About CFY-Los Angeles
Since launching operations in 2008, CFY-Los Angeles has served over 16,000 students and their families and coached hundreds of educators in low-income communities throughout the Los Angeles region.
Our unique programmatic approach sets us apart in that it involves all of the key constituents involved in education – students, teachers, and families. Our digital learning programs offer:
- Educators: professional development, including one-on-one coaching for math teachers at partner schools, and workshops to help teachers adopt blended learning strategies within their classrooms.
- Parents: Family Learning Workshops, during which families learn about the power of digital learning and receive a free Home Learning Center (a refurbished broadband-ready PC loaded with free educational software) which will support learning at home.
- Students: the tools to be self-driven learners and gain deep content skills in all subjects by engaging with digital learning activities on PowerMyLearning®, leading to long-term academic and career success.
CFY’s impact in Los Angeles
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Apply to be a CFY Partner School
CFY is currently selecting partners for the 2015-16 school year. If you’re interested in bringing CFY’s Digital Learning Program to your school, including blended learning consulting for teachers and programs to provide students and parents with access to educational technology tools and training, we want to hear from you!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will follow-up with more information.
To see a list of our current partners, please click here.
Volunteer in Los Angeles
You can help students and families in low-income communities harness the power of digital learning by volunteering with CFY-Los Angeles. Our volunteers attend training with a friendly volunteer coordinator prior to assisting us with the rewarding work of engaging families during our Family Learning Workshops. You also receive a bright orange CFY t-shirt to wear at the workshop and to keep!
CFY’s volunteer program recruits corporate volunteer groups as well as individual volunteers. We make it easy to give back to your community, learn new skills, and get to know other engaged citizens in our city. Consider making CFY a part of your organization’s volunteer plans.
To fill out our online volunteer form, please check out CFY’s Volunteer page here: http://cfy.org/get-involved/volunteer/
You can also reach us at email@example.com. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
CFY-Los Angeles Local Board
CEO & Co-Founder, grandPad
Director of Product Development, CTO, Intuit
Educational Technology Consultant
- Bank of America Foundation
- Belkin International, Inc.
- California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF)
- Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
- John W. Carson Foundation
- Joseph Drown Foundation
- The Green Foundation
- NBC4 Southern California
- Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Raytheon Company
- The Riordan Foundation
- Rose Hills Foundation
- Symantec Corporation
- S. Mark Taper Foundation
- U.S. Department of Commerce
CFY-Los Angeles Leadership
CFY-Los Angeles, Executive Director
Neil Spears is the Executive Director of CFY-Los Angeles. Before joining CFY in the summer of 2010, Neil was a sixth grade teacher and Teach For America corps member at El Sereno Middle School in east LA where he helped his students achieve significant academic gains. While teaching, Neil was also the school-side liaison for CFY’s partnership with El Sereno, playing a central role in CFY’s successful launch at our first partner school in Southern California. Prior to teaching, Neil was a Fellow in the innovation department at the headquarters of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life where he helped spearhead a revolutionary national peer-engagement initiative. A Southern California native, Neil holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University.
Kate leads CFY-Los Angeles’ Digital Learning Program to ensure a strong, positive, and sustainable impact in our partner communities. She plays a pivotal role in shaping the program vision and managing program execution. Kate’s previous roles at CFY involved management of the Blended Learning Consulting team and the teaching and learning at Family Workshops. Kate’s experience as a 2007 Teach For America Los Angeles corps member, where she taught middle school math and science, inspired her life-long pursuit to close the achievement gap. Prior to joining CFY, Kate was an analyst at a consulting firm that advised high profile philanthropists and high-net-worth individuals on their education reform initiatives. Kate holds a double major in human development, psychological services and African American studies from Northwestern University as well as a masters in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University. Kate earned a California teaching credential in secondary science.
Colleen Rempel works closely with members of the Instructional Design Team and teachers to support the implementation of blended learning as well as the use of innovative digital resources, in order to personalize learning in the classroom. Colleen is a former 2007 Teach For America corps member and experienced 7th and 8th grade science teacher, serving 6 years in various low-income communities in Los Angeles. She has led professional development workshops on blended learning, classroom management and procedures, teacher effectiveness, differentiation, as well as Common Core transitional strategies. Colleen served as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) support provider and instructional coach; providing staff members with strategies, resources, and structured planning methods to help develop highly-effective teaching practices and monitor students’ progress. She has also received training on cognitive coaching techniques and Critical Friends Protocols (structured conversations), to improve the consistency of school-wide instructional strategies and conflict resolution approaches. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound. She holds a Masters in Secondary Education as well as a clear secondary science teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University and holds a California teaching credential in secondary science.
Katie works closely with the other members of the Blended Learning & Instructional Design Team to play a pivotal role in closely supporting teachers to implement innovative digital learning strategies in their classrooms to increase student engagement and achievement. Most recently, Katie served as the Los Angeles Manager of Instruction at Revolution Prep, where she managed, trained, and developed a group of 75 instructors and tutors. She previously worked at XAP Corporation, interfacing with state departments of education to enhance digital learning opportunities for K-12 students. Katie discovered her passion for expanding educational opportunities as a 2007 Los Angeles Teach For America corps member at Markham Middle School. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and served as the school’s math department chair. She has continued her involvement with Teach For America as a Math Learning Team Leader, running professional development sessions for corps members outside of school hours. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Marketing, and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Katie earned a California teaching credential in secondary math.
Elizabeth leads CFY’s Family Involvement in Learning Services and works closely with the Blended Learning Consulting team and the Family Involvement in Learning cross-regional team.
Elizabeth taught kindergarten, 3rd grade and 2nd-3rd grade science in Spanish for three years in low-income communities in Los Angeles as a 2011 Teach For America corps member. As a Los Angeles native, she is determined to help the community reach higher academic gains to close the achievement gap. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish from Harvard University. She also holds a master’s degree in urban education from Loyola Marymount University and she holds a California multiple subject teaching credential.
The Digital Learning Program in Los Angeles
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Los Angeles Partner Schools
Current partner schools for the 2014-2015 academic year
- Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
- Crown Preparatory Academy
- Nava Learning Academy: Arts & Culture
- Nava Learning Academy: Business & Technology
- Nava College Prep Academy
- New Heights Academy Charter School
- Skirball Middle School
- Stella Middle Charter Academy
- TEACH Public Schools
- Valor Academy
Contact CFY-Los Angeles
830 Traction Ave, Suite 3A
Los Angeles, CA 90013
106 ½ Judge John Aiso St. PMB#164
Los Angeles, CA 90012