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Research continues to show that small schools/small learning communities have the necessary elements to counteract the inherent negative effects of poverty and poor academic achievement for low-income and/or students of color. National research also proves that huge, impersonal institutions are the worst possible places in which to educate young people. A major premise of the transformation into small schools/small learning communities is that these issues will be addressed through visionary changes in public education.

News you can use...

  • Posted: June 2009
    380 SLCs in over 60 High Schools
    As of June 2009, redesign plans from 60 LAUSD high schools and small schools have been approved by the Superintendent for a total of 380 small learning communities across the District. (Download list in PDF)
  • Posted: January 12, 2009
    Career Academy Support Network offers extensive resources for Small Learning Communities and Career Academies. Housed within the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley, all of their resources are free.

  • Posted: May 16, 2008
    Lead teachers from Board District 2 discuss successes and challenges with LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia
  • Posted: May 12, 2008
    Student Empowerment Academy featured in LA Times article
    Shift's HappeningBased on the New Tech High School model, Student Empowerment Academy is a small school, with distinct attributes including project based learning, collaborative environment and 21st century skills. Teachers regularly collaborate and co-teach subjects such as English language arts and social studies, consequently making the subjects more pertinent and relevant to students. The article describes what happens when students and teachers are provided with a personalized learning environment.
  • Posted: April 28, 2008
    SLC Plans for Kennedy HS and University HS Approved
    Plans submitted by Kennedy and University High Schools became the latest approved by the Superintendent Brewer for conversion to small learning communities. To date, LAUSD has a total of 323 approved small learning communities in 53 high schools. (Download list in PDF)
  • Posted: February 28, 2008
    Shift's Happening @ LAUSD
    Shift's HappeningBased on 'Did you Know?' originally by Karl Fisch and later modified by Scott McLeod, this version adapted for LAUSD, includes recent data and describes the progress of small learning communities in Los Angeles Unified School District. (View clip as Flash movie or Quicktime movie.
  • Posted: February 19, 2008
    Banners Proclaim Small Learning Communities at Monroe High School
    The banner project at Monroe High School is now a reality. When students and staff return to Monroe today, they will be greeted with the colors and logos of their small learning communities. Read more...
  • Posted: January 7, 2008
    Los Angeles schools excel through small learning communities
    Chamber Voice"Chamber VOICE," the quarterly publication of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce describes how some schools have transformed from large comprehensive high schools into small schools and small learning communities. (Download newsletter in PDF)

  • Save the Date: February 27, 2008 Small Learning Community Winter Institute 2008
    Tony WagnerThis event will feature workshops with presentations from various school teams, community, parents and students on the topic of small learning communities at LAUSD. Tony Wagner of Harvard Graduate School of Education will be guest speaking. Tony Wagner is a member of the Change Leadership Group (CLG), an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that helps prepare teams to be effective change leaders in schools and districts. Registration information will be forthcoming. (Download flyer and registration materials in PDF)

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