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Innovative Partnerships for Student Success

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm PST
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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The Education Funders Group and Southern California Grantmakers invite you to explore three strategic and unique partnerships to improve student outcomes in math and systems thinking. The panel discussion will be moderated by David Rattray, Executive Vice President, Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and UNITE-LA. The panelists include Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach at Wildwood School in West Los Angeles; Katharine W. Clemmer, Mathematics Leadership Corps, Director at Loyola Marymount University; and Dr. Jody Z. Priselac, Associate Dean for Community Programs at UCLA School of Education.

About the Partnerships
  • Wildwood’s Systems Thinking Institute Program, which currently partners with two Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Title I schools, trains teachers in systems thinking, how to successfully incorporate the practice at the elementary level and how to establish professional mentoring relationships between and within each school site.
  • Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) Math Leadership Corps uses Collaborative Solution Discovery (CSD), which is adapted from a systems engineering model for the education sector. CSD redefines how a district solves its complex, systematic K-12 math learning and teaching problems. This process emphasizes decision-driven data collection to develop students as mathematical thinkers, problem solvers and self-regulated learners.
  • The Mann UCLA Community School brings together school, family and community resources by incorporating project-based learning, performance-based assessment and collaborative learning. To help young people thrive, it combines wrap-around services that emphasize mental and physical health, as well as social and emotional support systems.

Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach, Wildwood School in West Los Angeles

Steve Barrett is a teacher who directs The Wildwood Outreach Center. He spends most of his time coaching other teachers, both at workshops hosted at Wildwood and on the road as an ambassador for the school, sharing Wildwood’s best practices at public and private schools around the country and around the world. Steve began his 25+ year career teaching history at large public high schools outside Chicago, while earning a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development from DePaul University. In 2003, Steve started at Wildwood as an upper school humanities teacher and advisor and found Wildwood to be his professional and philosophical home.


Katharine W. Clemmer, MAT in Mathematics; Mathematics Leadership Corps Director; Loyola Marymount University, Associate Clinical Faculty

Kathy Clemmer holds a dual clinical faculty appointment at the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) School of Education and Seaver College of Science and Engineering. She is also a part-time AP Calculus teacher at a Los Angeles-area high school where she continuously innovates instruction to develop the math identity of her students. Through her work, Kathy has developed a systems approach to help school districts identify, analyze and solve their complex problems associated with mathematics teaching and learning. She works to bridge theory and practice so school districts practically and realistically implement a learning culture that supports building the K-12 math identity of all students. Uniting her passion for mathematics and engineering, she adapted the Collaborative Solution Discovery (CSD) model to solve complex math education problems.


Dr. Jody Z. Priselac, Associate Dean for Community Programs; Faculty, Teacher Education Program; UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Jody Z. Priselac has over 30 years experience as a mathematics educator. Her research interests focus on understanding how to bring about change in teacher practice in teaching mathematics in urban schools and in partnering with communities to advance equitable education. Dr. Priselac began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District. She came to UCLA as the Director of the UCLA Mathematics Project and for 15 years was the Executive Director of Center X, a center with a mission to transform public schooling to become more equitable places of learning for all students. She is one of the founding partners in the creation of the UCLA Community School in Los Angeles Unified School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in education, both from UCLA.


David Rattray, Executive Vice President, Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development

David Rattray oversees the Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development at the Chamber and UNITE-LA, the School-to-Career Partnership of Los Angeles. He joined the Chamber in 2003 after being a strategic partner for several years. Since 1998, he has led UNITE-LA in building business and educational partnerships toward a goal of improving the academic achievement and enthusiasm for learning for all Los Angeles students. Previously, he spent more than 20 years in the foodservice distribution industry. David served on the L.A. City Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council and was Vice Chair of the State Workforce Investment Board's Lifelong Learning Committee. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. 


SCG and Education Funders Group (EFG) members: No cost to participate
Non-members: $100 

Who May Attend
Current SCG members, current EFG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

Registration has closed for this program.

If you have additional questions regarding this session, please contact Tuly Martinez at [email protected].


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