Historically underserved students. Under Jody’s leadership, Oakland Unified was the first school district in the country to establish an Office of African American Male Achievement. The nationally recognized Manhood Development Classes now offered in all high schools, many middle schools, and some elementary schools are showing positive results for the boys in the program: attendance and graduation rates are up, suspensions are down, and the school district is expanding the program to serve Latino boys and developing a similar programs for girls.
Career pathways. During Jody’s tenure on the School Board, Oakland has expanded programs that link what students learn in school to what they might do after graduation. In 2014, Jody helped pass Measure N, an innovative parcel tax dedicated to building out these programs so that more students have access to them. Every high school is now expanding its academy and pathway programs. These funds are also being used to help middle school students begin to focus on longer term goals.