Saturday, January 31, 2015

Meet and Greet Photo Wrap Up

Wrap up photos from Lifting as We Climb:

Update from Lifting as We Climb

There are an abundance of teachers here at the summit! I'm sitting at a table with teachers from San Lorenzo Unified and Berkeley Unified. The opening plenary started with a prayer and the singing of the Black National Anthem accompanied by a beautiful video. 

Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings, Professor of Education, University of Wisconson

and Dr. Joe Johnson, Executive Director Center for Urban School Transformation, Professor of Urban Ed., San Diego State University
opened the event with calls to change out mindset about education. Dr. Ladson Billings even challenged us to STOP using the phrase "achievement gap" and start using "education debt". African-Americans have overcome on an unequal foundation starting from the founding of our nation!

One of the threads weaving this summit together is the fact that African-Americans are a people of hope, we stand on the shoulders of a powerful and inspirational ancestry. The stories of speakers' lives shows just how much of an impact the pillars in our community have on a student's educational growth and achievement. People like you and I have an enormous task at hand to engage and challenge this next generation! 

Lifting as We Climb

Aspire and Achieve is attending the 6th Annual African American Regional Educational Alliances (AAREA) Professional Deelopment Summit: Lifting as We Climb: Honoring Our Past, Embracing the Present, Cultivating the Future

Saturday, January 31, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Oakland

Check back here for updates from this informative event! 

Friday, January 16, 2015

AAMA Report Out 1/15/15
A few of our LOC members attended the African American Male Achievement (AAMA) Report Out last night (Thursday, 1/15/15) at Impact Hub on Broadway. There was massive attendance! See a couple of photos below.


Students in Lamar's class.

Schools from across OUSD (including Oakland Tech) presented their work and programs through the Office of AAMA.

Coming soon: video of a performance from that night!

The report is available to view here.

Connect with AAMA on various outlets here:
OUSD Website: