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Pathways to Opportunity: Creating College and Career Success for All Students

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm PDT
The James Irvine Foundation Conference Center at the East Bay Community Foundation
200 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA 94612
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What does college and career readiness really mean for high schools in low-income urban communities?  A college education remains one of the major gateways to sustainable, high-paid jobs - especially for young people who will be the first generation in their families to get a postsecondary degree, as well as for newly-arrived immigrant students. As high schools seek approaches to ensure that graduates are truly prepared to succeed in (and graduate from) college, many have turned to Career Pathways to integrate meaningful learning experiences with hands-on job training and rigorous early college coursework.  The California Department of Education has already invested over $500 million since 2014 in grants to support Career Pathways. Philanthropic resources have also been leveraged to pass a local parcel tax to further resource and sustain investments.

Making sure that these Pathways are effective for all students requires collaboration between multiple agencies -- districts, charter schools, and community colleges, in addition to regional industries and employers.  Find out what the role and opportunities are for funders and philanthropic sector.

Join Oakland Unified School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, and Dr. Louise Bay Waters, Superintendent of Leadership Public Schools, in a conversation to discuss a highly successful model of district-charter career-oriented collaboration in the name of student success. They will be joined by OUSD Board President Aimee Eng, as well as a panel of students who will share their experiences.


Aimee Eng, Board President, Oakland Unified School District

Aimee Eng was elected School Board Director for Oakland Unified School District in 2014 representing District 2, encompassing the Lake Merritt, Crocker Highlands, Cleveland Heights, San Antonio, Bella Vista and Chinatown neigborhoods. In her role on the Board, Eng has served as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and as the Board Liaison to the District's Bond Oversight Committee, Citizens Advisory Committee on Special Education, and the City of Oakland's Education Partnership Commitee. In addition to her role on the School Board, Eng is Vice President of Programs at the Thomas J. Long Foundation, a private grant making foundation, where she oversees a $90 million grant making portfolio. The Foundation supports grants in the fields of Education, Disability Services, Senior Services, Safety Net Services and Capacity Building initiatives in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. As the granddaughter of the first elected Chinese American City Councilman in Oakland, Raymond Eng (elected 1967), Eng has remained active, volunteering with the local Chinese and Japanese American communities in the Bay Area. Eng holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University. Eng was elected, by her colleagues, President of the Board on January 8, 2018.

Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District

Kyla Johnson-Trammell, who has more than 18 years of service to Oakland Unified School District, was named superintendent of the district in May 2017. She had been the district’s interim deputy superintendent of academic and social emotional learning, as well as the district’s lead network superintendent of elementary schools. Johnson-Trammell has also served the district as a teacher, principal, director of talent development, and associate superintendent for leadership, curriculum and instruction. The Oakland native is known as a fierce advocate for Oakland Public Schools, which she attended as a student. Johnson-Trammell strives to work collaboratively with staff to unearth and eliminate inequities that impede student learning. She is known for being a strong instructional leader who has developed deep relationships in the district. Johnson-Trammell earned her master’s degree and doctorate in educational leadership from University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from University of Pennsylvania. She is recipient of the Oakland Unified School District Leadership Excellence Award, and the district’s Principal Academic Excellence Award. She was keynote speaker at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference.

Dr. Louise Bay Waters, Superintendent, Leadership Public Schools

Dr. Waters comes to LPS from the Stupski Foundation where she headed research on districts that have accelerated the performance of students of color and poverty. Her work at Stupski built off of her experience in the Oakland Unified School District. As Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement in Oakland, Dr. Waters led the instructional reforms from 2001 – 2004 that resulted in district achievement gains that out-paced the State. She was also responsible for Oakland’s exit from two long-standing Office of Civil Rights oversight decrees related to bilingual education and disparate academic opportunities for African American students. As a principal in the New Haven district (Union City), she designed award-winning assessment and extended day programs. Prior to her career in district administration, Dr. Waters led the state’s first new teacher program, a partnership between Oakland and the California State University, East Bay. As a professor of Teacher Education at the university, she was head of a number of urban teacher preparation programs. Dr. Waters holds a B.A. and Masters from Stanford University and a Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.

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This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.  If you are not a NCG member, please email to register. 

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