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THE OAKLAND LITERACY SYMPOSIUM 
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OCTOBER 1 - 2, 2021
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AYESHA CURRY INVITES YOU!

The Oakland Literacy Coalition is proud to partner with Stephen and Ayesha Curry's Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation.

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How do we build a future where every young person is on a path to learn and love to read, and thrive in school and beyond?
Join us for this two-day virtual event bringing educators, youth development professionals, leaders, design thinkers, and change makers together to learn, strategize, elevate, and collaborate.

WHO IS HOSTING?

Literacy & Justice for All: Oakland Literacy Symposium is Oakland Literacy Coalition's inaugural conference that aims to break down barriers, highlight best practices, and elevate local solutions.

WHO IS INVITED?

Educators, non-profit providers, community leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.

SAVE THE DATE: OCT 1 -2

Register yourself or your organization today! Oakland teachers and school staff will be able to register with a 50% discount. OLC members will receive two free tickets.

WELCOME HAPPY HOUR

After registering, RSVP, if you haven't already, to join symposium speakers & attendees at a kickoff event with an in-person happy hour happening Thursday, September 30th, 5:30-7:30pm at Kingston 11!

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Solving the most challenging literacy needs will take all of us.
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ABOUT THE OLC

Through networking and convening, the Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) builds connections and closes the gap between individuals and entities, creating a united, community-powered, effort toward improving literacy for Oakland students.

Through our annual Symposium, we strive to create an environment where together we can learn, strategize, elevate, and collaborate in order to empower Oakland learners of all ages with the literacy skills that set them on the path to success.

Bringing teacher professional learning to your living room

GET YOUR PROFESIONAL GROWTH EQUIVALENCY CREDITS

Get credit for engaging professional learning on a diverse range of topics connecting you with other Oakland educators and stakeholders at our Symposium OUSD teachers.​

To apply for credit, fill out the form below, have it approved by the academic team, and submit to their Employee Support Specialist.

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FEATURED PLENARY SESSIONS

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LITERACY: A LIBERATORY, CIVIL RIGHT

By Dr. Julie Washington

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OUR STORY,
OUR PURPOSE

By Rene Benavides & Mark Isero of VTA Collective

SETTING INTENTION, DRIVING IMPACT

By Nazshonnii Brown-Almaweri

CONCURRENT SESSION WORKSHOPS

Intervention is Racist

3Ls Academy: Literacy, Leadership & Liberation
Sabrina “Bri” Moore and Precious James

The Oakland REACH and FluentSeeds Partnership

The Oakland REACH & FluentSeeds
Emily Grunt and Michael De Sousa

Math in Storybooks

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

Paola Bea and Yolanda Romo-Gonzalez

Arguing the Case for Student Learning

Education Coalition for Hispanics in Oakland (ECHO)

Emma Roos, Lily Wong, Peter Roos & Kenji Hakuta

Life As Primary Text: An Experiential Youth Speaks Writing Workshop for Educators

Youth Speaks

Gabriel Cortez and Sandy Vazquez

Agentic Students + Literacy

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Charles Cole III with Youth Guests

Help Wanted: Change Managers for Literacy Instruction

FULCRUM
Kareem Weaver

Early Literacy Kings Project

Oakland Unified School District Early Literacy Kings Project 
Taji Brown and Kahlil Chatmon

Engaging Families

Family Engagement Lab and Springboard Collaborative

Vidya Sundaram, Cecilia Aguilar, and Iralys Lopez

It’s Not The Swing of the Pendulum: Reading & The Brain

The Right to Read Project

Lani Mednick and Margaret Goldberg

Support Dual Language Learners with SEEDS Repeated Read Aloud

CARES for Learning

Bernadette Pilar Zermeno

SPECIAL GUESTS

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PERFORMANCE

By Youth Speaks

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LITERACY STORIES & LITERACY DREAMS

By Rene Benavides & Mark Isero of VTA Collective

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A virtual, accessible, and affordable home for literacy & learning.

THE IMPACT: COMMUNITY LITERACY

  • Bridge learning from the classroom, home, and beyond.
     

  • Deepen the practice of educators, providers, and youth development professionals.
     

  • Align and link learning and instruction across the learning continuum.
     

  • Collaborative spaces for professional learning—educators, leaders, and changemakers together.
     

  • Deepen community commitment of literacy as a tool for equity and driver of change. 
     

  • Build literacy allies and champions across our region.

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LOCAL SOLUTIONS

Designed with an advisory group of local stakeholders and educators.

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COLLABORATIVE

Teachers and community-based educators learning together in service of students.

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GROUNDED IN PRACTICE

Practitioner focused, practitioner taught.

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EQUITY-CENTERED

Program designed around students and communities served.

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PRESENTING PARTNERS:

Sponsors
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