At El Valor, we believe that all individuals, regardless of their race, socioeconomic status, or ability, deserve to have access to the newest technology and STEAM-based curriculum. We see it as a social justice issue when individuals in underserved communities lack access to the same technology as their peers in more affluent communities. The recently opened Rey B. Gonzalez Children & Family Center Oceanography Themed SMART Classroom will provide our students the same opportunities as those in nearby neighborhoods.
This state-of-the-art technology will allow El Valor’s children to learn in new and innovative ways that were previously unavailable. It will provide them with the opportunity to communicate, participate, and the ability to work with their classmates. Our program exists to enrich and empower the disenfranchised and the underserved, and with this new technology in our Oceanography SMART classroom, we are able to introduce STEAM-based curriculums, teach each student individually, and encourage independence. We’d like to thank COTG – A Xerox Company for their expertise and equipment.
At El Valor we believe in minimizing the technology gap for the underprivileged and underserved. Through our partnership with the U.S Forest Service, the classroom at the Carlos H. Cantu Children & Family Center was created, featuring a forestry theme and two digital displays. The Guadalupe A. Reyes Children & Family Center has a space themed SMART classroom, to inspire the next generation of scientists and astronauts. The SMART classrooms provide an opportunity for our children to learn and explore careers in STEAM related fields.