Programs & Partnerships
Southeast DREAMS Magnet is proud to partner with institutions that offer a real-world learning experience for our young social entrepreneurs:
PLTW CS Innovators and Makers is offered to students as an introductory computer science course. Students learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. For more details, visit https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-gateway-curriculum#curriculum-4.
The CS Discoveries curriculum is offered at every grade level in an effort to build students’ proficiency in computer science as both a language and a technical skillset. Learn more about the curriculum at https://code.org/educate/curriculum/middle-school.
Southeast DREAMS Magnet is proud to articulate with STEAM Legacy High School in South Gate, CA in the CTE Engineering Design Pathway. Students at DREAMS receive rigorous instruction in PLTW CS Innovators & Makers through their computer science elective, preparing them for Introduction To Engineering Design PLTW, Principles of Engineering A/B PLTW, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing at STEAM Legacy High School. To learn more about CTE, visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/gi/. To learn more about PLTW, visit https://www.pltw.org/our-programs.
Special thanks to the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation for its generous support of our program’s work in teacher development and curriculum innovation. For more information, please visit https://mccartheydressman.org/about/ for more information about our partner organization.
USC MESA Student Organization (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) meets before school in Room 113. Activities include MESA Day projects and competitions, Catalina Island STEM Exploration, STEM field trips, Student Leadership Retreat, College and Career Day, MESA Day Project Academy, Annual Awards Gala, and Robotics Invitational. Open to all grade levels. To learn more and to see upcoming events, visit https://viterbipk12.usc.edu/uscmesa/.
We are proud to partner with Marathon in providing multiple professional development resources for our teachers in the areas of Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning. Learn more about Marathon’s work in communities at http://www.marathonpetroleum.com/Corporate_Citizenship/Citizenship_Report/.
Southeast DREAMS Magnet teachers tackled the multi-faceted Design-Based Learning approach through the Art Center for Teachers program. We are now partnered with Art Center in providing students with college and career pathways in graphic design, transportation design, product design, and more. Explore college pathways at http://www.artcenter.edu/.
Common Sense Media instructional resources are used in conjunction with core and elective curriculum to build students’ digital citizenship and media literacy. To access free resources for use at home with your child, go to https://www.commonsensemedia.org/.
Student contestants take the challenge to write and direct a 30- to 60- second PSA to promote mental health and wellness through their Theatre Arts elective class. The contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. For more information, visit http://www.directingchangeca.org/.
Special thanks to EverFi for their commitment to serving the DREAMS community by continuing to support the school with annual curriculum trainings, headphones, sponsor visits, and ongoing technical support. Southeast DREAMS Magnet is proud to partner with EverFi programs to increase students’ STEM capacities, build critical thinking skills, and promote mental health within the school walls. To learn more about our partner organization, visit http://everfi.com/.
Students have the opportunity to work with university students as mentors and collaborators on creating pieces of theatre that seek to address and educate the community about solving real-world issues. This is an after-school program offered to all grade levels. To learn more, visit http://www.cootieshots.org/.
Southeast DREAMS Magnet is proud to host the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Traveling Exhibition: "Immigration: An American Story". These informative, colorful exhibitions cover ten major topics in American history, from leading figures like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Frederick Douglass to important moments like the Progressive Era, World War I, and the Freedom Rides. All the exhibitions feature primary source documents, many from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, that reveal the public and private words of people living at the time. To learn more about the organization’s full list of programs and events, visit https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-and-events.
ISTE Standards are integrated into the design thinking process. Technology serves as a tool for students to learn and apply themselves as:
INNOVATIVE DESIGNERS: They find out what’s wrong and design the best solution.
COMPUTATIONAL THINKERS. They look to data to understand the problem better.
CREATIVE COMMUNICATORS. They communicate clearly and express themselves creatively to get others excited about their ideas.
EMPOWERED LEARNERS. They seek out knowledge by themselves.
KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTORS: They form links between all sorts of things they know about and add more links as they learn new things.
GLOBAL COLLABORATORS. They work together to make an impact in the world.
To see full details about the ISTE Standards, visit: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students
Special thanks to our Board District 5 for equipping our magnet with invaluable resources and support for our opening year as a magnet program, and for their continued show of support. Southeast DREAMS Magnet feels privileged to have been highlighted as a community partner before the LAUSD Board of Education on September 18, 2018. To watch the video, visit http://lausd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=770 (Starts at 3:59:08)
We would like to thank South Gate City Council for its endorsement of establishing Southeast DREAMS Magnet as a “community-based and student-centered” school program for students and families in our community.
SRLA is an after-school distance running program for 7th and 8th grade students. Teacher coaches and student athletes train for the LA Marathon, which takes place in the Spring semester and covers 26.2 miles starting from Dodgers Stadium and ending at the Santa Monica oceanside. This is a life-changing experience for many students and we encourage all qualifying 7th and 8th graders to apply for the program. To learn more about SRLA and to see upcoming events, visit https://www.srla.org/.
Southeast DREAMS Magnet offers after-school programs through After School All Stars. Available programs include Sports, Dance, Cheer, Cooking, Art, and *Girl Scouts. For more information, visit https://btb.lausd.net/.
*New in 2018-19
The Maya Mobile—a 48-foot truck outfitted as an archaeological site—travels to schools and provides 7th grade students with the rare opportunity for hands-on examination of objects from the museum’s collection. Using close looking and the rare opportunity for hands-on examination of objects that are hundreds of years old, students learn how to handle these objects as primary source material as they explore, examine, and learn about Maya, Aztec, and Inka trade and cultural development. Schedule your family’s next visit to the museum at http://www.lacma.org/.
Instructors from LMU collaborate with DREAMS Theatre students to engage in research, story-sharing, critical thinking, diversity awareness-building exercises, creative brainstorming, improvisation, writing, story-boarding, videography, directing, acting, video-editing, and, most importantly, discussions about building bridges of understanding between people with different points of view. To learn more about college and career pathways at LMU, visit https://www.lmu.edu/.
Changeist is a 22-week program for middle school, high school and college-aged young people to pursue their vision for how to change the world. Each Saturday, over 300 youth meet in small teams to build community, share their experiences and engage in hands-on learning, confronting some of the most pressing issues facing our Los Angeles communities—from a lack of affordable housing to gender inequality and more. As "Changeists," they will also complete projects with their teams that make a direct impact on the issues they've learned about, with support from community-based organizations doing similar work on the ground.
To learn more and apply, please check out our website at changeist.org