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We are a community of educators working to transform public schooling
to create a more just, equitable, and humane society.

UCLA Center X is dedicated to dramatically changing schooling for the underserved students of Los Angeles.

Center X provides a unique setting where researchers and practitioners collaborate to design and conduct programs that prepare and support K-12 teachers and administrators committed to social justice, instructional excellence, the integration of research and practice, and caring in low-income urban schools.

Center X's work extends across two graduate credential programs

and many professional development initiatives.


>> View all Center X Upcoming Events

Center X in the News

  • Dr. Annamarie Francois is the new Executive Director of Center X

    July 1, 2014

    AnnamarieCenter X is excited to announce that Dr. Annamarie Francois is the new Executive Director of Center X.

    Dr. Francois has been a member of the Center X family since 1999 when she was a faculty advisor with the Teacher Education Program, and she has played an important role in creating the community that we are today. These last four years she has served as Director of our Teacher Education Program.  Her passion for and commitment to enacting the Center's vision and mission are evident in all that she does.  Her knowledge of teacher development, education policy and the current state of public schools in Southern California and beyond will help guide our Center in its future endeavors in education, professional development and social justice. We have no doubts that Dr. Francois will bring the successes of Center X to new heights.  We are thrilled to welcome her as Executive Director and pledge our support to her success. Read more about Dr. Francois...

  • School Communities: Committing to the Futures of Immigrant Students

    April 30, 2014

    By Karen Hunter Quartz and Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco

    Today, Bryan, Sabrina and Kevin committed to a 4-year college. Bryan started his English-learning journey in 8th grade, after moving from Mexico to Los Angeles. He formed a posse of friends, and together they learned what it meant to achieve in their new land. Sabrina's mother is Mexican and her father is Asian. While caring for her four siblings, Sabrina too figured out how to excel. And Kevin, while moving from foster home to home, transformed from a struggling 9th grader into a straight A Senior. What they all have in common is a strong school community of peers and adults who have committed to their futures. Read more...

  • UCLA’s Project Exc-EL: Federal grant to help two districts work with English language learners

    April 28, 2014

    By Merri Rosenberg

    It’s hard to escape the seemingly intractable achievement gap – especially for the English language learner population, which persists in struggling with low high school graduation rates.

    The Obama administration has set up a grant program that seeks solutions that work across district lines and includes the participation of community organizations and academic institutions. Two Westchester districts, Tarrytown and Ossining, were among the 25 successful applicants, out of a field of 618, to receive a five-year, $3 million grant, split between the two districts. Read more...

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At Center X


At Center X


Summer Workshops for Teachers

We are preparing for our summer workshops and institutes. We welcome you to join us in our upcoming learning activities!

Click here for the list of PD opportunities.


Summer Programs for Students

Writing the College Application Personal Statement

July 21-25

One-week writing workshop for entering high school seniors







XChange Teacher Collaborative Inquiry

When teachers work together using an inquiry process to solve problems of practice, the benefits to students and schools are enormous. In 2009, UCLA Center X launched an ambitious grant program to support collaborative teacher inquiry and has since funded and facilitated 75 Teacher Initiated Inquiry Projects (TIIP) across three cohorts. This issue of the XChange focuses on the research, practice, and policy associated with teacher collaborative inquiry.

>> Click here to read Teacher Collaborative Inquiry, the spring 2014 issue of XChange.


UCLA Center X
1320 Moore Hall, Box 951521
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521
(310) 825-4910