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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
At Donors Choose — you are connected to a classroom in need. You give to a classroom project and they deliver materials to the class.
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.
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 focuses on people, power, progress and organizing parents to bring about change.