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Learning Forums

Learning Forums

Watts Learning Center K-8
A Learning Forum Series: Agents of Social change
Learner-Driven Inquiry, Investigation, Research

Learning Forums bring together our children and families, teachers and staff, and community across both schools to engage in dialogue with our children about their learning.

This process will be a Celebration of Substantive Learning across our schools. The celebration will result in the following:

  • Identification of grade level representative examples of substantive student learning for celebration, study, dialogue and display in our schools
  • Articulation of a shared definition and description of internal standards of excellence in learning as a K-8 Institution.
  • Definition of a collaborative review process to examine and identify representations of student learning that meet internally defined criteria for public presentation and dialogue across K-8 schools, families and community

 

 A Learning Forum Series: Social Change Agents

What questions are the children asking about our community as the basis for learning?

Children and learning are at the center of social change and progress in the community. At the Watts Learning Center (WLC), we are committed to improving the conditions in the community through the quality and substance of learning that takes place every day in our schools.  Our schools showcase student research teams across grades levels, culminating at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) before a Community Panel.

 

Our children are engaged in inquiry, investigation and research to define and solve real problems that impact the

local community and world. WLC created A Learning Forum Series: Agents of Social Change to provide our children with the experience of conducting authentic research and presenting their learning to families and the community.

 

At the WLC, every child is known, valued and respected as an independent thinking person. The learning process at the WLC fosters particular habits of mind and responsibilities among the children for civic engagement, collaboration, and leadership. Learning in our schools develops agency among children to define and solve real problems as citizens committed to the advancement of society.

WLC graduates are self-confident, ethical and motivated to be lifelong learners.

 

Presentation Criteria

1. Define problem
2. Identify central questions to frame problem and inquiry
3. Formulate a rationale/reason for the inquiry
4. Propose a project with expected goals and outcomes
5. Define an investigation and describe methods for investigation
6. Present analysis of findings and engage in argument based on evidence
7. Present something that was created, made, designed or some other form of action taken with respect to what is known about the problem and analysis conducted
8. Present what was learned, implications and or recommendations

 

 

May 17, 2017
Learning Forum Community Panel
 
Amanda Foundation
1. Teri Austin, President
 
California Recycle, Office of Education and the Environment
2. Angela Vincent, Recycling Specialist
 
CSU, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), School of Education
3. Dr. Jennifer Stacy, Assistant Professor (K-3 Literacy/Social Justice)
 
Los Angeles Housing Authority
4. Jennifer Thomas, Community Development Manager
 
LAUSD, Local District South
5. Theresa Arreguin, Parent Community Engagement
 
NASA, Educator Professional Development Collaborative Center6. Dr. Brandon Rodriguez, Professional Development Specialist
 
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Greater Los Angeles
7. Tracy Wiggins, Financial Professional Associate
 
Still Waters Vibrations Enrichment Network
8. Oshea Luja, Co-Founder
 
Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)
9. Caroline Orija, Program Coordinator, Better Watts Initiative
 
Watts Learning Center (WLC)
10. Sandra Fisher, Executive Director and Co-Founder
 
Watts Gang Task Force
11. Dr. Perry Crouch
12. Reverend James Jones Jr., Gangsters for Christ
 
 
 
May 25, 2016 
Learning Forum Community Panel

Amanda Foundation
1. Teri Austin, President

CSU, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), School of Education
2. Dr. John Davis, Dean
3. Dr. Jennifer Stacy, Assistant Professor

Conflict Resolution Support Team (CRST)
4. Eddie Goodman, Founder

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health
5. Dr. Karen Ehnert, Director
6. Christina Johnson, Health Educator

Los Angeles Housing Authority
7. Jennifer Thomas, Community Development Manager

Los Angeles Unified School District (Local District South)
8. Theresa Arreguin, Parent Community Engagement

National Action Network (NAN)
9. Rev. K.W. Tullos, Western Regional Director

Still Waters Vibrations Enrichment Network
10. Oshea Luja, Co-Founder

Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School (SEA)
11. LaKeya Johnson, Regional Manager
 
Watts Gang Task Force
12. Dr. Perry Crouch Watts Learning Center K-8
13. Reverend James Jones Jr., Gangsters for Christ
 
The Prudential Insurance Company of America
14. Tracy Wiggins Financial Professional Associate
15. Adrian Duncan, Financial Professional Associate

 
May 17, 2017
Watts Labor Community Action Committee
 
Grade 6
Guiding Question: Is the Water in our Homes Healthy or Unhealthy?
Research Team: Keila Alvarez, Brianna Amezcua, Ana Anaya, Liseth Campos, Malyq Clark, Alyssa Herra, Tyreese Love, Raul Villalobos 
Teacher Facilitator: Mrs. Brooks
 
Grade 6
Guiding Question: To Drink or Not to Drink: Is Our Water Appropriate to Drink based on EPA Standards for Safe Drinking Water?
Research Team: Ja'Danee Williams, Anna Kennedy, Melissa Morris, Melissa Zaldivar, Josue Meraz, Eveny Rosales, Denise Delatorre, Victoria Rojo, Emarie Juarez, Haylie Cortez, Tiffany Melgar, Jocelyn Moreno, Jason Temple
Teacher Facilitator: Mr. Davis
 
Grade 8
Guiding Question: Does Eutrophication Exist in Our Community?
Research Team: Marvin Portillo, William Gonzalez, Jhanaya Shingleton, Julie Sandoval, Ashley Lopez, Brenda Soria, Kate Velasquez, Stephen De La Pena, David Guevara, Syre Baker, Daniela Perdomo, Freddy Domingo, Mayceo Flores, Axel Acevedo, Juan Ceja, Wilfredo Guitierrez, Anthony Rosillo, Christopher Rojo
Teacher Facilitator: Mr. Guesno
 
 
 
May 25, 2016
Watts Labor Community Action Committee
 
Grade 3
Title of Investigation: How can we help solve the problem of trash being dumped in the neighborhood and around our school, especially on Grand Avenue?
Research Team: Salvador Nunez, Promise Newton, Osbaldo Villenueava, Nyiema Collier, Kyler Panton, Jayden Jiles
Teacher Facilitators: Mrs. Collins Ms. Sima, & Ms. Smith

Grade 4
Title of Investigation: How can we reduce waste in the community in order to minimize or eliminate curbside garbage on the streets?
Research Team: Jair Coria, Evelynn Cornejo, Mikalah Douglas, Aileen Escalante
Teacher Facilitators: Ms. Francis & Mr. O’Daniel

Grade 5
Title of Investigation: How do we involve the whole community in neighborhood clean-up using an outreach plan?
Research Team: Malaysia Lampley, Edmund Matthews Harold Munoz, Kylah Warren, Judea Watkins, Aniyah Wilridge
Teacher Facilitators: Mrs. Clark & Mrs. Von der Lancken

Grade 6
Title of Investigation: Why Do People Bully Other People?
Argument: Bullying does not just happen in person. Even when it isn't physical it still involves using power to intimidate or harm another person. Bullying can even be not letting someone participate with the group to make them feel bad.
Research Team: Alliyah Sanchez, Yahir Escudero, Jim Antonio Ray & Melanie Caceres
Teacher Facilitator: Ms. Murray

 

Grade 6

Guiding Question: How can we reduce the number of stray dogs in our community?

Title of Investigation: Abandoned dogs in our community

Central Argument: Dogs and cats should be spayed and neutered because it is healthier for them and makes them less aggressive and less stray animals on the streets will need to find homes.

Research Team: Angel Visencio, Sezar Navejar, Damien Farias, Uriel Nieto, Noelly Acevedo, Jason Salamanca, Sadie Robinson

Teacher Facilitator: Ms. Daniels

 

Grade 6

Guiding Question: Why are our fellow students harming themselves and why isn’t anyone doing anything about it?

Title of Investigation: They hurt me...so I hurt myself

Central Argument: Schools are not aware or supporting students that are harming themselves even though the majority of the situations that are caused on campus.

Research Team: Salina Langer, Bianca Cobbs, Makayle Nichols

Teacher Facilitator: Mr. Davis

 

Grade 7

Guiding Question: How can we change the culture of our school as it relates to bullying?

Title of Investigation: Empowering bullies through therapy

Central Argument: Therapy can be used to address some of the underlying causes of bullying behavior

Student Research Team: Isaiah Collier, Dayanara Cortez Lopez, Yammilet Montez, Brenda Soria, Simone Williams

Teacher Facilitator: Ms. Edwards

 

Grade 7

Guiding Question: Are there healthy food restaurant choices in my community?

Title of Investigation: Using mathematical reasoning to solve problems

Central Argument: Health food options exist in our community, however this depends on one’s choices.

Student Research Team: Kate Velasquez, Citlaly Adams, Catheryn Lopez

Teacher Facilitator: Ms. Parsee

 

Grade 7

Guiding Question: What are solutions we can use to keep the school restrooms clean?

Title of Investigation: School restrooms

Central Argument: If students care about the school than the cleanliness of restrooms should be reflected accordingly

Student Research Team: Axel Acevedo, Steven De La Pena, Brianna Penaloza-Cruz, Jnanya Shingleton

Teacher Facilitator: Mrs. Valentine


Grade 7
Title of Investigation: Do Drugs Hurt Our Community?
Argument: Drugs that are useful to humanity can also be harmful to mankind.
Research Team: Myani Oates, Destiny Lopez & Kiara Stafford
Teacher Facilitator: Ms. Williams
 

Grade 8

Guiding Question: Why should we address social inequality in our community and society?

Title of Investigation: Social inequality

Central Argument: Social inequality creates different experiences for everyone.

Student Research Team: Jakobe Staton, Diego Garcia, Mar’Karjae Pugh, Claudia Cabrera, Samantha Villa

Teacher Facilitator: Mr. Conde


Grade 8
Title of Investigation: Are Anti-Bully School Programs Effective?
Argument: Anti-Bullying programs are expected to have a positive impact on reducing bullying in our schools. It is possible that students will learn acts of bullying they didn't know about before by watching anti-bullying, anti-violence films?
Student Research Team: Stephanie Ayala, Blanca Vivas, Natalie Ayala & Josimar Organista
Teacher Facilitator: Ms. Johnson
 

Grade 8

Guiding Question: Are illegal drugs more accessible to students in our community?

Title of Investigation: Illegal drugs within reach

Central Argument: Children in low-income communities have easy access to drugs

Student Research Team: Jentoria Lee, Imunique Young, Abril Bolainz, Jeffrey Guzman, Brandon Ramirez

Teacher Facilitator: Ms. Aguirre-Wasser

 
 
Watts Learning Center K-8:
A Learning Forum Series
December 9, 2015

Agents of Social Change
Learner-Driven Inquiry: Asking Questions & Defining Problems

 
 
Welcome & Introductions
Purpose and Outcomes

WLC Student Council Representatives: Aniyah Wilridge, President; Eugene Poats, Vice President; Malaysia Lampley, Secretary; Skyler Jefferson, Treasurer

Kindergarten Research Question: How do we keep our community clean?
Research Team: Kierra Calhoun, Kaithlyn Garcia, Shamiya Hudson, Jada Moran
Facilitator: Mrs. Ramirez

Eight Grade Research Question: What causes homelessness in our community?
Research Team: Xssence Haywood, Guadeloupe Parra, Mar'karjae Pugh, Edgar Ramos
Facilitators: Mr. Ball, Mr. Conde, Mr. Gonzalez, Ms. Johnson

First Grade Research Question: How would your community be different if there wasn’t any litter?
Research Team: Syrahiji Baker-Ross, Justin Coleman, Sympheny Heard
Facilitators: Ms. Donin, Ms. Lisette, Mrs. Reilly

Seventh Grade Research Question: Why does our community have a gang problem?
Research Team: Syre Baker, Daniela Perdomo, Christopher Rojo
Facilitator: Ms. Pearson

Second & Third Grade Research Question: How can we help solve the problem of trash being dumped in the neighborhood and around our school, especially on Grand Avenue?

Research Team: Nayeli Escalante, Alex Fuentas, Hazel Gomez, Zaniyah Prince, Kenady Montreuil
Nyiema Collier, Jayden Jiles, Promise Newton, Salvador Nunez, Kyler Panton, Osbaldo Villenueava
Facilitators: Mr. Mabowe, Mrs. Marroquin, Ms. Wesson, Mrs. Collins Ms. Sima, & Ms. Smith

Sixth Grade Research Question: Are females more emotional than males with regards to self-abuse? What role does drugs have in self-abuse?
Research Team: Salina Langer, Anthony Hernandez, Amy Martinez, MacKayle Nicholes
Facilitators: Ms. Daniels & Mr. Davis

Fourth Grade Research Question: How can we reduce waste in the community in order to minimize or eliminate curbside garbage on the streets?
Research Team: Jair Coria, Evelynn Cornejo, Mikalah Douglas, Aileen Escalante
Facilitators: Ms. Francis & Mr. O’Daniel

Fifth Grade Research Question: How do we get the whole community involved in neighborhood clean-up using an outreach plan?
Research Team: Malaysia Lampley, Edmund Matthews Harold Munoz, Kylah Warren, Judea Watkins, Aniyah Wilridge
Facilitators: Mrs. Clark & Mrs. Von der Lancken


Closing Remarks
Watts Learning Center K-8
A Learning Forum Series: Agents of Social change
Learner-Driven Inquiry – Investigating Problems & Delineating Methods
February 24, 2016
 
Welcome & Introductions: Purpose and Outcomes

Rotating Stations: Student Research Team Exchange with Families and the Community

Table 1: Grades K-1
Title of Investigation:
How do we keep our community clean? How would your community be different if there wasn’t any litter?
Research Team:
Kierra Calhoun, Kaithlyn Garcia, Shamiya Hudson, Jada Moran; Syrahiji Baker-Ross, Justin Coleman & Sympheny Heard
Teacher Facilitators: Mrs. Ramirez, Ms. Donin, Ms. Lisette & Mrs. Reilly

Table 2: Grade 2
Title of Investigation:
How can we help solve the problem of trash being dumped in the neighborhood and around our school?
Research Team:
Alex Fuentas, Hazel Gomez, Nayeli Escalante, Zaniyah Prince & Kenady Montreuil
Teacher Facilitators:
Mr. Mabowe & Ms. Wesson

Table 3: Grade 3
Title of Investigation:
How can we help solve the problem of trash being dumped in the neighborhood and around our school, especially on Grand Avenue?
Research Team: Salvador Nunez, Promise Newton, Osbaldo Villenueava, Nyiema Collier, Kyler Panton, Jayden Jiles
Teacher Facilitators:
Mrs. Collins Ms. Sima, & Ms. Smith

Table 4: Grade 4
Title of Investigation:
How can we reduce waste in the community in order to minimize or eliminate curbside garbage on the streets?
Research Team:
Jair Coria, Evelynn Cornejo, Mikalah Douglas, Aileen Escalante
Teacher Facilitators:
Ms. Francis & Mr. O’Daniel

Table 5: Grade 5
Title of Investigation:
How do we involve the whole community in neighborhood clean-up using an outreach plan?
Research Team:
Malaysia Lampley, Edmund Matthews Harold Munoz, Kylah Warren, Judea Watkins, Aniyah Wilridge
Teacher Facilitator:
Mrs. Clark & Mrs. Von der Lancken

Table 6: Grade 6
Title of Investigation:
Why Do People Bully Other People?
Argument:
Bullying does not just happen in person. Even when it isn't physical it still involves using power to intimidate or harm another person. Bullying can even be not letting someone participate with the group to make them feel bad.
Research Team:
Alliyah Sanchez, Yahir Escudero, Jim Antonio Ray & Melanie Caceres
Teacher Facilitator:
Ms. Murray

Table 7: Grade 7
Title of Investigation:
Do Drugs Hurt Our Community?
Argument:
Drugs that are useful to humanity can also be harmful to mankind.
Research Team:
Myani Oates, Destiny Lopez & Kiara Stafford
Teacher Facilitator:
Ms. Williams

Table 8: Grade 8
Title of Investigation:
Are Anti-Bully School Programs Effective?
Argument:
Anti-Bullying programs are expected to have a positive impact on reducing bullying in our schools. It is possible that students will learn acts of bullying they didn't know about before by watching anti-bullying, anti-violence films?
Student Research Team:
Stephanie Ayala, Blanca Vivas, Natalie Ayala & Josimar Organista
Teacher Facilitator:
Ms. Johnson


Closing Remarks
 
 
Learning Forum Panel
May 25, 2016 
 
Amanda Foundation
1. Teri Austin, President

California State University, Dominguez Hills School of Education (CSUDH)
2. Dr. John Davis, Dean
3. Dr. Jennifer Stacy, Assistant Professor (K-3 Literacy/Social Justice)

Conflict Resolution Support Team (CRST)
4. Eddie Goodman, Founder

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health
5. Dr. Karen Ehnert, Director
6. Christina Johnson, Health Educator

Los Angeles Housing Authority
7. Jennifer Thomas, Community Development Manager

Los Angeles Unified School District (Local District South)
8. Theresa Arreguin, Parent Community Engagement

National Action Network (NAN)
9. Rev. K.W. Tullos, NAN W. Regional Director, NAN LA President, WLC Parent

Still Waters Vibrations Enrichment Network
10. Oshea Luja, Co-Founder

Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School (SEA)
11. LaKeya Johnson, Regional Manager

Watts Gang Task Force
12. Dr. Perry Crouch
13. Reverend James Jones Jr., Gangsters for Christ