• UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    MVB: Gauchos snap 7 match losing streak with emphatic sweep of UCSD on Friday night. RECAP >>>… https://t.co/Cee1KbeXOh
    9 hours 40 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Women's Tennis: UC Santa Barb. 2, Oregon 5 (Final)
    12 hours 8 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    WBB: Gauchos Face First-Place UC Davis Looking to End Two-Game Skid https://t.co/wRGTYxtxDC
    13 hours 9 min ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Called “tama” or “tamashii,” the belief in spirits of deceased ancestors goes back centuries. https://t.co/KUJg2oGc7k
    13 hours 34 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Muno (2 H, 2 R), Corey (3-4, 2 R), Davis (7 IP, 2 ER, 10 K) lead @UCSB_Baseball to 7-4 win in home opener! RECAP >>… https://t.co/I32qmDSuZB
    14 hours 1 min ago
  • ArtsandLectures twitter avatar
    Fascinating! #Sapiens + #HomoDeus author #YuvalNoahHarari predicts humankind’s future: https://t.co/5P25xtpyRQ via… https://t.co/TIAzFchgfI
    14 hours 33 min ago
  • ArtsandLectures twitter avatar
    RT @AshleyyySb: Only on Twitter to continue to absorb all insight and research from @DrSidMukherjee || Stoked to attend his lecture @Artsan
    14 hours 49 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    Does location affect how pines react to climate change? Bren PhD student Ian McCullough shares answer #BrenPhDTalks https://t.co/6zVyQetm2t
    14 hours 54 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    Softball: Fifth-Inning Dooms Gauchos in 6-4 Loss to Purdue https://t.co/XWYKVl9UPx
    14 hours 56 min ago
  • UCSB_GradPost twitter avatar
    Register for 2017 Graduate Division Commencement before May 5! https://t.co/IDP1WGLGik #UCSB #ucsbgradpost
    15 hours 2 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    Bren PhD student Jessica Perkins' research answers: "What Makes an #LCA Study Influential?" https://t.co/HatfwVTKV4 #BrenPhDTalks
    15 hours 3 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    Runsheng Song shares strategies to estimate chemicals' life cycle inventories with little data #BrenPhDTalks https://t.co/gUsRney8nC #LCI
    15 hours 14 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    #BrenPhDTalks: Bren PhD student Ying Wang looks at nanomaterial accumulation in soybeans & nitrogen-fixing bacteria https://t.co/85xiy6EmAY
    15 hours 24 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    Bren PhD student Yuwei Qin uses US potato production to show how to model marginal production in #LCA https://t.co/jDyW0Fkzbx #BrenPhDTalks
    15 hours 34 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    Bren PhD student Chris Heckman's research shows how soil water storage eases #climate change effects https://t.co/cflpEuiAmV #BrenPhDTalks
    15 hours 44 min ago


Tuesday, May 18, 1999 - 17:00
Santa Barbara, CA

Hueneme High School Is One of UCSB's Partnership Schools

UC Santa Barbara education researcher Katherine Larson took the bumper sticker phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" literally in her winning proposal to improve academic achievement in south Oxnard, Calif. schools---an area that has a greater incidence of school problems such as drug use and assaults than the state average and a community that has a high rate of domestic violence.

Larson's proposal for the Expanding Horizons Community Learning Center Project---an extensive after-school program that nurtures the entire family---received a total of $3.8 million from federal, state, and local agencies to raise academic achievement to or above state averages and reduce substance abuse and school and community violence in south Oxnard schools. The bulk of the funding is a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center award---one of 176 grants given out of nearly 2500 applications nationwide.

"It's a very challenging goal," admits Larson, project director and a Ventura resident who has conducted numerous studies on improving success rates for high-risk students. "The schools in the project are between the 20th and 30th percentile ranking for academic achievement in the state---it will take every ounce of expertise we can muster to reach the state's average.

Her innovative proposal includes:

Keeping Hueneme High School and feeder schools--Haydock Middle, McKinna Elementary and Kamala Elementary--open until 6 p.m. on school days for academic, cultural arts, and technical training programs. Activities are also planned for weekends, school holidays, and summer months.

Classes on parenting skills and English and computer literacy three nights a week for parents and grandparents. Spanish translation will be provided. Monthly community dinners and family nights in reading, mathematics, and science are also planned.

Volunteer work for students beginning in the fifth grade to learn community service skills, raise their self-esteem, and become a participating member of their community.

Provisions for child care and transportation to ensure that parents and students who share responsibilities for younger siblings can participate.

Community health care through a visiting mobile medical unit at learning center sites.

Tutoring for students in groups of four or less after school daily in an intensive academic remedial program.

Artists, theater and dance companies, musicians, and scientists will share their expertise in workshops. Additional programs include athletics, cooking, magazine writing, and computer literacy.

Counseling for greater family communication, substance abuse, anger management skills, and leadership training.

"The project is designed to benefit the whole child by building skills academically and for personal and social development," said Larson.

"Larson's project is a wonderful example of the types of collaboration UCSB is building," said Tom Ostwald, director of the UCSB School-Centered Partnerships.

The project's partners are UCSB, Oxnard School District, Oxnard High School District, and about 20 Oxnard community service organizations.

UCSB's Partnership Programs are part of the University of California systemwide outreach efforts to improve opportunities for California students in disadvantaged circumstances and to have a student body at UC campuses that reflects the diversity of California's population.