LAUSD Assembles Collaborative to Focus On the Middle Grades

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 16, 2016) – Last month, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a landmark resolution to ensure that the nearly 200,000 Los Angeles middle-grades students are on the path to high school graduation.
The resolution, “Creating a Collaborative to Focus on the Middle Grades,” brings together a team of parents, students, educators, school leaders, researchers, district staff and other experts who will create a framework that will uplift and reimagine the middle grades in L.A. Unified. Their report will be presented to the Board of Education in June. The collaborative team comprises Learning Group and Working Group sessions.

The Learning Group represents community members and stakeholders. During the sessions, experts will present on various topics and issues that affect the middle grades. The public is invited to attend these sessions, and there will be time at the end of each session for public comment. Notes will be taken at the Learning Group sessions to inform the creation of the framework.

The Working Group is defined in the resolution and includes a middle school parent; a middle school student; representation from UTLA, AALA, and SEIU Local 99, the Division of Student Health and Human Services, the Division of Instruction, and the Office of Educational Services; and academic researchers. These individuals will synthesize and prioritize the notes collected at the Learning Group sessions and articulate a collective vision.

The first Learning Group session will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 25, at Nightingale Middle School, 3311 N Figueroa St. All are invited to attend.

The following Learning Group sessions will take place on March 17, March 31, and April 14. Locations for these meetings will be at various middle schools in L.A. Unified and will be posted on Board of Education website.

Contact: Gabriella Barbosa (213) 241-5667