Loyola Marymount University has partnered with Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School to bring a cutting-edge blended learning model to the underserved children in the Los Angeles community of Jefferson Park.
“We have been on this path for some time,” the Catholic school’s principal Marva Belisle says. “But now, with a world class partner like LMU, we can increase our impact in the community exponentially.”
Jefferson Park is a community impacted by poverty, crime and historically low graduation rates. The mission of Holy Name of Jesus School is to create greater educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged children.
The blended learning program will integrate online learning with traditional student-teacher interaction and instruction. LMU hopes to provide these students with access to evolving technology so as to prepare them for high school, college and better career opportunities.
The program’s model will draw on LMU’s successful Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) teacher leader professional development program.
Shane P. Martin, dean of the LMU School of Education, says his department is excited to partner with the Catholic school. He sees the blended learning program as part of LMU’s effort to ensure that Catholic schools “continue to serve as pillars of urban communities in Southern California and across the nation.”
Founded in 1924, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School will be the first institution to implement a groundbreaking Blended Learning model designed by the LMU School of Education.