Schools Selected for Launch Grants

posted Mar 14, 2016, 4:16 PM by Greg Klein

In March 2016, working with our partners at the Oakland Public Education Fund and Oakland Unified School District, we announced our $2,100,000 investment in six Oakland public schools over two years through the Next Generation Learning Challenge in Oakland grant program. The selected schools are:

  • Lodestar
  • Redwood Heights
  • Roosevelt MS
  • Urban Montessori
  • Urban Promise Academy

This announcement is a major milestone for the NGLC in Oakland program as we seek to engage school (re)design teams of leaders, teachers, parents, students, and community stakeholders to create 3,000-5,000 high quality, innovative, personalized, student-centered seats by 2020. You can find the PDF blueprints for selected schools at

You can read the full press release here

The Oakland School Design Community “Mix it Up” Jam Session

posted Nov 30, 2015, 12:41 PM by Greg Klein

Event Description

It is a very exciting time to be involved in the school design community here in Oakland. There is great work being done all over the city and region as we work together to support the transformation of our city’s public education system and create the schools that our city wants and will need to ensure our future success and sustainability.

As partners in supporting school design efforts throughout Oakland’s public education ecosystem, Educate 78’s School Design Lab and the Rogers Family Foundation’s Next Generation Learning Challenge have joined forces to sponsor this upcoming event!

2015 Learning Map and Calendar of Events are live!

posted Sep 10, 2015, 3:46 PM by Greg Klein   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 3:47 PM ]

The 2015 Learning Map and Calendar of Events are live at

We hope there's something helpful for everyone interested in digging deeper into personalized learning. Please RSVP for events, school visits and tours, and please spread the word!

We've announced our 10 NGLC planning grant winners!

posted Apr 21, 2015, 9:52 AM by   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 9:52 AM ]

Oakland, CA — In the next phase of a nationwide effort to establish regional hubs of K-12 innovation, the Rogers Family Foundation (RFF) has awarded $720,000 in planning grant funding to support personalized learning in 10 schools in the Oakland Unified School District. 

A team of local and national personalized and blended learning experts chose the winning campuses from a pool of 26 applications. The 10 “breakthrough schools” – five District-run and five charter – represent innovation, novel combinations of promising and proven solutions, and groundbreaking partnerships.  The school teams will spend the next year developing their school designs, ultimately competing to be among the three to five schools to receive launch funding for the 2016-2017 school year. 

“I am very excited to support these ten schools as they take this next step on their journeys of personalization and greater student self-direction,” said Greg Klein, Senior Director of Innovation and Learning at RFF. “These school teams have come together to dream, explore and create new school models that will prepare our students for college, career and community.”

“This partnership between Oakland Unified School District and the Rogers Family Foundation is a result of the great work that our students and teachers are undertaking at many of our community schools,” said Antwan Wilson, OUSD Superintendent. “This is just the beginning of a very exciting process that we believe will assist these school communities with creating more personalized learning opportunities in the classroom.”

The 10 schools receiving planning grants are:
•    Envision Academy
•    Garfield Elementary
•    La Escuelita
•    Lighthouse II
• Redwood Heights Elementary

• Roosevelt Middle School

• Unity Middle School

• Urban Montessori Charter School

• Urban Promise Academy

These schools serve roughly 3,000 students, 80 percent of whom receive free or reduced-price lunch, and nearly 40 percent are English Language Learners. RFF and the schools themselves will use a range of measures to evaluate grantee schools’ ability to “break through” and achieve several goals, including learning growth of 1.5 years in Math and English, and a clear demonstration of college readiness based on California’s Early Assessment Program performance.
This grant award announcement comes after Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) named Oakland one of its six Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools partnership organizations across the U.S. to serve as hubs of education innovation. The Rogers Family Foundation, which was tapped to lead the initiative’s design and launch locally, is well positioned to drive the work. The organization has piloted blended learning in eight Oakland public schools over the last two and a half years. Those pilot programs aimed to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness by supporting use of technology in ways that rethought teaching and learning.
About the Oakland Unified School District
We are building a school district where  “Every Student Thrives!” by:
•    Providing every student with access to a high-quality school
•    Ensuring each student is prepared for college, career, and community success
•    Staffing every school with talented individuals committed to working in service of children
•    Creating a school district that holds itself and its partners accountable for superior outcomes
•    Guaranteeing rigorous instruction in every classroom, every day
To learn more about OUSD’s “Community Schools, Thriving Students” vision and our work to make schools safe places where students are engaged, challenged to meet college and career standards, encouraged to have fun, and to build productive and sustaining relationships, please visit:

About the Rogers Family Foundation
The Rogers Family Foundation (RFF) is committed to Oakland’s public schools where it seeks to positively transform the educational experience for Oakland’s students furthest from the opportunity of a quality education. Investing both staffing and funding resources, the Foundation envisions a future in which all Oakland students will graduate college-, career-, and community-ready. For more on RFF’s Blended Learning pilot program, click here. For more information on NGLC in Oakland, click here.

About the Oakland Public Education Fund
The Oakland Public Education Fund (the Ed Fund) leads the development and management of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. The Ed Fund is the fiscal sponsor for Oakland’s NGLC regional funds.

About Next Generation Learning Challenges
Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion. NGLC is managed by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. Since 2011, NGLC has provided more than $65 million in investment capital to foster the development of transformational K-12 and postsecondary models aimed at improving the quality and depth of learning outcomes in the U.S., particularly for low-income students. Funding for NGLC has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and theWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

See more information about our winners here.

Sign up to host your visit!

posted Nov 20, 2014, 2:36 PM by Greg Klein

Instead of trying to fit everything in an email, we created a separate page on the website that details this process. ALL SCHOOL TEAMS who intend to submit a full application by the Jan 31st deadline go here to learn more about this process; share this information with your teachers at your school; and then select your top 3 choices for when your school wants to host the visit. Prime options are already being snatched up by schools, so get your top choices submitted right away. If you have more questions after reading through this information, please email me at

Direct application support.

posted Nov 20, 2014, 2:34 PM by Greg Klein

Beyond our PD events, school tours and webinars going on this Fall, in January, we're hosting multiple "office hour" sessions where school teams can come and get direct support on specific application questions. We've got those up on the calendar and the Universal RSVP. (...but wait..there's more!...) Do you already have questions about the application? School teams are invited to work directly with one of our three consultative organizations, MDC, Ed Elements, and Alvo now. Feel free to reach out to those organizations directly to schedule: Samir Bolar @ MDC; Keara Duggan @ Ed Elements; Rebecca Tomasini @ Alvo.

Awesome upcoming events right after Thanksgiving! Bring a team.

posted Nov 20, 2014, 2:34 PM by Greg Klein

1. Tues Dec 2, 10:30-12:15pm, Seeing Oakland Schools in Action: Edna Brewer MSRSVP here. Come see teachers blend their classrooms using a mix of the best of traditional instruction and educational technology.

2. Tues Dec 2, 4-6pm, @ Cole, Developing Students as Independent Learners Through Personalized PathwaysRSVP here. This session, hosted by Keara Duggan of Education Elements, supports the Next Gen Learning Attributes of Learning Pathways; Learner Profiles; and Flexible Learning Environments. Participants will experience a whole group mini lesson on the importance of and frameworks for developing independent learners and then self-assess where to spend their flex time (e.g., exploring sample lesson plans, reviewing personalized learning plans, working with the facilitator). The session will model a flexible learning environment and includes some direct instruction and participant choice over pathway.

3. Sign up for Alvo's course featuring Michael Horn and Heather Staker, and their new book Blended. Info here (with new details!). Sign up here.

4. Join the Lighthouse Creativity Lab in December to learn how to integrate design and making into your own school setting. Sign up for any sessions through Eventbrite. All Creativity Lab PD is free for teachers at OUSD and Title 1 schools - just use the code OaklandMakes!

Interested in More Making Events? Check these out!

posted Oct 14, 2014, 4:24 PM by   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 4:25 PM ]

Sunday, Oct 19 - 10-5 pm, Park Day School, East Bay Mini Maker Faire, including an Educator's meetup!

Thurs, 10/30 - 9-3 pm, Creativity Lab - Tour + Program Planning Workshop - Spend a day with Lighthouse Creativity Lab staff working on developing a plan for your next steps in integrating making into your class, program, school, or district.

Thurs, 11/6 - 11-12 pm,, Creativity Lab - Tour

December 4-5, 9am – 5pm, Creativity Lab - Designing Making Experiences - a two-day intensive professional development workshop for educators eager to integrate making in school into their own practice.

Fri, 12/12 - Creativity Lab - 9-3pm, Learn to Make, Makey Makey and Arduino - Build your expertise in a specific skill set by having time and help to actually use the new tools to create something. 

Final chance to create shared vision for your next gen school with MDC tonight!

posted Oct 7, 2014, 1:23 PM by Keara Duggan

Tues, Oct 7th, 4-7pm @ Cole. Creating a Shared Vision of Your Next Gen School (3 of 3 options). ALL SCHOOL TEAMS SHOULD COME TO ONE OF THE THREE OFFERINGS! RSVP here.

Create A Shared Vision for Your Next Gen School!

posted Sep 30, 2014, 4:12 PM by Keara Duggan   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 4:13 PM ]

Three chances to create your vision this week and next

1. Thur, Oct 2nd, 4-7pm @ Cole. Creating a Shared Vision of Your Next Gen School (1 of 3 options). ALL SCHOOL TEAMS SHOULD COME TO ONE OF THE THREE OFFERINGS! RSVP here.

2. Mon, Oct 6th, 4-7pm @ 81st Ave Library. Creating a Shared Vision of Your Next Gen School (2 of 3 options). ALL SCHOOL TEAMS SHOULD COME TO ONE OF THE THREE OFFERINGS! RSVP here.

3. Tues, Oct 7th, 4-7pm @ Cole. Creating a Shared Vision of Your Next Gen School (3 of 3 options). ALL SCHOOL TEAMS SHOULD COME TO ONE OF THE THREE OFFERINGS! RSVP here.

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