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Summer Professional Development Opportunities for L.A. Educators

Summer is the perfect time for teachers to connect with one another and hone their teaching craft through programs and workshops. This summer, ECCLA has compiled a list of professional development opportunities for educators in Central and South Los Angeles. We will be updating this list throughout the summer, so be sure to check back regularly. Click on a link to learn more.

The Music Center Institute for Educators: Advancing Student Engagement through Movement, Music & Poetry

July 20-24, 2015

The Music Center’s premier professional development program, giving educators the opportunity to work with master teaching artists and address critical ideas about the arts, creativity and education. At this year’s institute, teachers will collaborate with their peers to bring poetry to life through movement and music. Open to K-8 educators. Participants earn 2 LAUSD salary points. $250 fee includes curriculum resources and parking at the Music Center.

Register here.

Butterflies, Bees, and Seeds at NHM

June 20, 2015

A free workshop on pollinators and easy ways to tie them to the NGSS curriculum, sponsored by the Natural History Museum! Facilitators will model activities for studying pollinators in the Butterfly Pavilion and demonstrate a seed dispersal activity in the Nature Gardens. Participants will also have the opportunity to build bee homes that they can take back to the classroom.

Register here.

Teaching Through Storytelling at the Skirball

Tuesday, June 23 – Thursday, June 25

A three-day series of hands-on, artist-led workshops for K-5 teachers on designing interdisciplinary lessons and integrating creative communication in the classroom. Fee is $100 for all three days, including light breakfast and program materials. Participants are eligible to earn 1 LAUSD salary point.

Register here.

LAEP Summer Conference

Los Angeles Education Partnership is offering a variety of professional development workshops over the course of six weeks this summer. Workshops range from two to four days in length and will be held at the LA Time Building. Registration is still open for the following programs:

  • Creating Trauma–Sensitive Schools: Participants will learn about the impacts of adverse childhood experiences on students’ success, and will develop strategies to support students. June 24-25; Rate: $283 per person.
  • Teachers’ Center/Solutions-Based Learning: Teacher teams create a Common Core standards-based, thematic, interdisciplinary unit and a culminating essay prompt and/or interdisciplinary project-based unit. July 27-30; Rate: $365 per person.
  • Adaptive Schools: As we transition into the Common Core State Standards, schools must simultaneously address professional development of individual educators; development of the organization’s capacity to learn, and be adaptive. The goal is to develop the collective identity and capacity of organization members as collaborators and inquirers. August 3-6; Rate: $337 per person.
  • Differentiation in the Classroom: Teachers will learn how to address the needs of a variety of learners through strategies such as flexible grouping, scaffolding, and front-loading vocabulary. August 10-11; Rate: $273 per person.

Download the Summer Conference flier here. Register here.

UCLA Center X Programs for Teachers (Ongoing)

UCLA Center X offers a variety of professional development workshops and other events for teachers throughout the summer and academic year. Offerings cover a range of academic subjects and student grade levels. Stipends occasionally available. Click here for a full list of events. Programs are added regularly.

National Poetry Month Classroom Resources

National Poetry month is almost here! We’re hard at work assembling a great list of classroom resources including lesson plans, student activities, and web-based poetry learning tools. Make National Poetry Month your students’ favorite month this year! Be sure to check back frequently because we’ll be updating this list as we track down more great resources. Be sure to follow ECCLA on Twitter (@ECCLA) and Facebook for the most up to date information ~ #NPM15


  • The Academy of American Poets has a long list of lesson plans for multiple grade levels, aligned with Common Core here


  • The University of North Carolina School of Education has an awesome lesson plan for Native American poetry here


  • The Library of Congress has an excellent website dedicated to poetry here


  • PennSound, a project of the University of Pennsylvania, has the largest online poetry audio files here


  • ReadWriteThink has an fun, interactive Haiku writing program here.


  • 5th-12th graders can participate in the Dear Poet multimedia education project. Students watch short, online videos from Chancellors of the American Academy of Poets reading their poetry, and then write them letters  in response. The best letters will be selected for publication! Learn more here


  • Teachers who want to incorporate Dear Poet into their whole classroom, pre-designed lesson plans aligned with Common Core are available here


  •  Request an official NPM 15 poster for your classroom or library here.

Sponsored Organization of the Month, February: USC Troy Camp

ECCLA acts as a fiscal sponsor for over 20 organizations here in South Los Angeles. Being a fiscal sponsor means we handle these organizations’ finances so they can do what they do best, serve the youth members of our community! We think our sponsored organizations are so awesome that we’ve decided to highlight one each month on our website. Our goal is to show the variety of ways our sponsored organizations enrich our community.


USC Troy Camp

Troy Camp was founded in 1948 by a small group of USC students. Today, Troy Camp is one of USC’s oldest and largest student-run philanthropies, providing long-term mentorship for students in South Los Angeles. Troy Camp engages in educational, extracurricular, and leadership programs to foster personal growth and instill the value of learning.

 In the summer, Troy Camp hosts a week-long camp in the San Bernardino Mountains for 200 lucky elementary students. During the school year, Troy Camps hosts a variety of after-school programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. 

Troy Camp Webpage

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