As we head into 2020, we celebrate the power of community schools to impact the lives of young people and inspire collective action. This month, we highlight efforts to engage youth in climate education and action, advance bilingual education, reimagine and share migration stories, and explore potential career pathways. As one student reflecting on their internship experience reminds us: “It’s really life changing…everyone should have this opportunity to be a good person, to be a part of the community, and add on to society.”
The UCLA Center for Community Schooling is a campus-wide initiative to advance university-assisted community schools. As stable anchor institutions, universities play a unique role as K-12 community school partners. Our research, teaching, and service missions inform and are informed by the work of local schools and communities. In partnership, we are poised to disrupt historical inequalities and reimagine schooling as a public good that prepares all students to succeed in college, careers, and civic life.
UCLA Community School has engaged in this work for a decade and the Mann UCLA Community School partnership began in 2016. The UCLA Center for Community Schooling was created to study and share the work of these schools and join with others to unite the K-12 community schools movement with higher education civic engagement reforms.
The UCLA Community Schools are part of a growing University-assisted Community Schools Network convened by the national Coalition for Community Schools and the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships. With generous support from the Netter Center, the UCLA Center for Community Schooling hosts an annual convening as well as school visits. If you are interested in visiting the UCLA Community Schools, please contact Anna Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The artwork on this website was part of a larger public school mural project at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in May 2016. The UCLA Community School is one of six autonomous schools that share the RFK campus in the central Los Angeles neighborhood of Pico Union/Koreatown.