What We Do
Nothing is more basic, more essential, more foundational, and more important to a child’s success in life than the ability to read well.
The OLC enables our coalition to achieve more powerful impact together to drive literacy outcomes and equity for all students.
Read the latest on how we’ve been making a difference in our 2019-2020 Impact Report.
Our Strategies for Impact:
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Connect a Community-Wide Coalition
Literacy for all takes all of us.
Parents, schools, community groups — none of us can achieve citywide impact on our own. Our individual efforts are more effective when they build on one another instead of working in isolation or at cross purposes.
The OLC strengthens community networks and fosters productive collaboration across agencies.
We recruit and convene diverse stakeholders and enable them to align efforts, share resources, cross-pollinate ideas, and form new partnerships in service of kids and families.
Mobilize Informed Community Action
Together we have the power to shift systems, demand equity, and meet students' needs.
Families and community members are powerful champions when equipped with information about how to support students, advocate for critical systems change, and ensure public accountability for outcomes and equity.
The OLC builds broad public awareness of the issues affecting literacy in Oakland and opportunities to take action.
We increase transparency and public understanding about the state of literacy in Oakland. We are a trusted source of information, providing tools to power community engagement.
Promote Effective Programming
Literacy providers must be as effective as possible in their work with students.
Students deserve and depend on evidence-based and impactful literacy services to help them succeed. Literacy programs and practitioners must be supported to adopt practices that are proven to get results.
The OLC delivers continuous learning and capacity building for the adults supporting Oakland students’ literacy development.
Through our training workshops and convenings we elevate best practices, dig into expert research, and share what’s working across agencies.
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Provide Quality Literacy Resources
All families should have what they need to help their kids learn and love to read.
Families are their children’s first teachers and should have quality, affirming, highly engaging books along with resources to support literacy development.
The OLC connects families to resources and books through our network of community partners.
We develop and curate tools to help families encourage reading at home. We give many thousands of books each year directly to Oakland youth.