Vision and Mission
Every LAUSD student will receive an education in a safe, caring environment, and every student will be college‐prepared and career‐ready
LAUSD will provide high quality instruction and a coherent and rigorous curriculum in every classroom to facilitate student learning and achievement
Byron Maltez, Interim Superintendent's Message
Dear ESC North Stakeholders:
It is hard to believe that spring is just around the corner! In ESC North we are gearing up for a full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 2014-15. Our ESC instructional staff, teachers, and administrators are being trained in the process of planning high-quality lessons that will differentiate instruction for all learners and bring students to proficiency of these new standards. The goal of the Common Core is to make students college and career ready, and we are excited to be part of this powerful initiative.
LAUSD has added several new staff positions to provide direct assistance for this work at our schools. Our new Common Core Director, Carol Alexander, is leading the charge in ESC North! Support positions include English Language Arts and Math Experts that will work with directors and content coordinators to provide training and support to teachers. In addition, we have added specialists in history and science. The first wave of training will begin this month with teachers attending cohort workshops for English Language Arts and math, designed to assist school teams in developing rigorous standard-based lessons. In addition, teachers will become acquainted with the Smarter Balanced Assessment expectations in order that they can align instruction with assessment.
There have been many inquiries about the Smarter Balanced field test that some students will take this spring. The field tests will provide important feedback for developing thresholds of this new testing format. There will be no scores tied to students, teachers, or schools. Although we are not going to have specific academic data for 2014, the opportunity to practice this new process of assessment and address the challenges before the year of accountability in 2015 will give students and teachers a chance to be well prepared. Please refer to the “Testing and Assessments” webpage on the LAUSD website for the latest information or contact your school site directly.
On January 14th the LAUSD Board of Education approved the composition of the District-level Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), as required by the legislation, enacting the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The PAC will provide input into the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which is also required by the LCFF. The PAC is to be composed of the parents/legal guardians of currently enrolled LAUSD students. It will be primarily composed of parents/legal guardians whose students are identified as participating in the Free and Reduced Meal Program, English Learners, or Foster Youth, all of which are targeted subgroups under LCFF. Additionally, the PAC will include parents/legal guardians of students who are not represented in either one of the above subgroups. For further information please contact the Parent Community Student Services Branch at (213) 481-3350
Please join us for an evening with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on March 3rd at 6pm - Portola Middle School- 18720 Linnet Street, Tarzana, CA 91356-3313. This should be an informative evening as current topics will be addressed by the Superintendent. We appreciate this opportunity to meet with him and look forward for this time as an ESC North community.
A reminder that schools will be closed on March 31st in honor of Cesar Chavez Day, and the week of April 14th -18th for Spring Break.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 818-654-3600 or email us at ESC-North-Instructional@lausd.net.
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Principals' Network Mtg Materials
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CalSTRS Pre-Retirement Workshop Schedule 2013-14
The CalSTRS Pre-Retirement Workshop schedule for 2013-14 is now available. Continue
Master Plan OCR PD Template
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