Lindsey Bird
Why I GO
Access to quality and equitable education is the backbone of thriving communities and American democracy.
Lindsey Bird

Lindsey Bird


Lindsey recently left a seventeen year teaching career, the past decade of which was spent as the developer, instructor, and coordinator of the Language Institute, a specialized program serving immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeking high school students in Modesto, California, which was nationally recognized as a model for supporting the needs of newcomer students. Lindsey is a social justice champion and ally to immigrant students and families at the local, state, and national level. An alumna of the Teach Plus California fellowship, Lindsey advocated the state legislature for tenure reform, as well as successfully inserting explicit protections for newcomer students in the education code.

Lindsey is currently an Education Leadership Coach for Teach Plus California and works as an independent consultant for schools, districts, and text book publishers aiming to build equitable pathways and meaningful access for diverse multilingual student profiles.

Lindsey earned a BA in Social Science from California State University Chico and a M.Ed. in literacy and digital learning from the University of San Diego. Check out Lindsey’s TED Talk on the super power of empathy.

The members of our Leadership Council are Oakland natives, residents, parents, grandparents, former teachers, principals, and alumni of Oakland public schools. Our leaders have deep connections to Oakland and strong backgrounds in education. The Leadership Council supports and guides our work in the best interest of Oakland students.



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