Urban Dreams website
This archive of the Urban Dreams website offers
information about the Urban Dreams grant, its participants, programs
and samples of some of the resources developed by and for the
grant participants. To the participants we say 'thank you for
all your hard work' and to all our visitors -- we hope you enjoyed
our site and found the information useful to you and your students.
We appreciate your taking time to complete our surveys and send
us your comments and suggestions.
About urban dreams (1999 - 2004)
Urban Dreams was a project of the Oakland Unified
School District Office of Instructional Technology. It was funded
by a five-year Federal Technology Innovation Grant awarded in
1999. The project was designed to support the work of History
and English teachers, grades 9-12, by providing access to appropriate
technology tools and professional development opportunities.
Its focus on teaching and learning about Human
Rights and Civil Rights provided the thematic context through
which students worked to improve their skills as readers and writers.
Students and teachers explored this theme as it emerged in their
study of history and their study of literature, as outlined in
OUSD's content standards, and through the innovative use of technological
resources. Participant teachers received the equipment necessary
to support this work in their classrooms.
Urban Dreams worked with over 150 Oakland Unified
teachers during the life of the grant. As participating teachers
integrated new classroom technology and enhanced content knowledge
into their lessons, the education of students in their classrooms
was enriched. Additionally, Urban Dreams supported The Marcus
A. Foster Educational Institute’s community access component.
Through this program the institute placed computers in the homes
of over 1200 students and provided training for their parents,
thus strengthening the relationship between home, school and community.
Ann Kruze, Emily Filloy, and Stan Pesick, Project
Linda Swanson, Project Webmaster