About CFY-Los Angeles
Since launching operations in the 2008-09 school year, CFY-Los Angeles has partnered with 45 schools, serving more than 16,000 students plus their teachers and families. These schools are located in low-income neighborhoods throughout the Los Angeles region and represent both district and charter schools.
CFY’s impact in Los Angeles
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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.
CFY- Los Angeles is currently recruiting volunteers for September – November of 2014. For more information on how you or your organization can volunteer with CFY-Los Angeles please click here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
Apply to be a CFY Partner School
Our partner schools for the 2013-14 school year have already been selected. We will begin our partner school selection process for the 2014-2015 school year in early 2014. Please return to this page at that time for more information. You may also reach out to us at email@example.com.
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 Gasienica Kimmel
CFY-Los Angeles, Director of Programs
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.
Jonathan leads all of CFY-Los Angeles’ programming for parents and families. In addition to managing our Family Learning Workshops, where families are provided with free home learning centers and extensive training on how to use these computers, Jonathan works directly with school administrators and teachers to support family involvement structures on campus. His work in this area has helped shape the way CFY views family involvement, contributing new perspectives on how we can empower parents to ensure academic success for their children. Jonathan brings with him experience serving students in education from kindergarten through college, most recently having managed an after school program for K-8 students in Chicago. After receiving grant funding from the MacArthur Foundation as a winner of the Digital Media and Learning competition, Jonathan has also helped develop an online learning platform for undergraduate design education. After having completed a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, Jonathan received his Master’s degree in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, where he studied and conducted research on ways to improve motivation and self-efficacy in low-income and minority youth.
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.
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, as well as a secondary math teaching credential from California State University Dominguez Hills.
The Digital Learning Program in Los Angeles
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Los Angeles Partner Schools
Current partner schools for the 2013-2014 academic year
- Nava Learning Academy: Arts & Culture
- Nava Learning Academy: Business & Technology
- Skirball Middle School
- Stella Middle Charter Academy
- 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