Friends of the Center
The initiatives listed below are projects of like-minded organizations that reflect the Center’s mission to strengthen teaching and learning in California.
California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC)
The California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) provides the voice of teachers to inform math and science education policy. Cal TAC is composed of twelve highly accomplished math, science, engineering and technology teachers ranging from kindergarten to community college. Cal TAC is a project of the California Council on Science and Technology. For more information, please visit: http://ccst.us/ccstinfo/caltac.php
Linked Learning transforms students’ high school experience by bringing together strong academics, demanding technical education, and real world experience that helps students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education, and careers. Students follow industry-themed pathways in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, biomedicine and health. These pathways prepare high school students for career and a full range of postsecondary options, including attending a 2- or 4-year college or university, an apprenticeship, the military, and formal employment training. ConnectEd serves as the hub for the Linked Learning field, and the Linked Learning Alliance represents hundreds of organizations actively supporting the approach. For more information, please visit: http://www.connectedcalifornia.org/pathways/index.php
UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (UCLA/IDEA)
The Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA) was created in 2000 with the goal of using UCLA’s research capacity and commitment to confront what may be the most pressing public issue in Los Angeles and in California today: bringing neighbors together across the many communities of Los Angeles to address the critical problems of public education. IDEA faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and graduate students partner with young people, parents, teachers, and grassroots organizations to provide data and analyses in response to specific questions posed by the people who are most directly affected by schooling—students and their parents. For more information, please visit: http://www.idea.gseis.ucla.edu/