We Can't Do It Alone Partner With Us We know that the needs of our students and schools go beyond what we can directly provide, so we work with community organizations and partners to better serve our students. We invite you to join us in our mission to transform schools and revolutionize school systems, empowering all students with a high-quality education. Explore Our Partners

Our Community Partners

Our partners provide vital support for our students, schools, and families. They provide social-emotional supports including art therapy and conflict resolution tools, in-classroom academic intervention, adult education opportunities for parents, and much, much more.

2017 Donor and Partner Convening

On March 23rd, the Partnership welcomed donors and partners to Jordan High School for our annual Donor and Partner Convening. Guests were briefed on our progress over the last year and the transformed Jordan High School campus and community, and participated in a Restorative Justice circle. Learn more about the convening here.

Our Most Critical Partner

The Los Angeles Unified School District serves over 700,000 students in 1,300 schools and education centers, and covers 710 square miles. Partnership schools are public, LA Unified schools, and our 15,000 students make up a small portion of the District’s enrollment. Nonetheless, we work in close partnership with LA Unified administrators and our Local Districts to share best practices and influence education beyond our network.

The Mission Continues Provides a Fresh Look

The Mission Continues deploys veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve. Across the Partnership network, their volunteers have performed days of service that provided schools with new murals and improved outdoor areas, including at 107th Street Elementary, Dolores Huerta Elementary, and Gompers Middle School.

Wasserman Foundation's Watts Focus

The Wasserman Foundation, one of the Partnership’s long-time supporters, has deepened its investment in Watts in recent years, working with community stakeholders to respond to urgent needs. Wasserman’s supports include social-emotional learning for students and adults, psychiatric workers, and days of service at Watts schools.

City Year Keeps Students in School

City Year serves more than three-fourths of the Partnership’s schools, providing mentoring from highly skilled and dedicated Americorps members. Their support has been vital in raising graduation rates across the network.

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Thought Leadership and School Site Innovation

With almost a decade of experience working in LA Unified schools, the Partnership is a thought leader in multiple educational areas. We believe that in order to empower all students with a high-quality education, we must scale our successes and share our best practices. Accordingly, we are always interested in piloting our model in new settings, and invite you to reach out to explore collaboration in new schools and communities.

Advocating for Equity

The Partnership has a history of advocacy that has resulted in meaningful change for students in LA Unified and across California. As a collaborative partner with LA Unified, we have applied our experience and recognized expertise alongside a broad range of stakeholders to push for change. We also pursue impact litigation efforts, including the Reed vs California case, which provided new supports for 36 high-need schools in LA Unified, and Cruz vs California, which ensured that students across California received the instructional time to which they are entitled. We are currently working to resolve two critical issues facing the Los Angeles education system: equitable funding and unified enrollment.

In support of these efforts, we have developed policy briefs around both equitable funding and unified enrollment. The research, analysis and recommendations within these briefs are an outgrowth of what we have heard and experienced alongside the school leaders, teachers and parents in our communities. The briefs are meant to inform and influence district and community leaders as we all work toward a more equitable system.

We have also helped launch, and actively participate in, coalitions around these issues, including Partnership for Equitable Access to Public Schools Los Angeles (PEAPS-LA) and United Parents for Educational Justice (UPEJ). We invite you to share your feedback and get involved.

“Sustainable change comes from the ground up” - Joan Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer

School Site Innovation

Our transformation model bridges the gap between the flexibility of a charter school and traditional District settings, and we believe the progress that our network has made is replicable in urban districts across the country. Within various areas of our model, including restorative justice, parent engagement, school leader development, and teacher development pathways, we have worked to standardize and scale our successes, and we invite you to reach out to explore opportunities to bring our work to new settings.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Restorative Justice
    The Partnership’s work modeling “Restorative Communities” with all stakeholders at our school sites has led the way in LA Unified, and two staff members recently authored a chapter on Cultivating Restorative Communities in the newly-published Restorative Practice Meets Social Justice.
  • Parent Engagement
    The Partnership’s Parent College has expanded to serve schools outside the network and outside of LA Unified, helping more than 7,000 parents across California become informed advocates for their student’s education.
  • School Leader Development
    Along with UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute, the Partnership has created a yearlong fellows program for emerging school leaders, that helps them gain real-world experience geared towards serving high-need schools and will create a pipeline of great leaders.