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Parent Power convention, Doc Rivers speech, library ‘makeover’

Craig Clough | November 13, 2014

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The organization Parent Revolution is holding its first ever Parent Power Convention this weekend at LA Trade-Technical College. The group has backed the Public School Choice and “Parent Trigger” laws in California.

“Organized parent leaders will be speaking in one voice, and outlining a common set of principals and vision for the future of their efforts,” the Parent Revolution website states. “They will celebrate their accomplishments and ongoing efforts at their individual schools, but speak with one voice that those changes are not enough – they will not stop organizing until every single child in California and across the country has access to a great public education.”

Click here for more information about the convention.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers to address LA Unified’s young men of color

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers will speak on Saturday at Loyola Marymount University at a conference dedicated to inspiring young men of color to participate aggressively in their own education. The Educating and Empowering Young Men of Color conference, one of a five-part series, is presented by LA Unified. 

“Young men representing 18 schools districtwide will take part in a dynamic day of learning that includes breakout sessions, peer-to-peer sharing, mentoring and entertainment,” a press release about the event states. “Experts from Los Angeles will share insights and strategies designed to motivate, encourage and challenge young men to succeed academically.”

Click here for more information.

LA Unified’s Blue Ribbon winner to celebrate

Lanai Road Elementary School, the only LA Unified school to receive a National Blue Ribbon Award this year, will be holding a ceremony to recognize the achievement at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17. The school is one of 340 being honored nationwide.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, according to the Department of Education.

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Vena Avenue Elementary gets library makeover

The Target corporation and The Heart of America Foundation will be unveil a renovated library at Vena Avenue Elementary in Arleta at 11 a.m. tomorrow. This will be the 200th elementary school in the country to receive a Target School Library Makeover since the program began in 2007.

The makeover includes 2,000 new books, technology upgrades an appearance by Holly Robinson Peete, an actress and singer.

California Charter Schools Association video blog series

The California Charter Schools Association has started video blog series on YouTube asking teachers why they teach in a charter school. Check out the series by clicking below. 

CHOICES application window closing Friday

LA Unified is reminding parents that the window to apply for a CHOICES program for the 2015-16 school year is closing tomorrow. The CHOICES programs include Magnet, Permits With Transportation (PWT), and CORE Waiver Priority School Matriculate Choice.


* We goofed on Doc Rivers’s team: It’s the Clippers, not the Lakers

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