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ECCLA in Action!

ECCLA puts on a number of different programs every year, from scholarships and essays to teacher recognition. However, our primary mission has always been to connect educators in South-Central Los Angeles with resources throughout the city. Recently we got the chance to do just that, when we helped facilitate the Alliance College Ready Academy #5 field trip to the Grammy Museum!
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2014 ECCLA Teacher Recognition Award Night ~ Submit Nominations Now

Official Nomination Form Deadline April 25th (fillable-pdf)

The 2014 ECCLA Teacher Recognition Awards are scheduled for late May (official date TBA) and we are accepting nominations now! This annual celebration acknowledges outstanding classroom teachers whose efforts go above and beyond the call of duty.

Full-time teachers working in one of the designated ECCLA LAUSD, charter or parochial schools are eligible to be nominated.  This includes schools in the area bounded by Olympic Blvd, Alameda Avenue, Slauson Blvd, and Crenshaw Blvd.  There can be one nomination from each school per year.

Two $500 cash awards will be presented at an award ceremony to be held at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on May 22nd.  All nominees will be invited to the reception and honored during the ceremony.

Anyone associated with an ECCLA school may nominate a teacher for this award. The nomination form is available as a pdf that you can fill out online or print and complete by hand. Instructions for emailing/sending/faxing the document are included.


Fiscal Sponsor Questionnaire

If your organization is an ECCLA fiscal sponsor client, and you’re applying for the USC Good Neighbor Grant you can find the required questionnaire here.


Please note: Adobe may prompt you to submit this with their software. Instead, please just download the fillable PDF to your computer and then email to Thanks!

Spring Essay Contest, 12th Grade Scholarship, and More!

32ndStEssay_JCH_CCastilloWe have lots of exciting programs coming up this spring! We are mailing out information this week about our Spring Essay Contest with the theme, “becoming you”. We will also be providing information on our separate 12th Grade Scholarship Contest in the near future.

Our annual Teacher Awards ceremony isn’t until May, but you will be able to begin nominating teachers in late February. The Teacher Awards is one of our favorite events of the year, and a great way to honor colleagues who work so hard in our schools.

Finally, we will be announcing the finalists and winners of our Fall Essay Contest next week! We received a record number of submissions this year (over 800) and have been reading away to find our winners. Thank you so much to teachers whose classrooms participated. We love to see that there are so many talented writers and motivated teachers here in Central LA.

If you have any questions at all about our spring programs and events, please feel free to email our staff member Chris ( and we’ll get you an answer.



2013 Teacher Resource Fair a Big Success!

This fall’s teacher resource fair turned out extremely well. We had twenty-one different educational resource providers in attendance, and teachers representing schools from all over central Los Angeles. If you are interested in becoming an ECCLA teacher liaison for your school or would like to learn more, please see the dedicated liaison page.

The event was hosted at the Mercado la Paloma with delicious food catered by Chichen Itza for everyone in attendance.



The resource providers brought a wealth of information for the teachers to take back to their schools. We had a very diverse group this year – from The Children’s Nature Institute, to USC Athletics, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles! They all have wonderful programs that provide fun and enriching experiences for students.




As the teachers arrived, they filed around to all the tables and got to know the resource providers and what the programs they had to offer.




Everyone had a great time! There were drawings for prizes…

And presentations from the resource providers…


Before we knew it, two hours had gone by and this year’s event was coming to an end. All of the teachers that attended left with a ton of information about field trips and programs for their students to attend. ECCLA would like to thank all of the resource providers and teachers that came to our event this year. We hope it provided good opportunities to communicate for everyone, and can’t wait to hear about some exciting field trip experiences in the future!