District Leaders, Teacher and Students Engage In Televised Post-Election Conversation

Superintendent Michelle King hosted a panel discussion today about the recent presidential election with School Board Member Mónica García, award-winning teacher Daniel Jocz and seniors Karen Calderon from Alexander Hamilton Senior High School, and Joshua Lewis from Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School. Topics included techniques that teachers are using to help students make meaningful connections between recent events and lessons in civics, U.S. history and government. They also discussed ways in which students are sharing their views on and off campus.

The student panelists said many of their peers are concerned about potential changes in U.S. immigration policy. They pointed to after-school clubs and lunchtime rallies on-campus as examples of forums used for constructive and educational conversations.

Jocz – who teaches social studies and Advanced Placement U.S. History at Downtown Magnets High School – spoke of renewed enthusiasm among students in discussing the Electoral College and checks and balances in federal government. Panelists agreed on the importance in becoming educated about public policy.

The superintendent closed the discussion with a reminder that schools are utilizing assemblies, classroom dialogues, speaking activities and restorative justice programs to provide a secure forum for students to voice their concerns.

The half-hour show aired this morning on KLCS-Channel 58, and will be re-broadcast on the dates and times shown below. It can also be viewed at https://lausd.wistia.com/medias/xesr0arba9.

Rebroadcast schedule:

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.

6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

6:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24.

4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.