Our Work

 

 

Our work sits at the nexus of public private partnership in education, leveraging catalytic philanthropy to drive systems-level innovation and efficacy across Los Angeles County. Our Current projects span multiple focus areas, with each initiative designed to ensure that our students, schools, and communities have the resources they need to thrive.

Our work sits at the nexus of public private partnership in education, leveraging catalytic philanthropy to drive systems-level innovation and efficacy across Los Angeles County. Our Current projects span multiple focus areas, with each initiative designed to ensure that our students, schools, and communities have the resources they need to thrive.

OUR FOCUS AREAS

SUPPORTING THE WHOLE LEARNER

LACOE Community Schools
The LACOE Community Schools model is a poverty mitigation strategy that consists of highly integrated District, LACOE, and County Agency services within schools. The Community Schools pilot is underway at 15 high schools across the county that serve as hubs for a range of support services for students and their families. GLA has invested in the infrastructure needed to replicate the unique structure of LACOE’s model, bringing services on-site and leveraging public funds. GLA has also streamlined philanthropic support to provide professional development to community school staff, expand dual enrollment options, and grant opportunities to provide basic needs relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. GLA is supporting the evaluation of the pilot across student, family, and community indicators. This evaluation will highlight both site-level performance and the regional impact of the pilot.

DIVERSE EDUCATOR WORKFORCE

Community of Practice
In partnership with LACOE, GLA is embarking on a multi-year effort to work with LA County districts committed to attracting, developing and retaining highly talented and diverse staff and building capacity in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The strategy invests in individual districts that are ready to implement evidence-based pilot interventions and committed to addressing legacies of systemic racism. Pilots will ultimately inform technical assistance strategies and assets that can help other like districts adopt similar programs. Photo credit: Vanessa Rancaño/KQED

STUDENT-CENTERED TEACHING & LEARNING

Teachers of the Year

Each year, LACOE honors some of our most talented educators through the Teachers of the Year (TOY) awards program. GLA has developed new program elements to elevate, celebrate, and invest in teachers. Together we have developed a resource hub for strategies and best practices from Teachers of the Year educators, professional learning networks featuring Teachers of the Year honorees, and provide innovation grants available to teachers around LA County focused on student-centered practices. In our first year of grantmaking we invested in dozens of  projects that reached thousands of students that were most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our grantees provided innovative distance learning strategies, built community connection, and integrated meaningful social-emotional support. Learn more  here.

Greater LA Summer Planning Network

In partnership with LACOE and the Partnership for Children and Youth, we have launched the Greater LA Summer Planning Network for select districts. Participating districts have intimate access to statewide leaders in expanded learning and summer enrichment as they recover from the pandemic. They also have dedicated time for collaborative planning with their internal team and colleagues from neighboring districts, access to original planning tools and resources, and hands-on guidance and implementation support through the summer and transitions into the new school year.

ECONOMIC MOBILITY & COLLEGE PATHWAYS

Los Angeles County Dual Enrollment Network

GLA is leading a regional coordination effort that advances access to equitable and enhanced dual enrollment offerings for low-income and BIPOC high school students.

GLA will support a learning network of K-12 districts to design, develop and implement equitable and enhanced dual enrollment programs. The network will promote best practices, actionable strategies, programs, partners, and additional opportunities for resource sharing focused on dual enrollment offerings that are aligned to guided pathways.

Teen Tech Centers

In partnership with Best Buy and the Annenberg Foundation, we will launch an innovative pilot program that will transform the path to prosperity and ensure that a bright future is possible for every young person in LA County. Over the next five years, GLA will help open ten new Teen Tech Centers in communities across Los Angeles County. The centers are operated in partnership with local community-based organizations and provide vital youth development opportunities, digital equity, and workforce pathways into technology and entertainment careers. The centers offer cutting edge technology, dedicated staff, and integrated services including tutoring, mentoring, internships, and social-emotional supports.

HOW WE WORK 

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Collect, analyze and make learning from data accessible to districts, families and partners.

Convene and network districts to share knowledge and implement collective solutions.

Strengthen and/or develop partnerships between districts, county and public agencies, families and communities to design collective impact solutions.

 

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Advocate and offer culturally and contextually relevant policy solutions to solve local, state and common issues.

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