In 2010, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) leaders, staff, families, students, and community partners launched an ambitious effort to transform the district into a community school district. What started as a pilot in mostly secondary schools has expanded to become a far-reaching district strategy across all school levels. Currently, 42 OUSD schools have Community School Managers and most schools have some elements of community schools programming. Since 2014, OUSD has partnered with the Gardner Center to support their efforts to assess, enhance, and scale their community schools work. These three briefs present findings from the third and final year of the present study, focusing on system-, school-, and student-level outcomes. These findings will guide district leaders’ efforts to scale-up and select appropriate implementation strategies to achieve OUSD’s long-term ambition to become the nation’s first full-service community school district.
Fehrer, K., Ruiz de Velasco, J., and Tognozzi, N. (2019). Full Service Community Schools in the Oakland Unified School District. Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.