More than 100,000 students began their first full week of online summer school sessions, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials announced Monday, June 29.
To mitigate learning loss due to the pandemic and to keep students engaged with their school community through the summer, LAUSD has made summer school available to all students for the first time. In addition to grade-level classes which focus on the foundation pieces in literacy and math, district officials are also offering several enrichment classes for its first online summer school.
“This is the first time that summer school is available to all students,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “By taking advantage of the tools, technology and online connection every student now has, we can continue to nurture our students’ love of learning during the summer months.”
James Cameron, the award-winning director of “Titanic” and “Avatar,” is inviting high school students to embark on a “Voyage of the Titanic” to learn about the biology and physics of the deep ocean, underwater exploration, artifact conservation and survivors’ stories.
“As our community pivoted to online learning during this rough patch we’re all facing, I looked for a way to help educators engage with students,” Cameron said. “Titanic is a subject with broad appeal but with many teachable lessons, from the math and science of the ship sinking, to the history and sociology of the event, to contemporary themes of warnings unheeded and the need for strong leadership in a crisis. It’s important for all of us in this entertainment capital to use our storytelling skills to engage the young minds of our city.”
Illumination Entertainment, the creators of “Despicable Me,” “The Minions,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing,” will share with students the process of making an animated film while helping them learn to draw, animate and create their own stories.
The Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League are part of a class on the science, nutrition and medicine of sports, with all sorts of practical advice on a healthy lifestyle.
“The Chargers are excited to partner with Los Angeles Unified School District to transform education during COVID-19 by bringing relevant, real-world curriculum to students during the summer,” Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos said.
In addition, the Columbia Memorial Space Center will help students explore space while investigating astronomy and space technology.
Two weeks ago, approximately 1,000 middle school students began guitar, bass and ukulele lessons via Fender Play with the Fender Play Foundation.
“We are honored to partner with Los Angeles Unified and teachers to bring the opportunity of music to so many students in our community. Playing guitar has proven emotional and wellness benefits that we hope add some hope during this time,” Ed Magee, Fender EVP Operations.