State Superintendent Announces Major Recognition of Top California Model Public School In Los Angeles

May 17, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2018

Richard Garcia
(213) 806-9211
rgarcia@ccsa.org

State Superintendent Announces Major Recognition of Top California Model Public School In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, California - State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), Tom Torlakson, recently announced the Multicultural Learning Center (MLC) Independent Charter School has been recognized as the only Los Angeles County public school to qualify for the prestigious distinction of being named a California Model Program and recipient of the state's 2018 Education for a Global Economy Award.

Established in 2001, MLC operates a public elementary and middle charter school in the Los Angeles Unified School District teaching a multicultural integrated curriculum, which includes dual immersion (learning curriculum in English/Spanish concurrently). MLC has a very diverse student population, drawing from over 100 neighborhood schools in Los Angeles, which enhances the opportunity for cross-cultural learning and attainment of global competencies.

According to the Superintendent's Office of Public Instruction, the award is given to a public school whose programs have shown the ability to model, improve, and sustain Global Education preparing students to live, work, and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world.

In addition to the recognition of being a mentor program to other public schools throughout California, the recipient receives a grant from the California Department of Education to support the development of global competencies, including investigating the world, recognizing perspectives, communicating ideas in multiple languages to diverse audiences, and acting to change existing conditions.

"We are very mindful of a changing world economy and the role global education plays in developing students capable of engaging directly in the new and emerging marketplace as a result of their studies early on at MLC," said Gayle Nadler, MLC's executive director and founder. "Our goal is to help students become global citizens through the acquisition of two languages and broadening their perspectives and understanding of other cultures as well as empowering them to take action against injustice or to change existing conditions in the world. At MLC we bring together a diverse community of learners and use individual and cultural differences as the building blocks for academic, social and intrapersonal success."

Only two other public schools in California qualified for the 2018 recognition. A formal award reception will take place on June 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the MLC elementary school located at 7510 De Soto Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303. Representatives from the California Department of Education will be in attendance, including Janet Mann, education programs consultant and Aileen Allison-Zarea, education administrator.

For more details on the upcoming grant presentation please contact Gayle Nadler at (818) 483-8863, or by email at gayle@mlccharter.org.

About the Multicultural Learning Center
MLC students celebrate individual and cultural diversity within their community and the world. As students of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds learn side-by-side, they develop skills and understandings necessary for global citizenry and community leadership. Students value diversity, honoring what they know and who they are, developing strong emotional intelligence, self-confidence, and compassion for others. Students and their families work collaboratively as active partners to identify needs, problem-solve, make decisions and celebrate successes.