Jeannie Oakes is Presidential Professor Emeritus in Educational Equity at UCLA. She focuses her time with LPI on projects related to community schools, deeper learning, teacher preparation, and resource equity. She plays a leadership role in both the resource equity work, as well as LPI’s work with the Partnership for the Future of Learning.
While at UCLA, Oakes founded the university’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access; the University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity; and Center X, UCLA’s urban teacher preparation program. In 2014, Oakes completed a 6-year term at the Ford Foundation as the director of educational opportunity and scholarship programs. Oakes’ books include Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality, Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform, and Learning Power. She is past president of the American Educational Research Association.
Oakes received a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA; an M.A. in American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles; and a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.