Our Partners

LEADE is partnering with educational leaders from Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), as well as key stakeholders in these communities. Together, with these partners, we are identifying valued civic learning opportunities and developing tools that will enable school districts to collect and analyze data on the extent to which different groups of young people have access to these valued opportunities.

Oakland Unified School District
Riverside Unified School District
Los Angeles Unified School District
Chicago Public Schools
Civic Learning Initiative – Washington State

Oakland Unified School District

Oakland Unified, in partnership with the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at UC Riverside, implemented a district-wide digital civics initiative called Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA) starting in 2012. The goal of EDDA is to bring high quality civic learning and digital
 media literacy learning opportunities to all OUSD high school students. The EDDA initiative has significantly expanded the opportunity structure for civic learning and engagement in OUSD. It began with 28 teachers and has grown to over 100 teachers from 12 high schools in Oakland. Signaling its commitment to this initiative, the District expanded the focus of their graduate profile from preparing all students to be “College and Career Ready” to preparing all students to be “College, Career, and Community Ready.”  

In the spring of 2017, OUSD passed a School Board Resolution committing to assessing the equity and access of the civic learning opportunities throughout the District in partnership with LEADE. Under the leadership of Young Whan Choi, the Civic Engagement Coordinator for the District, the District will draw on the results to create a five-year plan for increasing civic learning opportunities for all students.

Riverside Unified School District

Riverside Unified recently adopted a new “Civic Engagement” graduation standard that aims to ensure that all students “demonstrate an understanding of the attributes of a responsible and involved citizen by engaging with authentic local, regional, and global issues of concern” by the time they graduate from a Riverside Unified public school. The District will partner with LEADE in order to draw on evidence-based tools to assess this standard, with special attention to the ways in which this standard, in tandem with a district-wide approach to civic learning, can be achieved effectively and equitably.

Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles Unified passed a School Board resolution making a commitment to expanding equity and access to high-quality civic learning for all students. The Board also committed to collecting data on these opportunities and outcomes in partnership with LEADE starting in the 2017-2018 school year. The District will use the results to create a five-year plan for increasing civic learning opportunities for students, with special attention to expanding civic learning opportunities of students from low-income families, English Learners, and other groups that have been underserved.

In addition, a number of key organizations — such as the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, InnerCity Struggle, In the Public Interest, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, UNITE-LA, and UTLA — signed a letter of support alongside the School Board resolution to show their support for the LEADE Initiative’s efforts to advance civic learning in the District. LEADE will also partner with a number of other civic and community organizations in Los Angeles who have been active in equity educational reform for almost two decades and many of these groups emphasize the importance of youth civic development.

Chicago Public Schools

The Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at the University of California, Riverside is collaborating with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement to collect and analyze civic learning items via the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research’s 5Essentials student survey in order to better understand both the degree to which civic learning opportunities are equitably distributed across the district and the impact of civic learning opportunities on students’ civic commitments and participation. In addition, CERG and CPS are developing tools for schools to conduct an in-depth assessment of civic learning across the curriculum and school community in order to reflect, plan, and move toward a deeper level of implementation of civic learning. Together these efforts will support key stakeholders throughout CPS to promote high-quality civic learning for all students.

Civic Learning Initiative – Washington State

In 2018, Washington State unanimously passed a law requiring a stand-alone high school civics class as well as establishing two demonstration projects for enhanced civic learning. The Council on Public Legal Education (CPLE) is now partnering with LEADE to promote high quality civic learning opportunities in schools in these projects. Through the Civic Learning Initiative (CLI), CPLE and LEADE are working together to assess the degree to which high quality civic learning opportunities are reaching students equitably and at scale in these two diverse school districts in WA.

Funding

The LEADE initiative is grateful to the Stuart Foundation for their support of our work. The Stuart Foundation is dedicated to improving life outcomes for young people through education.

We are also grateful to the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation for their support. The Haynes Foundation is a leading supporter of social science research for the Los Angeles Region.

LEADE would like to thank the The Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation (CFF) for their support of our efforts in Chicago. The Children First Fund’s mission is to support CPS’ ultimate goal of ensuring that every child in every school is on track at every stage in his or her career to graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

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