November 2023 Community Schools Newsletter

This month, we are thankful that our school communities are such warm and welcoming places. We celebrate how the arts help people connect and how community-based teaching and learning help people grow together.

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RFK UCLA Community School

On November 1st, the school community welcomed Little Amal, a 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old refugee Syrian girl. Amal has visited 14 countries around the world since 2021 to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and migrants. Students spent weeks preparing for the arrival of the giant puppet with the help of educators from UCLA’s Design for Sharing arts education program. Students created poetry and works of art, much of it based on their personal experiences, to welcome Amal. Read the full story here.

We invite you to read more about the UCLA Community School in this new report released by the Learning Policy Institute as well as in the 2022-23 Annual Report: Sustaining Our Collective Vision.

Mann UCLA Community School

A big Bruin welcome to Mr. Irvin Shannon who joined Mann UCLA-CS as Principal this fall!

Read about the school’s vision, core practices, partnerships, and progress in the 2022-23 Annual Report: Building Black and Brown Futures.

As one student shares in the report, “The people in South Central are the most united community that I have ever seen. After high school, my plans are to go to college and to be able to work in the medical field to help my community.”

Explore the Power of Partnerships through Research!

Marisa Saunders (UCLA Center for Community Schooling) presented her work with Deborah McKoy of UC Berkeley’s Center of Cities + Schools and Alejandra Chamberlain from Contra Costa County Office of Education at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth conference in New Orleans. Their research explores strategies that can leverage and integrate California’s investment in community schools with McKinney-Vento in service of students experiencing homelessness.

Ariana Guillermo Dimagiba (UCLA Center for Community Schooling) and Marco Murillo from Santa Clara University shared their work, “Sustaining College-Going Supports Amid Racialized and Changing Sociopolitical Contexts: A Case of Public Scholarship” on November 17th at the 48th Annual Conference of the Association of Higher Education (ASHE) in Minneapolis. The paper is co-authored by Karen Hunter Quartz (UCLA Center for Community Schooling) and UCLA Community School teacher, Beth Trinchero.

Mark Your Calendar

Join community school practitioners, researchers, partners and advocates at the 2024 National Community Schools and Family Engagement (CsxFE) conference in Atlanta from May 29-31!

We are looking forward to the 2024 EMPOWER Summit! Convened by the State-Transformational Assistance Center, the summit is a two-day event open to California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) grantees, Regional Technical Assistance Centers, educators and community members who serve community schools. Join us in Los Angeles from June 13-14

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