New Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA to Host “Reimagine Education”

Conference on Nov. 9 introduces national effort beyond traditional school reform, pursue comprehensive solutions and educational opportunities for underserved children.

As the newly formed UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools begins its work to rethink ways to improve educational opportunities and inspire a new generation of students, it will gather youth, educators, community, district, and county leaders from across sectors, the state and nation for a conversation to Reimagine Education.

Set for November 9 at UCLA, the conference will tackle some of the most pressing issues confronting public education and the nation’s future. On the afternoon of November 8, the Center will also host a youth and community forum to discuss the vision of youth leaders from across California of an education system that is more responsive to their needs.

“Our nation and public schools are at a critical juncture.  While some students are well served, too often the learning opportunities of low income students and young people of color falls far short of what is needed,” says the center director, Dr. Joseph Bishop.

Pedro Noguera, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Education and founder of the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA

“New thinking and strategies are urgently needed. Now is the time to rethink our approach and reaffirm our commitment to a public education system that promotes tolerance, justice and solidarity across differences, and inspires young people to think critically and creatively about possibilities for our future,” explained the center’s faculty director and founder, Distinguished Professor Pedro Noguera.

Noguera and Bishop who are teaming up to lead the center will be joined at the conference by a range of speakers including among others Sir Ken Robinson, Educator and Author; Alice Waters, Chef, Restaurateur, Activist and Author; Founder; Edible Schoolyard Project; Lily Eskelsen-Garcia, President, National Education Association; Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers; Hon. Joyce Elliott, State Senator, Arkansas, and several other national figures in education.

The goal of the new center is to serve as a “thought partner” with educators, districts, counties and states and a critical source of support as they work together to develop models that foster positive and healthy learning environments, and treat youth development and wellness as integral to the mission of educating children. The center will focus on three initial areas of work: organizing school systems to achieve equity, the development of school networks to share research and strategies to improve and sustain learning opportunities, and the role of education systems to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline for students of color through restorative approaches and positive school environments.

To attend this event or for more information, please visit the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools website.