Marwa Abdelghani

  • L.A. Compact Connection | November 2019

    L.A. Unified kicks off school year with community schools pilot


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  • Our Impact | LAEPP


    Using data and research to improve teacher preparation

    At its September meeting, the Los Angeles Educator Pathways Partnership (LAEPP) discussed a set of additional research questions to deepen the analysis of teacher preparation pathways and L.A. Unified outcomes for new STEM teachers in comparison to teachers in other school districts. The meeting also addressed the uses of dashboards for program improvements at higher education institutions. The LAEPP will be contracting with Education Analytics, Inc. for inclusive narrative research reports and tailored analyses.

  • published Workgroup Updates | Nov. 2019 in Workgroup Updates 2019-11-19 14:58:15 -0800

  • Our Impact | CSUN Connections


    UNITE-LA & CSUN Connections staff present on reverse transfer

    In September, CSUN Connections team members representing CSUN, LACCD and UNITE-LA attended a Lumina Communities of Practice Convening in Los Angeles. Groups from across the country conducting similar work came together to share their progress on ongoing initiatives and ideas for the future of higher education attainment. Held in Los Angeles, UNITE-LA and Compact staff members joined the convening throughout the two days to speak about our collective work in the region.

  • Our Corner | Nov. 2019

    L.A. Compact attends conference for collective impact leaders

    In October, the L.A. Compact’s Julian Lucas, Talent Development Coordinator, and Adam Gottlieb, Higher Education Manager, represented the Compact and UNITE-LA at the Collective Impact Forum’s Champions for Change 2019. Julian and Adam spent the three-day conference delving into the research and practices of the convener role across a broad spectrum of collective impact projects and initiatives. They had the opportunity to collaborate with representatives from organizations across the country, as well as L.A. Compact partners from L.A. County, First 5 LA and United Way. The team now has a renewed sense of collective impact work, and we are excited to begin putting them into practice!

  • Feature Story | Nov. 2019

    LAUSD begins community schools pilot

    On November 2, L.A. Unified hosted its second convening at Panorama High School of 18 schools participating in the Community Schools pilot. The teams dove into the process of developing a community needs and assets assessment as a critical step in adopting the Community Schools model, a strategy aimed to increase parent engagement, broaden curriculum and implement wraparound services.

    At a kick off convening on September 21 at Wilson High School, over 200 school and community stakeholders learned about the history of community schooling and four key pillars of the model:

    • Integrated student supports
    • Expanded and enriched learning time and opportunities
    • Active family and community engagement
    • Collaborative leadership and practices

    Each of the schools has hired a full time Community Schools Coordinator to lead the school in conducting a needs and assets assessment, developing and implementing a plan for broad stakeholder engagement, determining school priorities and managing partnerships to advance student success goals.

    L.A. Unified will recruit an additional 20 schools to participate in a second cohort in the spring of 2020.

  • L.A. Compact Connection | September 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.

  • published L.A. Compact Connection | July 2019 in Newsletters 2019-07-25 09:28:10 -0700

    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.