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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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Small School Learning Communities(SSLCs)Local District BApril 2004


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Current Situation

  • Our secondary schools are too large and impersonal

  • Too many students feel disconnected and are either failing or dropping out


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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.


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SSLC Characteristics

  • Unifying Vision/Identity

  • Rigorous Standards-based instruction

  • Equity and Access

  • Personalization

  • Accountability & Distributed Leadership

  • Collaboration/Community Engagement

  • Professional Development


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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


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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.


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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.


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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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  • 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


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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


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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.