Who We Are

TeachOakland is comprised of teachers and leaders working to improve public education in Oakland. It is an initiative of the Oakland Public Schools Equity Pledge Talent Working Group, comprised of leaders from the Oakland Unified School District, the Oakland public charter school community, and the Teacher Advisory Group of Educate78, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting healthy and vibrant public schools in every neighborhood across the city.

The mission of TeachOakland is to help retain and recruit the most talented educators for Oakland public schools. We believe that such educators should reflect the diversity of their students, believe deeply in the potential of every student to achieve, understand the importance of equity in achieving quality public education for all, and recognize the role community plays in helping support schools and students.

TeachOakland envisions a thriving, collaborative community of educators – teachers, school leaders, school support staff, administrators, community members, parents, grandparents, guardians, graduates, and of course students – that collectively support great public education for all of Oakland.

If you’re ready to join a dynamic, fun, and growing community, we’re ready to welcome you in to TeachOakland.

Our Beginnings

Oakland’s public education ecosystem is teaming with brilliant, hard-working, and deeply committed educators. We come from many backgrounds: some have grown up and attended public schools here, others moved here to be in a diverse, beautiful, and welcoming community committed to social justice. We have worked at every level of the public education system from the classroom to administrative leadership, and with both the school district and public charters, from grassroots to larger networks.

After years and waves of reform and upheaval – the small schools movement, state administration, among others – it was clear that Oakland was in need of a serious discussion about public school equity. District, charter, the City, the County, and others came together to form the Oakland Public Schools Equity Pledge, a city-wide partnership to create a public education system that works in the best interests of all students and their families, by disrupting inequity and cultivating excellence in our schools.

One essential area of collaboration across our public schools is around people. We want to retain, attract, grow, and support the best talent for our children. So we formed the Talent Working Group in 2016, which began meeting to discuss ways to work together. We identified the need for a unified marketing and recruitment campaign to recruit the best from within and to Oakland, as well as support those in the profession who want to grow and improve.

We worked with Oaklandish to develop the brand with input from diverse teachers across all ages, races, ethnicities, gender identities, from all parts of the city, some who grew up here and some newcomers. That is how TeachOakland was born.