MISSION

The UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools is dedicated to partnering with the education ecosystem to bring about systems change through Humanizing Research, Validating Practices, and Transforming Policies with key stakeholders to support equitable educational outcomes for historically underserved students.

VISION

To be a catalyst for learning communities to boldly nurture and protect the dignity, wellbeing, and full potential of all students.

CTS CORE PROJECTS

  • Bridging Perspectives on School Policing, Safety, Student Learning & Racial Justice

    An analysis of the climate of school safety & school policing, and their intersectionality with student learning and racial justice at two CA school districts. Findings will provide guidance for school systems who wish to pursue evidence based strategies and approaches to support student learning and safe, healthy learning environments that reflect a shift away […]

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  • Foster Youth Studies

    How can we better prioritize the educational success of system-involved youth, specifically students in foster care?  For every one hundred youth who enter the foster system in California, only three will enter a four-year college or university. From the numbers, it’s clear that foster youth struggle against immense institutional and systemic barriers. Our team is […]

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  • Computational Thinking Equity Project (CTEP)

    RPP Strategy & Goals Our Research Practice Partnership (RPP) seeks to strengthen Computational Thinking (CT) and build a pipeline to STEM careers for students in South Central Los Angeles by identifying the critical academic and support systems students need to acquire foundational Computer Science knowledge, skills, and competencies. We seek to achieve this by creating […]

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  • The California Educator Diversity Project

    Recruiting, Preparing, Developing & Retaining Educators of Color: A Remedy for Improving Educational Opportunity & Promoting Educational Justice California state policymakers and decision makers have identified educator diversity as a top priority issue, but have not had an actionable blueprint for change. CTS will produce an actionable evidence-based landscape study and briefs that identify policy […]

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  • California Multi-Tiered System of Support: Transforming Learning And School Climate Conditions

    CTS is leading a $15 million state pilot with the Orange County Office of Education and the Butte County Office of Education aimed at reducing suspensions and improving school climate through a training curriculum based on a multi-tiered system of support model. Working collaboratively with students and educators, we will design, refine and implement training modules that will promote improved relationships with students, particularly across race, language and socio-economic differences. If implemented well, it could serve as an effective means to address stark differences in educational opportunity that are apparent by race and income throughout the state.

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  • Road to Success Academies Implementation Study

    Zero tolerance discipline policies and punitive approaches to school discipline have proven to be ineffective at promoting safety and a positive learning environment for young people. Working with schools and juvenile corrections facilities, CTS is working to devise new approaches to school discipline that decrease disparities, and focus on getting students more engaged in learning by proving greater support and attention to social-emotional development that research shows is essential to student success.

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