A Decade of Innovation: How the Lausd Pilot School Movement is Advancing Equitable and Personalized Education
Ten years ago, the first two LA Unified Pilot Schools opened on the campus of Belmont High School. Today, there are 47 Pilot Schools across the city—representing a powerful community-based, teacher-driven, student-centered reform movement within the nation’s second largest school district. In 2006, LAUSD Local District Superintendent Richard Alonzo explained, “The community could have taken the easier route and turned to charter schools,” but “we want to bring change from inside of the district to improve things in the district, not try to improve it on the outside.” Improving schools from the inside meant granting them local autonomy to get results.
March 19, 2018 by Jeanne Fauci & Karen Hunter Quartz
Students are coming to school with myriad issues that teachers and schools cannot address alone. Ecological systems theory posits that the environments with which a child comes into contact, either directly or indirectly, can impact her or his development. With the support of community partner organizations in the local community, community schools can effectively respond to students’ needs and help them navigate the interconnected web of environments. Through interviews, focus groups, and a document review, this cross-site case study explored the practices that are employed by community school leaders (school staff and employees of community partner organizations) at two pilot high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), to implement six guiding principles of community schools.
Summer 2017 by Dr. Aixle Aman
Community schools are schools that partner with community agencies and local government to provide an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, and youth and community development. They provide expanded learning time and opportunities, engage families actively, and foster collaborative practices.
June 5, 2017
Only about one-third of children attending school in the United States can read proficiently at fourth grade, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as “the nation’s report card.” 1 If that is not dismaying enough, consider the outcomes for our most vulnerable students. For fourth graders from low-income families, the proportion of students reading on grade level plummets to less than 20 percent. Less than 10 percent of dual-language learners (DLLs) are meeting expectations. These children have difficulty understanding the more complex material covered in school at this age, and the ramifications can be serious.
November 2015 by New America
Undocumented Students in California: What You Should Know, provides a quick and accessible snapshot of our state’s undocumented student population. The resource highlights key demographic data on undocumented students in California, policies affecting immigrant students as well as opportunities and challenges to support these students. We share common terms and pertinent policy information to help California’s students, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders as they make important decisions and advocate on behalf of these students.
Apr 21, 2017 by Ed Trust - West