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July 09, 2015

Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School is First California School to Receive National Honor for Leveraging Technology

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Awards School with Student Voices Award & Invites School Delegation to Present at National Conference in October

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is proud to announce that one of its schools, Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School (MSTMA), was recognized by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) for leveraging technology to dramatically improve educational experiences and achievement for their students.  For the past eight years, the SETDA has honored one school annually across the USA; this is the first time a California school has been chosen and also the first time a school with a predominantly Latino student body has received it.

MSTMA and other member schools of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools seek to individualize learning for students by incorporating technology as much as possible. “This award is a testament to the hard work of our students and educators who are optimizing all available tools to spark excitement and cultivate a love of learning,” said Joan Sullivan, CEO of Partnership for LA Schools.  She added, “MSTMA is a leader within the Partnership network in STEM education and we are proud to see our students and teachers be recognized for their efforts by the SETDA.”

The SETDA is a national membership organization chartered to serve, support and represent the emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching, learning, and school operations.  They seek to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.

It is in this spirit that MSTMA school was honored with 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.  Students not only researched, but designed workshops to educate their peers, teachers and school community.  

“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.”

In addition to this honor, MSTMA received the Elsie Brumback Scholarship, which supports sending a delegation of students & staff to present during the Education Forum at the annual SETDA Leadership Summit in October.  The Summit will take place in Arlington, VA.

“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. Thank you to the SETDA for recognizing our students from the Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School.”

“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,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson added.

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