LAUSD Principal Summer Institute

LAUSD invited Project GRAD Los Angeles to present a session during the Principal Summer Institute, a two-day learning convening for all secondary principals. The two-hour session, “On the Road to College,” was designed to review emerging research on college success, share PGLA’s strategies, and stimulate a conversation about increasing college and career readiness throughout LAUSD. 


After reviewing the known barriers to college success for LAUSD students — academic preparedness, college knowledge, social emotional competencies — the session drilled down into how the Project GRAD model addresses each of the three barriers. 


The conversation became particularly lively on the subject of social emotional learning, especially growth mindset, which research suggests is a key competency for success. Growth mindset, whereby people believe that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work, is one of several SEL competencies PGLA teaches in its after-school College Success Skills course.

Principals got into a robust discussion about the potential impact, not only on student performance, but in teacher practice and even in their own lives. As one principal said, "We have to model this first.”

To learn more about how Project GRAD Los Angeles can support college readiness at your school, contact Joe Chang at:

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