We just had an exciting meeting on May 16th at Room to Bloom that focused on equity in education! Lisa Erickson, Policy and Program Coordinator at First Five Alameda County, gave a lovely spotlight on the partnership that created Room to Bloom. The learning panel covered social emotional learning and featured Michelle Grant-Groves (0-8 Early Education Coordinator Oakland Unified School District) & Sandra Simmons (Mental Health Program Manager at Oakland Unified School District). After the panel discussion we learned a new skill, text coding, to analyze DoubleJeopardy by Dr. Donald Hernandez, which discusses how third grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation. Lastly, Leah Tarran of Brighter Beginnings and Rachel Berkowitz introduced the upcoming Best Babies Zone mini-grant opportunity. Our next meeting will be on July 25th at the REACH Ashland Youth Center and will focus on race, power, and privilege using Critical Race Theory as a framework. Our meetings rotate sites and hosts; ask Jessica Luginbuhl how you can help plan our July 25th meeting or host or plan our next meeting on September 26th!