Author: Learn4Life

Working Parents Can’t Always Homeschool Their Kids

Homeschooling is booming across the U.S. – more than doubling between the spring and fall of 2020, from 5.5 to 11.1 percent[1] and shows signs of continuing to continue to increase. Parents are looking for flexibility and one-one-one instruction – but what about those families who can’t homeschool because both parents need to work? The […]

Written by on August 23, 2021

Teen Parents Need More Support to Stay in School

Staying engaged in school is a challenge for most at-risk students, but particularly for teen parents who have to worry about working and caring for their child(ren). Add a pandemic to the challenges they already face, and you can understand why teen parents don’t often finish high school. “Before the pandemic, we had on average […]

Written by on August 23, 2021

Legislature’s Ham-Fisted Approach to Giving Students Independent Study Options

At first glance, California’s latest education funding bill is fair and equitable. The requirement for school districts to provide independent study programs that parents want for their children is a good one. But unsurprisingly, the legislature’s proposed implementation is clumsy at best. The trailer bill increases the minimum in-person instruction time that many students and […]

Written by on July 14, 2021

Schools Need More Personalized Learning to Overcome Pandemic Learning Loss

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that we need to change how we deliver education to keep students learning. We quickly learned that the traditional factory style education that has been the status quo for decades doesn’t work for every student. Preventing and recovering dropouts, then helping them graduate with life skills and […]

Written by on July 14, 2021

When Bullying Turns Physical, There Can Be Lifelong Disabilities

Verbal bullying can be frightening, painful and traumatic – but when it turns physical, the harm can be devastating. Michaela M. was a target of bullies at her previous high school where she was shoved, cornered and threatened. Then one day in PE class, a student threw a basketball hard against her head, leaving her […]

Written by on July 14, 2021

How Will We Close the Achievement Gap if We Don’t Close the Discipline Gap?

Learn4Life’s school suspension rates are low because symptoms of trauma are treated with additional supports, not as a disciplinary issue LOS ANGELES (July 13, 2021) – While student suspensions have decreased slightly in recent years, there still are too many kids losing valuable school days, especially students of color who are suspended at much higher […]

Written by on July 12, 2021

Civic Literacy Media Influence Paid Fellowship

Learn4Life is launching a Civic Literacy & Media Influence Fellowship with first cohort starting Monday, July 19. Four to six students/alumni will be selected by a panel to participate in the paid Fellowship program. In this paid position, students/alums will be mentored by Charles Ellison, an award-winning analyst for WURD Radio, former SiriusXM Channel host, […]

Written by on June 24, 2021

The Learning Report – June 2021

Echo Carter was always a bright, happy and outgoing child, but when she got to junior high, she became the target of bullies. “I was always a good student — the problem was the social environment for me.

Written by on June 11, 2021

What You May Not Know About Nonclassroom-based Schools

California legislators are constantly being swayed by the teachers’ unions to greatly limit nonclassroom-based (NCB) charter schools – yet it turns out that most politicians and parents don’t understand the NCB model. What is a nonclassroom-based charter school? First, what it is not. Nonclassroom-based does not mean online only. In fact, only about one-third of […]

Written by on June 9, 2021