Month: March 2016

2016 ‘Schools to Watch’ Model Middle Schools

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California’s 2016 “Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage” Model Middle Schools SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 13 high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2015–16 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS) program. Torlakson also announced that the sustained progress of 20 previously chosen STW™—TCS schools will allow them to retain their designation. “These 33 schools excel at keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in a student’s school career,” Torlakson said. “I congratulate them for their efforts to exceed challenging …

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GEAR UP Education Trust Award Success Story: Angela Sanchez

Angela is now a Program Analyst, College Readiness & Retention for the ECMC Foundation in Los Angeles. Angela wasn’t even sure she was going to finish high school. Today, she is an undergrad and grad degree holder from her dream school (UCLA), a successful higher education professional, and is an inspiring example of focusing on college dreams early on. Sanchez says that, without scholarship support, her life today would have been very different. The first scholarship she ever received was a GEAR UP Education Trust Award as a student at Toll Middle School in Glendale, CA, a California GEAR UP school. Back …

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EdTrust West: New Community-Based Data & Research Hub in San Bernardino County

Ed Trust–West is excited to announce that we’re partnering with a number of civil rights, education, and social justice organizations to launch our first Community-Based Data & Research Hub in San Bernardino County. California’s move toward local control, the redesign of our state’s accountability system, and the implementation of the California State Standards provide a unique opportunity to help increase capacity of community stakeholders and support their current advocacy efforts through data, research, budget and policy analysis. “In the age of local control, we must help communities make certain that local systems do what’s best for California’s Black, Brown, and …

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