The Accelerated School


CONTACT: Deborah Claesgens,

(323) 343-4428

PreK-12 Teaching Reform Takes Major Step Forward in California

at Cal State L.A. Charter School of Education

with Donation of $6.8M Site

Los Angeles, California -- September 3, 1997 -- Moving
forward on its promise to lead educators in their efforts to improve
California's preK-12 schools, the Charter School of Education
at California State University, Los Angeles
in partnership
with The Accelerated School (public school), Wells
Fargo, EDUCATION FIRST! and other foundations and corporations,
has announced the gift of a $6.8M site that will be developed
into an inner city center for advanced preK-12 learning and teacher
professional development.

"...As one of the largest producers of teachers for urban
centers in California and the country, this donation means we
can make a quantum leap in delivering on our promise to the 1,500
students earning teaching credentials and master's degrees from
us each year, giving them the kind of real world, hands-on practice
in successful classrooms that is often lacking in traditional
teaching degree programs. With this new site, we can now create
a professional development center where our students, working
along side gifted teachers, committed parents and our own talented
faculty, will learn how to close the achievement gap for poor
and minority children,..." explains Dr. Allen A. Mori, dean
of the Charter School of Education at Cal State L.A.

Formerly the headquarters of California Fashion Industries (CFI)
on Martin Luther King Boulevard, in South Central Los Angeles,
the four acre, five-building site was donated by CFI co-presidents:
fashion designer Carole Little and her partner Leonard Rabinowitz,
whose commitment has now raised the awareness of leaders in fashion
and media to the needs of inner city education and the reform
plans of Cal State L.A. for changing the status quo of professional

The site will merge a fresh approach to professional development
and faculty research led by Cal State L.A.'s Charter School Education,
with the new home of one of the LAUSD's emerging charter schools.
Based on the Accelerated Schools models pioneered by Dr. Henry
Levin, The Accelerated School has been exploring powerful learning
outcomes for inner city students in collaboration with the University's
Accelerated Schools Center, using an academic program delivered
through faculty-designed and parent-supported curricula.

Plans for The Accelerated School include expanding to a preK-12
school and community center that will accommodate major on-site
and distance learning facilities for Cal State L.A. faculty research
and teaching, as well as intensive hands-on classroom experience
for undergraduate, graduate and credential program candidates.

This donation gives a green light to Cal State L.A.'s reform goals
by engaging the institution in one of the most extensive public/private
partnerships in education, which merges university research and
campus life wit business, media and a grassroots community public
school on the south side of Los Angeles. Extensive program, curriculum,
architectural, funding and organizational commitments have been
made by each of the partners involved in this project.

"This is more than a simple lease-for-space or student teacher
arrangement...," reflects Dean Mori, "...and it could
not have happened without the direct support of the CSU Chancellor,
the President of Cal State L.A., and the academic leadership of
this campus. Now that this gift has been made, we face the challenge
of developing a program and facility that responds to the needs
of our faculty and students during the next twenty years. It's
an enormously time consuming task, but one that will be well-worth
it for us all as educational professionals and citizens. It's
right for Cal State L.A.'s Charter School of Education to be involved
in this project because it is right for our children and it's
right for Los Angeles."

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