Oakland Schools Seeking Diverse Teachers

 To meet the needs of Oakland students, local educators have developed a recruitment and development pipeline so students of color can see and connect with adults with common experiences.  
Teach Tomorrow in Oakland (TTO)— which began as a partnership between former Mayor Dellums’ office and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)—is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers who reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the city.
In its continued effort to diversify Oakland’s teaching workforce, TTO will host a teacher recruitment fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 in Oakland City Hall’s Hearing Room 3, located at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
“It is imperative to be recruiting people from the community to teach in Oakland, not just to have outsiders coming in,” said Marisol Nuño, an Oakland born and raised teacher, who is working with TTO to recruit more Latino Oaklanders as teachers.
“People who come from the community understand Oakland, and for them the work is much more personal, more important,” she said.
TTO seeks teachers who are committed to ensuring that all students achieve at high levels, professional development and long-term employment within the Oakland Unified School District.
 TTO creates multiple, customized pathways for Oakland’s youth and adults to become teachers, providing intensive instructional and classroom management training, individualized tutoring to pass the CBEST/CSET and support to obtain a teaching credential throughout the first five years of teaching, as well as guidance throughout the OUSD hiring process.
 TTO has already placed 46 teachers who are currently working in Oakland schools and receives funding from the Teel Family Foundation, Federal Transition to Teach program and the Packard Foundation.
For information and to have your questions answered, attend the Feb. 2nd teacher recruitment fair. RSVP to Kelly Leonard at kellyleonard@OUSD.k12.ca.us or call 510-273-2339.

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