Partnering for Equity: How Community Schools and Universities Can Advance Teaching, Research and Service

Program for the Second Annual Convening of the UCLA Center for Community Schooling, March 7th and 8th, 2019

Thursday, March 7th

School Study Tours (Choose One)

Click here for detailed directions to each school.
RFK UCLA Community School (12:00 pm-4:00 pm)

3201 W. 8th St, Los Angeles CA 90005

12:00pm-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30pm-1:00pm: Welcome
Short Video Presentation – Welcome to UCLA Community School
Welcome by Leyda Garcia, Principal, RFK UCLA Community School
Welcome by Karen Hunter Quartz, Director, UCLA Center for Community Schooling

1:00pm-1:30pm: Student-led School Tours


1:45pm-2:30pm: Panel Conversation: Community Schooling Rooted in Relationships
Facilitator: Jeff La Haie, Assistant Principal, UCLA Community School

Samantha Hill, Psychologist, UCLA Community School
Ashley, Student, UCLA Community School
Rebekah Kang, Coordinator, UCLA Community School
Jose, Student, UCLA Community School
Valerie Kemp, Title III Coach, UCLA Community School
Kenia, Student, UCLA Community School
Ninive, Student, UCLA Community School

2:45pm-3:45pm: Discussion Groups: Partnership Activities that Transform Community Schooling. Facilitated by Teachers and UCLA Partners

Discussion 1: RFK and UCLA-CS Immigrant Family Legal Clinic
Nina Rabin, Director, Immigrant Family Legal Clinic
Sumaiya, Student, UCLA Community School

Discussion 2: Preparing the Next Generation of Community School Teachers
Janice Chow, Science Lead Teacher, UCLA Community School
Pedro De Leon, Science Teacher, UCLA Community School
Nancy Garcia, 4th-5th grade Bilingual Teacher, UCLA Community School

Discussion 3: College Support Beyond High School: Building an alumni network
Aurora Martinez, College Counselor, UCLA Community School
Sidronio Jacobo, Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA
Victoria Amador, UCLA Community School Alumna, CSU Los Angeles Student

Discussion 4: Nurturing Play: Providing powerful learning opportunities for students
Gabriela Perez, K-1 Bilingual teacher, UCLA Community School
Janelle Franco, Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA

Discussion 5: Expanding Bilingual Education 7-12 Grades through Social Justice, Interdisciplinary Projects
Janet Cerda, Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA
Karla Rivera-Torres, Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA
Rosa Jimenez, Social Studies Teacher, UCLA Community School
Claire Keating, Social Studies Teacher, UCLA Community School

3:45pm-4:00pm: Closing Activity by Queena Kim, Assistant Principal, UCLA Community School

Mann UCLA Community School (12:00 pm-4:00 pm)

7001 S St Andrews Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90047

12:00 pm-12:45 pm: Student Greeting and Lunch

12:45 pm-1:00 pm:  Welcome
Christine Shen, Director of UCLA Community Schools Initiative
Carla Estes, Assistant Principal, Mann UCLA Community School
Keynote: Orlando Johnson, Principal, Mann UCLA Community School

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Student-led School Tours

Group 1 – Caleb, Breanna, and Isiah
Group 2 – Ashley and Amari
Group 3 – Xavier, Joel, Ariana
Group 4 – Peter and Maria
Group 5 – Sharee and Angel
Group 6 – Iyon and Bella

2:30- 3:00 Panel Conversation: Partnership Activities that Transform Teaching and Learning

Jannae Williams, Choices Program
Heather Clark, Graduate Student Researcher
Kathy Guyton, Parent of 9th grade student
Rachel William, Parent of a 6th grade student
Darlene Lee, Faculty Advisor for Teacher Education Program
Adriane Perez, Mann UCLA English Teacher and TEP alum
Antonio Castillo, College Center
Christine Shen, TFT
Jazmin Perez, Bruin Corp

3:00-3:50:  Small Group Discussion and Conversation: Impact of the Partnership Activities

3:50-4:00 Closing

Luskin Conference Center – Reception (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

A Celebration of Research-Practice Partnerships

Welcome and Introduction

  • What is a Research-Practice Partnership? Karen Hunter Quartz, UCLA Center for Community Schooling
  • Short Video Presentation: Four Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs)
  • Gallery Walk of RPP Artifacts and Tools

UCLA Student Performance: YOUTHphonics

Panel Discussion: How Can Research-Practice Partnerships Advance Community Schooling?

Moderator: Milbrey W. McLaughlin, David Jacks Professor of Education and Public Policy, Emerita, at Stanford University and the Founding Director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Communities


  • Kendra Fehrer, Senior Research Associate, John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Communities, Stanford University
  • Queena Kim, Assistant Principal, RFK UCLA Community School
  • Katherine Hayes, Program Evaluation and Research Coordinator, Office of Data and Accountability, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Curtiss Sarikey, Chief of Staff, Oakland Unified School District

Friday, February 9th

Luskin Conference Center


Opening Plenary Session: Teaching and Learning in Community Schools

  • Introduction and Research Overview: Karen Hunter Quartz, Director, UCLA Center for Community Schooling
  • Video Presentation: Community School Teachers
  • Speaker Introduction: Annamarie Francois, Executive Director, UCLA Center X
  • Keynote Presentation: Jason Torres-Rangel, English Teacher, RFK UCLA Community School
  • Reading: Teaching and Learning in Community Schools
  • Facilitated Small Group Discussions

Breakout Sessions

1. The Preuss-Gompers-UCSD Partnership:  Successes and Challenges

  • John Bartholomew, Assistant Director, Gompers Preparatory Academy
  • Scott Barton, Principal, The Preuss School, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • Hugh “Bud” Mehan, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Founding Director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity and Teaching Excellence at UCSD
  • Anne Robinson, Instructional Lead, Gompers Preparatory Academy

2. The CAL Prep Partnership: Successes and Challenges

  • Miya Hayes, Director of Strategic Initiatives & P-20 Partnerships, Center for Educational Partnerships, University of California, Berkeley
  • Marco A. Murillo, Research Associate, Center for Equity for English Learners, Loyola Marymount University
  • Sarah Salazar, Dean of Students, Aspire Richmond California College Preparatory Academy (CAL Prep)
  • Frank C. Worrell, Professor of School Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Faculty Director, CAL Prep, University of California, Berkeley

3. Local, State, and National Networks That Support Community Schooling

  • José Muñoz, Director, National Coalition for Community Schools
  • Deanna Niebuhr, Director, Integrated Student Supports, Opportunity Institute
  • Sylvia Rousseau, Professor Emerita, USC Rossier School of Education; Member, LAUSD Community School Implementation Team
  • Joann Weeks, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
  • Moderator: Marisa Saunders, Senior Researcher, UCLA Center for Community Schooling

11:10 to 11:30
Sharing Insights from the Breakout Sessions

11:30 to 12:00

Closing Plenary: Partnering for Equity

How Community Schools Can Strengthen Public Schooling and Civic Life in Los Angeles

  • Steve Zimmer, Senior Education Advisor, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Next Generation Coalition: Learning to Lead

  • Youth Panel Moderated by José Muñoz, Director, National Coalition of Community Schools
  • Students from Mann UCLA Community School and RFK UCLA Community School

We are pleased to welcome 100 participants from 38 organizations.

Organizations Represented

Aspire Richmond California College Preparatory Academy
California Community Foundation
California State University, Los Angeles
City of San Pablo
Community Coalition
Compton Unified School District
EduCare Foundation
Families In Schools
Gompers Preparatory Academy
InnerCity Struggle
Institute for Educational Leadership
Learning Policy Institute
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Los Angeles Education Partnership
Los Angeles Unified School District
Loyola Marymount University
Mann UCLA Community School
National Coalition for Community Schools
Oakland Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District
Seattle University
Seneca Family of Agencies
Stanford University
Stuart Foundation
The Center for Powerful Public Schools
The Opportunity Institute
The Preuss School, UC San Diego
UCLA Community School
University of California Office of the President
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
Youth Policy Institute
Youth Ventures JPA