Character Day 2016: LA schools celebrate good character and join worldwide events
Schools throughout the LA Unified school district joined more than 90,000 groups worldwide on Thursday to celebrate Character Day and talk about how to develop character strengths. Although it’s impossible to tell exactly how many classrooms dealt with Character Day activities, Susan Ward Roncalli of the district’s Social Emotional Learning division said she was busy traveling...
By Mike Szymanski | September 23, 2016
New program at Nightingale Middle School for college-bound students
An announcement from LA Unified. For more see lausd.net. At Nightingale Middle School, a college degree is within grasp, thanks to a new program there requiring students and their parents to attend Saturday classes. The Neighborhood Academic Initiative has a new home at Nightingale in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. Directed by the...
By LA School Report | August 15, 2016
Exclusive: Where have all the middle school students gone? The key battlefield in LAUSD enrollment drop
LA Unified is fighting a costly enrollment slide, and its biggest battleground is middle schools. As the district has lost 133,000 students since 2006, data show the biggest consistent declines in enrollment outside of high school over the past 10 years occur when students enter sixth grade. And the drop has become more pronounced in...
By Sarah Favot | August 15, 2016
Sold-out crowd expected at King’s best-practices sharing session on Saturday
A groundbreaking summit that plans to share best practices between LA Unified traditional school and charter school educators is at capacity with more than 350 people signed up for the Saturday event planned by Superintendent Michelle King. From the moment she was appointed to the position in January, King said she planned to find ways to...
By Mike Szymanski | July 20, 2016
Place top teachers in low-performing schools, LA Unified board members suggest as they ‘reimagine’ middle school
The district’s best teachers should be teaching at struggling schools, some LA Unified school board members suggested last week, with at least one board member calling for a future discussion on the issue. The comments were made during a Committee of the Whole meeting last week on how the district can improve and “reimagine” middle school,...
By Sarah Favot | July 6, 2016
‘We can’t do this alone.’ LAUSD board votes to seek outside help to fund successful schools
Almost without comment Tuesday, the LA Unified school board voted unanimously to seek help from outside the district to replicate high-achieving schools. The resolution was introduced by Monica Garcia and Ref Rodriguez and asks the district staff to “seek outside support for the funding” to replicate successful school programs in areas of high need in the...
By Mike Szymanski | May 11, 2016
Parent groups ask LAUSD to improve engagement
Leaders from major parent groups brought school board members their recommendations for improving parent involvement in LA Unified. Topping their list is a centralized Parent Advocate office and website for their concerns, they told board members of the Early Childhood Education and Parent Engagement Committee on Tuesday. Other recommendations include involving parents in every principal search committee and providing resources and training. One...
By Mike Szymanski | April 20, 2016
Board to consider pair of resolutions to expand successful schools
Members of the LA Unified school board are taking the lead in identifying, encouraging and replicating successful schools with two resolutions that will be discussed at Tuesday’s board meeting. One, sponsored by Monica Garcia and Ref Rodriguez, called Offering Families More – Promoting, Celebrating and Replicating Success Across LAUSD, asks that the district identify best strategies...
By Mike Szymanski | April 11, 2016
School board’s high-drama discussion: Are we fair to charters?
If anything, it was good television. LA Unified school board members confronted each other headlong in a dramatic discussion Tuesday night over whether charter schools were being treated fairly by the district. The discussion opened calls for a deep dive into how district staff comes up with its recommendations for denials or approvals of charter schools....
By Mike Szymanski | February 10, 2016
Commentary: Report on parent engagement meeting showed heat but not the light
By Kathy Kantner, Rachel Greene and Juan Jose Mangandi Readers of LA School Report’s coverage of the Feb. 2 meeting of the Board of Education’s Early Childhood Education and Parent Engagement Subcommittee can be forgiven if they only perceived the heat in the boardroom but not the light. It would be unfortunate, however, if LA School Report’s overly...
By Guest contributor | February 8, 2016