New Partnership Between District-run Special Ed Center and LA Charter School

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January 10, 2013 Thanks to the leadership of Brian Bauer at Granada Hills Charter High School, we are excited to announce a brand new partnership that launched in January between Granada Hills Charter and Leichman Special Education Center which is run by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The program is designed to allow a group of high school students from Leichman High School with significant disabilities to attend a visual and performing art class with their general education peers at Granada Hills Charter.

Central to the success of Option 3: Charter Operated Program (COP) within the LAUSD SELPA is the collaboration between charter schools and LAUSD. While the creation of COP demonstrated an incredible amount of innovation and collaboration, we are ready to move into the next phase of developing innovative partnerships and programs to serve all students regardless of need, like this partnership between Granada Hills Charter and Leichman HS. Giovanni Trevino, the Principal at Leichman HS, and Julia Howelman, Director of Counseling and Program Coordinator from Granada Hills Charter eagerly anticipate the students to begin attending. Granada Hills Charter VAPA teacher Jackie Torres has met with the staff from Leichman and prepared her students to help with integrated activities. A teacher and aide from Leichman will accompany the students every day and support them through this exciting journey towards developing social, academic, and creative abilities and making new friends. We look forward to observing the growth and success of this program as well as many others like it that are sure to follow.