Dr. Ref Rodriguez

Co-Founder, Partnerships to Uplift Communities and PUC National

Los Angeles, California

Dr. Ref Rodriguez is a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, representing the communities in Northeast and Southeast Los Angeles. He co-founded the Partnerships Uplifting Communities (PUC Schools), a charter management organization serving communities in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Northeast Los Angeles, and Northeast Rochester, New York. Dr. Rodriguez is a lecturer in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Posted Jan. 21, 2016

Ref Rodriguez: Reimagining Middle School in Los Angeles and Beyond

Middle school can make it or break it for a student. Close to 200,000 students in Los Angeles Unified School…

By Dr. Ref Rodriguez

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Posted Oct. 12, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Time to Believe, A Time to End the Belief Gap

“Honoring Our Heritage, Building Our Future” is the theme of Hispanic Heritage Month this year. To me, it’s far more…

By Dr. Ref Rodriguez

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Posted Sep. 29, 2015

VIDEO: Bringing Our Students Back to the Classroom

In this video I join with a former student and now teacher at Los Angeles’ PUC Charter School (of which I am…

By Dr. Ref Rodriguez

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Posted July 24, 2015

Putting the ‘Unified’ Back into LA Unified School District

Although I am the fourth of five children, I am named after my father—mi papá. My name translates as “place…

By Dr. Ref Rodriguez

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

Why Is Oklahoma City Blocking This School for Native American Kids?

Having grown up on a reservation in Reno, Nevada, Phil Gover of Oklahoma is committed to improving education for Native American students. In the summer…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

Everyone Keeps Talking About Implicit Racial Bias But What Is It?

Over the last few days, I’ve been tackling implicit bias with my eighth-graders. I mean, if Starbucks can shut down for a day to learn…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 24, 2018

Why Are White People So Afraid of Immigrant Kids?

Not long ago I was in Wilmington, Delaware—reporting another story—and I visited Academia Antonia Alonso, a two-way dual immersion charter school where over half the…

By Conor P. Williams

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