- Why It Matters
- In Schools
- Collaborating Districts Initiative
- Policy & Advocacy
- 2013 CASEL Guide
A primary emphasis of SEL implementation in Oakland is that social and emotional learning includes race, class, gender, culture, history and gender identity. Oakland leadership is committed to intentionally interrupting and addressing inequities with this movement to sustain a transformation of practices, policies and beliefs. OUSD is planning for a district-wide change strategy with approaches to explicitly model social and emotional learning skills and competencies through experiences that have a high degree of relevance to the district’s diverse population. An important goal is for all participants to feel well-positioned and empowered to transform the culture of OUSD into an organization that expects, prioritizes, integrates and supports SEL and leadership across the system.
Beginning in 2009, OUSD has coalesced around a five-year strategic plan (“Community Schools, Thriving Students”) and a long-term vision that “serves the whole child, eliminates inequity, and provides each child with excellent teachers every day.” The district bases this vision and strategy on three areas of focus: (1) high-quality instructional core, (2) social and emotional health and well-being, and (3) equitable opportunities for learning. Also important are partnerships with the College Board, Panasonic Foundation, and CASEL
In addition, OUSD leaders have trained more than 200 staff members in restorative justice practices and have incorporated a conflict resolution and peer mediation program into the district curriculum. The district has adopted the Caring School Community evidence-based SEL program in 21 elementary schools, as well as a three-tiered model of prevention, suspension alternatives, and supported re-entry to school for students in 13 pilot schools. To evaluate and expand this work, the district is designing a comprehensive evaluation system that will gather evidence for assessing SEL and restorative-justice practices.
Superintendent: Tony Smith, PhD, was named Superintendent of the OUSD in May 2009. His strategic plan calls for OUSD’s transformation into a full-service community school district in which every school serves as a neighborhood hub providing high-quality instruction, challenging curricula and a comprehensive range of social supports for students and families. Tony Smith has announced his resignation from OUSD effective June 2013.
Learn more about the Oakland Unified School District at http://www.ousd.k12.ca.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1.
Joined Collaborating Districts Initiative: 2012
Total Student Enrollment: 46,584
Total Number of Schools: 98
SEL District Lead: Kristina Tank-Crestetto, Director, Family, Schools and Community Partnerships
CASEL Team: Chris Hiroshima and Ann McKay Bryson