The Westland School is a private
elementary school founded in 1949 by Lory Titelman, and Marie H. Briehl. The guiding
philosophy of the School is based on the concepts of John Dewey and Progressive
education, a pedagogical movement that began in the late nineteenth century. The
Westland School Collection broadly documents a re-emergence of
the progressive education movement, focusing on its development between 1949 and 2014 in
Los Angeles, California. The collection consists of documents, photographs,
publications, scrapbooks, and video recordings that focus on the history and daily life
of administrators, staff, and students.
The Westland School is a private elementary school founded in 1949 by progressive
education advocate, Lory Titelman, and Marie H. Briehl, pioneering specialist in the
psychological development of the child. The Westland School opened in October, 1949, in
a B’nai B’rith building on the corner of La Cienega and Olympic Boulevards in Los
Angeles. Over the next sixteen years the school moved several times, finally settling on
its current and permanent location in Bel-Air in 1965. Since its inception, the School
has been owned by a non-profit corporation whose voting members are administrators,
parents, and teachers.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
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public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright
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This collection is open for research use.