America’s schools face a challenge in integrating sustainable 21st Century learning. As a service provider, the Center has identified the best practices that support powerful learning and teaching. Center staff builds on the capacity of school administration and faculty successfully implement a core set of instructional competencies that are aligned with the Common Core and the LAUSD teaching and learning standards. Instructional supports include curriculum mapping and unit design, designing integrated projects and performance tasks, authentic assessments, using data to improve practice, Cognitive Coaching and Linked Learning theme-based curriculum planning in concert with industry experts. These supports are aimed at enhancing the skill levels of new teachers as well as deepening the ability of master teachers to serve as peer mentors.

The Center advocates for teachers to have dedicated time to collaboratively engage in a continuous cycle of learning to create, plan, implement, review and revise challenging curricula and develop integrated lessons and projects.

PREP 4 SUCCESS Summer Bridge Program

In 2012 and 2013, Center for Powerful Public Schools, with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), implemented a multi-week summer program at Belmont High School.

In 2014, we expanded our services to 8 different schools, collaborated with 36 teachers and administrators reaching over 400 students that focused on 3 pathways: health, business, and fine arts and performing arts.

Our diverse schools from small schools to comprehensive high schools, from urban to the valley, included:

  1. International Trade Academy at Phineas Banning High School  (ITA)
  2. School of Business and Tourism at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex (B&T)
  3. Los Angeles High School of the Arts at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (LAHSA)
  4. Manual Arts Senior High School
  5. Responsible Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship at Augustus Hawkins (RISE)
  6. School for the Visual Arts and Humanities at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (SVAH)
  7. STEM Academy of Hollywood
  8. Sylmar Biotech and Health Academy

The program, open to all incoming freshmen, aimed to assist students with the transition to high school and increase the likelihood of graduation and adult success. In the midst of a high school transformation effort, Belmont’s Summer Bridge program also aimed to introduce and prepare students for an approach to high school education called Linked Learning.

The program was designed to meet the following needs:

  1. Prevent or diminish incoming high school students from dropping out from high school exposing students to the type of academic and technical work required for high school so that they are better prepared and less intimidated as they enter high school.
  2. Expose students to Project-Based Learning
  3. Awareness of students’ family and community history and experience influence on students’ identity development
  4. Prevent feeling disconnected (one of the factors that encourages dropping-out) as students develop a community with their peers as they enter high school, as well as develop a relationship with adults at the school.
  5. Provide teachers with a Professional Development “laboratory” or clinical model experience to develop or depend their knowledge of Project- Based learning and the content of their pathway theme.
  6. Develop teachers’ capacity to facilitate Advisory
  7. Provide an opportunity for families to participate in their students learning through orientation to the program and end of the program exhibitions of students’ work.

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