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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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March 02, 2015

Fifth Annual Family University Day a Success!

This past Valentine's Day, Parent College fell in love with California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) at the fifth Annual Parent College Family University Day. Over 1,000 parents and students converged on the campus for a day of learning and dialogue. 
Families took part in a panel discussion with current university students in addition to taking a tour of the campus to get a better understanding of college life.
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March 02, 2015

Gompers Middle School Students Go See Selma Film

Earlier this month the entire Gompers Middle School student body, 650 students, received free tickets to go see the film "Selma," thanks to the Selma For Students campaign. 

The ticket giveaway coincided with three days of curriculum-based instruction and dialog, lead by the Partnership's Restorative Justice coordinator, Nyoka Acevedo, whereby students learned about the history of the civil rights movement, serious issues impacting our individual freedom (voting), self-determination, and non-violent protests as a means for creating transformation in our community and nation as a whole.

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March 02, 2015

Santee Seniors Find Guidance and Friendship Through Ernst & Young Mentoring Program

Twenty-three Santee Education Complex seniors made their way from South LA to the Ernst & Young LLP (EY) 5th floor boardroom in the company’s downtown high rise.  

This month’s meeting focused on celebrating college acceptance letters and vision boarding.  As students shared their college acceptance letters from California State University - Northridge, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo, Humboldt State and Polytechnic University - Pomona, the room erupted in loud applause and cheers. It is this enthusiasm and support that is at the core of the EY - College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (MAP) Scholars Los Angeles Program. 

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February 10, 2015

Focus on Students - Armando Lopez

When Armando Lopez, a senior at Jordan High School, recalls his foster parents, a smile slowly forms on his face. “Hilda and Rudy,” he says with a warm grin. For Armando, 17, foster care was a critical support in his life. 

Armando’s story isn’t unlike any number of LA youth dealt a difficult hand – he, his brother and his mother were homeless until he was about 13, moving from one hotel to another. His mom did what she could to pay for their rooms, sometimes resorting to theft, which eventually landed her in jail and forced Armando and his brother into foster care. 

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February 10, 2015

Mendez Receives Communities in Schools Unsung Hero Award

Mendez High School, along with their community partners Promesa Boyle Heights and Communities in Schools Los Angeles, was awarded the Communities in Schools 2015 Unsung Hero Award along with nine other organizations.  

Communities In Schools (CIS) is a national organization, operating in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia offering services to ensure students have the tools they need to be successful in school and life. 

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February 10, 2015

Wells Fargo, FOX Sports West and the LA Kings Team Up With the Partnership for Third Year

For the third consecutive year, Wells Fargo, FOX Sports West, and the LA Kings are teaming up with the Partnership for LA Schools for Score One for LA's Kids to help raise money for Partnership schools.  Over the last two years, $300,000 has been raised for the Partnership through this collaboration to help fund new technology in classrooms and targeted teacher development training to increase student achievement.

This year, Wells Fargo will present a $150,000 donation to the Partnership during the FOX Sports West LA Kings Pre Game Show on Feb. 26, 2015. Throughout the season, Kings fans will be able to see how funds are being utilized to help students via segment airing during pre-game shows.
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February 10, 2015

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Invests $20K for Model Technology Classrooms

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), announced a $20,000 investment in the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ new Blended Learning Model Classroom program. The grant will support 10 middle school literacy and math classrooms to ensure the schools are effectively able to individualize instruction, thereby improving student academic proficiency at an accelerated rate. 

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February 10, 2015

Educator Spotlight: Susan Nolan, Hollenbeck Middle School

A woman of slight build and gentle demeanor, Mrs. Susan Nolan may seem like an unlikely powerhouse, but as she began to explain her involvement at Hollenbeck Middle School, it quickly become apparent that Mrs. Nolan is no shrinking violet.

After serving as a Special Education RSP resource at Hollenbeck for four years, Mrs. Nolan made the transition back to classroom teacher, but like everything with Mrs. Nolan, there’s a larger mission.

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