UCLA researchers and community college practitioners partnering for equity-focused change
UCLA × CC
UCLA School of Education and Information Studies researchers are excited to collaborate with community college practitioners on a research-practice partnership.
Learning Together gathers community college faculty, managers, and staff; UCLA faculty and graduate students; and nationally recognized researchers and practitioners to create a space for equity-focused inquiry, learning, and action.
Learning Together (LT) models the researcher/practitioner partnership (RPP) created by educators at UCLA’s School of Education and Pasadena City College in 2000. The community of practice has relied on inquiry and has focused on a variety of “problems of practice” including designing and evaluating programs for scale and building the capacity to collect and use data effectively. This productive collaboration has led to innovation and transformation at PCC to support students’ academic and professional success.
Learning Together supports individuals who are committed to social justice, equity, and anti-racism and who will lead change initiatives, in collaboration with their peers and in service to their students. Participants will solicit, recognize, and honor students’ voices throughout the inquiry process. The primary focus of the RPP is the Student Voices Project. The data collected from students at each campus guide the work of the college practitioners and inform their solutions.
In 2023-2024, participants from Glendale Community College (GCC), Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC), Pasadena City College (PCC) and UCLA are working together to address their need to develop strong and effective practitioners in all areas of their institutions who are committed to tackling the problems of practice that they face.
The goal of Learning Together is to improve outcomes for Black/African American and Latina/o/x students.
At the end of the program, participants will have developed:
Professional relationships and shared vision among colleagues that lead to effective partnerships, collaboration, and change.
The skills and strategies needed to lead and sustain equity-focused initiatives through the process of evidence-based inquiry.
The ability to make informed student-centered decisions, based on research and evidence, to advance changes in institutions, departments, and classrooms.
- Access to dedicated UCLA School of Education and Information Studies faculty researchers, graduate students, policy advocates, and speakers
- Customized coaching by expert community college practitioners
- Qualitative research support that helps participants understand the student and faculty experience
- Quantitative research support that informs participants’ choices and decisions and guides their evaluation process
- Access to UCLA’s Luskin Conference Center and the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies’ Moore Hall for meetings, workshops, and retreats
- Project management, evaluation, marketing, and documentation expertise
Our 2023-24 Community College Partners
Learning Together will engage GCC, LAVC, and PCC leaders in a sustained inquiry process to identify and address a problem of practice at their institution.
The LT team includes UCLA partners Dr. Tina Christie, Wasserman Dean, UCLA School of Education and Information Studies, Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Dr. Lynn Kim John, Dr. Natacha Cesar-Davis, Daniela Amaya, and undergraduate student researchers. Community college partners include Dr. Brock Klein, Dr. Shelagh Rose, and Brianna Broady.