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