Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho welcomed the Los Angeles Unified community back to school for the 2022-2023 school year with his first opening of schools address titled “Imagine the Possibilities.”
The event was held in downtown Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater in advance of school starting on Aug. 15.
During his address, Carvalho spoke about the challenges facing the district, as well as the possibilities that lie ahead.
“It’s no secret that Los Angeles Unified has navigated difficult years, some of which resulted from the pandemic and some which existed long before,” he said. “But change is coming. Possibilities are on the horizon.
“Most view reform at an institution like Los Angeles Unified as necessarily protracted. Community reform by nature does not have to be protracted or slow, it can be quick. And we will be making changes and reforming the way Los Angeles Unified conducts business in a swift and unapologetic manner. When a child is born in Los Angeles, they deserve the best we have to offer. Every single day, students enter our buildings and deserve a world-class education that prepares them for the world that will be rather than the world that was. Now is the time to change and there may not be another opportunity.”
Carvalho outlined the district’s new strategic plan, unanimously adopted by the board of education for 2022-2026, and announced new products and offerings to coincide with each of the five pillars of the plan. It represents critical areas the district will focus on over the next four years – academic excellence, joy and wellness, engagement and collaboration, operational effectiveness and investing in staff.
“The strategic plan is our guidepost, laying out exactly how we will position Los Angeles Unified as the premiere urban school district of choice,” Carvalho said. “Our plan establishes a clear and inspiring vision moving forward – not only for the future of our district over the next four years, but for the future of all our students on their journey forward as lifelong learners.”
Beginning in 2022-23, 360 new universal transitional kindergarten programs will open, providing new seats for 16,800-19,000 four-year-olds.
Currently, 26 middle schools are having Paxton/Patterson Career Labs installed in their schools, which will allow students to explore numerous industry sectors through hands-on experiences.
The National Education Equity Lab will deliver and support actual college credit-bearing courses from the nation’s top universities in teacher-led high school classrooms. Nine district schools will participate with a total of 225 students.
The district will launch a comprehensive campaign with school toolkits and other supports focused on cultivating a school-wide culture of attendance; prevention and intervention strategies; student, family and community engagement; and building capacity.
Up to 20 projects to provide outdoor learning spaces with landscaping and greening will commence, while removing relocatable classroom buildings that are no longer needed.
Food services will offer new menu items and add fresh options starting Aug. 15 with fresh choices introduced on an ongoing basis.
The LAUSD is partnering with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to provide physical and mental health services for students and families through telehealth services.
All Kids Bike will provide a complete class set of Strider balance bikes, teacher curriculum and professional development for kindergarten students and teachers, as well as provide a bicycle fleet class set and maintenance to establish afterschool bicycle clubs for approximately 25 middle schools.
Further, the district has established a family academy to equip families with the skills, information and networking opportunities to support students’ academic and social-emotional success.
For a full list of initiatives, visit achieve.lausd.net/cms/lib/CA01000043/Centricity/Domain/4/New%20Products%20Presentation.pdf.
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