Lawndale Elementary School District Wins State Grant, Will Collaborate With UCLA on Teacher Training

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Lawndale Elementary School District and Center X at UCLA together have won a grant from the California Department of Education to offer professional development opportunities to Lawndale elementary teachers and principals in math and science.

The purpose of the California Elementary Mathematics and Science Professional Learning Initiative Grant is to “provide professional learning opportunities to teams of elementary teachers and their principal to strengthen their content, pedagogical, and collective knowledge and instructional leadership skills for the continued implementation of the California academic content standards in mathematics and science,” according to the Department’s website.

“Grants like these are vital to the improvement of our school districts and I am proud to have provided a letter of support for Lawndale,” Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood), said. “As the chair of the Select Committee on Career Technical Education, I know it is vital that we start kids on a path toward science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and part of that endeavor is ensuring our teachers have the capacity to teach those subjects.”

The grant will be used by Lawndale Elementary School District and UCLA’s Center X to support and improve teacher and principal instructional capacity and quality around the implementation of the California academic content standards for mathematics—creating a space where all the entities involved will come together to transform the ways in which principals and teachers work in partnership to provide high quality, equitable learning environments for all students.

“As we refocus our educational curriculum on the careers of the 21st century, our students need to start training in STEM fields as early as possible,” Burke continued. “I am excited that Lawndale will be a proving ground for how we can transform education in California.”

Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd Assembly District, which consists of the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena as well as the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and parts of Del Rey. Additionally, the 62nd Assembly District includes the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.