LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program to Join Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Roundtable On Latino Teacher Recruitment

February 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program will join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, teachers, aspiring teachers, and high school students at a roundtable discussion on Latino teacher recruitment on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Edward R. Roybal Learning Center.

Joining the discussion will be two teachers who began their careers as LA's BEST after school staff and two aspiring teachers currently working for the program, as well as Grammy award-winning artist John Legend, and boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya.  Approximately 400 students and 100 education stakeholders from the Los Angeles area will attend and have a chance to ask questions.

Unveiled in September, the TEACH campaign aims to increase the number and diversity of people seeking to become teachers, particularly in high-need schools and subject areas with the greatest demand.  It encourages more minorities, especially males, to pursue careers in the classroom.  Locally, although Latinos comprise 72% of the Los Angeles student body, Latinos only represent 32% of the city's teachers.

LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation for elementary school children ages 5 to 12 in the City of Los Angeles. Created in 1988 by Mayor Tom Bradley, LA's BEST serves 28,000 children at 180 elementary school sites during the critical hours between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

WHO
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
John Legend, Grammy award-winning recording artist
Oscar de la Hoya, world champion boxer

Marvin Suomi, LA's BEST Governing Board Chair

David Mena, teacher and former LA's BEST staff member

David Arias, teacher and former LA's BEST staff member

Natalie Bizzaro, aspiring teacher and LA's BEST staff member

Rodrigo Garcia, aspiring teacher and LA's BEST staff member


WHAT
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program will join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, teachers, aspiring teachers, and high school students at a roundtable discussion on minority teacher recruitment. 

WHERE
Edward R. Roybal Learning Center
1200 W. Colton St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90026

WHEN
Friday, February 18, 2011

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