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How Interactive Student-Centered Field Trips Work

Students from a South L.A. tech academy took an interactive field trip an international ad agency to learn about the different jobs available in the industry.

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Leslie is the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy. She teaches a group of 150-180 students from 10th -12th grade that stay together for their entire three years.
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Getting My Students Life and Job Ready

Getting My Students Life and Job Ready

I am a computer science teacher, but a significant portion of my curriculum is not just focused on coding and app and web development. I am trying to teach my students hustle; I am ...
New Crowdfunding Platform Helps Latinos in Tech Careers

New Crowdfunding Platform Helps Latinos in Tech Careers

Frustration towards the lack of diversity in the technology sector prompted Gregorio Rojas to start a developer training program that seeks to increase the number of women and mino ...
What to Teach, Ask the Experts

What to Teach, Ask the Experts

In order to keep abreast of trends in the workplace, I constantly ask for feedback from professionals and invite them into my classroom.
Superheroes and Mathematics: Playing and Programming for the Future, Part 2

Superheroes and Mathematics: Playing and Programming for the Future, Part 2

We explore what happened when designers and programmers from educational design company GameDesk collaborated with 6th graders at the PlayMaker School in Los Angeles.
Growing a Culture of Makers and Innovators in the San Fernando Valley

Growing a Culture of Makers and Innovators in the San Fernando Valley

The event highlighted the girls growing knowledge and confidence. The goal of DIY Girls is to foster a new crop of young women eager to study and go into the fields of science, eng ...
This Fall: Ready to Look at the World with New Eyes

This Fall: Ready to Look at the World with New Eyes

A first generation college student reflects on the challenges and the supportive people and programs that helped her achieve her goal of attending college.
Conquering a Fear of Trying in the Classroom

Conquering a Fear of Trying in the Classroom

A teacher at South L.A.'s Foshay Tech Academy reflects on how students can build confidence through asking questions, working with each other, and checking in on a regular basis an ...
DIY Girls: Building Tech Skills at Summer Camp

DIY Girls: Building Tech Skills at Summer Camp

At a small elementary school in East San Fernando Valley, a group of young girls are spending their summer cultivating their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math ...
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