The great commonality between our Museum and the educational concept of "learning communities" is that they are both experience-oriented. All human beings, adults as well as young people, learn better when they are motivated to do so. At James Monroe High School in the north San Fernando Valley, teachers and administrators have organized classes into learning academies, where students learn all the things they need for a California high school diploma within groups sharing their common career interests. One such grouping is the highly successful Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation Academy.
In the HTRA, students do writing assignment with themes of real interest to them. They are stimulated to learn math, government and history through assignments attached to their long-term career objectives.
Lead teacher Jeff Fischer and faculty member Heidi Mankoff are involving the community in student research assignments. The teachers have assembled a strong community and business advisory committee. Included are: Jay Aldrich, Director of the San Fernando Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau, Amy Briley Human Resources Employment Manager
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Gerald Fecht President of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, Robert L. Jefferson Community Outreach Recruiter - Staffing and Training Universal Studios. Aleea LeBlanc Director of Human Resources Warner Center Marriott, Dee Lewis Los Angeles World Airports Airport Guide Public and Community Relations (Van Nuys Airport) and Kimberly Welden of the Los Angeles City Department of Parks & Recreation.