Our Partners

Center for Powerful Public Schools brings together a diverse network of educators, school, union and district leaders, community partners, university researchers, families, and students who work together to create systemic change within Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Region Partners

Community Coalition
Community Coalition works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy. Community Coalition builds strong community leaders who wage bold action campaigns to create safe neighborhoods, transform our schools, end the school-to-prison pipeline, and strengthen our families and our safety net. The Center partners with Community Coalition to support schools and students in South LA.

Families in Schools
Families In Schools (FIS) was created in 2000 to support parental involvement and engagement in the education process. FIS believes that educators need assistance and support in planning and implementing effective strategies and programs and has created a “pathway to parent empowerment” that addresses the needs of parents from pre-k through 12th grade and provides programs, curriculum, and technical assistance at each level of schooling.  The Center partners with Families In Schools to support teacher and parent engagement as part of the UCLA IMPACT program.

InnerCity Struggle
InnerCity Struggle promotes safe, healthy and non-violent communities by organizing youth and families to build power and influence in Boyle Heights, El Sereno, unincorporated East Los Angeles and Lincoln Heights to work towards economic, social and educational justice. The Center partners with InnerCity Struggle to support schools and students in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles and to advocate for parent and student voice.

Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College
Founded in 1925, Los Angeles Trade Tech College (LATTC) is the oldest two-year community college in Los Angeles. LATTC’s mission is to provide students and community with high-quality technical and professional educational options that flexibly meet their life-long career development and academic goals; foster a climate of life-long learning; prepare students to participate effectively in our democratic society; and generate economic development with our educational, governmental, community and business partners. The Center is collaborating with LATTC to create industry sector competency-based programs that seamlessly link high school, college and career.

Los Angeles Unified School District
The Center has a long history of working in a proactive partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District, first in collaboration with LAUSD Local District 4 and currently with the Office of Intensive Support and Innovation that houses the Pilot Schools and the Linked Learning Initiative. This relationship has allowed LASSC to be a strong advocate school reform at the district and school level and ensure that those closest to students have the most decision-making power over the school’s program.

UCLA Center X
The UCLA Center X teacher education programs aims to transform public schooling to create a more just, equitable, and humane society. Center X studies and documents the impact of its programs on the quality of Los Angeles schools—with a particular focus on the quality of the teaching and leadership workforce and the effects of this workforce on student achievement. The Center is proud to partner with UCLA Center X on a five-year federally-funded Urban Teacher Residency grant, UCLA IMPACT, that places apprentice teachers with accomplished mentor teachers in LAUSD small schools that the Center supports, including the UCLA Community School.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is committed to creating pathways out of poverty so that everyone who lives in our communities can have a better quality of life. We are focused on providing long-term solutions in the three interconnected areas that are the root causes of poverty: helping people have access to permanent housing with supportive services, students graduating from high school prepared for college and the workplace and helping people become financially stable. The Center is an executive committee member of UWGLA’s Los Angeles Coalition for Linked Learning and a core member of CLASS, the Communities for Los Angeles Student Success.

UNITE-LA is an affiliate of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce that promotes and supports effective relationships between public schools and their business and community partners so that students gain access to education and skills training, preparing them for the high-skill, high-wage careers of the global economy and local businesses. The Center is a member of LA Learns 21, a group that supports the implementation of project-based learning and works with the UNITE-LA on Linked Learning advocacy and support.

Statewide Partners

College and Career Academy Support Network
Since 1998 the College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN) has been working to increase educational opportunities that offer each young person support and guidance, productive engagement in the world outside of school, and preparation for both college and careers. This research-based strategy has been effective for hundreds of thousands of teenagers, including low-income students of color. CCASN offers professional development, coaching, resource materials, and technical assistance for secondary educators, schools, and districts. CCASN also conducts research to document and improve practice, and advises policy makers at all levels. The Center partners with CCASN on LAUSD Linked Learning implementation as well as statewide efforts.


ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career
ConnectEd supports the development of Linked Learning by which California’s young people can complete high school, enroll in postsecondary education, attain a formal credential, and embark on lasting success in the world of work, civic affairs, and family life.  ConnectEd develops tools, supports demonstration projects, provides technical assistance, leads collaboration, and promotes policies that expand pathways preparing young people for college and career success. The Center is the first regional Linked Learning Hub and partners with ConnectEd to support the establishment and sustainability of LAUSD district and pathway programs as well as supporting regional Linked Learning efforts.


Linked Learning Alliance
The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to improving California’s high schools and preparing students for success in college, career, and life.  Established in May 2008, the Linked Learning Alliance aims to build a collective voice and coordinate efforts to expand access to Linked Learning in California—an approach to high school that integrates rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities in fields of engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more.  The Center is a member of the Linked Learning Alliance.


National Partners

America’s Promise Alliance – America’s Promise Alliance leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child. As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce. Center for Powerful Public Schools is one of 12 organizations, across 10 nationwide cities that have been rewarded grants from the Youth Opportunity Fund, part of Citi Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund.

Citi Foundation – Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. Center for Powerful Public is one of 12 organizations, across 10 nationwide cities that have been rewarded grants from the Youth Opportunity Fund, part of Citi Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund.

Coalition of Essential Schools
For 25 years, the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) has been at the forefront of creating and sustaining personalized, equitable, and intellectually challenging schools. Essential schools are places of powerful student learning where all students have the chance to reach their fullest potential. CES practice is exemplified by small, personalized learning communities where teachers and students know each other well in a climate of trust, decency and high expectations for all. Modeling democratic practices with a strong commitment to equity, Essential schools work to create academic success for every student by sharing decision-making with all those affected by the schools and deliberately and explicitly confronting all forms of inequity. Essential schools focus on helping all students use their minds well through standards-aligned interdisciplinary studies, community-based “real-world” learning and performance-based assessment. The Center is a regional CES affiliate.

National Academy Foundation
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success. For 30 years, NAF has refined a proven educational model, which includes industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise from five themes: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences. Employees of more than 2,500 companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships and serve on local Advisory Boards. The Center partners with NAF to support Linked Learning at LAUSD NAF pathway sites.