Education

A squirrel accepts a walnut from a lofty palm tree perch.

Squirrel photographers showcase Oakland’s furry residents in new exhibit

Hella Damn Squirrels has been in full operation since 2013. The group only consists of two people, Hale and her boyfriend Toppano, partners in squirrel photography from the very beginning. They focus solely on the...
Superintendent Antwan Wilson presents to a group of parents, teachers and administrators at the West Oakland Middle School library.

Oakland Unified School District discusses strategies for teacher recruitment and retention

At the superintendent-parent forum on Saturday morning, parents, teachers and district officials gathered at West Oakland Middle School to discuss new changes for teacher recruitment and retention strategies in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).
Oakland's holiday tree at Jack London Square. Photo by Peter Bittner.

Oakland North’s 2015 year in review — our top stories

2015 brought another group of student reporters to Oakland North, and they covered the daily news of a changing city: The rising cost of rent and concerns about gentrification, the debate over raising the minimum wage,...
Band students at Edna Brewer Middle School at a practice session on a Monday afternoon.

Through adversity, music programs in OUSD fight to grow

Cal’Vion Evans, an eighth grader at Roots International Academy, begins slowly, tapping the cymbals and toms with two wooden drumsticks. The drum set rests on a mini-stage, a short platform covered by a rug and...
Claremont Canyon eucalyptus

Will a controversial FEMA plan to cut eucalyptus reduce the danger of another hills firestorm?

In over 40 years working at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mike Martin, now Alameda County battalion chief, has never seen anything like October 20, 1991 in the hills east of Oakland...
Video produced by Katherine Rose and Erika Alvero

Oakland school district approves new kitchen to create fresher meals

The school district’s recently-approved Central Kitchen, Instructional Farm and Education Center Project is an effort to improve the quality of school meals in Oakland by creating a modern facility equipped to prepare thousands of nutritious...
Tom Chappelear, a mentor at Curiosity Hacked, is helping one of the kids build the base of a BattleBot.

Curiosity Hacked brings the maker movement to Oakland’s students

It is 7 p.m. and the young makers at Curiosity Hacked are swiftly moving between the laser cutter and their workbenches. This Tuesday, the kids have one mission in mind: creating BattleBots for the spring...
School board directors discuss potential changes in the district's enrollment policy.

School board considers options for proposed enrollment policy

On Wednesday, district officials presented a plan for improvements to the student enrollment system, Lance Jackson updated the board on the Central Kitchen Project, and the Oakland Athletic League (OAL) presented a progress report from...
Vocal Rush performs at West Coast A Cappella Showcase at UC Berkeley; photo taken by Akira Olivia Kumamoto

Vocal Rush blurs the line between a cappella and activism

Founded in 2011 at the Oakland School of the Arts, the group is made up of high school students at the charter school. They have won the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA)...