Rogers Family Foundation Awards $2.1 Million to Oakland Public Schools

The Oakland Unified School District has announced grants totaling $2.1 million from the Rogers Family Foundation in support of efforts to personalize learning at six "breakthrough" schools in the district.

Teams from ASCEND K-8, Lodestar, Redwood Heights Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School, Urban Montessori, and Urban Promise Academy — all of which received planning grants in 2015 — will receive $350,000 over two years to launch personalized learning programs. The selected schools, which were selected from a pool of twelve highly competitive applications, will use the funding to launch their programs as early as the fall semester.

In addition, the schools will receive guidance and support from the Mastery Design Collaborative, a national nonprofit, to create three-year blueprints of their personalized-learning models. The six schools join a nationwide community dedicated to dramatically improving outcomes for youth by designing personalized learning experiences and emphasizing continuous improvement. When fully built out, the six school models will collectively serve more than three thousand public school students, more than 70 percent of whom are anticipated to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. 

"For all of our students to be college, career, and community ready, more schools will need this type of philanthropic support to redesign programs and personalize their learning," said OUSD superintendent Antwan Wilson. "OUSD is proud to receive this support and to do our part to help these school teams turn their plans into reality so that every student thrives."

"$2.1 Million Awarded to 6 Public Schools for Innovation." Oakland Unified School District Press Release 03/14/2016.