LAUSD leaders need to confront racism in schools, UCLA educator says
Racism and stereotypes continue to plague LA Unified, and it’s up to leaders to change that, according to a UCLA professor who is holding seminars at some schools. Tyrone C. Howard, associate dean for equity and inclusion at UCLA’s graduate school of education and information studies, spoke to the Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Equity Committee...
By Mike Szymanski | October 11, 2016
LAUSD: Summer school is expanding. More seats, more fun classes, plus sleep later!
Summer school is expanding, plus it’s going to be fun again. That’s the message Janet Kiddoo, LA Unified’s intervention administrator for Beyond the Bell, brought Tuesday in a report to the Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Equity Committee. “Whoever thought people would get excited about summer school?” Kiddoo said. “People are very excited, and there are such passionate and...
By Mike Szymanski | April 5, 2016
How hard times in LA schools sparked a ‘teacherpreneur’ to create BirdBrain Science
It was a devastating time for the young teachers who worked at John H. Liechty Middle School near downtown Los Angeles. It was 2009, and 72 percent of the school’s teachers were handed pink slips, casualties of America’s crumbling economy. Brendan Finch, working there through Teach For America, was among those let go, though he...
By Mark Keierleber | February 26, 2016
Linked Learning has helped these LAUSD students thrive
Students explain how Linked Learning works at LAUSD schools
By Mike Szymanski | February 2, 2016
District: So far, so good with students taking iPads home
A $1.3 billion project fraught with controversy and a long list of disappointing results produced its first positive news in some time yesterday, as LA Unified reported a high level of success and satisfaction at a handful of schools where students were allowed to take home their district-issued iPads and other digital tablets. Members of...
By Craig Clough | January 23, 2015
Morning Read: Common People
• LAUSD to Begin Phasing In Common Core Curriculum Standards: The standards, the first ever national standards for public school curriculum, have been adopted by all but five states. Lots of changes are coming, including: basic algebra and geometry starting in kindergarden (!), less literature and more informational reading, and more integration of math and english....
By Hillel Aron | August 6, 2012