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Oakland Unified School District

Leading Educators is partnering with Oakland Unified School District and EL Education, a provider of highly-rated curricula, to implement professional learning support for middle school English language arts (ELA) teachers as they begin to use new curricular resources.

OUSD has a leadership system that provides site-based instructional support through Teachers on Special Assignment (TSA) to middle schools. Leading Educators is supporting OUSD to pair school-based professional learning with the new curricula so teachers have opportunities to strengthen their skills and apply new knowledge to lessons alongside peers.

This partnership is made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Professional Learning Partnerships Initiative, an effort to advance professional learning (PL) services which will support the equitable implementation of high-quality instructional materials.

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“Districts like Oakland are often faced with the question: how effective is our teacher collaboration time to actually grow teacher capacity and student achievement? We know that the surest way to improvement is by increasing our collective efficacy, which means content PLCs are our most important lever for change."
Abbey Kerins