UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools

New Research Brief: The Impact of a Broken Immigration System on U.S. Students and Schools

A new research brief collaboration between UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools, Latino Policy and Politics Institute, and Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles examines the harmful impact of immigration enforcement actions on Latinx children of undocumented immigrants.

Apply by December 8 to join the REACH (Race, Education, and Community Healing) Network

Are you a district interested in promoting healthy and positive learning conditions for students? Are you eager for more tools and alternatives to exclusionary practices? Apply to join the network!

5 New Research Briefs: The Landscape of Language Learners in California’s MTSS

These 5 briefs explore enrollment rates, academic performance, graduation rates, and reclassification trends for CA’s 1.1 million English Learners (ELs), and how CA MTSS can be used to support EL student success.

CA Awards $1M to UCLA CTS and UC Berkeley School of Education to Reduce Exclusionary Discipline

The newly created Race Education and Community Healing (REACH) Network will support educators and university partners working to reduce out-of-school suspensions that disproportionately affect historically marginalized students.


UCLA CTS, LACOE, The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health Launch New Regional Partnership for Community Schooling

CTS will provide research and implementation evaluation for L.A. County’s community schools initiative under the state’s California Community Schools Partnership Program.

NEW Podcast Episode: “They Can’t Unhear What We’ve Said. They Can’t Pretend Like Our Voices Don’t Matter.” with Kashish Bastola

In our podcast season’s final episode, we hear from Harvard University undergraduate student and organizer/activist Kashish Bastola, who champions student voice and education equity.


Building Equitable Systems of Support in CA: CA MTSS Research Briefs

These 8 briefs provide information for best practices and evidence-based resources to support CA MTSS implementation as it pertains to teaching, racial equity, approaching school discipline, students in foster care and CA English Language Learners.

Our Children Can’t Wait: The Urgency of Reinventing Education Policy in America

A new book and accompanying podcast from CTS Executive Director Dr. Joseph Bishop, available from Teachers College Press and Amazon. Listen to the podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

We are in a unique moment to transform and reimagine schools.

We equip school systems and policymakers with evidence-based research, tools and recommendations to better support historically underserved students.

Mission & Vision

We partner with the education ecosystem to change school systems through Humanizing Research, Validating Practices, and Transformative Policies with key stakeholders to support equitable educational outcomes for historically underserved students.

Our vision is for learning communities to boldly nurture and protect the dignity, wellbeing, and full potential of all students.

Our Work

System-involved youth. Equitable school funding. Diversity among educators.

These are some of the topics we engage with to produce research that impacts both practice and policy. Our work informs some of the most pressing challenges our society faces today.

Black Male Institute

The UCLA Black Male Institute, founded by Dr. Tyrone Howard, addresses concerns around equity and access for Black males in education.



We are a team of passionate experts applying our lived experiences as administrators, educators, parents, students and activists to transform public education systems.

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