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OAKLAND LEADS TECH EQUITY IN PK-12 EDUCATION
In the last two years, enrollment in computer science courses in OUSD has increased over 1000%. Of students enrolled in computer science, 45% are young women, 29% identify as African American, and 38% identify as Latinx, in line with overall district representation (48%, 25.9%, and 41.8%, respectively)—a huge step toward equity.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his PUSHTech 2020 initiative, Oakland Unified School District, and the Oakland Public Education Fund invite you to learn more about Oakland’s success at an Oakland Public Schools Computer Science Showcase.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
2:00-4:45 PM (press conference to follow at 5:00 PM)
Oakland Technical High School
4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
SHOWCASE HOSTS & SPEAKERS
Showcase speakers will include Reverend Jesse Jackson, OUSD Interim Superintendent Devin Dillon, and Oakland Public Education Fund Executive Director Brian Stanley. The event also features student presentations and a panel discussion with leaders from Intel, Salesforce, and SAP sharing highlights of their partnership with Oakland schools. OUSD Computer Science Manager Claire Shorall will close with an overview of Oakland’s tech equity strides to date—and where she hopes to take them next.
The Showcase is part of Tech EQuity Week, a national collaboration initiated by Rainbow PUSH and Qeyno Labs. Tech EQuity Week is all about celebrating partnerships among social impact organizations, tech companies, and local communities. Oakland captures this convergence perfectly, with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) at the forefront of creating equity in computer science education.
COMPUTER SCIENCE IN OUSD
To build a diverse tech ecosystem that benefits all our Oakland communities, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is taking crucial first steps to promote equity in computer science education. Partnerships with major tech companies have brought vital investment of funds and knowledge to put the right tools into the hands of our highest-need students.
For example, Intel’s partnership with Oakland Technical High School and McClymonds High School brings $5 million in computer science funding to these schools and creates internship and career pathway opportunities. Meanwhile, Salesforce has invested $2.5 million to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in six Oakland middle schools.
In designing these partnerships with OUSD, both Intel and Salesforce have emphasized the need to bring computer science to more students of color. Other tech companies and nonprofits joining forces with OUSD include SAP, Google, Hidden Genius Project, the Kapor Center for Social Impact, and the Level Playing Field Institute.
Thanks to being one of the most diverse school districts in the nation, OUSD students bring valuable life experience that positions them well to create technology for the emerging future of highly diverse urban centers with multicultural, multilingual end users.