The EDDA Context

The EDDA initiative now includes more than 100 participating teachers, up from 28 teachers in the first year of the initiative, in 12 Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) high schools in Oakland, California. Through the initiative, teachers will bring civic and digital literacy learning opportunities to between 1,500 and 1,800 OUSD high school students during the 2014-15 school-year. Teams of teachers are creating site plans that guide students’ civic development from 9th through 12th grade. The initiative, a partnership between Mills College, the National Writing Project, and OUSD, and funded by the Bechtel and MacArthur Foundations, was launched in 2012. Since that time the initiative has grown in scale and scope. EDDA collaborators – students, teachers, coaches, researchers – together are continuing to transform student learning, teacher practices, and schools realizing the goal of spreading civic learning and digital literacy learning opportunities to all OUSD high school students.