Rushing out the door this morning for an early meeting, I didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast. Fast forward a few hours and I’m staring at a blank computer screen trying to write this blog post on an empty (and distracting) stomach. Fortunately, I can step away from my desk and choose from a number of late-morning breakfast options near my office. The system is working in my favor. ... Read More
My name is Donna LaCour, and I have been teaching young children for over 20 years. I have come to learn and believe that with my students, hands-on learning experiences are essential to making personal connections and deepening their understanding of the curriculum.
Each year we do a unit study on farms, domestic animals and food. Many of my students have never seen actual farm... Read More
Here are some words people commonly use these days when they talk about education: “standards," “results," “graduation rates," “skills," “self-control," “accountability," and “tenure”. Here’s a word you rarely hear: “pleasure”. As in, “This is a school where kids get a lot of pleasure from books” or, “When I walk down the hall, I see students who seem really pleased to be there." Now,... Read More
I am fortunate that I get to teach my students for three years straight from 10th through 12th grade as their career teacher in the Technology Academy at Foshay Learning Center, a low-income K-12 span school in South Los
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I was honored and proud to be a part of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education's #ArtsMatter public art project last July to inspire creative thinking and learning. Considering my belief that the arts are a crucial part of education, it was an easy decision for me to be part of this. When they presented the facts- at the time only 2% of elementary school instructional time in LAUSD... Read More
I want to thank Superintendent John Deasy for having the vision to create the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education so that LAUSD might benefit, like other large urban districts, from innovative partnerships, and ensure that every student has the chance to succeed in life. The Board of the LA Fund and our team have been energized by Superintendent Deasy's passion and commitment to the children... Read More
When former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) visited a local high school in my district, he brought more than 900 students to their feet, cheering and clapping at the sight of him. They were thrilled to be in his presence. But as he began speaking, it became clear he was not there to talk about his fierce defensive plays or moves on the court.... Read More
At the beginning of the summer, I didn’t realize just how much I was in for; I didn’t realize that participating in the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education’s “The Intern Project” would change my life forever.
As a young adult, it can be challenging to find a door-opening job, especially in a neighborhood where a lack of resources is prevalent. So when my health teacher presented... Read More
Wikipedia describes the Proust Questionnaire as "a questionnaire about one's personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.” In 1993, Vanity Fair resurrected the tradition and started publishing various public figures’... Read More
It feels like I’ve been looking forward to leaving school since the first day of pre-K. It’s no surprise, then, that impatience is one of my biggest traits. Perseverance, too; It was necessary for those days when I had stacks of homework and wanted nothing more than to crawl underneath my bed and give up on everything. Sometimes I can’t believe that it all worked out, but whether I believe it... Read More