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Los Angeles Virtual Academy (LAVA), Los Angeles Unfied School District
About Me
My name is Kip Leland and I am the project manager for the Los Angeles Virtual Academy (LAVA) within the Los Angeles Unified School District. I have a doctorate in Educational Technology with an expertise in virtual education. A few years ago I was tasked with planning and developing a virtual high school for LAUSD and thus LAVA was born. Since I was there at LAVA's conception and birth I am sometimes affectionately called 'Mama LAVA'. Inspired by the works of Marc Prensky and Etienne Wenger, I also created a virtual time machine that is used to complement middle and high school social studies. It is still in existence today and used in school districts throughout California. I have had a life-long fascination with how children learn and have dedicated my professional career to insuring that all students have an equal opportunity for success.

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At 7:04pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Kip. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 1:10pm on December 26, 2008, marcotuts said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on You can find us at We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out, anything you like!


Marco Morales
At 5:01pm on May 20, 2007, Youssef Elias said…

Thanks for responding. I have several other blogs however none of them I maintain on a regular basis.

When it comes to blogging I never feel like I have anything worth while to say. Maybe my voice will emerge soon!
At 5:23pm on April 27, 2007, Youssef Elias said…
Welcome Kip.


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