Creating the Conditions for Children to Learn: Oakland’s Districtwide Community Schools Initiative

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Oakland Unified School District (Oakland Unified) in California has made whole child education central to its community schools initiative. Oakland Unified’s community schools provide a wide range of services for children and promote practices that enhance child development. This study finds that Oakland Unified intentionally created infrastructure to support its community schools, including coordination of partnerships between schools and county-level agencies; management of partnerships between schools and service providers; training for specialized personnel, such as community school managers and student support teams; professional learning for school staff; and resources for family engagement. The study illustrates how these district-level supports enabled whole child educational practices within three case study schools. The report on which this brief is based can be found online at https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/ product/ousd-community-schools-initiative.

 

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