Next Generation Learning Challenge in Oakland

NGLC in Oakland is an opportunity for schools to learn, tinker, and scale innovative ideas for personalized learning.

In the past decade, Oakland’s traditional and charter public schools have made important gains in student achievement. Today, OUSD stands as California’s most improved urban school district, and our city is home to some of the most innovative and high-performing public schools in the state. While our progress is unmistakable, we know that we can—and must—do better. Too many Oakland public schools struggle to equitably and excellently serve students, particularly students of color and those from socioeconomically disadvantaged or language minority backgrounds. Additionally, graduation rates remain intolerably low, with far too many young people entering adulthood without the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful and fulfilling life. NGLC in Oakland is an opportunity for all our public schools, traditional and charter, to take their next steps to transform.

This transformational journey begins with a deep discovery phase, during which school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders will participate in learning events and professional development sessions. Rogers Family Foundation will host visits to schools strong in different aspects of personalization so that participants can learn from the city’s and region’s most innovative teachers and principals. Following this learning phase, Oakland schools can apply for launch grants in early 2016, totaling $1.2M in launch grants for 3-4 school sites, ranging between $300,000 to $400,000 based on the strength and comprehensiveness of the application.