Marwa Abdelghani

  • L.A. Compact Connection | Sept. 2019

    Using data to advocate for a better future for our kids

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  • published Workgroup Update | sept. 2019 in Workgroup Updates 2019-09-17 16:34:25 -0700

  • Feature Story | Sept. 2019

    Using data to advocate for a better future for our kids

    Data is a powerful tool for improving equity of opportunity for our youngest learners. That was the key message on Sept. 18 when hundreds of education and community leaders gathered in Long Beach to learn about the groundbreaking Early Development Instrument (EDI), a comprehensive measure of school readiness and child well-being. First 5 LA and First 5 Orange County co-hosted the 2019 Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow Summit, where Giannina Perez, Governor Newsom’s Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood, began the day by elevating the important role that the first five years has in shaping a child’s readiness for school and future well-being and economic success. School districts who have collected EDI have been able to use the data to advocate for stronger policies and investments in early childhood services and programs. Los Angeles County could benefit from having a countywide, population level measure of school readiness and child well-being. The data could be used to help us strengthen the coordination of early childhood services in the county and improve alignment between early education and the K-12 system. Following the summit, Senator Lena Gonzalez of Senate District 33 hosted a reception for local business and community leaders to learn more about how investing in early childhood can boost a business’ bottom line.

  • L.A. Compact Connection | July 2019

    It's summer but our work for education doesn't stop.

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  • Our Impact | CSUN Connections


    CSUN Connections & L.A. Compact Participate in Reverse Transfer Conversation

    Juana Hernandez, Senior Manager of Postsecondary Initiatives at UNITE-LA, participated in California Competes’ “Higher Ed Chat” on CSUN Connections, a reverse transfer initiative to support adults in the L.A. area who have faced barriers to completing their degree. Moderated by California Competes’ Interim Executive Director Ria Sengupta Bhatt, Hernandez was joined by Dr. Ryan Cornner, vice chancellor of education programs & institutional effectiveness at Los Angeles Community College District, and Dr. Deborah Cours, interim assistant vice president of academic undergraduate programs at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). 

    CSUN Connections was born out of the L.A. Compact's Student Success Workgroup, a body convened by UNITE-LA, the education affiliate of the Chamber, to identify common challenges and develop collaborative solutions. The collaborative effort targets students who were transferring in without an associate degree and were then, several years later, leaving CSUN without a B.A. in hand. After an initial outreach campaign to bring in qualifying adults, community colleges are now in the process of awarding degrees.

    “It’s important for the business community to understand how their needs can be served by candidates with associate degrees and why programs like CSUN Connections are so critical to helping employers find skilled talent,” said Hernandez.