Melissa Hellmann

Second chances: An ex-convict’s path to higher education

On an early October morning in 1990, Ralph Spinelli swung open the back door of a large restaurant as he shoved his other hand into the pocket of his lightweight windbreaker, pretending to hold a gun. He had eaten at the restaurant several times before and knew that the door was unlocked around that time…

Education conference shines light on multicultural teaching

Over 1,000 scholars, students, and parents attended the five-day National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) conference, held at the Oakland Marriott City Center, which featured panels, interactive workshops, school tours, and film screenings.

Educators discuss Common Core’s allocation of funds

In preparation for the full implementation of Common Core State Standards, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) held a public hearing on Wednesday evening to discuss allocation of funds.

Oakland parade showcases black cowboy culture

Over a dozen riders saddled up for the 39th Annual Oakland Black Cowboy Association Parade on Saturday. The event celebrates the often untold history of black cowboys and cowgirls.