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:
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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