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Thursday, October 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The RISE Model: Reconnecting Students Through Anytime, Anywhere Learning

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In Los Angeles County, there are more than 63,000 homeless students. Another 28,000 of the County’s children are in foster care, and close to 20,000 students in Los Angeles are incarcerated. When the team at Da Vinci Schools recognized the lack of adequate educational, social emotional, and material resources for these students, they knew they had to develop a new approach. Da Vinci RISE High School has been designed with the needs of youth experiencing housing instability, the foster care system and/or the juvenile justice system at the forefront. RISE works to provide an empowering education by partnering with service providers, leveraging student voice, and centering the school experience around youth who are most frequently written out of the larger educational narrative.

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Erin Whalen

Executive Director and Co-founder, Da Vinci RISE High School
Erin Whalen, born and raised in Santa Monica, California is the co-founder and Executive Director of Da Vinci RISE High School. Erin began his teaching career at North Miami Middle School where he taught all grade levels and sections of English. After being nominated Teacher of the... Read More →
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Scott James

Behavior Interventionist, Da Vinci RISE High
Scott James grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and came to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue his dreams of playing pro basketball/football. His plan got shifted almost instantly once he arrived in California. The cost of living was too expensive to focus on school, so he had to concentrate on... Read More →

Thursday October 14, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Galileo Room (2205) @ Da Vinci Science (2nd Floor)