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Building Leadership

Empowering Families, Educators, and Community Leaders

FIA builds the capacity parents, youth, educators and school leaders in order to create a more just public education ecosystem in Oakland. Through building strong community, our signature institutes, 1:1 coaching, co-leading education campaigns, FIA has developed hundreds of powerful leaders who demand and win access, quality and equity in Oakland public education.

Vote for Oakland Students

Building Powerful Family Leadership

We help families understand the power and politics of public education and how they can lift their voices to impact their students’ future. We give families a seat at the table in city-wide policy and decision making.

FIA Summer Institute 2021

FIA leadership institutes bring parents and youth together to network and develop their organizing skills. Institute graduates go on to co-lead FIA issue campaigns that make a real impact in improving education.

Parent and youth participants

From Oakland Charter Schools

Sessions

Weeks

Participating schools: Achieve, AIMS, Alternative Action High School, Arise High School, Ascend, Aspire ERES Academy, Aspire Triumph Technology Academy, Bay Area Technology, Community School for Creative Education, Cox Academy, East Bay Innovation Academy, KIPP Bridge Academy, Latitude High School, Lazear Charter Academy, Lighthouse Community Charter, Lodestar, Oakland Charter High School, Oakland Military Institute, Oakland Unity High School, and Yu Ming

Teacher Political Fellowship

So many Oakland teachers dedicate their profession to transforming student lives through education. Yet far too often do teachers exercise their power and influence in citywide education issues. FIA believes that cultivating teacher leadership is key to transforming equity, access and quality in our city.

Our inaugural Teacher Political Leader Fellowship brought 30 charter and district teachers together to build community, to learn about power and politics in Oakland and to galvanize civic education and voter registration in their school communities.

Teacher Political Leadership

FIA’s Teacher Political Leadership provides educators an opportunity to elevate their voice as Oakland teachers to take leadership for quality, equity, and access in public education. Teachers will:

  • Reconnect with their journey to become a teacher
  • Learn about key power levers in the Oakland educational landscape
  • Use their voice as an Oakland charter teacher to advocate for quality, access, and equity
  • Join a growing, powerful movement for educational equity in Oakland schools
  • Learn how they can build electoral power as a teacher

Session 1: What’s at Stake?

Purpose:

Teachers will understand the origin stories in order to explore why they choose to work in a PCS and the values that guided their decision; understand what is happening in Oakland education policy, who benefits, and why; and agitate around who is shaping a vision for equitable access to quality public education in Oakland.

Session 2: Strengthening our Personal Power

Purpose:

Teachers will define power, understand the core principles of power, and to introduce the primary means of developing and exercising their public power; To explore the experience of the group with the four quadrants of exercising power and become aware of the advantages and limits of each; and To share practical power building practices including mapping power relationships and power 1:1’s.

AB 2484 Negatively Effects Charter Schools

Bill Guts Charter Facility Funding

FIA Talks: Importance of Voting

FIA Talks’ 3rd podcast episode is out now! In this episode, three Latitude 37.8 students join us to dive into the importance of voting and what it means for our youth to get civically engaged.

Cost of Quarantine – Coalition Letter & Advocacy Day

You would think that all public schools receive equitable funding. This just isn’t true. Charter public schools do more with less. And unless Governor Newsome and state legislators act soon, charter schools will be forced to shoulder the burden of the quarantine.

Edsource Op-Ed: To Fix Our Education Crisis, Let’s Focus on Educating

There’s been a lot of coverage of people leaving California because of high taxes, house prices, crime. You name it. But if you’re a parent of a student of color, there’s another reason to leave. Our education system can’t educate Black and Latino kids.

Shanthi Gonzalez Resigns from OUSD, blasting barriers to improving school quality

This week, Oakland School Board Director Shanthi Gonzalez announced she was stepping down. This was no ordinary good bye letter, but a searing manifesto of a frustrated and deeply disappointed leader.

Why do so many families opt out of OUSD schools?

Oakland Unified School District is preparing to close more than half a dozen schools over the next two years, and district leaders have pointed to years of declining enrollment—and with it, less state money to support OUSD’s current schools—as a primary reason.

Meet FIA’s Teacher Political Leader Fellows… Introducing Cohort 2

We are excited to introduce our Spring 2022 Teacher Political Leader Fellows! This is our 2nd cohort of amazing teacher leaders from across Oakland public charter and district schools.

FIA + 8 Black Hands Podcast

Cultivating New Black Leaders

Building Leadership »

Empowering Families, Educators, and Community Leaders

Expanding Access »

Ensuring every Oakland family has access to a high quality school

Catalyzing Quality »

Helping raise the bar for quality education

Ecosystem Development »

Bringing Oakland together in the name of quality