Los Angeles Education Partnership is an education nonprofit that works as a collaborative partner in high-poverty communities to foster great schools that support the personal and academic success of children and youth from birth through high school.
They are an innovative leader in school transformation, known for proven, effective programs and collaboration that is responsive to student needs. Their focus, from birth through high school, is to produce graduates ready for college, career, and life.
LAEP works in high-poverty, multicultural communities across Los Angeles County, from the northeast San Fernando Valley to East and South Los Angeles. Each year, they serve more than 1,000 educators and 39,000 students plus their families in communities across Los Angeles County.
All students in Los Angeles have a right to a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in learning and in life. LAEP fosters schools where:
Students are self-advocates and are actively engaged in learning.
Teachers are valued as professionals.
Parents and other responsible and caring adults are valued as partners in education.
Site administrators have the autonomy to respond to local challenges and
Community members are seen as integral to ensuring student success.
LAEP has identified six core elements that they believe must be present for schools to be successful and that structure their work (download pdf)
High-Quality Instruction: LAEP builds teachers’ capacity to create engaging, relevant and inquiry-driven, Common Core instruction, delivered by teacher teams in small schools or small learning communities.
Teacher Leadership & Collaboration: LAEP helps develop teacher collaboration and distributed leadership to sustain innovation and accelerate achievement.
College and Career Readiness: Schools set high expectations for students; engage students in robust, college and career-ready learning; create assessments that identify potential barriers to college and career readiness; engage students in workplace experiences and that allow them to explore postsecondary options and provide support for postsecondary planning and financial aid access particularly for the high number of students who will be first in their families to attend college.
Parents as Partners: Schools empower parents through communication, involvement opportunities and educational resources.
Youth Empowerment: Schools provide a personalized learning environment in which students discover their strengths and weaknesses and help shape their learning experiences.
Educational Equity: Schools align collaborators, resources and personnel to support the cognitive and noncognitive development of students, particularly underperforming and underrepresented students.