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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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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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