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In Focus: Education - A Deeper Dive into LCFF: What does the LCAP mean?

Monday, March 23, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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We are happy to announce a new partnership between the Education Funders Group and Southern California Grantmakers. This year, we will offer a series of programs focused on current trends and issues in education that will complement SCG’s STEM and Arts programming.

Join us for our first session to explore the Local Control Funding Formula’s (LCFF) Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

As part of the LCFF, the LCAP requires school districts and county offices to identify annual goals, specific actions, and measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators, including academic achievement and parent engagement. School districts and charter schools are required to obtain parent and public input during the development, revising and updating of the accountability plan.  School districts are now preparing their 2015-2016 budgets. This session will help us gain a better understanding of what makes school districts’ engagement strategies effective, how nonprofits are involved in this work, and ways in which funders can support their efforts. 

This program will feature a panel of experts in the field of education:

This In Focus Education Series will convene funders to learn about specific topics, exchange ideas about how philanthropy can address the emerging issues, and share updates about our work.  Bringing together funders with an interest in education through this partnership on a quarterly basis over the course of one year will provide a platform for colleagues to gain a deeper understanding of key issues, enhance their grantmaking, and explore opportunities for collaboration and action.

Quarterly meeting topics:

March 23, 2015: A Deeper Dive into LCFF: What does the LCAP mean?
June 2015: Community Schools
September 2015: Search for the LAUSD Superintendent of Education
December 2015: Common Core Assessment


Dr. Ellen Dougherty
Superintendent of Schools of the Lawndale Elementary School District

Dr. Ellen Dougherty is currently in her sixth year as the Superintendent of Schools of the Lawndale Elementary School District. Dr. Dougherty also served as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Lawndale. She came to Lawndale from the position of Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for South Pasadena Unified School District where she was also a principal and teacher at the elementary level. Dr. Dougherty received a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of LaVerne, doing thesis work on the development of professional learning communities as a means of improving student achievement. During her time at LESD, Dr. Dougherty has worked collaboratively to implement a rigorous standards based curriculum to prepare students for the 21st Century. Dr. Dougherty has served as the President of the Association of Low Wealth Schools, was the Chairperson of the Southwest SELPA Superintendents’ Council, and is presently serving as the vice president of the State ACSA Superintendency Council.

Dr. Kennon Mitchel
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, San Bernardino City Unified School District

Kennon Mitchell, Ph.D., currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. With over 20 years of experience working as a teacher and administrator in large, urban school districts, Dr. Mitchell is a leading expert in urban school reform and developing schools of achievement for African American students. During his tenure as a principal, Dr. Mitchell developed the MAAT Academy, an African-centered after school intervention program targeting at-risk African American male students. The program served over 300 young men with great success for five years. Dr. Mitchell lectures widely on the topic of improving educational outcomes for African American students, and has been a dedicated volunteer in a host of community-based programs focused on the development of African American students.

Ryan Smith (@RyanSmithLA)
Executive Director, The Education Trust—West (@EdTrustWest)

Prior to joining The Education Trust—West, Ryan was the Director of Education Programs and Policy for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles where he was responsible for the education program and policy efforts. He also coordinated Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS), a Los Angeles-based coalition of civil rights, education and community advocacy groups dedicated to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for students-of-color and students living in poverty. Prior to his role at the United Way, Smith worked for former Mayor Villaraigosa's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. He also founded the Parent College which so far has educated over 5,000 parents across Los Angeles on their rights, roles and responsibilities. Prior to joining the Partnership, he was Director of the Los Angeles Parents Union and managed Public Affairs for Green Dot Public Schools. He has also worked as a youth organizer for Youth United for Community Action’s (YUCA) educational equity campaigns and worked as a volunteer teacher in Mexico. Smith currently serves as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Education at UCLA. Smith was named by Education Week as one of the “Ten Education Leaders to Watch” nationally. He also received the Families in Schools’ “Parent Engagement Leader of the Year Award.”

Dr. Arun Ramanathan
CEO, Pivot Learning Partners (@PivotLearning)

Prior to joining Pivot Learning Partners, Dr. Ramanathan served as the Executive Director for Education Trust West, a leading education research and policy advocacy organization in California. At Education Trust West, he proved to be a successful fundraiser and state policy advocate on issues like the Common Core State Standards and Local Control Funding Formula, while continuing to work in partnership with a broad range of school districts on initiatives to improve outcomes for their highest need students. Dr. Ramanathan started school as an English learner, began his career in special education, received his M.Ed. from Boston College and earned a doctorate in Administration, Policy and Social Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He has served as a teacher, research director and senior district administrator in school districts throughout California. In these positions, he honed his leadership skills, successfully redesigned systems to improve equitable outcomes for students, and led the implementation of important initiatives.

#LCFF  #LCAP  #SCGEvents

Who May Participate:
Current SCG members, current EFG members, and other grantmakers eligible for membership in SCG and/or EFG. For SCG eligibility, click here. For EFG eligibility, click here.

SCG and EFG members: no cost to participate
Non-members: $100 per session

This event is sold out.

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