Lean Into the Wind: Emerging Themes and Strategic Recommendations for AAMA 2.0

by Gregory Hodge

Jan 15, 2015

The purpose of this report is to provide the Oakland Unified School District leadership with findings from the planning process currently underway for the District's Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA). The themes outlined here are intended to document the approach, impact, successes, and challenges over the past four years (2010-2014). More importantly, the recommendations are intended to provide the basis for the next iternation of AAMA's work on behalf of the District's students.
  • Oakland Unified School District must continue to foster a district-wide culture which nurtures African American Male Achievement.
  • The district should create an Office of Race and Equity and build an Equity Data Dashboard.
  • Robust professional development and supports must be created to leverage best practices for all teachers and staff.
  • The Manhood Development Program's cohort model should be expanded to every school in the district to create comprehensive K-12 pathways of support.
  • Parents must be engaged as critical allies and participate in the strategic direction, ongoing development, and advocacy of programs that work for their children.
  • A robust communications strategy is needed to establish partnerships, build the local and national funding base, and elevate innovations in educational equity.