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Students Help Write a Successful LAUSD School Proposal

Two students in MSMU's Instructional Leadership Certificate Program -- Corlis Lewis and Laura McCutcheon – helped submit a successful proposal for a new public school (South Region Elementary School #10) to be opened in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Working with volunteer teachers, coordinators, parents, and administrators from both district offices and various LAUD elementary schools, Lewis and McCutcheon's plan emphasizes running the new school with a focus on nurturing whole, healthy children. Their proposal – written with support from UTLA (the United Teachers of Los Angeles) – was part of LAUSD's Public School Choice Motion , designed to "tap into the potential wealth of innovative ideas and educational models that will help the LAUSD advance its commitment to provide a quality education for our students". Lewis and McCutcheon based part of their plan on work they completed in a course they took last summer at the Mount, entitled "EDU 299: Promoting Parental Engagement in Schools". Lewis has been teaching for 36 years, and McCutcheon for 17; they are both dedicated to improving the lives of local children through their work. The new school is set to open in August this year. Congratulations, Corlis and Laura!

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