Eye On Our Community: Taking Back The Classroom

March 3, 2011 5:25 PM

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CBS2 anchor Laura Diaz takes a look at the school reform movement in Los Angeles in a half hour special “Eye on Our Community: Taking Back the Classroom” Sunday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. on CBS2.

Diaz looks at efforts made by the organization United Way of Greater Los Angeles that is struggling to get children into schools that prepare them for the future and out of “drop out or failure factories” that have plagued the country’s second largest school district, LAUSD.

She also speaks with director Davis Guggenheim of the critically-acclaimed movie “Waiting for Superman” who talks about national efforts to reform the public education system. The film has a strong social action campaign trying to organize the school reform movement in the country’s largest cities with the highest drop out rates.

Diaz speaks with parents, incoming new LAUSD superintendent John Deasy, as well as educational experts to find out where Los Angeles is headed as it attempts to educate its children for today’s global economy.

Diaz also takes a look at school safety after the recent episodes of shootings on and near LAUSD campuses.

Finally, Diaz profiles LAUSD’s Florence Nightingale Middle School that is using a new methodology of teaching called Big Picture Learning.

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The School Report Card

The School Report Card is a document published each year by LAUSD that summarizes data about individual schools and is provided directly to families. It helps families understand how a school is performing in a number of key areas like graduation rates, student performance on standardized tests, English learner progress, and how well connected students, parents, and employees are with their school.

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The United Way of Greater Los Angeles

The United Way’s mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Greater Los Angeles by creating pathways out of poverty.

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Big Picture Learning

Big Picture Learning is a new methodology in educating children.  They are transforming education –  One student at a time.

The following schools use the Big Picture Learning methodology:

Nightingale Middle School

Frida Kahlo High School

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Waiting For Superman

Waiting For Superman is a Davis Guggenheim and Billy Kimball documentary that reminds us that statistics have names.  It is a personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S. and how it is affecting our children.

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Donors Choose

At Donors Choose — you are connected to a classroom in need. You give to a classroom project and they deliver materials to the class.

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Roses in Concrete

Under the leadership of education expert Jeff Duncan Andrade, Roses in Concrete studies how to teach children in poor and urban communities.

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Bienvenidos Family Services

Both Nightingale Middle School and Frida Kahlo High School use Bienvenidos Family Services that provide compassionate community of care dedicated to healing children and their families.

Community Coalition

Community Coalition focuses on people, power, progress and organizing parents to bring about change.

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  • Khan

    I only caught the tail end of this. Any chance of streaming it online?

  • C. Berru

    Saw most of the show. Why wasn’t the question asked,m “What happens to the students who do not make it in the Charter s Schools or don’t follow the rules, where do these students go?’ Why is it if the teachers think they are professionals, which i think they are, why don’t they dress like professionals, after they are models for their students. To alleviate the monetary shortage the school district is facing, why not charge the students a quarter for their lunches, if they can afford cell phones they can afford a quarter for llunch

  • J. Van Tress

    Your special, “Taking Back the Classroom,” was so superficial and lacking in substance. Why undertake such a complex subject as the challenges facing public education in such a shallow manner? I was very disappointed in KCBS’s “glancing look” at school reform.

  • J.D.

    Went to Nightingale in 90-92. The school was already F.U.B. any chance to redemption. It’s a little late thinking you can take back the classroom. Close that broken school down already and sends all the kids to Charter school. Maybe, there is a better chance there..

  • dwray

    I appreciated your show! You did a fantastic job telling the world what is going on in LAUSD.Teachers can’t be circus ringleaders, constantly singing lessons with students to keep their attention. Instead I saw dedicated teachers inspiring kids to learn in a realistic way. I especially liked the guy from Oakland and the principal of Nightengale. Right afterwards the problem of homelessness and kids was discussed on 60 minutes. Both were equally eye opening.

  • jan B

    Nightingale does not use Big Picture School curriculum.
    Big Picture charter hasn’t done anything for our school.
    The principal is just lining himself up for a job with them after he retires.

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