On Saturday, May 5, Agency by Design Oakland concluded this year's Teacher Fellowship with 30 Oakland educators. Over 100 attendees came together to engage with fellows' inquiry work and leadership, through a morning of presentations, workshops, and documentation booths.
"This was both the most applicable and inspiring teacher event I've ever been to." - Jane Lee, Instructional Coach & Math Teacher, Roots International Academy
"Using maker education, we can demonstrate how to question the systems we live in and show students that they wield the power to change inequities in these systems." - Roxy Martínez
"Thinking routines are a strategy that will change your students forever." - Ed Crandall
On the left, Zaretta Hammond, author of "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain," attending Teacher Fellow Tim Bremner's packed workshop titled "How are cognitive thinking routines a tool for culturally responsive teaching?" Participants used an Agency by Design thinking routine to become familiar with Ms. Hammond's Ready for Rigor tool. Tim Bremner is a Pathway Coach at Castlemont High School, OUSD.
"Yes, cognitive routines are social justice. Getting a kid on reading level—that's social justice." - Zaretta Hammond
"I thought Agency by Design was just about "maker" stuff and would have nothing to do with me, but it's about so much more. It's applicable to everything I do in the classroom and think about in my practice." - Attendee
Teacher Fellow Angelica Rubi, along with students, led a community making circle throughout the event, in which participants created Ojos de Dios, to represent the power of seeing. Rubi's inquiry in the fellowship focused on students' development of maker identity and empowerment. Angelica Rubi is a Work Based Learning Liaison, at Castlemont High School, OUSD
Teacher Fellow Susan Wolf designed and distributed zines titled "Making/Un-Making Memoir," for participants to fold and engage with. Susan is an Artist, Educator, and Integrated Learning Specialist with ACOE. She works with teachers at Roots International Academy and Alliance Academy of Integrated Learning to develop integrated interdisciplinary curriculum.
Thank you to everyone who attended and engaged in the day's activities, but a special thanks to the hardworking educators who shared their thinking and leadership at the event!
Photos by Nabil Alwan, Carrie Hott, Brooke Toczylowski, Aaron Vanderwerff, Sarah Chung, & Angi Chau