Education

Barbers, Books & Bridges founder Denmark Gatewood holds up books for the audience to choose from for the read-aloud. (Ryan Lindsay/Oakland North)

Oakland non-profit promotes literacy through diversity and representation

Denmark Gatewood had a captive audience. On Saturday, he sat on a small stage reading children’s books filled with stories about Black children, written by Black authors to a group of mostly Black children and...
AC Transit buses leave Skyline High School filled with students. (Photo: Jeff Weisinger)

OUSD and AC Transit finding a new route to bus students

After 20 years of collaboration, the Oakland Unified School District and Alameda Contra-Costa Transit are now negotiating to find a cheaper way to provide bus services to local students.
Maysoun Wazwaz takes a presidential oath to "faithfully execute her role as Boss Lady of the United States" in front of "judge" and artist Jeremiah Barber at the Royal Nonesuch Gallery at the Inauguration Ball on Friday, January 20, 2017. (Photo courtesy of 100 days Action-Victoria Heilweil)

100 Days Action: Oakland artists respond to Trump’s presidency

In Oakland, a collective of 15 artists, who were previously complete strangers to one another, are expressing their reaction to the new Trump presidency through a different kind of protest, an art project they are...
Dr. Marsha Treadwell working on initiative.

Children’s Hospital Oakland staff use grant to tackle sickle cell disease

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital awarded grant for sickle cell initiative.
An AP Computer Science Principles class at Castlemont High School in Oakland Unified School District. (Photo by: Stefanie Le)

Oakland Unified School District takes on tech, with corporate help

Over the last year and a half, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has been making an effort to deepen its science, technology, engineering and math programs, but so far it has had to depend...
Gregory Lewis holds up a childhood photograph of himself campaigning for Bobby Seale. Lewis, who now works as a lawyer in downtown Oakland, attributes the Oakland Community School with much of his success.

At historic Black Panthers school, Black teachers were key to student success

In 1973, the Black Panther Party opened an elementary school in an old church on International Boulevard. At its peak, The Oakland Community School (OCS) served around 160 students, and relied on a combination of...
Jonathan Valencia, 7, at his elementary school in Oakland. Photo: Rosa Furneaux.

The classroom, the ballot and the big bad wall — Oakland’s children tackle the Trump effect

One afternoon in the middle of summer, Beatriz Valencia’s son Jonathan came home with a question. The 7-year-old wanted to know if his mom knew that Donald Trump was running for president.
Sandra Johnson, an Oakland resident, needs a job to sustain herself, but faces obstacles with a conviction on her record.

Sandra Johnson needs a job: Finding work after incarceration

Sandra Johnson needs a job, desperately. The formerly incarcerated 59-year-old Oakland woman is now a City College of San Francisco student, but needs to find work as well. In June, the Alameda County Board of...
At a downtown Oakland protest on November 9, a demonstrator displays a message for future action. Photo by Margaret Katcher.

Oakland groups take action after a shocking election outcome

After a shocking Donald Trump presidential victory, groups in Oakland are taking action against the President-Elect's proposed policies.
Proposition 51 in the Official Voter Information Guide for the November 8, 2016 election. (Photo by Pablo De La Hoya)

Voters approve $9 billion for public school construction, repairs

This week, California voters approved Proposition 51, a $9 billion bond for public school construction and improvement across the state. By noon on Wednesday, the proposition led 54 percent to 46 percent and the Associated...