Teaching to Change LA: An online journal of IDEA, UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, & Access: About the Journal

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About Teaching to Change LA

Teaching to Change LA (TCLA) is an online journal that addresses educational conditions in Los Angeles schools. K-12 students, parents, teachers, guest contributors, and researchers provide the content for the journal, which is published by UCLA/IDEA several times a year with weekly updates. Journal readers include those who learn and teach in Los Angeles schools, local and state policymakers and legislators, and readers from across the country.

TCLA creates a unique environment from which urban students, parents, and teachers can be heard beyond their local classrooms. Our contributors use computer generated maps, photographs, graphs, video, and audio to communicate the complex ideas, stories, and other data that are relevant to their own communities and schools.

TCLA-affiliated classrooms become vibrant intellectual sites that contribute directly and connect virtually to civic life. Participating parents gain tools for examining the conditions in their children's schools. Readers can share in the vibrant public debate about what conditions for learning every student deserves and how these conditions can be insured.

IDEA's research and action begins with the premise that all students have a fundamental right to a public education that enables them to graduate from high school prepared to become active citizens, eligible for four-year universities, and eager for meaningful work. Echoing the promise made in Brown vs. Board of Education nearly 50 years ago, IDEA insists that this education must be provided to all "on equal terms." IDEA's work advances a deep understanding of the causes and costs of educational inequality. It engages a remarkable group of urban teachers in creating examples of equitable public schooling and college access. It fosters public engagement, policy advocacy, and action infused with youth and community voices. Above all, IDEA seeks to make a difference

IDEA is a network of UCLA scholars and students, professionals in schools and public agencies, advocates, community activists, and urban youth. IDEA's mission is to make high quality public schooling and successful college participation routine occurrence in low income neighborhoods of color. Research and advocacy are the tools IDEA uses to empower individuals, build relationships, and create knowledge for civic participation and social change. Linking a great public research university with committed educators and supportive community alliances, IDEA seeks to become the intellectual home of a broad based social movement that challenges the pervasive racial and social class inequalities in Los Angeles and in cities around the nation.

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Teaching to Change LA is currently published four times a year. If you would like to reproduce or distribute this material, please contact us at tcla@gseis.ucla.edu. For specific copyright information on individual photos, articles, movie/sound files, digitized art work and other contributions, please contact us in writing at:

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