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Small School Learning Communities (SSLCs) Local District B April 2004 Current Situation Our secondary schools are too large and impersonal Too many students feel disconnected and are either failing or dropping out LAUSD Goals

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current situation
Current Situation
  • Our secondary schools are too large and impersonal
  • Too many students feel disconnected and are either failing or dropping out
lausd goals
LAUSD Goals
  • Within the next few years, all of LAUSD’s secondary schools will be reorganized into small school learning communities (SSLCs)
  • Every Local District will have a five year plan for implementing small school learning communities.
sslc characteristics
SSLC Characteristics
  • Unifying Vision/Identity
  • Rigorous Standards-based instruction
  • Equity and Access
  • Personalization
  • Accountability & Distributed Leadership
  • Collaboration/Community Engagement
  • Professional Development
why implement sslcs
Why Implement SSLCs?
  • Decrease the drop out rate
  • Improve the quality of teaching and learning
  • Improve academic achievement of all secondary students
  • Increase the number of students who attend and successfully complete post secondary studies
benefits of being in a sslc
Benefits of Being in a SSLC
  • Enjoy the personalized relationships with teachers
  • Students can share common interests and goals
  • Sense of community among the students & teachers
  • New students can fit in and aren’t overwhelmed by large schools
  • Students are recognized by name from the first day
  • Students are made to understand the relevance between the subjects
  • Six academy students were interviewed on 3/31/04. Two of the students are in the Multi-media Academy and the other four are in the Teacher’s Academy at Sylmar HS.
what s the best thing about academy life
What’s the Best Thing about Academy Life?
  • “I have the opportunity to work with younger kids and tutor them.”
  • “Academy life pushes you towards a future.”
  • “ I understand that, by tutoring younger kids, I can make a difference.”
  • “I have learned to appreciate the different aspects of the art world.”
  • “I have learned that children watch and learn. We all have influence on them and I have not only tutored them, but, they are teaching me lessons everyday”.
  • Six academy students were interviewed on 3/31/04. Two of the students are in the Multi-media Academy and the other four are in the Teacher’s Academy at Sylmar HS.
current status
Current Status
  • 5 high schools, 5 continuation schools, 8 middle schools
  • All District B secondary schools have begun implementation
  • There are plans for expansion in 2004-05
  • Grants are available to support planning and implementation of SSLCs
  • There are multi-year school implementation plans
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SHS

SLC

Sylmar High School

Small Learning Communities

Sylmar High School

“Building on Excellence”

Small Learning Communities

SLC Overview:Chris Perdigao, SLC Coordinator

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Math-Science-Technology Magnet (’94)

  • Agriculture/Industrial Arts/Auto (’97)
  • Culinary Arts (’97)
  • Multilingual Teacher (’97)
  • Sports/ Health Wellness (‘00-’01)

International

Studies

  • Multimedia Arts (‘01-’02)
  • Business Technology (’02-’03)
  • Law and Government (’03-’04)
  • International Studies (’04-’05)

Law &

Government

Building

Small Learning Communities

Sylmar High School

“Building on Excellence”

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Building a Working Community

Elements of Success

Bell Schedule/ SLC Proximity

School/ Business/ Community

Student-led Conference/ Portfolios

Performance-Based Instruction/ Assessment

Common Planning Period

Academy Leadership Club

sslc challenges
SSLC Challenges
  • Challenging instructional programs
  • Research of successful SSLCs
  • Professional Development
  • Common Planning Time
  • Identification of Community Partners
  • Modification of existing physical structures to facilitate implementation of SSLCs
vision
Vision
  • Through the SSLCs, Local District B students will graduate from high school with the skills and the knowledge needed to be successful life-long learners and productive, responsible citizens.
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