Learning By Design

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The Los Angeles Learning Centers are intended to be a model for public education in urban, multiethnic communities. The core concepts behind their design follow.

  • Collaborative decisionmaking, handled by a site-based management council made up of the principal, teachers, parents, and students.
  • New instructional approaches, including teachers who stay with the same students for several years in multi-age classes and a schedule that provides time and opportunity for teachers to plan together.
  • Using the community as a resource for teaching and learning.
  • Comprehensive student assessments that improve performance and monitor school effectiveness.
  • Thematic, interdisciplinary curriculum developed by teachers.
  • An emphasis on the transition from school to work and postsecondary education.
  • Advanced instructional methods that reflect cognitive theories of learning, intelligence, motivation, and individual differences.
  • Continual learning by educators, who plan and share with colleagues and participate in extensive, ongoing professional development.
  • Restructured school support services that are integrated and linked with community resources to help the school prevent and remove barriers to learning.
  • Multiple advocates for each child.
  • Advanced instructional technology that is integrated with instruction and curriculum.

Partners in the Learning-Center Design

  • Atlantic Richfield Company
  • Bank of America
  • GTE California
  • Los Angeles City Mayor's Office
  • Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now
  • Los Angeles Educational Partnership
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Rockwell International Corporation
  • Times Mirror Company
  • United Teachers of Los Angeles
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California

Vol. 14, Issue 03

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