Dr. Laurie Scolari


Dr. Laurie Scolari

Dr. Scolari currently serves as the Director of the Our Children, Our Families Council, a citywide collective impact project for San Francisco. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at University of San Francisco. Previously Dr. Scolari was the statewide Director for the California Community College Linked Learning Initiative (CCCLLI) for the Career Ladders Project, under the Chancellor’s Office for California Community Colleges. Previously, Dr. Scolari served as the Dean of Counseling and Student Support Services at City College of San Francisco for six years. In that capacity, she spearheaded several successful data-driven initiatives aimed at improving the transition of high school students of color into the community college with sustainable results. Her work in this area has received wide attention from several policy driven initiatives, including the national Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Scolari’s work entitled, “You Can’t Point Fingers at Data” Cross-agency Collaboration and Shared Data from a Community Perspective was recently published by Harvard Education Press. Dr. Scolari also previously worked at UC Santa Cruz for ten years and held several positions including the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) Director, Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) Director, and Associate Director of the Educational Partnership Center.


      Naughton, S., Tran, J., Scolari L. (2016). Our Children, Our Families Council Outcomes Framework. Our Children, Our Families Council. City & County of San Francisco.
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      Scolari, L., Antrobus, R. (2015) Self-Assessment of an Effective Community College/K12 Partnership. In Venezia, A., McGaughy, C. Supporting the Dream: How High Schools and Colleges Can Partners to Improve College and Career Readiness. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
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      Scolari, L. (2012). First-Generation Students of Color: Easing their Transition to Community College (Ph.D.). San Francisco State University.
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      Carew, M. Gurantz, O., Scolari L. (2013). Cross-Agency Collaboration and Shared Data from the Community Perspective: You Can’t Point Fingers at Data. In From Data to Action: Using Data and Institutions to ImproveYouth Outcomes. John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, Stanford University. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
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      Scolari, L. Lubensky M. (2005). The Magical School Bus Ride: Getting Students Ready to Learn by Creating an Inspirational Learning Environment. In Success By Design: Creating College Bound Communities, 125-138. Long beach, CA: California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) The California State University.
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      Moran, C. Scolari L. (2005). Effective Secondary Mathematics Tutoring Programs with Undergraduates as Tutors.InSuccess By Design: Creating College Bound Communities, 71-84. Long beach, CA: California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) The California State University.
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Awards & Recognitions

      City College of San Francisco: Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contributions & Achievements
      San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees: Recognized by for Valuable Contribution
      University of California, Santa Cruz: Inspirational Faculty/Staff Member Award
      ModernLatina.com: Featured as Inspirational Latina
      University of California, Santa Cruz: Departmental Local Award for Extraordinary Effort
      Superintendent of Compton Unified School District: Extraordinary Contribution Award
      Master of Nonprofit Administration, University of San Francisco: Community Service Scholarship
      San Jose State University: Recipient of Performance-Based Salary Increase Program
      Featured outstanding outreach middle school model program for the California State University
      Meta Merion Scholarship Recipient
      Four-Star review award for narration of educational documentaries- 21 California Missions



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Dr. Scolari is a cancer survivor. She created a blog which documents her experience with cancer
and how she successfully beat it with vegan meals. Check out a few of them here.