The mission of Oakland Parents Together is to organize and empower parents and care givers to advocate for our children as full partners in the Oakland Public Schools.
OPT sees parents helping each other’s families thrive. We see schools modeled on education reforms that include Head Start, Small Adult / Student Ratios and Collegial Relations between Parents and Teachers. We see a society in which Poverty, Inequality and Illiteracy are all things of the past and all families have the means to flourish and prosper.
OPT knows that families’ lives are complicated, and we listen to parents and develop programs that work systematically to serve children and parents together and separately. We understand that a healthy school community depends on the academic, emotional, and social health of the families who make up that community.
OPT believes that families can best be served by programs that are flexible, synergistic, culturally appropriate and address the needs of parents and children alike. We know that each school and community has unique challenges, and we believe that all parents can be effective advocates for improvement.
Everything we do aim to help parents feel ownership and authority in their own lives and the lives of their children.
In the fifteen years since our founding, we have sought to strengthen families and empower communities at the school and neighborhood level, with a special focus on school communities that face the greatest economic and academic challenges.
Jesse Lucas | Stella Collins | Laurice Brown
Kristen Caven | Anthony Hall | Richard Harper
Relena Ellis | Andre Spearman | Tamia Green
Juanita Tasby | Jeannette King-Harris | Ken Epstein
Nancy Sherman | Mallie Latham | Deborah Jackson
Rowena Jackson (alt) | Kwame Nitoto (Executive Director)