Prioritizing Community and Belonging in Distance Learning: The Oakland REACH’s City-Wide Virtual Hub

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This case study describes the Oakland REACH’s City-Wide Virtual Hub, a distance learning program launched during COVID-19. Chief Program Officer Michael De Sousa illustrates the potency of shifting power to families and prioritizing a sense of belonging and cultural identity while gaining political traction at City Hall. The Oakland REACH’s individualized approach has been transformative for its learners and their families, including those with disabilities.