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Math for America Los Angeles Improves Math Education From The Ground Up

Forbes – Maria Klawe

“Improving mathematics education in the K-12 public school system continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing the country today. Despite numerous studies, calls to action and increased federal funding, the truth is we are still failing to provide adequate mathematics education to our children—many of whom have developed math anxiety and doubt their ability to excel. What we have seen from years of research is that teacher quality has a strong impact on student success. So, if we want our students to excel in mathematics, we need to find ways to improve teachers’ subject matter knowledge and effectiveness.” (more)

The kids in LAUSD who most need dual language instruction aren’t enrolling yet

KPCC – Kyle Stokes

“Los Angeles Unified school officials often tout the district’s “dual language immersion” programs as a huge success story. In dual language programs, students spend at least half – if not most – of their day learning in a languages ranging from Spanish, Mandarin or even Armenian. Each dual language classroom features a mix of native English speakers with students who speak the “target language” proficiently.” (more)

Can 600-plus California districts narrow the achievement gap?

Ed Source – John Fensterwald and Daniel J. Willis

“As part of the California School Dashboard, the state’s new school accountability system, 1 in 4 school districts will receive assistance from county offices of education and the state to help improve the performance of groups of students who have done particularly poorly on criteria set by the state.”(more)

As California Bilingual Education Grows, Teacher Training Is Key

KQED News – Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

“More often than not, many educators say, bilingual education teachers’ grasp of academic language in their second language trails that of their academic language in English. Experts in bilingual education say improving those skills will be essential as school districts open new programs after California voters lifted restrictions on dual-language programs last year. “Principals tell us, we know that the content is important, what they need to teach, but send us teachers [who] speak Spanish well,” said Lilia Sarmiento, a professor of education at Cal State Dominguez Hills. L.A. Unified is leading the pack of school districts in the state opening new bilingual education programs. It’s opening 16 programs this coming academic year, bringing the total to 101 bilingual programs.”(more)

Seeking stronger pipelines, higher ed is getting more hands-on in K-12

Education Dive – Pat Donachie

“Some college leaders and administrators maintain that it is essential, for a variety of reasons, to establish and support partnerships with the neighborhoods surrounding a school, and partnering with local school districts is one substantial path to doing so. In a March panel discussion at SXSWedu, Rutgers University-Camden Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement Nyeema Watson spoke about how the school had previously been known for having a poor or non-existent relationship with the surrounding community. Over time, and with her urging, it has taken on initiatives and programs that have helped establish a strong relationship with the city while making postsecondary learning a tangible option for local students.”(more)

In California push to help students with dyslexia, LA schools take a first step

Ed Source – Jane Meredith Adams

“The Los Angeles Unified school board jumped ahead of a new state law last week and instructed the school district to immediately create a plan to train teachers on the leading learning disability in California:, a reading impairment known as dyslexia. The demand by the board of the second-largest school district in the U.S. was hailed by parent advocates as a signal that districts across the state, and potentially the nation, might finally provide interventions that help students with dyslexia learn to read. Effective interventions are available, but most school districts nationwide do not provide them widely, citing the cost of training, according to advocates for students with disabilities.”(more)