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December 19, 2014

Partnership Adds Three Civic Leaders to Board of Directors

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools today announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors: Lindsey Kozberg, strategic advisor at California Strategies, Daniel Lefler, partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, and Diana Torres, commercial litigation and intellectual property partner at the international law firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. 

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December 08, 2014

The Sheri & Les Biller Family Foundation Renews Commitment to Partnership with $350K Grant

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation has renewed its investment in the Partnership with a $350K grant. Funds will primarily support leadership development for principals in addition to the broader school transformation work of the Partnership. The Biller Family Foundation has invested over $2.5 million in the Partnership’s work since the organization’s launch in 2008.

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November 19, 2014

Four Partnership High Schools Participate in Geffen Playhouse Project

Over 400 Partnership high school students from Mendez, Roosevelt, Santee and Jordan high schools ventured away from their neighborhoods to Westwood for what, to many, was a first-time experience: attending a professional theatre production at the Geffen Playhouse.

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November 19, 2014

Educator Spotlight: Roosevelt High School’s Athletic Director, Coach Javier Cid

Coach Javier Cid has been a fixture in Roosevelt High School football for over two decades, first as assistant coach and then head coach and now as the school's Athletic Director. He’s led the school’s legendary football team to countless victories, but as a teacher first, Coach Cid insists on making academics a priority. As the team prepared for the East L.A. Classic we sat down with Coach Cid to talk about his tenure at Roosevelt and how he inspires his athletes to excel beyond sports.

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November 19, 2014

Banc of California, Gasol Foundation, United Way and Walton Family Foundation Support Partnership Parents

Partnership parents have important allies this year in their pursuit of a better education for their children.  Past supporters, the Walton Family Foundation and United Way, along with newcomer Banc of California are investing in Parent College, a seven-month empowerment workshop series designed to improve parents’ understanding of the school system so they can become informed advocates for their children’s education.

The Walton Family Foundation renewed its commitment to the Partnership’s parent advocacy work with a $250,000 grant, bringing their total giving to $723,579 since the 2012-13 school year. Additionally, United Way has approved another year of support with nearly $50,000, and Banc of California is investing $100,000 to sponsor the Parent College hub in Boyle Heights.

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November 19, 2014

Broad Foundation & Unterman Invest in Partnership’s System Change Initiative

When the Partnership began managing some of the city’s most historically underserved schools six years ago, one of its primary goals included pioneering system change that would impact the District at large. 

Today, thanks to a $75,000 investment by the Broad Foundation and a two-year, $20,000 investment by venture capitalist and founding partner of Rustic Canyon Partners, Tom Unterman, the Partnership can forge ahead with perhaps its boldest initiative - working with the ACLU via two lawsuits, Reed v State of California and Cruz v State of California, to impact policies that systematically hinder student success.

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October 20, 2014

Lundquist Fellows: Where Are They Now?

Four years ago, Partnership co-founders Richard and Melanie Lundquist  established the Lundquist Fellows program to help develop young leaders in Partnership middle and high schools. As a Lundquist Fellow, students get the opportunity to participate in various Partnership events, a recognition ceremony and career shadowing opportunities, in addition to receiving a $500 scholarship.

In the first Lundquist Fellow cohort during the 2010-11 school year was a driven, trueborn leader: Abi Zambrana. We caught up with Abi to find out how college life is treating her and what she learned as a Lundquist Fellow.

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October 10, 2014

Families Show Up In Record Numbers for Parent College

On a sunny Saturday morning, a line of parents snaked down the quad at Santee Education Complex as droves of parents waited patiently to enroll in the fifth year of Parent College.

The first Parent College launch of the 2014-15 school year in South L.A. was one of the most successful launches to date with over 300 attendees! As music from the Santee drum line filled the air, principals and instructional specialists from all south side Partnership schools greeted parents and prepared for a day of learning alongside their families.

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September 09, 2014

Parent College Expands, Set to Reach Half of Partnership Families This Year

Parent College is set to launch next month with a new home in Boyle Heights and an ambitious plan to reach up to half of all Partnership families by the end of the school year. 

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September 09, 2014

City and School Officials Visit Partnership Schools on Opening Day

Dolores Huerta Elementary School and Jordan High School received an additional boost of support when city and school leaders visited those campuses to celebrate the new school year.

Superintendent John Deasy and School Board Member Monica Garcia started off their day by visiting Principal Suzie Gutierrez at Huerta Elementary. During the visit Principal Gutierrez emphasized the school’s focus on teacher collaboration and their thriving community of learners.  The group also got an update on the success of the Partnership's teacher leader programs and toured the parent center where they learned about the school’s highly engaged parent community.

At Jordan, Principal Carlos Montes gave Dr. John Deasy a tour of the ongoing redevelopment construction and updated him on the construction progress. Later in the day Councilman Joe Buscaino, joined by Mark Hovatter, Head of the LAUSD Facilities Division and members of School Board President Vladovic's staff, also toured several newly built classrooms and even climbed to the rooftop of a newly erected building. 

It was a great way to kick-off to the new school year with the support of both the city and the school district!

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