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Roosevelt Magnet School Honored

A high school in Boyle Heights earlier this month became the first school in California to receive national recognition for leveraging technology.

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) recognized the Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School for using technology to influence the learning experience for students. Students not only improved, they achieved much with the resources they were provided.

It is the first time in eight years that a California school has been chosen and the first time a school with a predominantly Latino student body has received it, according to the award announcement.

The Magnet Academy is part of the Partnership for Los Angeles School, a nonprofit group launched in 2008 to manage some of L.A.’s most historically underserved and poor performing schools, like Roosevelt High School and Hollenbeck Middle School

The high school received the Student Voices Award for integrating technology with their Service-Learning Project to explore community rights. Students used mapping technology to create data-driven research to examine how gentrification, affordable housing, characterization of public schools was shaping their community. The projects demonstrated that the students have a understanding on what their communities’ needs are and how they can achieve the needs being met.

The magnet school was also honored with the Elsie Brumback Scholarship, which supports sending a delegation of students and staff to the SETDA Leadership Summit in Virginia in October, where they will present their project. which will take place in Arlington, VA.

“To see our students embrace technology with an eye toward better understanding the community they live in was inspiring,” said MSTMA principal, Jose Espinoza. “We are honored to represent California at the SETDA conference in October and look forward to sharing our experience with districts across the Country.”

“On behalf of the LAUSD, I am proud and humbled by this wonderful accomplishment of our students,” said Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent, Ramon Cortines. “I continue to be awed by our future leaders and their exemplary success in mastering and integrating technology.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “Congratulations to the Math Science Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School for winning the Elise Brumback scholarship and integrating technology into each classroom so students will be prepared for college and 21st century careers.”

Update 5:40 p.m. to add schools is part of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.