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August 21, 2014

Reflections From Partnership Summer Interns

This summer the Partnership once again welcomed several interns to work alongside our staff to learn more about our turnaround efforts. Interns came from all over the State including Berkeley, CA. Partnership summer interns participated in everything from family and community engagement to assisting the CEO and the executive team. We asked our interns to reflect on their time at the Partnership. Below are highlights from their interviews.

 

Jenny Di, Sophmore at USC, Public Policy and Economics Major

What was your favorite experience or memory from your internship? I loved getting to visit all the schools and see the environments where our principals, teachers, and students work in every day.

What will be the memory that will mark the summer of 2014 for you? My most memorable memory will be getting to talk one on one with Adam Fletcher [Manager of Strategy and Special projects], Mark Kleger-Heine [COO], and Joan Sullivan [CEO] during the intern farewell discussion.

What did you learn? I learned a lot about working in a professional setting, the school systems in general, and non-profit work. I've also gotten a better idea of what kind of worker I am, and what I want from myself and the people that I work with. 

Has this experience shaped your future outlook on future career options? I've started to look more into the education sector, an industry which I previously did not consider an option. I'm also reconsidering what kind of role I want within an organization now that I've actually spent time observing and seeing what everyone really does in the workplace.



Miriam Yarde, UC Berkeley, English Major

What was your favorite experience or memory from your internship? My favorite memory was when Joan Sullivan, Mark Kleger-Heine, and Adam Fletcher shared their career paths and spoke on a panel. I found their information and advice insightful. 

What will be the memory that will mark the summer of 2014 for you?  The memory that will mark the Summer 2014 for me is when Joan spoke to a few teachers who challenged her. I was amazed at how she handled them in a professional manner. 

What did you learn? During the Summer, I learned how the nonprofit sector operates. I also learned more formatting skills as well as communication skills. PLAS sharpened my analytical skills. Most importantly, I learned to manage multiple projects at once and prioritize them. 

Has this experience shaped your future outlook on future career options? The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has shaped my future outlook on future career options. I am considering merging law and education together as Adam Fletcher has done. I've learned that you can end up in a variety of positions despite what you majored in during college. All of the different career fields prepare you and provide you the skills needed to work in the workforce.



Enrique Gonzalez, Freshman at Santa Monica College, recent graduate from Santee Ed Complex

What was your favorite experience or memory from your internship? My favorite experience was getting to work for the first time, also meeting great women who were all very nice and great overall. 

What will be the memory that will mark the summer of 2014 for you? Getting a chance to intern at the Partnership. It was a great experience. I met so many great and awesome people. This makes me want to get involved with education later in the future.

What did you learn? Throughout my internship I learned how to be responsible. Also what the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is really about.

What experience did you not get to do, you think we should add to the experience? I think it was not meeting most of the interns. It would have been a great experience to get to know everybody.

Has this experience shaped your future outlook on future career options? It’s given me an idea of what I want to study in college and what I want to do in the future.



Sisi Anaya, Senior at Cal State Long Beach, Sociology major

What was your favorite experience or memory from your internship? I have two favorite experiences, getting to know Mark Kleger-Heine, Adam Fletcher and Joan Sullivan was really cool because we got to hear their personal stories and how they ended up where they are today. Also, being a part of the RHS-Magnet parent focus group meeting with Saskia.

What will be the memory that will mark the summer of 2014 for you? Meeting the other interns, along with Joan, Mark and Adam.

What did you learn? I learned how to better use excel, also learned that there are many organizations in the Los Angeles community that provide a lot of great services.

What experience did you not get to do, you think we should add to the experience? I would’ve liked to shadow the instructional team, and shadow the interview process for teachers, principals and other staff.

Has this experience shaped your future outlook on future career options? The experience has definitely shaped my future outlook. I really admire the work the Partnership does and I now know that I want to attain a career that is fulfilling and rewarding. I want to feel that I am working every day to make a life better, and that I am slowly making a change in the world.

  

If you, or someone you know would like to be a summer intern next year, contact Yue Deng at yue.deng@partnershipla.org

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September 21, 2015

MSTMA Receives Honors from Supervisor Solis

Posted 14:36PM on September 21 2015 | User Comments (0)

Earlier this month, 30 Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School (MSTMA) students and two teachers were invited to attend the County Board of Supervisors meeting to receive a recognition from Board Supervisor Hilda Solis. Students were recognized for being the first California school to receive the Student Voices award from the State Education Technology Directors.

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September 08, 2015

Culture & Climate Corner: Restorative Communities Grow to New Heights

Posted 19:56PM on September 08 2015 | User Comments (0)

What began thousands of years ago is growing to new heights at the Partnership in 2015. Restorative justice in schools is based on indigenous practices like holding circles to build relationships, discuss issues and heal harm. Borrowing from the Maori in New Zealand and the First Nations in Canada, school districts in the United States are adopting restorative approaches to address discipline and to strengthen school culture and classroom climate.

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February 10, 2015

Culture & Climate Corner: Illuminarte - Building Community Through Art

Posted 12:53PM on February 10 2015 | User Comments (0)

On Saturday, January 24th, dozens of students, families, and community partners with the Building Healthy Communities – Boyle Heights Health Happens in Schools Workgroup participated and facilitated at “Illuminarte,” an all-day community event at the General Hospital Wellness Center. 

Thanks to our funding for restorative justice from The California Endowment, we were able to participate in the planning and execution of the festivities. Several of our students from Roosevelt and Mendez created and led carnival-style learning games on the School Climate Bill of Rights (SCBOR) and Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). 

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October 10, 2014

Show, Don’t Just Tell: Restorative Practices Learning Visits

Posted 19:05PM on October 10 2014 | User Comments (0)

We don’t just tell people about our work with restorative practices; we open our doors and invite them in. We welcome visitors to participate in circle, interview our students and staff, and engage in deep conversations about the lessons we’ve learned. On September 18th, Roosevelt, Gompers and Markham had visits from two school networks and several community partners eager to see our implementation of restorative practices in action.

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September 09, 2014

School and Classroom Environments Shine with Collective Action

Posted 15:04PM on September 09 2014 | User Comments (0)

Something’s different this year. Walking down the halls of our schools, there’s something notably different about the school and classroom environments. It’s not just the summer deep cleaning or the freshly waxed floors (though they help); there’s something collective about our environment expectations that has shifted the way schools and classrooms look and feel across the Partnership network. 

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August 21, 2014

Reflections From Partnership Summer Interns

Posted 15:07PM on August 21 2014 | User Comments (0)

This summer the Partnership once again welcomed several interns to work alongside our staff to learn more about our turnaround efforts. Interns came from all over the State including Berkeley, CA. Partnership summer interns participated in everything from family and community engagement to assisting the CEO and the executive team. We asked our interns to reflect on their time at the Partnership.

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July 23, 2014

Culture and Climate Corner: Restorative Justice at Three Partnership Schools

Posted 15:41PM on July 23 2014 | User Comments (0)

With the generous support of The California Endowment and the technical assistance of the California Conference for Equality and Justice, Roosevelt High, Markham Middle and Gompers Middle Schools each received a Restorative Justice coordinator to develop and implement restorative practices this past school year.

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December 16, 2013

Partnership Teachers Embark on Teaching Fellowship in the Middle East

Posted 00:00AM on December 16 2013 | User Comments (0)

A colleague once remarked to me that teaching is about enabling connections. We work to connect students to the content, to ourselves, or to their classroom peers in an effort to engage their minds in learning. As educators, we should similarly connect ourselves in as many ways as possible to those who can help us further refine our craft. One way of enabling this is by traveling abroad and fostering relationships with educators of different nationalities. Not only do we gain insight into how different cultures approach the central problems in education, but we see our own society's approach to education with fresh perspective. Such a trip is invigorating both on personal and professional levels.

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November 05, 2012

Like Everything About LA, Being Education Mayor Is Different

Posted 00:00AM on November 05 2012 | User Comments (0)

It's been almost eight years since Antonio Villaraigosa moved into LA City Hall and announced fixing the public schools would be a hallmark of his administration -- even though he had no formal control over the school district. Cynics scoffed and advisors cautioned, but the new mayor was on a mission and the behemoth Los Angeles Unified School District, or LAUSD, would never be the same.

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