Press Release: OUSD Dual Language Teachers to Convene About Science Standards and Language

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OUSD News Release

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Contact: Laura Prival
OLAS Coordinator
OUSD Science

OUSD Dual Language School Teachers and Leaders Will Convene to Implement Next Generation Science Standards and Language Development

California Dept. of Education Representatives to Join Professional Learning Activities

OAKLAND, CA -- On Friday, January 27, representatives from the California Department of Education will join teachers and school leaders from five OUSD Dual Language elementary schools as they engage in a day of professional learning and planning as part of the OLAS Project.

OLAS (Oakland Language Immersion Advancement in Science) is a partnership between the schools, the OUSD Science Department and English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement (ELLMA) Office along with several U.C. Berkeley departments: the Principal Leadership Institute (PLI), Multicultural Urban Secondary English Program (MUSE), Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) and Museum of Paleontology.  

The five Spanish-English Dual Language schools involved in the 2-year project are: Community United, Esperanza, Global Family, International Community School, and Melrose Leadership Academy.  The project seeks to develop school-based leadership in order to further the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, language development and equity.

Last spring, Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs) from the five schools began to conduct self-assessments of their schools in order to develop a Problem of Practice relating to the Next Generation Science Standards, language development and equity.  Over a week-long summer institute, the ILTs collaboratively constructed Implementation Plans to address their Problems of Practice throughout the 2016-17 school year.

On January 27, entire school teams will participate in workshops by the partner organizations, strategize as a whole faculty on next steps to address their Problems of Practice, and share across schools to build a network of support amongst the participating schools.  Funders from the California Department of Education will attend the morning sessions.

WHAT: OLAS Professional Development Day
WHEN: January 27, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: International Community School, 2825 International Blvd., Oakland


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About Oakland Unified School District 
In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” Nearly half of its 50,000 students speak a non-English language at home. Each of its 126 schools is staffed with talented individuals who unite around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness and Joy. OUSD is committed to preparing all learners for college, career and community success.