MEETING THE MOMENTAdvancing Equity Through Community Schools
On June 4th, the Greater LA Education Foundation and the Los Angeles County Office of Education hosted part two of Meeting the Moment: Advancing Equity Through Community Schools, a two-part series focused on elevating, collaborating, and expanding opportunities and impact for Community Schools work in Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Debra Duardo, and Pomona Unified Superintendent Richard Martinez kicked off the convening with a conversation on the sustainability of Community Schools and how the model is well-positioned to address the reopening of schools. Their conversation also touched on two Community School pillars—collaborative leadership practices and expanded and enriched learning time and opportunities.
The convening later transitioned to consultancy sessions, led by Community Schools practitioners, where attendees could collectively problem-solve and improve common approaches. Sessions covered a range of topics including, fundraising, wellness, community engagement, and data analysis.
The second convening was an extension of the first convening from January, which focused on the history and progression of Community Schools in LA County and the role Community Schools can play in addressing the effects of COVID-19 and racial injustices. The first convening also uplifted two Community Schools principles—family and student engagement and integrated student supports.