Sunday, December 9, 2012


Friday, December 14

0 - 7:00


Donate and Celebrate
Friday, December 14, at the OEA Center
4:00 - 7:00

Bring your Family!  
Refreshments/Raffle Prizes/Good Cheer!

Please donate new, unwrapped toys or money contribution to the OEA Annual Toy Drive.  

Your contribution will be passed on to local
 charitable organizations.

Starting Monday, November 26th through
 Wednesday, December 19th you may bring your contribution to the
 OEA CENTER, 272 E. 12th Street,Oakland, CA

Reps can bring to the December 3 Rep Council, also.

Together, we can make the season brighter for many                                         children with our gifts of love.                            

Let's start bringing in the toys as soon as possible so that we can make this year's toy drive one of the best ever!

For more information, speak with your OEA Representatives or contact the OEA Center at

Sunday, October 28, 2012



Saturday, October 20, 10 am - 12 pm

Elmhurst United Methodist Church

1659 83rd Avenue (Corner of 83rd & Plymouth)

The NAACP is hosting a meeting with Oakland teachers.

We'll enjoy light refreshments and discuss issues facing our African American youth. This conversation is even more important as we look at the District's multi-year commitment to the Department of Education's Voluntary Resolution on discipline and suspension rates of African American males in Oakland schools. How do we balance the issues of equity, safety, discipline, and learning time? What training is required and what systems need to be in place? What are our recommendations to Superintendent Smith?

Please join OEA President, Trish Gorham, at this event.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Precinct walking: October 20 and 21, 9 am
Phone Banking:   October 21, 1 pm to 4 pm 
Join OEA President, Trish Gorham, at Oct. 21 phone banking
Meet OEA Leadership and Staff for walking and phone banking at Alameda Labor Council, 100 Hegenberger, Oakland

Teachers Support Mi Pueblo Workers and their Families

Teachers Support Mi Pueblo Workers and their Families

Saturday, October 20th 1-4 pm
1630 High St. Oakland

An immigration audit has placed undocumented workers at Mi Pueblo markets at serious risk of losing their jobs. A number of OUSD students have family members who work at Mi Pueblo and thus are at risk of losing their economic livelihood.

Join the teachers across the district organizing a contingent of educators to show the community that we have their back.

We will send you more information about the rally, a sample email you can use to bring this issue to the attention of your school community, and ideas for organizing students, teachers, and parents in defense of Mi Pueblo workers and undocumented communities in Oakland.

Contact: email


OEA Community Outreach Committee

Monday, October 15, 4:30-5:30
OEA Center, 272 E. 12th St.

As you look at the Action Alerts below, you see how crucial it is to have an active committee to deepen OEA connections with parents and community members, to hear their concerns, and to share our reality with them.

Join us for the first meeting of the year as we plan our support for the OEA Bargaining Team and our outreach to our community partners.
Betty Olson-Jones, Chai


Mosher Financial Group is a preferred provider of the OEA, helping membership with financial and retirement planning...

Wednesday, October 17th

4:30 PM-6 PM

OEA Center, 272 E. 12th St.

Upcoming CalSTRS Changes
Possible Contribution Adjustment
Future Two-Tier System?
Learning STRS Basics
Supplementing STRS pension

RSVP: (415)255-9177

Monday, October 8, 2012

10/17/12 Show SOLIDARITY as we return to bargaining!

Picture Day!

October 17

As your OEA Bargaining Team returns to the table, show your support by wearing OEA Green.
Take a picture of your staff and send to your Bargaining Chair, Kei Swensen, or post on our Facebook page. <>

secret words: phone bank

3 sites get pizza lunch for:
- first to post
- most creative pose or setting
- one random selection

OEA Social to Welcome New Teachers

Everyone Needs a Bud!

The first Teacher Buddy event of the year on Thursday, October 11, 4:30-7:00

Leige Spirits Lounge
481 9th street, b/t Broadway and Webster
This month we are celebrating our new teachers. Come and enjoy good drinks, delicious food, and the great company of other OEA members, new and experienced.

The Teacher Buddy Committee's goal is to provide all new OUSD teachers with an enthusiastic veteran teacher buddy who can be a resource and support. And new teachers can be a support and resource for each other.
Make sure that your new teachers know.

Learn more about the Teacher Buddy Committee over a drink and snacks provided by the OEA.

For more information contact:
Benjie Achtenberg

Monday, September 24, 2012


Friday, September 28

Nama Japanese Restaurant

3400 Fruitvale

Meet, Greet, and Eat! 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

4/21/12 Using Technology to Increase Student Engagement

OUSD Teachers Sharing Best Practices

April 21st, 2012 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Using Technology to Increase Student Engagement
click HERE to view the AGENDA

Laptop recommended!
K-12th grade
Oakland Tech Library
This workshop will show you how to incorporate technology to increase student achievement,
engagement, and parent involvement. You will learn how to use free technology in your classes and see examples of students work. You will also learn how Prezi, Voice Thread, and Blogger are tools that give students 21st century skills to achieve in career and college. Bring your laptop, learn and have fun! (Laptops will also be available for use during the workshop)

Rori Abernethy, Oakland High

This will be my tenth year teaching math. I've loved teaching at Oakland High School for the past seven years! This year I am a math teacher for the OHS Environmental Science Academy. Prior to teaching high school, I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th math grade for three years in East Oakland.

I have a BA in Pure Math from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Cal, I lead a statistics workshop for the athletic department's study center (Go Bears!). I was also an undergraduate assistant for the PDP Calculus 1A and 1B intensified sections. I worked with the Hands on Universe Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and I obtained my teaching credential from California State University East Bay. Before teaching, I worked in finance at Barclays Global Investors in SF, CA (which has been acquired by Black Rock) and studied dance at the Ailey School in NY, NY. Currently I am the web designer/master for the Oakland Education Association.

and Ann Kruze, LCI, Technology Specialist

Ann Kruze has been an educator for over 30 years, 20 in the classroom. Seven of those years
were teaching in overseas classrooms. She has an MA in Educational Technology. Oakland
Unified has provided her the opportunity to explore how technology can support and enhance
student learning and teacher practice. Outside of school, she has loved raising her two
incredible daughters and exploring this wonderful state. (See Ann featured in this article about educational technology)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

OUSD 2012 Teacher Conference

Go HERE For More information

Contact your principle or OEA rep for more information!

Shining a Light on Effective Teaching - OUSD Teachers Sharing Best Practices

April 21st, 2012 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oakland Tech, 4351 Broadway Oakland, CA 94611Time: 8:30 - 4:00 PM (Please arrive by 8:15 AM to register and have breakfast)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

4/21/12 OEA & OUSD Teacher Conference

Click HERE to download and print the flyer

Click HERE to apply to be a PRESENTER at the conference


Saturday, April 21, 2012
Oakland Technical High School
8:30 - 4:30 pm

In partnership with OEA, OUSD presents the 2012 Teacher Conference:

Shining a Light on Effective Teaching

OUSD classroom teachers share best practices and expertise. Participants engage in conversations about improving teaching and learning in OUSD.

Who attends: Two elected teacher representatives per site. $150 stipend paid to each attending representative. All site representative names must be submitted by January 31st to

Conference Purpose: Provide professional development, collegiality, and opportunities for experienced OUSD teachers to share their best practices and expertise in their grade level/content area and engage in conversations about current district initiatives.

Conference Format: Representatives will choose from a menu of morning workshops co- presented by OUSD teachers and LCI specialists. Afternoon sessions will provide time for teachers to engage in conversations about improving teaching and learning in OUSD.

Some topics include:

Developing Academic English Through Science Instruction. Teachers will understand how to use ELD strategies to support science learning and academic language development for all students, including English Language Learners. Brenda Tuohy, 5th grade teacher, Think College Now and Elizabeth Woodward, LCI Science Specialist.

Designing a Differentiated Reader’s Workshop based on Social Studies Standards.

Participants will work in groups to develop learning targets and sentence frames at various CELDT levels for use in their own classrooms. Dale Rogers-Eilers, 2nd grade teacher, Manzanita SEED

Ethnic Studies Task Force. Participants will hear about the current work of the Ethnic Studies Task Force, share ideas for improvement of task force work, and create a grade-level appropriate lesson reflective of the Ethnic Studies Task Force purpose. Eleanore Stovall, 2nd grade teacher, Fruitvale and Renee P. Manrique Stromberg, 6th grade teacher, Alliance Academy.

OUSD Teachers – Are you interested in sharing your best practices and expertise?

Contact for an application to present at the teacher conference. Talent Development Office – 273-2322

2/4/12 Rep Training Part 2

Click HERE to download and print the flyer

February 4, 2012

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

OEA Center (272 E. 12th Street)

Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Description: This training is designed for new site reps, but experienced reps will also benefit from a refresher course. The new rep training will provide a legal overview of teacher rights, review the duties and responsibilities as a Rep, including how to read your contract, the difference between a grievance and a complaint, and meeting with your principal to resolve issues. This training is part of OEA’s ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive training for all OEA Site Reps to make OEA stronger. Don’t miss this stimulating mini-training!

Memo Durgin and Gina Parish, CTA/OEA Staff

Name: ___________________________________________________________

Telephone:_____________________ Home E-mail:_______________________

School Site: _______________________________________________________

Please RSVP your participation to the Oakland Education Association

272 E. 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94606 Phone (510) 763-4020 Fax (510) 763-6354

Quality Public Education is a Civil Right!

Labor Donated

2/7/12 Protest Michelle Rhee!

Click HERE to download and print flyer

Protest Michelle Rhee and the

Corporate Attack on Education

Paramount Theater

February 7th, Rally at 7pm, Event at 8

2025 Broadway, Oakland

Who is Michelle Rhee?

  • Former chancellor of Washington DC schools and anti-union crusader
  • Founder of StudentsFirst, a partner in privatizing education with people like Bill Gates and the Broad Foundation
  • Featured in the movie Waiting for Superman, where she denigrated public school teachers and promoted her corporate brand of “Rhee-Form”

Why Should We Protest?

  • This isn’t about just one person: it is about the right-wing movement that Rhee represents
  • Rhee personifies the pro-corporate agenda that puts test scores and private contracts before students’ needs
  • Rhee and her right-wing cohorts, like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, are leading the national drive to bust education and other public sector unions

What Do We Want?

  • Fully funded public education
  • An end to school closures and the expansion of charters
  • Good contracts for all public sector workers

Join Bay Area Education Activists

as we give Rhee the reception that she deserves!

For more information email,

or call the Oakland Education Association at 510-763-4020