“Ask not what your district can do for you, but what your school can do for itself”
For years teachers and parents have worked side by side to better our Westchester schools. We have battled in frustration over our large district, and how our individual school and community needs can be heard. Well now Westchester public schools are getting a unique opportunity to do just that!
In order to accelerate student achievement, Superintendent David L. Brewer III and the Los Angeles Unified School Board have approved the creation of iDesign Schools (formerly iDivision), to serve as a separate division for external “Network Partners” interested in facilitating school reform in families of schools (A family includes a high school and all of its feeder schools).
The 7 local public schools in Westchester (elementary, middle and high school) have been invited to join the Division as a cluster of schools, currently Cowan, Kentwood and Westport Heights Elementary, Wright Middle and Westchester High School are members of iDesign and begin the 2009 -2010 school year with new governance councils in place.
In order to qualify for participation, each cluster must have a network provider who will take a leadership role in building the new school culture. The network providers will also be held responsible for the success of their cluster. We are very fortunate to have Loyola Marymount University step up and accept this role for our “Family of Schools”.
These models will give schools a greater voice in important decisions that impact them, such as budget, school schedule, and the instructional content of the classroom.
This is an exciting opportunity for the community to work with our teachers in ensuring our children’s continued academic success, at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels.
For more information on iDesign visit the LAUSD iDesign website.