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…

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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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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