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Los Angeles Education Partnership ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013

table of contents 3 who we are 4 our model 6 our impact 8 our finances 10 our leadership





• LAEP opens its doors in 1984

• LAEP introduces Career Academies and pilots Family Care at Vaughn Elementary

• Awarded $10 million grant from New American Schools to launch first comprehensive pre-K through 12 model for urban schools: Elizabeth Learning Center in Cudahy and Foshay Learning Center in South L.A.

• Joined the Annenberg Challenge to support work in three LAAMP K-12 LAUSD Clusters

• LAEP inaugurates small grants to teachers: $2 million over 10 years. Grants pledged from ARCO, CA Community Foundation, Carnation, GTE, Pacific Bell • Rockefeller Foundation funds LAEP to pilot Humanitas design at five LAUSD High Schools: expands to reach 33 schools


• Target Science Initiative and Math/Science Collaborative funded by Carnegie and Ford Foundations: reaches more than 4,000 teachers

• Joined other L.A. leaders to found LEARN, and piloted Learning Communities Program • Established Jaime Escalante Awards

• With Ahmanson Foundation grant, inaugurated LAEP Excellence Awards recognizing teachers and schools, $565,000 to 174 teachers and 19 schools over four years • Inaugurated Professional Development School with LAUSD, Manual Arts, Cal State Dominguez Hills and U.S. DoE

Los Angeles Education Partnership who we are MISSION

Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) is an education nonprofit that works as a collaborative partner in high-poverty communities to foster great schools that support the personal and academic success of children and youth from birth through high school. VISION

All students in Los Angeles have a right to a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in learning and in life.


High-Quality Instruction Teacher Collaboration and Distributed Leadership College and Career Readiness Parents as Partners Youth Empowerment Educational Equity





• Piloted literacy coaching program in five South L.A. middle schools

• Community Schools expands through Full-Service Community School grant awarded by U.S. DoE, a 5-year $2.3 million grant

• LAEP supports teacher-design teams to create autonomous pilot schools at Esteban Torres HS, Cesar Chavez Learning Academies, Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies, Academy of Medical Arts at Carson High Complex, and School of Business and Tourism at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex

• Seven-year GEAR UP grant secured for Bethune Middle School and Fremont High School in collaboration with CSUDH

• Received First 5 LA $5 million, 5-year grant to start School Readiness Initiative in NE San Fernando Valley and South L.A. • Awarded a $2 million, 5-year Small Learning Community U.S. DoE grant to transform two high schools into small learning communities

• Awarded a 2-year $1.6 million federal grant to launch an Early Head Start Program • Awarded Lumina/PEN grant to launch college access and joined national KnowHow2Go campaign

• Launched Fremont Initiative with 3-year $1 million Stuart Foundation grant to support transformation of Fremont High School and two feeder middle schools

• LAEP retained as a transformation partner funded by SIG at Washington Preparatory High School • LAEP launches its Partner School Initiative with 22 career-themed partner schools on 10 LAUSD campuses to assure long-term sustainable reform


“My relationship with LAEP has transformed every aspect of my teaching practice: from independent curricular design to bringing that work into a collaborative team; from how I speak to students and parents to how I listen to and think about what others have to say; from how I feel about my own ability to take students from where they are to where I know they can go, LAEP has stood behind me every step of the way. The resources they provide to every classroom, coupled with the rich and sincere respect they show to teachers, has fostered my own growth as well as the achievement of my kids.” Jason Firestein, teacher, 12th grade English and film, Cleveland Humanities Magnet

HIGH-QUALITY INSTRUCTION LAEP-supported schools provide a personalized learning environment that delivers inquiry-based instruction,

our model Los Angeles Education Partnership employs a grassroots approach to school transformation, professional development and early childhood education. Drawing on our expertise, we partner with students, parents, teachers, administrators, nonprofits and businesses to deliver educational resources, both in and outside the classroom, and build capacity of school communities to operate under the six core elements. Our collective efforts, from interdisciplinary instruction to community school models, close the opportunity gap and graduate students who are college and career-ready. WHERE WE ARE LAEP works in high-poverty multicultural communities in Los Angeles County including South and East Los Angeles, central Los Angeles, and the northeast San Fernando Valley. LAEP provides intensive schooltransformation services to 22 partner schools or small learning communities on 10 LAUSD campuses. We serve more than 890 educators and 39,000 students from prekindergarten through high school and their families. We work with schools and communities by invitation.

interdisciplinary instruction, arts integration and expanded learning opportunities beyond the school day. Alignment to Common Core State Standards is achieved with personalization to each student’s needs.

97% of students at Cesar Chavez Learning Academies went on an enriching curricular field trip in the 2012-2013 school year.

With a network larger than 62 of the 80 school districts in Los Angeles County, LAEP is recognized as an innovative leader in school reform, known for proven, effective programs and responsive collaboration.


LAEP-supported teacher-design teams created 10 out of 29 autonomous schools started in LAUSD during the past four years.

TEACHER COLLABORATION AND DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP Teachers share the responsibility for individual student achievement when school leadership is distributed across faculty rather than centralized. When teachers collaborate to understand data and design instruction, schoolwide systems for improving achievement have impact.

“The most significant learning for me has been redefining the role of the coach from a consultant to someone who mediates thinking—which is a much more broad and powerful role in terms of effecting long term change. The Cognitive Coaching sessions have given me the tools to not only help others elevate their practice, but [elevate] my own, as well—in my professional and personal life.” Paul Hsu, LAUSD School Improvement Grant 5

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS Students, parents, and educators set high expectations for postsecondary school success. Small career-themed learning environments enable

97% of juniors and seniors at San Fernando High School benefited from career exploration and resume workshops.

all students to pursue a rigorous college prep curriculum and to participate in career experience and skill development. Community and business volunteers actively engage with college and career ready students.

“Through LAEP’s commitment to education and Jennie Carey’s [community school coordinator] dedication to fostering astounding student leadership, I proudly hold an executive role in a thriving organization, and I am

Los Angeles Education Partnership’s proven models are a comprehensive approach to educational transformation. Together with our partners, our efforts build collective impact resulting in better schools and better learners. Our Early Childhood Initiative is a

Transform Schools improves secondary

holistic approach that builds parents’

schools through high-quality instruction

capacity to prepare their children for

and coordination of the support services

currently maintaining a job as a

success in school. More than 500

that reduce barriers to learning. LAEP’s

Student Involvement Leadership

children ages 0 to 5 and their parents

22 partner schools, which enroll 12,700

Consultant at my university.”

participate annually. After only two to

students on 10 LAUSD campuses on

three months in the program, almost

average, achieve higher Academic

90% of children achieved developmental

Performance Index scores year-to-

expectations in communication, gross

year. The partner schools use LAEP’s

motor skills, fine motor skills, problem

instructional model, which emphasizes

solving and personal-social skills.

teacher collaboration and inquiry-based

Matthew Moor, alumnus, Sylmar Senior High School and currently a junior at University of California, San Diego


our impact

“My daughter expresses herself more; she is able to play with more kids and asks more questions when she does not understand.” Early Head Start parent

PARENTS AS PARTNERS Schools are rich in family resources and recognize parents are their child’s first teacher. Through active collaboration, schools empower parents in their child’s success by providing timely communication, involvement opportunities, and educational resources for parents.

91% of students at LAEP’s two Cesar Chavez Learning Academies partner schools had a parent participate in student-led conferencing. instruction, to engage students in real-

with partner schools. Together our

world learning. Ten of LAEP’s partner

partner and network schools employ 665

schools are teacher-led autonomous

teachers and enroll more than 16,000

pilot schools that LAEP helped launch

students—larger than 62 of the 80 school

and continues to assist. LAEP’s partner

districts in Los Angeles County.

schools use our community-school model

LAEP’s fee-based Professional

to coordinate learning supports and

Development and Coaching Services are

health and social services for students

grounded in inquiry and reflection. They

in East, South and central Los Angeles

build the capacity of educators through

and the northeast San Fernando Valley.

high quality instructional models that

Students in LAEP’s partner schools

foster a positive and effective learning

consistently outperform LAUSD students

experience for all students. 900 teachers

on key measures of college and career

attended professional development

preparation. With the tireless help of

sessions with a 99% satisfaction rating.

LAEP’s community volunteers, more than 90% of eligible juniors in LAEP’s partner schools write résumés and participate in mock job interviews. In addition, LAEP works with 10 network schools that use our instructional model and collaborate


our finances Statement of Financial Position 2013





Accounts receivable



Pledges receivable



Prepaid expenses




























ASSETS Current Assets

Total Current Assets Other Assets

“Being able to get over my

Pledges receivable, net of current portion

fear of the uncomfortable has


inspired me to help others outgrow their fears too … As I continue to participate in the Mentors program, I hope to help underclassmen grow out of their shells and become fearless and adventurous, as I have become.”

Total Other Assets TOTAL ASSETS LIABILITIES Current Liabilities Accounts payable & accrued expenses


Wendy Rodriguez, San Fernando High School

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT Students drive their learning experiences. They develop life skills including mediation, mentoring, college information, and health knowledge.

95% of Fremont High School students participating in the Peer Mentor Program increased their attendance for the 2012-2013 school year.


Temporarily restricted

$900,000 pledge made to LAEP to be received over a 3-year period beginning 2013. First installment of $300,000 received in 2013. Second and third installments to be received in 2014 and 2015, respectively. 1

Statement of Activities 2013


Government agencies






Special events



















Revenue Contract revenue Interest


100% of children in Early Childhood programs are screened for developmental delays.

EXPENSES Program services Management & general Fundraising


EDUCATIONAL EQUITY Families and children across Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods are empowered and have a voice in advocating for change in their schools.


LAEP improves the way schools align 121,554


collaborators, resources, and personnel

Beginning of year



in strategic efforts to eliminate dropout,

End of year



Change in Net Assets

“What makes LAEP so successful


Expenses 12%


is their fearless commitment to

83% Program services

taking on the opportunity and

12% Management & general 83%

push-out and failure.

achievement gaps. Through their

5% Fundraising

partnership with teachers and 7% 2% 1%

Revenues & Support 2013 43%

33% 14%

administrators, the LAEP model combines rigorous, innovative

43% Government

7% Corporations

14% Contracts

2% Special events

instruction with community

33% Foundations

1% Individuals

school supports that break down barriers to teaching.” Alicia Lara, Vice President of Community Investment, United Way Los Angeles


our leadership Board of Directors David Abel President, Abel & Associates

Lynn Alvarez Philanthropic Consultant, L.A. City Department of Recreation & Parks Commissioner

Patrick Atwater Co-Founding Editor, Stag Hunt Enterprises, Inc.

David De Pinto Partner, De Pinto/Morales Communications

Mark Epstein Attorney, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Peggy Funkhouser President Emeritus, Los Angeles Education Partnership

Brenda N. Gonzalez Vice President, Hands on Banking速 Wells Fargo

Maria Gutierrez Ott, Ph.D Executive in Residence USC Rossier School of Education

Rod Hamilton (Chair) Principal, Grandview Advisors

Judy Johnson, Ed.D Executive Director (Retired), Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching

Stewart Kwoh President & Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

H. Francisco Leal (Secretary) Managing Partner, Leal-Trejo LLP

Brian Meath (Treasurer) Partner, Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP

Alice S. Petrossian Past President, Association of California School Administrators

Gloria Robles Parent Representative, LAEP Early Head Start Program

Executive Team Ellen Pais President & CEO

Kevin Matthews Chief Financial Officer

Jean Horwatt Senior Director, Development, Evaluation and Communications

Lara Kain Senior Director, Transform Schools

Elvia De La Torre Senior Director,Early Childhood and Family Engagement

John Matich Director, Professional Development


Our Donors $100,000+ The Ahmanson Foundation JPMorgan Chase Foundation W.M. Keck Foundation The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Stuart Foundation Weingart Foundation

$50,000+ Edison International Ford Foundation through California Community Foundation The Prudential Foundation

$25,000+ Anonymous The Boeing Company Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING just keep livin Foundation Pacific Gas and Electric Company Southern California Gas Company, A Sempra Energy utility Dwight Stuart Youth Fund Taproot Foundation

$10,000+ California Community Foundation The Green Foundation Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Patterson Foundation Roth Family Foundation

$5,000+ Anonymous David Abel & Brenda Levin Peggy & Bob Funkhouser William H. Hannon Foundation Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Anonymous Southern California Association of Law Libraries State Farm Insurance Companies Union Bank Foundation Warner Music Group Services Wells Fargo Foundation

$2,500+ Lisa Baker Mark Epstein & Laura Ullman Epstein LA Law Library Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP NBCUniversal Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Target Corporation Walmart JA Weir Associates

$1,000+ Lynn Alvarez & Steve Nissen American Business Bank Patrick Atwater Nancy Berman & Alan Bloch Robert Carey

THANK YOU Comerica Bank David De Pinto Exploring the Arts Farmers Insurance Group FMJ, LLP Sharon Goldberg Billie Greer Maria Gutierrez-Ott & Tom Ott Rod Hamilton & Bonnie Boswell Hamilton  HMC Architects Jean & David Horwatt Sarah & Michael Hurst supported by American Express Company Employee Giving Program Judith Johnson & Tony Krulic Los Angeles Unified School District Board Secretariat / LAUSD Board Member Nury Martinez Francisco Leal Phyllis Leis Zoya & John Matich Susan & Brian Meath Ellen Pais & Ed Honowitz Sandra Rygel Sony Pictures Entertainment

$1-999 Abode Communities Gina Airey Consulting Marcia Alper Marilyn Alvarez Anonymous Rosie Arrellano Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California Glenna Avila Baker Hostetler LLP Laurie Becklund & Henry Weinstein Broadway Federal Bank Lynn Browers Bush Gottlieb Singer Lopez Kohanski Adelstein Dickinson LLP Michael Butler Barbara Carey Marcella Casilli Michael Castillo Chase Community Giving City National Bank Robin Clement Concordia, L.L.C. Robert Coontz & Yvette Chong-Coontz Daniel Corwin Corwin Family Foundation Jane Crockett Jeremy Davies James Davis Elvia De La Torre Zelman & Tina Demirdjian Lara Carolyn & Robert Denham Helen Dennis Tamra Dickerson Reva & Paul Dietz Carlos Donoso Katherine Downes Ann Evanson Parnia Ezat

Families in Schools Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Elizabeth Fieux Andrew Fishmann Dorothy Fleisher Four, Winds Inc. Linda Fowells & Lu Kunene Kathy Franklin Brenda & Thomas Freiberg Paul Gavini Joan Goldsmith & Kenneth Cloke Neil Goldstein Brenda Gonzalez Greystone Foundation Marlene & Marshall Grossman Anja Hanson & Derek Pierce Martin & Mariko Howard Jerome & Adleane Hunter Institute for Educational Advancement Institute for Educational Leadership Bud & Cathe Jacobs David Johnson & Mary-Erin Cook Judy & Steavan Jones Cyndee Kahn Monica Kaiser & Paul Stroili Helen Kantor Jan Kern Roxie Khachatryan Helen Kleinberg Marcia Kopp Caparella David & Stacy Kramer Jeffrey & Christine Krolik Stewart Kwoh Steven Lavine & Janet Sternberg Karen Layfield David & Ariella Lehrer Barbara Lewis Pamela & John Lind Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy Los Angeles Fund for Public Education Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health Suzanne Marks & Tony Nino William Marshall Meryl Marshall-Daniels Leanndra Martinez Meyli Martinez Kevin Matthews Daniel Mazmanian Mario Mendez Terry Meng & Peter Dreier Stuart & Stacy Miller MLA Green Marianne Montalvo Jodi & Jack Montgomery Priscilla Mora John Negrete Gretchen Nelson Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Barbara & Barry Norris NPO Solutions Tom & Debbie Ong Josh & Jan Pais Jane Patterson & Ken Brown Paul Payne

Volunteers Partners Contributors

Benedict Pereira Janice & Scott Pierce Maryjane Puffer Wendy Puriefoy Mikala Rahn RBZ, LLP Robyn & Chris Reagan Rosa Renova Michael P. Rezinas Insurance Services John Rieck & Barbara Rieck Gloria Robles Karla Ruiz Josefina Sapriza Samantha Seigeler Stu Semigran Michael & Bonnie Shannon Harry Sickler Siegal Family Trust Patrick Sinclair Lois & Hal Slavkin Mark & Debbie Slavkin Scott Stout Students Run Los Angeles Deborah Thompson-Bohne United Teachers of Los Angeles The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company Paul Vandeventer Nancy Villarreal Belinda Walker David Ward supported by the Bank of America Foundation Jerri Weiss Jonathan & Sarah Weisz Shannon White Felicia Williams William Witte Matthew & Sharon Wunder

Get involved. Volunteer.

Changing the future is no small task. Thank you. 11

Become a Partner! Donate. Sponsor. Volunteer. Contact LAEP and learn how our programs and services can benefit your schools and community in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Education Partnership 1055 West 7th Street, Suite #200 Los Angeles, CA 90017 Phone: 213-622-5237 | Fax: 213-629-5288 partnerwithlaep


This report was made with the support of the Taproot Foundation. 12

LAEP Annual Report 2012-2013  

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