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City Education Czar Tapped to Fulfill the Oakland Promise

Mayor hires David Silver, the city’s new education czar, to shoulder the responsibility of the Oakland Promise, an ambitious new program to assure every child an opportunity to go to college.

BookTini Brings Books to East Oakland

The latest service project of a book-reading, cocktail-loving women’s club puts books into the hands of boys via the Black Sheep barbershop to improve literacy rates.

All Children Deserve an Early Advantage

Deborah Kong, the president of an Oakland nonprofit educational policy advocacy group, says kids, regardless of income, need quality child care, preschool, and improved parental and teacher engagement for success.

Gold Shoelaces Fight Cancer

Bay Area youth athletes are adding gold shoelaces to their athletic shoes to help raise awareness and funds to fight cancer.

Unleash Creativity for Public School Kids

Laurie Pitman of Arts for Oakland Kids wants you to know why arts education in public schools is such a good thing.

The Changing Face of Nursing

It’s still mostly white and female, but recruiters at Samuel Merritt University and Cal State East Bay are looking for diversity.

Oakland’s New Fab Labs Remake Vocational Education

Shop class is anything but boring these days with high-tech shop studios equipped with 3-D milling machines, laser cutters, and computers the stuff of shop teachers’ dreams.

An Oakland Prom Night Celebration

Oakland High friends don heels, form-fitting dresses, and tuxedos for senior prom night.

Families Relying More on College Admissions Consultants

A pro can help high school seniors find the perfect fit for college, but it can cost a lot. Are students who complete the application process on their own at a disadvantage?

The Guide to East Bay Cooking Classes

The East Bay is a melting pot that enthusiastically embraces culinary tricks from afar as well as cutting-edge nutritional ideas that can add excitement to the mundane notion of nourishment. This month’s guide rounds up impressive places for creative cooking and overall food craft in the form of classes, workshops, and demonstrations.