$11 million GEAR UP grant helps students map their own destinies

$11 million GEAR UP grant helps students map their own destinies

Above: Le Conte Middle School sixth-graders are joined by educators and officials from the Youth Policy Institute as they proclaim readiness to plan for college. More than 2,000 Los Angeles students will benefit from a new $11.2 million federal grant that aims to...
Marlton teacher Carol Billone spearheaded transformation of Deaf education

Marlton teacher Carol Billone spearheaded transformation of Deaf education

Marlton School is mourning the loss of one of its most revered teachers, Carol Billone, who in 1968 became the first Deaf teacher to be hired by L.A. Unified. Billone died of cancer on Oct. 31. She was 74. Having moved to Los Angeles with her family at age 3 and then...
Learning about stories of survival and resilience with help from an author and a movie star

Learning about stories of survival and resilience with help from an author and a movie star

Above: Loung Ung, acclaimed author of First They Killed My Father autographs copies of her book for grateful Girls Academic Leadership Academy students. Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) students are engaged in an extraordinary lesson about bravery, resilience...
Sprint 1Million project aims to close the ‘homework gap’ for thousands of L.A. Unified students

Sprint 1Million project aims to close the ‘homework gap’ for thousands of L.A. Unified students

Above: Garfield High freshmen Andrea Sierra, left, and Ana Vargas exhibit mobile ‘hot spots’ and ChromeBooks that will help them stay connected outside of the school day. Nearly 9,000 L.A. Unified students are receiving mobile “hot spot” devices they can...
Not throwing away their shot: Students live and breathe art and history with ‘Hamilton’ Education Program

Not throwing away their shot: Students live and breathe art and history with ‘Hamilton’ Education Program

Above: From left, Cleveland Charter High School juniors John Rhee, Candice Mitra and Brittney Vo perform a music and dance number they wrote about Quaker businessman, patriot and abolitionist Paul Cuffe. Photo by Chelsea Lauren Over 2,600 students from around Los...
Students, educators, community partners set the stage for future careers in medicine

Students, educators, community partners set the stage for future careers in medicine

With experts anticipating a major shortage of medical professionals in the next decade, two L.A. Unified schools – Venice Senior High School and the Girls Academic Leadership Academy – are doing their part to grow the next generation of leaders in biomedical sciences....
Sports in space: Palms Middle School adds ‘athletics’ to the STEAM experience

Sports in space: Palms Middle School adds ‘athletics’ to the STEAM experience

Above: Students examine a wheel designed for “Rover” devices built for exploration on Mars. When STEM programs morphed into STEAM, most schools added “arts” to the focus on science, technology, engineering and math. But, at Palms Middle School,...
Profile of an educator: Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time

Profile of an educator: Brenda Pensamiento, learning to dream one mile at a time

Above, Hamilton High principal Brenda Pensamiento, walks the halls with leadership student Usbaldo Ramirez-Perez. Not long after her third child was born, Hamilton Senior High School principal Brenda Pensamiento recalls running her first marathon. “Before that I was...
Students build on STEM concepts – literally – to save the planet

Students build on STEM concepts – literally – to save the planet

“If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, you still can. And, so can the world.” The new take on the old adage promotes Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that is using repurposed technology to fight illegal logging in...
Class of 2017 Spotlight: Grit and support propel this English learner to Grant High valedictorian

Class of 2017 Spotlight: Grit and support propel this English learner to Grant High valedictorian

The goal of L.A. Unified is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to graduate prepared for college, career and life. As we near the end of the school year, we are featuring stories about some of the outstanding members of the Class of 2017. The blockbuster...