Teaching & Mentoring Experiences

UCLA Undergraduate Learning Assistant (LA) Program in the Sciences:

The Learning Assistants (LA) Program in the Sciences at UCLA is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary instructional strategy, in which students who have succeeded in a given course receive credit to learn how to help the next group of students succeed in that course. It is specifically geared toward large introductory science, engineering and math courses.  All new LAs attend a pedagogy course to learn about best practices in fostering student-centered and collaborative learning, and they simultaneously practice, reflect on, and improve these skills in the content course, under the guidance of their faculty mentor. Undergraduate students who serve as LAs thus help facilitate active learning and collaborative instruction in class and outside of lecture during office hours and discussion/lab sections. Learn more at ceils.ucla.edu/learningassistants

UCLA Lab School:

The mission of the UCLA Lab School, the laboratory school of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, is to promote innovation and excellence in education through research, outreach, and teaching and learning.

UCLA students can receive academic credit for internships through Education 196C - Instructional Apprenticeship in Teaching and Learning. This opportunity is limited to juniors and seniors. Students will assist in preparation of materials and development of innovative programs under guidance of a classroom teacher. For more information, please contact the UCLA Lab School, (310) 825-1801.

Other UCLA Partner Schools:

UCLA students can receive academic credit for internships through Education 196D - Instructional Apprenticeship in Teaching and Learning at UCLA Partner Schools. This opportunity is limited to juniors and seniors. Introduction to K-12 teaching profession through training and supervised off-campus experiences at UCLA partner schools (Nora Sterry Elementary School, Brockton Elementary School, Emerson Middle School, University High School, UCLA Community School, or other LAUSD schools coordinated by students). Students gain grounded understanding of social issues in education through readings, observations, direct support in classrooms, and tutoring activities. Individual meetings with faculty mentor throughout term. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. Letter grading.

UCLA CitiLab:

CityLab UCLA is a high school science educational program run by UCLA undergraduate students. The goal is to introduce high school students in the Los Angeles area to the rapidly developing world of biotechnology though "hands on" laboratory experience. UCLA students participate in the program as undergraduate assistants - teaching host high school students in a laboratory setting. UCLA undergraduate students participating in CityLab as undergraduates assistants have the option of enrolling in two units (letter grade) of MCDB 192B or participating in the program without formal enrollment.  Learn more at www.ugresearchsci.ucla.edu/citylab.htm

Project Brainstorm:

The goal of Project Brainstorm is to stimulate interest in science for children and young adults in grades K-12. In this class, participants travel to classrooms in the Los Angeles Unified School District to present lessons and a series of hands-on activities demonstrating brain anatomy, organization, and function. The class, NS 192, is offered Winter and Spring quarters. For registration information, please contact brainstorm@ucla.edu.  Limited to juniors/seniors. Learn more about Project Brainstorm at www.bri.ucla.edu/outreach/project-brainstorm, and more about other Brain Research Institute Outreach opportunities such as InterAxon at www.bri.ucla.edu/outreach.

UCLA UniCamp:

UCLA UniCamp, the official charity of the students of UCLA, is a resident camp for Los Angeles area kids who live at or below the federal poverty level.

For more information, visit www.unicamp.org

UCLA Bruincorps:

UCLA BruinCorps is a community service learning program of UCLA Student Affairs that consists of two programs, Tutoring and the VISTA Project. Each has the goal of providing equal access to educational opportunities to under-resourced communities in Los Angeles County. The tutoring program employs UCLA work-study students to provide academic support to under-performing K-12 students with a focus on literacy in the elementary school years and algebra readiness in middle and high school.  The AmeriCorps VISTA program utilizes recent college graduates to establish and maintain college centers in under-resourced schools and community-based organizations. Learn more at www.bruincorps.ucla.edu

Teach for America:

Teach for America recruits outstanding recent college graduates and working professionals from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools. We provide the training and ongoing support necessary to ensure their success as teachers in low-income communities.

For more information, please visit, www.teachforamerica.org