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Creating a Quality Community Schools District: Each Child College, Career & Community Ready

Meeting 21
April 11-12, 2013
Oakland, California


The California Collaborative on District Reform convened in Oakland for a two-day meeting, Creating a Quality Community Schools District: Each Child College, Career, and Community Ready. The meeting used the Oakland Unified School District as a lens to explore the relationship between school districts and their communities and the ways in which systems address the needs of the whole child. Meeting participants also engaged in conversation about comprehensive school reviews that can provide evidence of quality to schools and their surrounding communities while motivating concentrated efforts at improvement. All meeting participants received a briefing book of resources and literature on community schools, measurements of school quality, restorative justice practices, and a proposal from the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) for a new approach to achieving quality and accountability. These resources are available below.


Meeting Summary (PDF 530 KB)




Briefing Book

Presentation Slides


Additional Information

  • OUSD employs restorative practices to strengthen school community and to respond non-punitively to student misconduct.  A talking circle, one type of restorative practice used by the district, is illustrated in this video at MetWest High School.