Esther Soliman has been an educator for the past thirty-seven years. She holds an MA degree in Educational Administration from New York University and an MFA in Theatre Directing from California Institute of the Arts. She was one of the founders of the first pilot school in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and served for five years as the principal. Her school, Los Angeles High School of the Arts, was the first Linked Learning certified pathway in LAUSD. Currently, Esther is the district’s Linked Learning administrator overseeing 44 pathways in 11 industry sectors and recently, with her team, won two major grants to support Linked Learning in her district: Department of Labor Youth CareerConnect Grant and the California Career Pathway Trust grant.
Linked Learning is an educational approach that integrates college prep academics, a demanding technical component and real world workplace experiences along with strong student support services that, together, help prepare students for success in college, career and life.