GOOD

A City Education: It Takes More Than One Person to Change the System

A City Year Los Angeles corps member learns that fixing public schools isn't easy.


In our A City Education series, two City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the achievement gap and ending the dropout crisis.

Ten months ago, I started my service at Markham Middle School in the Watts section of Los Angeles. As a student journalist who covered public education, I thought I knew what I was in for. I started this year with the confidence that I would be able to bring my student's reading levels up to where they were supposed to be. I soon realized though that catching up kids who were up to three grade levels behind was going to be harder than I’d expected. After serving as a tutor and mentor for an entire school year I now view the world differently.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

A City Education: The Power of Staff-Parent Teams

A City Year Los Angeles corps member discovers that working with parents leads to student results.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

A City Education: How Teamwork Creates a Dream Classroom

Teachers and City Year corps members work together to ensure students receive an excellent education.


In our A City Education series, two City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the achievement gap and ending the dropout crisis.

When I think about the meaning of teamwork, I look back on my middle school softball days. My team had one common goal: To win. If somebody struck out at the end of a game, we didn't consider it her fault we lost. We were a team and understood that every action any one of us made changed the game.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

A City Education: Going Back to Basics Is Key to Achievement

A City Year Los Angeles corps member discusses the importance of going back to basics with struggling readers.

In our A City Education series, two City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the achievement gap and ending the dropout crisis

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

A City Education: Bringing Communities Together for the Common Good

A City Year Los Angeles corps member reflects on the essential role of community investment in accomplishing social change.

Keep Reading Show less
Articles