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May 13, 2015

Reed Restorative Communities Professional Development Starts Strong

Over 300 educators at our Investment schools have participated in the Reed Restorative Communities Professional Development and are on their way to earning a certificate as a Partnership Restorative Communities Practitioner. After 40 hours of successful completion of the specialized training, these educators will be certified to incorporate restorative practices and principles in their teaching, support and/or supervision of instruction. 

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May 13, 2015

Educator Spotlight: Mr. John Stephens, 8th grade U.S. History & Media Arts teacher at Carver Middle School

Earlier this month, Mr. John Stephens, eighth grade U.S. History & Media Arts at Carver Middle School, completed a remarkable literacy achievement: his class won the “Achieve 3000 Read to Succeed” contest! Mr. Stephens, who has been teaching at Carver Middle School for 11 years, has made it his goal to successfully created a truly blended classroom, where he uses computers and traditional books to keep his students motivated and wanting to learn. 

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May 13, 2015

Lundquist Fellows: Where Will They Go to College?

Each year, the Partnership selects about 20 of its middle and high school students to participate in the Richard and Melanie Lundquist Fellows program. The program seeks to develop students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to their schools, educations and communities. The program provides fellows with an academic scholarship, job shadowing opportunities and other academic enrichment tools.

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May 13, 2015

Parent College Celebrates Record-Breaking Graduation

Seven months of dedication paid off this month for nearly 600 parents who graduated from the Partnership’s Parent College program, the highest number of parents ever to graduate the program in a single year. The Boyle Heights Parent College at Roosevelt High School graduated 268 parents, making it the largest graduating class in the history of the program. 

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March 30, 2015

Educator Spotlight: United Way Inspirational Teachers

This month, instead of highlighting one remarkable Partnership educator for our Educator Spotlight, we are highlighting four excellent educators who recently received the United Way’s Inspirational Teacher’s award. 

Of the many passionate educators in the Los Angeles Unified School District, only 25 were chosen to receive this honor, four of whom are Partnership teacher leaders. 

Roxana Duenas, a history teacher at Roosevelt High School; Kat Czujko, an engineering teacher at Hollenbeck Middle School; Tajuana Johnson, a fifth grade teacher at Dolores Huerta Elementary; and Lauryn England, a third grade teacher at 99th Street Elementary, have been recognized for going above and beyond in order to provide their students with the best education possible. 

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March 30, 2015

What Works in School Culture & Climate: A Community Convening

One of the best, most tangible workshops I have ever been to.”

 “Building community is key to improving school culture.” 

“It begins with respect for the students and their power to effect change in themselves.”

These are just some of the written reflections from “What Works in School Culture & Climate: A Community Convening” held at Roosevelt High School on Saturday, February 28, 2015. With nearly 150 students, parents, educators, and partners, this convening was an opportunity to both celebrate what’s working and also to collaboratively address continued challenges.

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March 30, 2015

Make a Positive Impact at Your School--Apply to be a Teacher Leader

The Partnership is currently accepting applications to participate in the Teacher Leadership ProgramInterested candidates can apply for any of the following roles: PioneerBlended Learning Pioneer (new next year!), Peer ObserverCommon Core Lead, and Restorative Communities Lead (new next year!). By participating in a Teacher Leadership program, staff members will strengthen their teaching and leadership skills while positively impacting student learning at their schools. In addition, participants will receive stipends of up to $1,500-4,000, depending on the position.

If you would like to learn more about the roles for next year and/or apply, please see here. The application window closes on April 17. Late applications will not be accepted.

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March 30, 2015

Partnership Teachers Celebrate Digital Learning Day

Educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology these days. Each year teachers around the country celebrate these innovations on March 13th, National Digital Learning Day, a day to share innovative practices and raise awareness about bridging the digital divide.

Teachers across the Partnership network celebrated National Digital Learning Day by showcasing the amazing work they’ve accomplished using technology in the classroom.

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March 02, 2015

Lundquist Fellows: Where Are They Now?

"Sometimes I overlook things, but if I spend time and effort to look into things, it's like I can feel my mind opening up to new ideas."  These wise words come from Carver Middle School eighth grader, Katy Rodriguez.  Katy is an impressive student, mature beyond her years.  Her counselor, Mr. Ciro Linares, remarks, "Katy is so smart, but she is also very humble."

Katy maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Carver color guard.  She says she enjoys color guard because of the adrenaline rush she gets right before a performance and the excitement of performing in front of a crowd.

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March 02, 2015

Educator Spotlight: Jeannie Weinberg, Intervention Teacher, 99th St. Elementary School

Mrs. Jeannie Weinberg sits at a tiny table in her expansive classroom, looking over assessments and her lesson plans for the day.  Mrs. Weinberg is the intervention teacher at 99th Street Elementary School and is single-handedly improving the reading levels of over 30 students.

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