16 episodes

This podcast series delves into the minds of some of the most influential Black leaders in Oakland (and beyond). When we let great minds just rant, they always leave a trail of gems in their wake. Enjoy.

State of Black Education - Oakland

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This podcast series delves into the minds of some of the most influential Black leaders in Oakland (and beyond). When we let great minds just rant, they always leave a trail of gems in their wake. Enjoy.

State of Black Education - Oakland

    S4E3: Kamar O'Guinn speaks on the state of black education in Oakland

    S4E3: Kamar O'Guinn speaks on the state of black education in Oakland

    Kamar O’Guinn has dedicated his educational career to uplifting and empowering students and their families. He is the founding manager of Berkeley Unified School District’s (BUSD) African American Success Project and the architect of Umoja - an affinity-based cultural enrichment program designed to ensure the success of Black students. Additionally, he helped develop BUSD’s African American Success Framework. The AASF is a multi-year intervention created to disrupt longstanding inequities facing Black students.

    Before joining BUSD, Mr. O'Guinn was an Assistant Principal of an Education For Change public charter school in Oakland, California. There, O’Guinn played a vital role in establishing an organizational culture and outcome-centered educational orientation that challenged staff to deliver a high-quality school option for students from across the city.

    O’Guinn believes shared knowledge and collaboration are critical levers for course corrective educational initiatives. Private and public organizations have commissioned his expertise for professional development and research projects.

    As an Oakland, California, native Kamar credits his community for helping him to understand the relationship between education and social mobility. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from California

    State University East Bay, where he graduated summa cum laude.

    • 38 min
    S4E2 Are Allies in Education Getting in The Way of Black Excellence?

    S4E2 Are Allies in Education Getting in The Way of Black Excellence?

    @Quis.Evans put it into words through his most recent blog,

    https://greatschoolvoices.org/2022/08/sobe-rants-are-allies-in-education-getting-in-the-way-of-black-excellence/

    Now you can hear what Michael Ikuesan, has to say.

    Michael Ikuesan is an Educational Consultant from Atlanta, Georgia, currently living in Oakland, California. In this episode, we discuss the 3 points listed in Quis' blog, https://greatschoolvoices.org/2022/08/sobe-rants-are-allies-in-education-getting-in-the-way-of-black-excellence/ , as well as discuss solutions for the overall State of Black Education.



    Music By: Jalani Will 

    • 25 min
    S4E1: Before You Curse That Teacher Out About Grades, Listen to this

    S4E1: Before You Curse That Teacher Out About Grades, Listen to this

    @Quis.Evans put it into words through his most recent blog,

    https://greatschoolvoices.org/2022/05/sobeo-rants-before-you-curse-that-teacher-out-about-grades-read-this-first/

    Now you can hear what Michelle Coleman, Assistant Principal, has to say. 

    Michelle Coleman is a former ELA educator, now Administrator, who’s experienced both the positive and negative interactions with parents of the scholars she holds to a high academic and cultural expectation. Though she’s experienced some challenges and pushback, her methods resulted in her having the highest ELA growth scores in her school’s network. In this episode, we discuss the 5 solutions stated in the previous blog, https://greatschoolvoices.org/2022/05/sobeo-rants-before-you-curse-that-teacher-out-about-grades-read-this-first/  ,as well as dig into the grades versus the mastery of the standards and lessons taught.



    Music By: Jalani Will

    • 30 min
    Community Solutions Ep. #1: Financial Literacy with Nikki' Clayton

    Community Solutions Ep. #1: Financial Literacy with Nikki' Clayton

    Join host Marquis "Quis" Evans, KIPP Bridge social studies teacher, for a monthly conversation! In this first episode, Marquis is joined by financial coach Nikki’ Clayton to talk about financial literacy and the importance of young people to understand basic finances at a young age.

    • 16 min
    S2E3: ...On Teacher 43 Years in Oakland w/Mr. Herman Brown

    S2E3: ...On Teacher 43 Years in Oakland w/Mr. Herman Brown

    This was a personal and special episode. Mr. Brown was a major factor in my life, similar to the thousands of kids he's taught over his 40+ career. Just sit back and listen to some of the best wisdom from a life with an endless number of lessons. 

    • 48 min
    S2E2: ...On Progressive Cities Failing Black Kids & Notes on Mentorship w/Chris Stewart

    S2E2: ...On Progressive Cities Failing Black Kids & Notes on Mentorship w/Chris Stewart

    Chris Stewart is a trailblazer making a splash in educational activism. He loves Black kids and he's loud about it. In this episode, he discusses Brightbeam's Report, The Secret Shame which looks at progressive cities that are failing Black children. We discuss how he feels these cities should receive the study as a benchmark to be approved upon. 

    We also have a great conversation regarding the state of mentoring and intergenerational leadership. It was quite fascinating. 



    To reach Chris:

    Twitter: @citizenstewart, email: christopher@activist.com, website: brightbeamnetwork.org

    • 26 min

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