October 2015

Los Angeles has an educational ecosystem that is rich with partners – the school district, community partners, and others – committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for students. In 2014-2015 AISR met with a range of partners, who expressed the need to work and learn across three major approaches that have taken root in several of the district’s schools and neighborhoods: community schools, Linked Learning, and Promise Neighborhoods.

With this study, AISR set out to find a common vision and goals across these approaches, highlight the district and community systems and practices that support these approaches, and identify gaps or needs for further supports. Our goal was to inform partner organizations and the district how to better align, support, and expand these approaches and maximize their impact, and to provide funders with valuable information about how they can best continue to support equitable educational opportunities in Los Angeles.

This work was designed to complement the Time for Equity project, a partnership with the Ford Foundation. Time for Equity builds the capacity of schools, districts, communities, and partner organizations to improve educational opportunities in the nation’s most underserved school systems through expanded and reimagined learning time, including the development of twenty-four indicators that school communities can use as “yardsticks” to measure and refine their efforts to create expanded and improved learning opportunities for young people.

Related Webinar

Collaborating for Equity: A Conversation with Funders about Los Angeles (1/7/16)
The fourth Time for Equity webinar featured a conversation with Sanjiv Rao, Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, and Peter Rivera, Senior Program Officer at the California Community Foundation, about the role that philanthropy plays in collaborating for educational equity in the rich Los Angeles education ecosystem and can play in a larger national movement for education justice.