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 May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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