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California schools can no longer suspend K-8 students for using phones. Will this help or hurt learning? | Los Angeles Times

There are many reasons for the racial divide in discipline, including differences in family income and teacher-reported behavior, education experts said. Annamarie Francois, executive director of Center X, an educator development and support unit in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, said that often teachers don’t understand their students’ backgrounds or potentially the trauma they experience. Bias can also play a role.

From your mouth to your screen, transcribing takes the next step | New York Times

The rapid advances being made in the automated transcription market in the past year show striking near-term potential in a growing array of new applications. This fall, for example, at the University of California, Los Angeles, students on campus who require assistance in note taking, such as those who are hearing-impaired, are being equipped with the Otter.ai service. The system is designed to replace the current note-taking process where other students take notes during classes and then share them. In May, when the former first lady, Michelle Obama, visited campus as part of a student signing day celebration, deaf students were given access to an instantaneous transcription of her speech generated by the transcription service.

My mother taught me how to live. And how to die | Washington Post Opinion

My mom’s memorial tablet reads: “Prof. Olga E. Kagan. Inspiring Educator. Loving Mother, Wife, Sister and Grandmother. Dec. 25, 1946—April 6, 2018.” I had written the words myself in consultation with family members, and I worried that it was too verbose. As a professional writer, I always want every sentence to be as tight as possible. But looking at the tablet, freshly embedded in the earth, made me realize that there is more truth than I had initially grasped in the words “Inspiring Educator.” I had meant that epitaph to refer to her long career teaching the Russian language and Russian culture at UCLA. At her funeral, student after student spoke of the impact she had on their lives. But I now realize that she was an “inspiring educator” not only in life but also in death.

Your vote is more polarized than you are | Zócalo Public Square

We think we can predict someone’s point of view on social issues like marijuana legalization, gay rights, and free speech based on their political party, but in fact “in response to social questions you often see a higher level of in-group diversity than you’d expect,” said UCLA Anderson economist Romain Wacziarg. (UCLA’s M. Keith Chen also quoted)

Johnston Marklee reveals its curvy concrete UCLA art studios | Architect’s Newspaper

In the middle of Hayden Tract, the Culver City, California, neighborhood famed for its collection of Eric Owen Moss-designed buildings, the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios celebrated its long-awaited opening with a private dinner for artists, colleagues, and students on September 26. The project is a major restoration and expansion of the university’s former graduate art program’s studio building, transforming the 21,000-square-foot warehouse into a 48,000 campus. The project was set into motion in 2016 when Margo Leavin made a lead gift of $20 million, the largest gift ever made by an alumna to the arts program.

Roosevelt Middle School’s Randy Kamiya to be honored by UCLA, college football | Glendale News-Press

[Randy] Kamiya will be given the Extra Yard for Teachers Award by UCLA, the College Football Playoff Foundation and the Pac-12, for “effectively utilizing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education to inspire, motivate and engage students.” … “It’s great to be recognized by an organization like the College Football Playoff Foundation, and it’s especially nice to be honored by UCLA,” said Kamiya, a former collegiate gymnast at Los Angeles City College.

‘We are at war’: Crenshaw residents organizing to fight development | Curbed Los Angeles

Last year, UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs released a report tracking economic progress in South LA over the past 50 years and found wide inequality persists on multiple fronts, including housing. According to the report, fewer than one in three South LA residents own their home and 42 percent of renters in the region are “rent-burdened,” meaning they spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent. Countywide, the figure is 31 percent.

Parks are a public health solution waiting on our doorstep | Capitol Weekly Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Jon Christensen) It’s time to shift the conversation around parks in California. New data is illuminating the need to look at state parks in communities a bit differently. Rather than measuring their value by their undeniable beauty, new research illustrates a clear opportunity to measure parks by their impact on our public health and communities.

Judge rules in favor of Harvard in diversity case | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

“This has been kind of a beacon of civil rights policies in higher education that helped to transform student demographics, especially at elite institutions,” said Mitchell Chang, an education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Bankruptcies like Forever 21’s could put pressure on L.A.’s retail economy | KPCC-FM

“Fear of closures can have a broader impact, where it could tend to send waves across the retail sectors, like ‘this could be coming for you,’” said UCLA’s Saba Waheed.

For the black artists of CAAM’s ‘L.A. Blacksmith,’ metal has meaning | Los Angeles Times

The exhibition takes an expansive view of what constitutes blacksmithing — you won’t find much evidence here of the hammer and forge — as well as its distinctive sub-Saharan traditions. (The show might owe something to last year’s marvelous “Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths” at the UCLA Fowler Museum, which travels to Paris’ Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in November.) Works like these tie African themes and American social engagement with various forms of contemporary metalwork.

5 design things to do this week | KCRW-FM

Colombia-raised, LA-based painter and beloved UCLA art teacher Lari Pittman has been a presence in the L.A. art scene since the early 1990s. Now you can find an eye-popping retrospective of the artist's work at The Hammer, featuring 80 paintings and 50 works on paper, many of them huge, most of them layered with rich color, texture and symbolism.

LAUSD announces new platform for student data | City News Service

The Los Angeles Unified Youth Diversion and Development (YDD) Working Group, established by Beutner, will provide recommendations to the Board of Education on specific plans to address the issues…. The YDD Working Group is a joint effort that includes UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies, Million Dollar Hoods, the Social Justice Learning Institute, Brotherhood Crusade, Suits in Solidarity, and the Los Angeles School Police Department.

Nadia Sirota joins CAP UCLA 19-20 artists in residence | Broadway World

Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) announces a creative development partnership with violist, broadcaster, curator and CAP alum Nadia Sirota. Starting this fall, Nadia will serve as Artist-In-Residence with CAP-UCLA, developing her new podcast and concert series Living Music with Nadia Sirota. Over the course of five seasons, CAP-UCLA will be Sirota's creative producing partner, with the podcast and series ultimately finding a home in CAP's Nimoy Theater, scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.

Vidiots sets L.A. relaunch with storefront and independent theater | Deadline

The iconic Los Angeles-based video store-turned-film nonprofit organization is set to relaunch in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood via an entertainment community space with an independent theater and a storefront…. Upon its relaunch, Vidiots is looking to partner with Art House Convergence, Film Independent, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Outfest, Oxy Arts and the Occidental Media Arts & Culture Department, Sundance Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Women in Film and Vidéothèque for programming.

End of an admissions era? | Inside Higher Ed

Changes to early decision could also be problematic for colleges. “This could get worse,” said Ffiona Rees, senior associate director, evaluation and international admission, at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This very likely will get worse. But if you're forcing more families to apply early decision, I think in some states they're actually going to start to behave a little differently.”