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Relationship Centered Schools

Introducing Statewide Student Advisory Board on Community Schools

June 6, 2024

California is shifting its sights from doing its work for to working with students. Investments in students are being prioritized. Youth are being recognized as equal partners and natural contributors to the education system, one school site/region at a time. Nonetheless, there’s still much to discover about how we as a State continue to honor…

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Cabrillo H.S. Community Learning Walk

September 27, 2023

A community learning walk held by Cabrillo High School and CFJ brought together over 45 teachers and school administrators to view the community through a cultural, symbolic, and political lens. Led by Cabrillo’s Leadership team; Ms. Nguyen, Mr. Walton, Mrs. Itson, and Ms. Rice, the vision of this community learning walk was to connect educators…

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A Bold and Powerful Student Panel in LBUSD

September 14, 2023

Above: Above: From left to right, Californians for Justice leaders Sydney, Sarai, Mel and Didi.    By Sicola Elliot, Capacity Building Manager   Education Reimagined in LBUSD was the theme for the LBUSD Managers meeting held on Friday August 25, 2023, at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach. Californians For Justice…

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Student Leaders Back in Action at our Capital

September 14, 2023

On the last week of August, Californians For Justice made an appearance at the Capitol! What were we doing in Sacramento? We spent a day there to let our state representatives know what Black and Brown youth need to feel safe and supported at school. At CFJ, we believe in the Power of Relationships, so…

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Deep Learning As A Declaration of Love For CA Youth

May 9, 2023

By Asher Ki “Transformative  Community Schools Framework” is THE long-term strategy for whole school and systems transformation. Community schools are an authentic approach designed directly by impacted students, along with their families, community partners and educators, centered on a framework inclusive of partnership, equitable decision making, and learning as a tool for transformation. A strategy…

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California’s Budget is Good News for School Transformation!

January 12, 2023

Above: Original art by Eden Meseret (she/her) for the California Partnership for the Future of Learning 2022 Arts Showcase.  Two weeks into the year and we’re already celebrating some good news! On Tuesday, Governor Newsom released the 23-24 State Budget proposal naming key investments for students, and doubling down on commitments to public education. Most…

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We Want To See Joy, Celebration & Liberation in CA Public Schools

September 8, 2022

Students walking back into classrooms this fall deserve to feel safe, seen and celebrated. We want CA’s public school students to see teachers and staff who look like them, come from their local community and understand the hurdles they face. We want Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander students and families to be centered…

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Californians for Justice Part of Statewide Lead for Community Schools

June 28, 2022

The California State Board of Education approved the Lead Technical Assistance Center for the California Community Schools Partnership Program, a team that includes Californians for Justice (CFJ). The $3 Billion program prioritizes racially just, relationship-centered community school models across the state. Californians for Justice is honored to be named part of the team and will…

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Why We Organize For Relationship-Centered, Community Schools

March 3, 2022

By Asher Ki, CFJ Organizer, Fresno Dear Community, it’s time for something new. A lot of the problems that we’ve been hearing about schools during Covid – learning disparities between Black students and white peers, the need for mental health resources, students feeling unsafe and needing relationships – existed before Covid, this pandemic has just…

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