Caprice Young

Guest Blogger

Superintendent, Learn4Life

Los Angeles, California

Dr. Caprice Young is responsible for leading the Learn4Life Schools, serving more than 20,000 students in more than 85 learning centers in California, Ohio and Michigan. Raised in a host foster family, she identifies with and has committed her life to supporting students whose needs exceed the scope of traditional public schools.

In 1999, Dr. Young left her technology strategy job at IBM to serve as a member and president of the Los Angeles school board. Later, as the founding CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, Dr. Young stewarded the massive expansion of the nascent charter school movement and believes that achieving the goal of high-quality education for all requires a robust ecosystem of support and collaboration. Since 2008, she has been called upon to intervene when schools and educational non-profits face challenges, and when education technology companies need strategic and operational expertise. Dr. Young teaches in the UCLA Educational Leadership doctoral program. She earned her Ed.D. from UCLA, her M.P.A. from USC and her B.A. from Yale University. She is a recipient of the Coro Crystal Eagle for Excellence in Public Service, the California State University Los Angeles Educator of the Year in 2016, and an inductee to the national Charter School Hall of Fame.

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Posted May 6, 2020

Here’s How a Trauma-Informed Approach to Remote Teaching Can Help Students Succeed

Every teacher in every school has students who have experienced or are living with trauma in their lives—and many recognize…

By Caprice Young

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Posted Apr. 21, 2020

Hey FCC, Step Up and Make Sure Internet Reaches the Families Who Need It Most

In the 1920s, radio was an essential communications device—and it was free. In the 1950s, television became an important means…

By Caprice Young

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Posted Apr. 16, 2020

Yes, Schools Can ‘Build Back Better’ From COVID-19, and Here’s How

Since the United Nations’ 2006 post-tsunami report, Key Propositions for Building Back Better, the phrase Build Back Better has become…

By Caprice Young

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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