Oakland Tech’s Homecoming combined the old standards with the new — cheerleaders did their routine to a hip-hop beat and football players listened to iPods to get ready for the game. In this audioslide, ON’s Becky Palmstrom, who’s from Wales, gets a lesson in an American tradition.
Volunteers did the heavy lifting this weekend as the rooftop of an Oakland middle school was prepped for its winter’s work: growing vegetables to help feed and teach local students and families.
This Friday, U.C. Berkeley’s Marchant Building in North Oakland will be cleared of tables, drawers, wooden chairs, a futon frame, sofas and office supplies. They’d like you to take it. As much as you want. Free. But bring a truck.
Oral histories of Oakland residents collected by Laney College students are woven together in the original production, “The Miseducation of Oakland.” Director Michael Torres says that the overall message of the show is that, “everyone should get an education and nobody has the right to take away education.”
For talented 7-12 year olds in Oakland, October 5th was a big day. Fifteen of them were chosen from a group of thirty to become part of a hip-hop, dance and spoken word Junior theater company created through Destiny Arts Center, a North Oakland based non-profit that teaches hip-hop, kung fu and conflict resolution to youth.
Nearly 100 teachers picketed and leafleted last night’s school board meeting, pleading for a contract and better wages, while the Oakland district countered with its own flyers and warnings about certain schools that could be closed or turned into charters.
When Sarah Pratt began her first year teaching 6th grade math and science at Roosevelt Middle School she spent hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket to get her classroom ready for her new career.
The Bay Area News Project, a nonprofit media venture that will start with a $5 million grant from Bay Area financier Warren Hellman, will bridge gaps in coverage of local news issues while guiding reporters through an era of shrinking job opportunities and technological change, a leader of the project said Tuesday. Neil Henry, dean of U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, made the remarks about the recently-announced endeavor at an afternoon meeting held on the UC Berkeley campus. The plan,…