Mr. Roby shares his vision of success for the future of International Trade with student Lera Ashe (seated left) as Course Instructor Alfonzo Cliff Webb II (left), Locke H.S. Principal Anne Webb, L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Congresswoman Juanita McDonald, Governor Gray Davis and President Bill Clinton look on.
Principal Anne Webb (center) tells President that students taking the course had shown marked improvement in their class work. “I wish every student could be a part of this program.” Congresswoman Juanita McDonald (left) was instrumental in getting the L.A. Unified School District to approve the course
“This is great. I love it,” exclaimed the President. “You mean, you can find a customer in one country, locate a supplier in another country, put the deal together and still make the money?
Now, that’s how American Entrepreneurs work.”
Students and teachers from Alain Leroy Locke, King Drew Medical Magnet, Mid City Magnet and David Starr Jordan High Schools were given their first introduction to the international movers and shakers who shape the global economy.Student delegates mingled with buyers, suppliers, freight forwarders, customs brokers, foreign Ambassadors and Chambers of Commerce, exchanging business cards and discussing subject matter and terminology taken from the LAUSD approved course curriculum being taught in their classrooms.
“Field trips such as this give inner city students exposure to the real world of international trade business,” said Mr. Roby. He hopes the future will include a trade mission to China, Africa or Russia, which will depend on the generosity of corporate sponsors and Public/Private Partners for Education. Since the first class was installed at Locke High School in February 1998, the WBE.NET/Global Internet Trade Course has proven to make major changes in student attitudes and grades, with marked improvement in all their regular class work.
The course has gained the attention of President Bill Clinton, California Governor Gray Davis, and Secretary of Commerce William Daley, who pledged to support students and entrepreneurs of the WBE.NET through Regional Offices of the Department of Commerce.“Field trips such as this give inner city students exposure to the real world of international trade business,” said Mr. Roby. He hopes the future will include a trade mission to China, Africa or Russia, which will depend on the generosity of corporate sponsors and Public/Private Partners for Education.
Mayor Richard Riordan addressed the gathering of leading business organizations and their members in the Los Angeles Region, expressing satisfaction that three of his most important initiatives, education, entrepreneurship and international trade, were represented at the reception designed to bring together and match international business opportunities available in the globally diverse community. The Reception was the first of many outings planned for the students by mentor and course-developer Roosevelt Roby, President of The World Business Exchange Network (WBE.NET) a global Trade Association on the Internet.
The course has gained the attention of President Bill Clinton, California Governor Gray Davis, and Secretary of Commerce William Daley, who pledged to support students and entrepreneurs of the WBE.NET through Regional Offices of the Department of Commerce.
Los Angeles, CA: Educational leaders joined leading technology and education experts to see, hear, experience and discuss the implications of computers, the Internet and other digital technologies for the future of teaching and learning. They confronted and reflected on the real challenges of integrating these technologies in schools and classrooms today. In addition, they had the chance to interact, first-hand, with students and educators who have utilized these technologies to create an Internet Style of Learning, and a library of wonderful educational resources for teachers and students around the world to use. Perhaps most importantly, participants took home authentic strategies, solutions and visions for their schools and classrooms they enter the 21st century. No other conference offers this extraordinary experience.
We experienced the future of technology – with sessions on the next generation Internet, analog schools in a digital world, the post-computer era, converging technologies and education, and more….Reflected on important social issues – from the impact of new technologies on the lives and learning of those with access to them and those without, to the relationship between technology and humanity.
The 1999 ThinkQuest Conference: Exploring the future of learning with sessions on interactive learning spaces, virtual classrooms, the digital divide, project based learning online and interacting with students and teachers who have created the best educational Web sites in the World.