L.A. Unified executives discover new appreciation for every-day heroes serving students

As part of Classified School Employee Week, Superintendent Michelle King and various L.A. Unified department heads spent the day shadowing employees who perform jobs that are essential to the daily operation of the school district.

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Classified School Employee Week: Special-education assistant Ivonne Rubio

Although special-education assistant Ivonne Rubio focuses on the meeting the unique needs of Independence High’s special-needs kids, the paraprofessional cares for all 150 of the school’s students – and they love and respect her in return.

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Class of 2017 Spotlight: Canoga Park High grad crossing ‘bridge’ to Cal State Northridge

Aspiring scientist Evan Velarde is one of the more than two dozen Canoga Park Senior High grads receiving a four-year, tuition-free education at Cal State University Northridge, thanks to a new partnership between the schools.

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6 inspiring, influential teachers added to Walk of Hearts tribute

Recognizing their lifelong influence on the lives of their students, six veteran L.A. Unified educators were inducted this week into the Walk of Hearts, a sidewalk tribute that is to teachers what Hollywood Boulevard is to celebrities.

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LAUSD Shines

Pin Up, Don’t Shut Up – Public High School Art for the Scapegoats of Humanity – Random Lengths Magazine

East Bay Softball Inks Catcher Desiree Jimmy – Cal State East Bay Pioneers Athletics

California Highway Patrol flips pancakes and scrambles eggs for Dorsey High School Law Magnet Students – Los Angeles Sentinel

California Teacher of the Year from North Hills to throw first pitch at Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles Daily News

Cleveland High band program marches on after years with no teacher, little money – Los Angeles Daily News

Valley View Elementary turns 100, as will dozens of other LAUSD schools in the next five years  – LASchoolReport

10 Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers includes L.A. Unified’s Verónica Obregón – Social Work Today

‘Cool Kid’ Camille Ng spreads warmth to kids in need – KABC-7

LAUSD Schools get new gyms through UCLA Health’s ‘Sound Body Sound Mind’ program – KABC-7

LAPD officers spread holiday cheer at Van Nuys elementary school – Los Angeles Daily News

Burrowing Owl delights students, staff at urban school – SoCalWild.com

Essay: The Translated Life, From Immigrant to Valedictorian. – NBC News

Dorsey students complete College Board pilot class. – L.A. Sentinel

Girls Academic Leadership Academy: A unique opportunity.– Jewish Journal

Modern Trades: The rise of continuing tech education. – KPCC

West Valley Occupational Center celebrates 50 years. – Los Angeles Daily News

Linked Learning the focus of innovative high school. – Education Writers of America

How high-schoolers channel the drama of middle school experience into dramatic performance. – KPCC

Night at the museum? Try a week. These fourth-graders did and it changed their world. – KPCC

Music, arts programs at LA schools increasing after years of decline. – Los Angeles Daily News

Coeur d’Alene Elementary: One school’s journey towards instructional excellence. – Cotsen Foundation

Video: Venice High School celebrates top seniors. Yo Venice

Student identity through the arts. Huffington Post

Op-Ed: Supt. Michelle King on frog dissections, STEM and the future of charters in LAUSD. Los Angeles Times

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