April 2022

General Meeting


Agenda Highlights

On April 20, 2022, the Oakland Literacy Coalition hosted our Quarterly Forum where we were in conversation with Oakland Unified School District educators, literacy leaders and principals about their experience implementing new literacy curriculum and strategies for improving reading outcomes.


Watch Panel Discussion Here!


This 1.5 hour panel discussion featured Nikki Williams – Principal, Oakland Academy of Knowledge, Sara Farmer – ELA Instructional Coach, Garfield Elementary, Edgar Rodriguez-Ramirez – Principal, Garfield Elementary and was moderated by OLC’s Associate Director of Community Engagement, Exequiel “Rex” Ganding III.


Keep up with the featured panelist by following the links below!


Oakland Academy of Knowledge
IG: @oaklandacademyofknowledge


Garfield Elementary
IG: @garfieldelementaryoakland
FB: https://www.facebook.com/GarfieldElementaryOakland


Oakland Literacy Coalition
Twitter: @oaklandreads
FB: @oaklitcoalition
IG: @oaklitcoalition

February 2022

General Meeting


Agenda Highlights

On February 16, 2022, the Oakland Literacy Coalition was pleased to have Dr. Sabrina “Bri” Moore led our first IN TRAINING session “Building Liberatory Learning Spaces.” This workshop expands on her previous OLC Symposium session ‘Intervention Is Racist’. This workshop is especially important for educators, community organizers and designers of learning spaces looking for support and encouragement in developing liberatory learning spaces that are inclusive, equitable and anti-racist.

Resources and Links:

About Dr. Sabrina “Bri” Moore

Dr. Sabrina “Bri” Moore is the founder and director of 3Ls: Literacy, Leadership and Liberation. An Oakland based organization changing literacy outcomes “One Neighborhood at a time.” She is a former teacher, principal and now Program Director of Systemic Instructional Review in Oakland California working in tandem for both the State CCEE and Alameda County offices of Education in support of the Oakland Unified School District.

When asked about who she is, Dr. Bri said,

“Only after an MBA and Doctorate can I now laugh about the words, stereotypes, and statistics thrown at me in school [such as] ‘stupid Black girl; you’re not smart enough!; You can’t read.’ I knew that I didn’t want any kid to have that experience. To hear what I heard, feel what I felt, or believe what I had learned to believe. Fast forward through teaching, principalship and a few other titles and the birth of 3Ls was inevitable. Fate! I founded 3Ls in 2014 to improve literacy rates by leveraging liberatory practices in the community, to listen, respond, identify and interrupt the ways in which reading was being done or not done for our kids. It took shape one neighborhood at a time.”

Keep up with Dr. Bri by following the links below:

  • www.www.3lstheacademy.org/
  • FB:@3lstheacademy
  • IG: @3lstheacademy

January 2022

General Meeting


Agenda Highlights

Earlier this month on January 19th, the Oakland Literacy Coalition was honored to have Tyson Amir lead a powerful presentation for our Winter Forum and our first In Conversation Series for 2022. In the seminar presentation, titled “Black Minds and the History of Education,”Tyson Amir explored the history of U.S education and its impact on Black and Indigenous folks in the Bay Area and across the country.


Watch the full presentation here!


What are the stereotypes about Black students and Black youth? Where did they come from??? And what purpose do they serve??? These are the questions Tyson led with as he began the unveiling of the origins of U.S Education. 


When having conversations about the inequities and injustices that many Black, Brown and Indigenous students face within the education system, we have to have a clear understanding on where it all originated from. When it comes to the beginnings of what we know to be the education and schooling system here in the U.S, the intention was, politically, socially, economically, legislatively, and culturally focused on barring Black folks from access to education. This is evident in the slew of anti-literacy laws passed between 1740 – 1865 and further confirmed by anti-Black and discriminatory beliefs held by many of the this country’s founding leaders. 


Taking us on a journey from the early 1600s to the present, Tyson gives a thorough mapping of the history of U.S education, connects the Black experience with Indigenous struggles, and urges us to reflect on our own perceptions and beliefs and how that shapes the youth who we are in community with.

Resources and Links:


About Tyson
Born and bred in the Bay Area is the creative, Tyson Amir. He is a rapper blessed with a poignant message, electrifying cadence, enlightening lyrics and it all combines to form a music with enough heart and soul to move a generation. Tyson is also a poet, emcee, educator, author, activist but if you ask him he’ll say he’s “a freedom fighter”. His fight is born out of love for humanity, justice and peace for all. Each one of these layers are intricately woven into his praxis and practice. He is the author of “Black Boy Poems” and creator of the Black Boy Poems curriculum. He is also the founder of Freedom Soul Media Education Initiatives. 


Keep up with Tyson
IG: @tyamir
Twitter: @tysonamir

Spring 2021

General Meeting


Agenda Highlights.

In our Spring Literacy Forum, we convened a parent/educator panel for a rich discussion of lesson learned from a year of remote schooling.  Our panelists looked at what they want to bring forward and want they want to leave behind in virtual learning as we head back to classrooms. Our panelists highlighted the ways that different communication modes between schools and families has helped them support students and in many cases, points the way for closer partnerships moving forward.

Educators shared how their experiences in adapting to distance learning has implications for student engagement, and in particular, attending to their social emotional needs. Existing equity gaps were exacerbated during the pandemic, necessitating a concentrated response as we return to classrooms. In many cases, it is the most under-resourced students that are choosing to remain in remote schooling, increasing the urgency for schools to effectively build out their hybrid and distance learning plans.


See below for links to the presentation agenda,  resources and link to the recorded webinar (coming soon). 

Click below for selected highlights of the Parent & Educator Panel.

  • Resilience:


  • Moving Forward:


  • Communication:


  • Technology:


  • Final Thoughts:




SEL Trainings

General Meeting

Agenda Highlights

Social emotional health is critical for young children as it is critical for us all. We know that for children to reach their academic goals, we need to attend to their social emotional needs first. 

In a two-part workshop series in February, we welcomed back our expert facilitator Aija Simmons to share with our community of literacy service providers, educators and educational leaders, ways to foster social emotional learning (SEL) skills and relationship building in their daily work. The series focused on building capacity, both for our external programs, and within our organizations. 

Aija introduced participants to the MPACT and CASEL pyramid learning frameworks. Participants decided on one key area of focus to practice between the two sessions. In breakout rooms grouped by organizational teams and by area of focus, we reflected on which practices we were able to put in place, and looked at our goals for integrating new SEL practices moving forward.

Did you miss the SEL workshop series and want to review? Please check out the resources below: 



Winter 2021

General Meeting

Agenda Highlights

Goals like reading success for all require transformational change and leadership. Our Winter Literacy Forum was an opportunity for educators, parents, programs, organizations, and other community members to hear and learn from each other.  We highlighted OUSD’s new ELA framework, strategy, and curriculum pilot as a critical pathway and opportunity for change.


In small breakout groups, we asked participants to examine: What have been the barriers to successful reading initiatives? What were obstacles in the way? What are the opportunities for change? Participants also examined their own work and leadership in removing barriers and enabling conditions for community level change.

Missed the forum? Want to review? Check out the relevant documents below:

Fall 2020

General Meeting

Agenda Highlights

Our Fall Quarterly meeting featured an interactive presentation about Social and Emotional Learning. We were thrilled to bring Aija Simmons (Program Manager in the department of Social and Emotional Learning at OUSD) to present to our community.


Aija led our group through the basics of SEL and how OUSD approaches SEL, both in-person and virtually. We then unpacked the three signature SEL practices: welcoming rituals, engaging practices, and optimistic closings. Our meeting made great use of breakout rooms as we connected with each other to discuss using these practices in our own contexts for a valuable peer-learning experience.


As our schools and programs continue to serve students virtually, SEL is critical. We are committed to helping our community access these valuable resources for students, and we look forward to future workshop opportunities with Aija in January. Stay tuned to find out how you can joining us!


See below for links to the presentation guide, the recorded webinar, and the powerpoint slides. 

Summer 2020

General Meeting

Agenda Highlights

This quarter we examined virtual learning in Oakland. This past Spring, as COVID-19 began appearing in communities across the Bay Area and the rest of the country, schools and programs were forced to close their doors and pivot online. Within a few weeks, students and educators were suddenly learning and teaching over Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype. We were thrilled to feature the work of two organizations who shared what they learned and created through distance learning this summer. 


The Oakland REACH is responding to the growing learning disparities affecting Black and Brown children in Oakland and the growing digital divide exacerbated by COVID-19. In June the Oakland REACH launched the City-Wide Virtual Family Hub and Literacy Liberation Center, providing summer learning and tech resources for over 200 students and families.


Springboard Collaborative has partnered with schools in Oakland since 2015, providing after school and summer programming aimed at coaching teachers and families to help kids read on grade level. As a response to COVID-19, Springboard moved their programming online and launched a resource portal for families and teachers. They also released a family literacy app and toolkit, and organized professional learning communities for teachers.


We used our time together to learn and discuss:

  • What has worked for programs transitioning to virtual learning? What hasn’t?
  • How are programs supporting the work of schools and teachers in virtual learning?
  • How are programs supporting students and families through virtual learning?
  • How can we leverage virtual learning to begin closing opportunity gaps and keep all kids connected – online and in person?
  • What lessons and learning can we all take into the Fall?


Participants were able to reflect, share, and learn together in “round-table” discussions with Community Education Partnerships, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, and East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation.


As we enter the Fall, we continue to support each other and our students in navigating the online learning world. We look forward to more collaboration and innovation throughout Oakland.


See below for links to the presentation guide, the recorded webinar, and the powerpoint slides. 


Spring 2020

General Meeting

Agenda Highlights

Our Spring Quarterly Meeting focused on Understanding Dyslexia. After spending the previous few months learning more about the science of reading and best practices in teaching reading, dyslexia began to stand out as a really important focus area for our community.


Kristen Koeller is the Educator Outreach Co-Manager for Decoding Dyslexia CA, and is a Structured Literacy TSA in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.  She is an IDA Certified Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher.


Deberah Schlagel is a Decoding Dyslexia, CA volunteer and parent advocate.


Together they led the webinar and helped our community better understand Dyslexia while exploring the following questions:

  • What is Dyslexia and how does it affect student learners?
  • Why do so many students fall through the cracks before identification and support?
  • What practices and instructional approaches can support students with dyslexia?
  • What can we learn from parent experience in navigating school systems to support a dyslexic child?
  • What role might we each play in supporting students and how can this knowledge inform our own practice?


See below for links to the presentation guide, the recorded webinar, and the powerpoint slides.


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