Session Five brings an opportunity for leaders to reconnect in Criticial Friends Groups so that protocols can be employed to further unpack both the learning to date, as well as provide each leader an opportunity
to be heard.
The Early College inquiry group takes things to the next level engaging in rich, often assertive discussion on how to ensure an equitable distribution of the resources local commnity college hold by providing early college opportunities for Oakland youth.
Session Three for the Early College Inquiry Group brought students to the table. An eye-opening and emotional fishbowl of students who have have participated in Early College programs in Oakland district and charter schools share their stories. Also, these students provided invaluable advice for the leaders participating in this project.
Session Two brought extra-ordinary insight and information. The inquiry group held two fishbowls. The first involved leadership from Laney College including department heads and faculty. The group revealed what's worked and what hasn't in the Early College and concurrent enrollment programs they've experience. This was followed after a tasty
dinner by a fishbowl of district and charter leaders discussing their diverse experiences leading similar programs in their schools.
The next Inquiry Session FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 4-7PM will be held at MetWest High School at 314 E. 10th Street in the Harper Building across from the Laney College football field.
The journey has begun. With twelve charter and district high schools participating, the Oakland Inquiry Project began its effort to discover the best that "Early College" has to offer at the scenic Jack London Aquatic Center. From American Indian Public Charter High, who has been offering classes to its students on the Merritt College campus for the past three years, to Coliseum College Prep Academy (CCPA), a growing 6-12 district school that is contemplating the role Early College will play in their future Senior Institute. The group began to establish its norms, build trust, and setting goals through a strong agenda facilitated by Greg Peters of SFCESS. The next two sessions begin an engagement with the local Peralta Community College system, and high school students who have experienced an Early College programs to see just what's working and what's not.
INFO Session draws leaders from across OAKLAND PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS:
OAKLAND INQUIRY PROJECT
The OAKLAND INQUIRY PROJECT is a project that engages ten Oakland school leaders from charter schools and District schools in a sustained, facilitated inquiry project for one year. The inquiry will focus on perfecting or initiating an Early College model of providing access to College courses for all students. This facilitated inquiry cycle will conclude with a published "Field Guide" of recommendations, tips, and strategies for use by other schools and school leaders as a resource when seeking to implement a similar innovative practice.
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