Dreams is a project of the Oakland Unified School
District Office of Instructional Technology. It is funded
by a five-year Federal Technology Innovation Grant awarded
in 1999 by the U.S. Department of Education. The project is
designed to support the work of History and English teachers,
grades 9-12, by providing access to appropriate technology
tools and professional development opportunities. A focus
on teaching and learning about Human Rights and Civil Rights
will provide the thematic context in which students work to
improve their skills as readers and writers. Students and
teachers will explore this theme as it emerges 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 will receive the equipment
necessary to support this work in their classrooms.
All teachers, grades 9-12, who teach at least 3 periods of
History/Social Studies, or 3 periods of English are eligible
to participate. For the duration of the grant Urban Dreams
will, in addition to its work throughout the school year,
hold Summer Institutes that alternate their content focus
between grades 10-11 and 9-12.
The Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute directs
the Project's community access component. The Institute has
placed computers in the homes of over 1200 students and provided
training for their parents, thus strenthening the relationship
between home, school and community.
Urban Dreams - Equipping
The Urban Dreams project has placed instructional
technology in 166 classrooms.
Content and Classroom Instruction
- Classroom-based technical assistance and coaching
- Web site with curriculum resources and lesson plans developed
by Urban Dreams teachers.
- Direct classroom support by the Urban Dreams staff.
- Technology integration classes - a wide range from beginning
to advanced applications.
- Summer Institutes - two week introduction to UD and one
week curriculum writing program.
Professional Development Programs
- Liberation Curriculum - is a collaboration with
the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.
Urban Dreams teachers work with project staff developing
academically rigorous lesson plans that encourage critical
- UC Berkeley's Interactive University - current
partner projects include: California Heritage Project,
an online archive of primary source materials, works with
UD teachers on curriculum projects, Teaching and Learning
about the Literature and History of Mexico, and Local
Context, curriculum focused on current affairs and participatory
- Core Literature Study Group - English teachers
share and develop strategies for teaching texts from the
OUSD core and extended literature lists.
To help us achieve these goals, and to add depth
and breadth and a diversity of ideas to the project, Urban
Dreams is working with the partner projects and institutions