10-24 14:09:35 -0700
    I told the guy who brought over a lawn sign about this program that aired on KQED FM last night at 8. It isn’t yet available to download but it is relevant to Shanthi’s campaign: it’s about the need for trade schools as an alternative to college.

    American Radioworks

    Ready to Work: Reviving Vocational Ed — Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today that kind of tracking smacks of classism. “College for all” is the new mantra. But not everyone wants to go to college, and nearly half of jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Many experts say it’s time to bring career and technical education back. The program explores how vocational education has changed and how it’s re-shaping debates about the purpose of school.
  • Tracy Gary
    commented 2014-09-09 08:46:01 -0700
    You go girl. Will spread the word. Thank you for doing this Shanti.

    Tracy Gary
  • Jen Jackson
    commented 2014-06-23 17:34:25 -0700
    Hi there, please send to my personal email address. Thanks!