College and Career Readiness Digital Toolkit

New research from The Education Trust–West highlights how California schools and districts are implementing equitable college and career readiness approaches that expand access and opportunities for students of color, low-income students, and English learners.

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  • NEW RESOURCE ALERT! Wondering how schools can support #studentsofcolor and #lowincomestudents on their #CollegeAccess journey? Check out the #CollegeAndCareer Action Guides & Videos from @edtrustwest
  • #DidYouKnow that #CA schools and districts are implementing new practices to expand #CollegeAndCareer readiness? @edtrustwest highlights these approaches in new action guides & videos:
  • .@edtrustwest’s #CollegeAndCareer Action Guides outline the steps that some #CA schools and districts are taking to better support #studentsofcolor, #lowincomestudents & #EnglishLearners to graduate ready for college, career, & beyond. Learn more at:

Making a-g the default curriculum and adding strong supports to meet students’ needs can help expand #CollegeandCareer readiness. Learn how schools like @SangerHigh_ are implementing this approach at #CCRPromisingPractices

Creating meaningful district-community partnerships, which open up opportunities for students to explore post-graduation options, can help expand #CollegeandCareer readiness. Visit for more details. #CCRPromisingPractices

Recognizing student efforts through events like #CollegeSigningDay or @ValVerdeUSD and @rvhs_mustang’s Ca$hchella that celebrate #FAFSA and #CADreamAct completion can help expand #CollegeandCareer readiness. For more details visit #CCRPromisingPractices

One of the key ways to support #CA students in preparing for #CollegeandCareer is to invest in our #teachers! Learn more about how schools like @SUSD_SangerHigh and @CulverCityHS create a culture of support for teachers: #CCRPromisingPractices 

Implementing district-wide data systems can help monitor students’ academic progress and guide policy decisions to ensure students are #CollegeandCareer ready. Learn more: #CCRPromisingPractices 

Embedding academic support programs and extracurriculars into a students’ school day allows schools and districts to better meet students’ needs and help students be #CollegeandCareer ready. Visit for more details about what this looks like! #CCRPromisingPractices

#CA is filled with students from diverse backgrounds. When schools and districts create experiences that honor students’ humanity and create a supportive culture, students graduate better prepared for #CollegeandCareer. Learn more: #CCRPromisingPractices 


  • NEW RESOURCE! Wondering what California’s schools can do to ensure they’re adequately preparing students of color, low-income students, and English Learners for college and career? A new set of action guides and videos from The Education Trust–West highlights promising practices from schools and districts where underserved students are graduating college and career ready at high rates. Explore these approaches at:
  • In order to support students of color, low-income students, and English Learners to graduate college and career ready, some California schools and districts have intentionally implemented programs and  increased opportunities and supports to meet students’ needs. Here’s how it’s happening:


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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.