Teacher Fellowship


Oakland Kids First (OKF) is excited to announce a fellowship for progressive classroom teachers that supports and builds capacity of teachers to engage in a series of innovative student-centered projects toward building greater equity in their schools. As a pilot, this fellowship runs in the spring semester of the 2018-2019 school year, starting in February and ending in May. Engaging with principles of design thinking, we will be testing the prototype of the fellowship as we participate.

Who is this for?

This fellowship is open to middle and high school classroom teachers working at in-district OUSD schools who have a strong belief in the need to engage their students – and the broader school community – in efforts toward achieving greater equity for students in OUSD. In this fellowship, teachers will have an opportunity to innovate and collaborate with OKF student organizers who are active leaders in their school communities.

Priority will be given to teachers:

    • Committed to improving their classroom practice to increase student voice and agency.
  • Who want to further develop their leadership skills

What are the fellowship goals?

  1. To build a cadre of teacher leaders that will work together to deepen their analysis and develop a shared vision for achieving equity in OUSD so the Oakland public school system is held accountable to the highest-need student populations.
  2. To establish multi-stakeholder networks designed to influence school culture, best practices, and decision-making at the school level so that all teachers can have an opportunity to be seen as contributors and leaders.
  3. We believe in the vision of building the capacity of teachers so that they can then lead with students, parents, and community members to shift the nexus of power in education and create lasting change for students furthest from opportunity.
  4. When this is seeded with the values of educational justice with students at the center, we believe our schools can be a thriving place of equity and learning for all students.

The fellowship prototype is designed to:

    • Provide teachers with the tools and skills to practice designing & implementing  small, safe-to-fail scalable projects through prototyping, testing, and feedback.
    • Create a community of support with other progressive teachers serving high-need students
  • Introduce teachers to centering student needs and analysis as they evolve their pedagogy and praxis

We will do this by:

    • Developing a cohort experience to give teachers the peer support they need to build their voice and agency to engage in change, while giving participants a new set of allies and thought partners from which to draw support and critical friendship.
    • Fellows will try on design mindsets and behaviors. Changing behaviors and mindsets shifts culture – when even one teacher pivots in a new direction, the potential for a ripple effect is high if the conditions are made to share what they learned through observation,  discussion, and reflection.
  • Lastly, we will convene a fishbowl series to serve as guided conversations with Oakland teachers to tell their stories in a safe space to decision makers, other educators, students, and the community at large.

Who is OKF?

Oakland Kids First is a non-profit founded in 1996 by a multi-racial coalition of youth serving agencies. Our mission is to increase youth voice, leadership, and power and create equitable public schools where all students learn and achieve. Our Meaningful Student & Family Engagement initiative was launched three years ago to increase the capacity of students and parents to advocate for equity through school site planning, shared decision-making and organizing. The fellowship will add a teacher component to this work.

What’s the schedule?

Participants need to be available the following dates in 2019:

Saturday, 2/23. 9am – 3pm (at Studio to Be)
Saturday, 3/16. 9am – 3pm
(at Youth Uprising)
Saturday, 4/27. 9am – 3pm 
(at Youth Uprising)
Saturday, 5/18. 9am – 3pm final showcase (at Youth Uprising)
Wednesday, 5/22.* 4:30pm – 730pm
 Closing circle and final feedback (Location TBD)

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided as well as all materials.

5/18 Final showcase of learning

The fellowship will end with an evening retreat to reflect on learnings, celebrate our experience, and propose changes that will inform a year-long fellowship.

Is there coaching?

YES! Teachers will have the option to sign up for individual coaching sessions during the time between sessions. Coaching sessions will be designed to suit each teacher’s individual needs.

How much is the stipend?

Teachers will receive $750 for their full participation over 4 months of engagement.

Is translation offered?

Please let us know your translation needs and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Ok, I’m ready! How can I apply?

Complete the google form by midnight on January 31, 2019 at tinyurl.com/teacherfellowship2

Additional questions can be sent to: christina@kidsfirstoakland.org