Smiling Teacher

POWERFUL EDUCATORS

We build powerful educators dedicated to addressing the needs of underserved students by removing barriers and providing access to rigorous learning.

WHO WE ARE

We support educators committed to owning their learning and improvement. Through our powerful pathway programs and services, we implement continuous improvement processes and practices to create an equitable classroom experience.

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MISSION

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Our mission is to build the capacity of educators in order to create and sustain powerful public schools that prepare every student for college, career, and life.

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School Teacher

2003

Founded by Dr. Karen Hunter Quartz, Cris Gutierrez and sponsored by UCLA Center X to create small, personalized schools in Los Angeles

2007

Helped launch the first 10 Pilot Schools (small, autonomous district schools) in LAUSD

2010

Funded by James Irvine Foundation to be first So Cal provider of coaching and technical assistance for Multiple Pathways initiative (later to become Linked Learning)

2016

Launched LA Regional Coalition for Linked Learning  

2020

Pandemic- Center pivots to continue providing programs, coaching, and professional development virtually. First online Prep 4 Success takes place Summer of 2020.

2011

Became the first regional Linked Learning Center

2019

Jeanne Fauci retires,

Dr. Alicia Montgomery becomes Executive Director

2021

Gates grant allows us to focus on data and measurement for Continuous Improvement work

2022

Acquires SpeakUp organization, enabling the Center to expand services to families and communities.

2008

Center receives nonprofit status. Jeanne Fauci becomes Founding Executive Director.

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HISTORY

Our organization has a long history of working with educators across the greater Los Angeles area. Together, we’ve partnered with many schools and school districts to cultivate a community of innovative educators focused on equity.