Charles Cole III

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Guest Blogger
Community Engagement Specialist
Oakland Unified School District
Oakland, California

Charles Cole III is an educator focused on the advancement of all youth of color, but more specifically black males. The passion comes from his own experiences growing up without proper support. His life’s goal is to better the communities he grew up in through his work.

He has served as a social worker, a director for Teach For America, the vice chair of the California Young Democrats, Black Caucus and at a director’s level at various youth-focused nonprofits. Charles is a national speaker and writer and can be found in Oakland and around the country working with youth on how to equip themselves appropriately to lay the groundwork for a bright future. He is currently finishing his first book aimed at Black males titled, “Stop Hustling Backwards.”

After being inspired by the new superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, Antwan Wilson, Charles decided to return to work for the district he grew up in, as a community engagement specialist. There, he works closely with the community to help drive policies that lead to educational transformation. However, in blogs and other social media Charles speaks only on his own behalf and his words are not representative of any other entity.

Charles blogs at One Oakland United, Education Post, Citizen Education and Huffington Post, as well as other outlets.

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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I’m a Card-Carrying Member of the NAACP and I Want to Apologize to Black Parents

I owe you an apology. I watched you show up in Cincinnati, Ohio for the NAACP’s national board meeting, yearning to…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Aug. 15, 2016
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Black Families Should Demand Good Schools and Here’s How We Start

Recently, the NAACP called for a moratorium on charter schools, which would deal a blow to African-American families and their…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted June 28, 2016
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How Bothered Do We Need to Be to End Chicago’s Killing Season?

I’m an Oakland boy but the place that birthed me is in crisis and the world is numb to it.…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted May 24, 2016
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5 Questions Every Black Parent Needs to Ask Their Child’s Teacher and School

I spent nearly five years at a nonprofit focused on getting students in and through college. Many of the students…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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If You Think How We’re Educating Black Kids Has Nothing to Do With Gentrification, You’re Wrong

Let’s take a look at how we are educating black kids. This is a national issue, but I’ll focus on…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Dec. 4, 2015
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Here’s What Happens When Oakland Parents See What’s Possible

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit schools with local Oakland parents. We went to Milpitas. Milpitas isn’t…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Nov. 4, 2015
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Forget the Progressive Divide, Our Kids Need to Read—By Any Means Necessary

If you are a progressive like me, you have to feel good about the gains we’re making. If you’re an…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Oct. 20, 2015
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What They Really Mean When They Say, ‘College Ain’t for Everyone’

We’ve all heard rich people tell poor people money isn’t everything. It’s always someone with a great salary, some benefits,…

By Charles Cole III

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