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“My Bay Area Story”

Pecolia Manigo, Bay Area PLAN Executive Director, keynote address to the over 1600 participants of the National Family & Community Engagement Conference in San Francisco, California on June 23, 2017.


“We are intentional. We tried everything we could. One thing was missing—Parents, ”

By Monica Scott Green

Sabrina Moore, Co-Principal at Madison Park Business and Art Academy Elementary School, made this statement as she asked PLAN to help engage parents in the school priority of every child at or above reading level.  The school had tried one-on-one, small group instruction, tutoring, whole class focus, pulling-out individual students, technology support and incentives, yet students were not demonstrating the growth expected.  

PLAN staff and parents developed the Reading is Fundamental and Fun Campaign (see PLAN December newsletter) using resources from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded Leaders for Engaged and Active Parents (LEAP) and First Five Alameda County’s Parents Ready for School (PR4S) community project. The goal was to support children’s families and the school’s goals of developing strong readers.  

A preliminary examination of the reading progress of 30 children whose parents participated in one or all of the training is complete. Data is unavailable on eight students who did not complete the school year at Madison.

This month we are able to examine the fall, winter and spring Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) assessment data of the remaining 22 students. We now know:

  • Only one child showed no measurable growth.  However, that child started the year at grade level and stayed above grade level. The remaining 21 students moved 68 letters levels, which represents an average growth of three letter levels.
  • 36% of student started at or above grade level
  • 50% of students ended the year at or above grade level.
  • 50% did not reach grade level, nevertheless each student-demonstrated growth.  
  • 5 students made significant gains and moved between one and or three grade levels even though they remain below their grade level.

The data support the original premise that parent engagement in supporting children’ reading and literacy acquisition would result in improved readers.  

This campaign now serves as a pilot to help design a formative and impact evaluation of one facet of the Leaders for Engaged and Active Parents Program (LEAP) operated by PLAN.


It’s not too late to ask family, friends and peers to support parents to become early childhood educators!

By Gomez Arteaga

Be part of the change needed in Bay Area communities.  Make a donation to our first ever 100% community funded campaign Families for Early Success (F4ES).  We are $5000 away from our goal.

F4ES offers peer based education, skills development and support around navigating early childhood & k-12 education with techniques and curriculum for academic support (such as technology, engineering & math).  We train parents whose children attend subsidized childcare programs like Early Head Start, Head Start, OUSD Child Development Centers & Family Day Cares.

Read more here…

thumbnail-critical-but-underinvested-report-300x240-5326663Update: Leadership, Equity, Advocacy & Democracy (LEAD) 

By Enrique Valencia

The 100% Engaged for Student Success Campaign Organizing Committee (OC) presented the findings of a report titled “Critical but Underinvested: The State of Family Engagement in OUSD Part 1” to the OUSD Board of Directors on May 24, 2017. Those in attendance had the opportunity to engage with PLAN leaders as they highlighted key findings and recommendations. The findings show a mix of good family engagement practices and also areas for improvement. We hope the report can serve as a vehicle for improving family engagement practices throughout the District. The full report can be found at (insert report link).

The OUSD LCAP Parent and Student Advisory Committee recently opened nominations for vacant positions. We want to recognize PLAN leaders Marina Muñoz and Ché Phinnessee for serving on the committee for three years. Ché will hopefully continue on the committee and Eleazar Cuenca, also a PLAN leader, hopes to join the committee. Please stay tuned for future updates on the results of the PSAC elections.

enriquevoluteerleaderappreciation-300x169-4089045We had an End of the Year celebration for our parent leaders on June 16, 2017. This was an opportunity to recognize the tremendous contributions of members of the OC. They include Sandra Wilson, Ché Phinnessee, Eleazar Cuenca, Sheon Slaughter, and Edgar Rodriguez-Ramirez. Ché and Marina received a special recognition for three years of service on the PSAC.




June 30, 2017 will mark almost three years of my employment with PLAN and also my transition from the organization. I have enjoyed working with my colleagues, leaders, and allies in fighting for a quality education for all students. I have made many meaningful relationships and will certainly remember the experiences we shared. I am truly grateful for the privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute to the mission of PLAN. I wish you all the very best.


Enrique Valencia


Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30), Draymond Green (23) and Klay Thompson (11) (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Go Warriors!

PLAN congratulated the Dubs for another NBA Finals championship win! PLAN’s Monica Scott Green writes about the how the Warriors Foundation intends to keep rooted supported East Bay communities.



pecolia-manigo-250x300-9560124On June 9th, Pecolia Manigo, Executive Director of Parent Leadership Action Network, joined KPFA’s Education Today to talk about the recent fight for family and community input to the new Oakland Unified Superintendent hiring. Click here to listen.



queer-qumbia-image-300x111-6432713On August 18, 2017 at 10pm – until 2am, the Queer Qumbia Collective will be hosting a dance fundraiser on behalf of PLAN. Please come shake your bootie to the sounds of Qumbia, Reggaeton, Salsa, Bachata, etc. Register here and let us know you will be joining us.  Donations start at $3 and up no one turned away for lack of funds.  Join us at La Estrellita – 446 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606




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