Our History

Since 2003, Center for Powerful Public Schools has been a leader in school reform, both in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and school districts throughout the Greater Los Angeles region. In the last fifteen years, we have accomplished major milestones including establishing several effective model programs that have been replicated throughout LAUSD, the second largest school district in the nation.

2017

  • Chosen to be in the inaugural Social Venture Partners Los Angeles Accelerator Program for our systems change initiative, Competencies Approach to Professional Education (CAPE)
  • Received Annenberg Foundation general operating support grant
  • Received second Weingart grant for general operating support
  • Received Drown Foundation grant to support Linked Learning implementation
  • Received first corporate grant from LA Clippers Foundation to support PREP 4 SUCCESS
  • Launched first Giving Tuesday effort netting over $2,000 in personal contributions
  • Led efforts to “Close the Gap” in LA Unified between the graduation rate and college eligibility rate

2016

  • Received California Endowment grant to support student health career pathways at Community Health Advocates High School in South Los Angeles
  • Expanded PREP 4 SUCCESS to 26 LAUSD pathways and at Pasadena Unified
  • Became a charter member of SLATE-Z Federal Promise Zone in South Los Angeles to support K-16 college and career pathways
  • Secured two Linked Learning district contracts with Antelope Valley Union SD and Lynwood SD
  • Established Center Point monthly blogs and revamped website

2015

  • Received Citi Foundation and America’s Promise support to implement Engineering Environmental Innovative program that provided engineering skills and apprenticeships to more than 180 students
  • Received James Irvine grant to continue to support regional Linked Learning implementation in LA Unified and Southern California
  • Created and ratified three-year business plan
  • Staff expands to 14 members

2014

  • Changed name to Center for Powerful Public Schools: A catalyst for equity, access and choice and revised all materials and created new website
  • Received Weingart Foundation grant to build organizational capacity
  • Partnered with LA Trade-Technical College to establish competency-based credits that demonstrate college and career readiness
  • Established first Linked Learning afterschool program
  • Established Linked Learning continuation schools program to engage underrepresented students
  • Received second UCLA Center X subaward to support UCLA IMPACT 2.0, a second five-year federally funded urban teacher residency program

2013

  • Received Ford Foundation funding to establish the first Linked Learning Summer Bridge program, PREP 4 SUCCESS, a three-week industry theme-based program for incoming 9th grade students that prepares them to be successful in high school
  • Advocated and managed pass-through funding for a LAUSD Linked Learning office to support additional high school pathways throughout the district

2012

  • Received Ford Foundation funding to establish the first Linked Learning Summer Bridge program, Prep 4 Sucess, a three-week industry theme-based program for incoming 9th grade students that prepares them to be successful in high school
  • Advocated and managed pass-through funding for a LAUSD Linked Learning office to support additional high school pathways throughout the district

2011

  • Continued to support Linked Learning implementation in Local District 4
  • Co-sponsoring the first LAUSD Linked Learning Symposium

2010

  • Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Community School opens beginning with two K-12 elementary programs
  • Partnered with UCLA Center X and LAUSD Local District 4 to launch UCLA IMPACT, a five-year federally funded urban teacher residency program that has placed 170 apprentice teachers with mentor teachers in small, innovative schools for a year
  • Agreement signed by LAUSD and UTLA to open an additional 10 Pilot schools
  • Supported LAUSD Local District 4 to be chosen as one of 9 districts in California to be part of the Linked Learning District Initiative

2009

  • Received 501(c)(3) status as Los Angeles Small Schools Center
  • Established first office at CARECEN in Pico Union neighborhood