Roosevelt High Students Address National Education Leaders

Submitted by the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

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Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School students from left to right: Kimberly Ortega, senior; Sara Jaime, senior; Luis Gonzalez, senior; Erendira Palma, senior; Roxana Ayala, alum and Elizabeth Garcia, alum.

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has announced that one of its schools, Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School (MSTMA), made history this week as the first California school to address the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Students made their presentation during the Education Forum at the association’s annual Leadership Summit.

The SETDA Leadership Summit brings together leaders from more than 40 state departments of education, including leaders in educational technology, assessment, instructional materials and professional development. The Education Forum shines a spotlight on the full scope of the digital transformation of policy and practice underway in K-12 education.

“SETDA is proud to share the unique deeper learning experiences of the Math, Science and Technology Academy students with our members and guests from across the country,” says Director of Educational Leadership and ResearchChristine Fox. “Educators can potentially replicate this digital learning experience in their local schools.”

MSTMA was invited to share its work integrating technology with its Service-Learning Project to explore community rights. For their project, students used mapping software to create data-driven research that examines how gentrification, affordable housing and characterization of public schools was shaping their community. Students not only researched, but also designed workshops to educate their peers, teachers and the school community.

“We are extremely proud of our students and their teachers for being innovators and leaders in leveraging technology to explore social justice issues,” says Joan Sullivan, CEO of Partnership for LA Schools. “Our students made sacrifices in order to create compelling research projects that went beyond the superficial to uncover and examine challenges facing their communities. We applaud the SETDA for recognizing the efforts of our students.”

MSTMA Presenters Included:

  • Roxana Ayala, UC Irvine Student, MSTMA Alumni
  • Jose Espinoza, Principal
  • Elizabeth Garcia, UC Irvine Student, MSTMA Alumni
  • Luis Gonzalez, MSTMA Senior
  • Alice Im, English Teacher
  • Sara Jaime, MSTMA Senior
  • Kimberly Ortega, MSTMA Senior
  • Erendira Palma, MSTMA Senior
  • Mariana Ramirez, Social Science Teacher

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