Reflection on CDAA Keynote

Last week I had the honor of being a keynote speaker at the Career Development Association of Australia conference held in Canberra, Australia to speak on the integration of career related learning in classrooms in the Cajon Valley Union School District. What a pleasure it was to engage with more than 250 career counselors, independent practitioners, educators, consultants and researchers who are serving people across the life span, across industries and settings, and committed to applying research to bring career well-being to their clients. 

The conference highlighted a wide spectrum of career development focus areas, demonstrating the depth and breadth of this important and exciting profession and the knowledge practitioners benefit from when they serve clients in varied areas such as: youth and veteran employment, career transition, retirement, education, life planning, and career sectors such as STEM and agriculture. The complexity of this work was evident as we explored areas that affect career development such as: workplace values, mental health, neuroscience, social media, gender, skills gaps, dignified work, identity, and more. It was compelling to see such a comprehensive focus and the engagement of counselors eager to deploy research and tools to support high quality career related coaching, counseling and learning.     

As the lead practitioner of the World of Work™ initiative (WoW), the focus of my talk and accompanying workshop was on the integration of career development in our schools. This was my first opportunity to speak to a large group of experienced counselors about our model, one that incorporates career theory to equip teachers to integrate career related learning in their classrooms. Aside from our development phase, it was the first time I was exposing our framework to a professional community that understands career theory in practice and could make natural connections as to why the resources were created in the manner they were created. The response was very positive and led to many points of validation of our K-12 practice.   

CDAA conference activity

As I reflect on this experience, I’m left with several takeaways based on the feedback from delegates and the interest in our work. First, I’m convinced that Holland is the right choice for a foundational career framework. The simple language allows us to frame our supporting tools in a way that is simple, elegant, and useful for scaffolding teachers’ knowledge as they work to integrate career development. Second, I’m reassured that our work should continue to focus on developing students’ meta cognitive skills, rather than prescribing career matching, to support their career-decision making self-efficacy and best prepare them to make informed choices and navigate the future world of work. Thirdly, as I interacted with professional career counselors, it reinforced the early decision to anchor WoW in respected career theories, like the RIASEC, SCCT, The Work Adjustment Theory and Theory of Circumscription and Compromise, that are well known and applied by these practitioners. And finally, when answering questions about our practice, I was excited to notice a piqued desire by many to begin exploring the idea of starting this work in the early grades to create a common language between student, teacher and parents. 

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Across many points in peoples’ lives, they will face indecision about their education and career. The world is changing so rapidly it will be impossible to have complete confidence in one path or another throughout their lifetime. Helping students develop self-awareness and having exposure to CDAA Postacademic and career opportunities during their earliest years, contextualized through career related learning, will prepare them to navigate this uncertain future. Our students will face indecision, but if we do our work well, when the time comes to make choices, they will possess the knowledge and skills to participate in a rich dialogue, where their knowledge of self, their experiences, and their ability to share their story, will help the counselor, teacher, coach and parent to co-construct a vision and path for the individual’s future possible self. Together, we can all play a role in helping people develop their path to gainful employment. 

I’d like to thank CDAA leaders Peter Mansfield and Wanda Hayes for inviting me to represent the Cajon Valley Union School District to share about our work. I’d also like to thank Dr. Peter McIlveen and the team at ACCELL Research for their encouragement and support. I look forward to exploring ways to collaborate in the future. 

Cajon Valley Making Smart Investments to Create New Opportunities For Students

Today in Cajon Valley Union School District, campuses are flourishing, students are thriving, and the community is heavily involved in the development of every child’s unique “Strengths, Interests, and Values.”  These changes are all in congruence with Cajon Valley’s greater Vision of creating an educational plane where “Happy Kids are able to develop Healthy Relationships while paving a Path to Gainful Employment.”

The innovative programs and work developed in CVUSD contribute to not only the improvement of the district, but of the entire community, making Cajon Valley “A Great Place to Live, Work, Play, and Raise a Family.”  Cajon Valley is focused on giving the students within their reach the best possible chance at cultivating effective skills for their future career and financial well-being. With crucial investments made towards the brand Cajon Valley Union School District is fostering like the TEDxKids@ElCajon event, the World of Work program, and community-building events, the district has seen 6 straight years of increased enrollment and fiscal stability, a complete anomaly for public school districts in San Diego County and the entire United States. View Cajon Valley’s Flash Mob video.

While the foundation of our success is and always will be teaching and learning, many of the changes we’ve made in the past few years have come from broadening our leadership team’s focus from traditional administration to running CVUSD as an innovation driven business. In doing so, we’ve seen how investing in brand development and marketing can open new opportunities for student achievement.

Cajon Valley has converted our innovations in technology, modern curriculum, and career development into a global brand that has attracted students formerly enrolled in charter schools, private schools, and even neighboring districts. While we have increased our financial investment in this area, the return on that investment has meant more funding and resources to help our students learn and grow.

Here are some highlights on what this means for students in our district:

TEDxKids@ElCajon
TEDxKids@ElCajon is an event affiliated with the popular TED talks and gives the community of El Cajon a platform to share their own ideas, insights, and stories. This event, now held annually, is put on by volunteers, sponsorships, and vendors from the community and from the Cajon Valley Education Foundation. TEDxKids@ElCajon is a community-wide event that unites all stakeholders and celebrates the rich diversity in the East County region of San Diego. The District’s partnerships with the City of El Cajon Recreation Department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, the El Cajon Police Department, and local businesses truly make this event a community builder amplifying the “Ideas Worth Spreading” of the El Cajon community. View TEDxKids@ElCajon2019 recap video.

ASA Grant
With a recent 1.2 million dollar ASA grant to incorporate World of Work into La MesaSpring Valley, Vista Unified and the Grossmont Union High School District, Cajon Valley has already recouped the initial investment for the program and stands to bring in additional ongoing revenue as other districts sign on as clients. In fact, ten other districts nationwide have purchased the World of Work curriculum from CVUSD. This new and consistent revenue stream will be used to help the District reinvest in other areas of curriculum, offerings for students, staff development, and attracting and retaining high-quality employees with branding and marketing efforts. View ASA President and CEO Jean Eddy’s visit to CVUSD.

Teacher Recruitment
Cajon Valley’s reputation has also paid off in the area of human resources.  Applications to teach at CVUSD have flooded in, despite a massive teacher shortage in many areas, and the symbol that Cajon Valley Union School District has become represents a positive future for the community.

The accomplishments of our Business Services team under the direction of Chief Business Officer Scott Buxbaum cannot be underscored. They include 6 straight years of fiscal stability and positive budget certifications from the state and county, growing a healthy budget reserve, and eliminating deficit spending while at the same time adding programs for students and increasing teacher and classified staff salaries. Cajon Valley’s image is now being recognized among elite institutions like Forbes, The Hechinger Report, The Brookings Institute, Getting Smart, and Voice of San Diego. Partnerships and affiliations with organizations TEDx and TED-Ed, the ASU/GSV Summit, Myers-Briggs Corporation, Google, Digital Promise, and the ASA are bringing Cajon Valley to the forefront of the push to modernize education to help more students than just those college-bound for white-collar careers.

Increase in Enrollment

CVUSD Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer Ed Hidalgo has been invited to speak at conferences like the ASU/GSV Summit and a Brookings Institute conference to share the district’s accomplishments with the world’s leading education and workforce innovators. During the 2019 ASU/GSV Summit, conference participants from around the globe visited CVUSD as part of the summit. These visitors were impressed by the identity Cajon Valley has created as a public-school district and a community during their efforts to modernize education and create a curriculum that can be applied to every student. View ASU/GSV X Cajon Valley Tour here.About Cajon Valley Union School District
With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Please visit www.cajonvalley.net and follow CVUSD on YoutubeTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.Contact:
Howard Shen
6195905823
shenh@cajonvalley.net

CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT TEAMS WITH GALLUP, SEES INCREASE IN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Two years ago, the Cajon Valley Union School District enlisted the world-renowned analytics and advisory company Gallup to evaluate corporate culture and employee engagement within the District. This collaboration is in conjunction with Cajon Valley’s aligned purpose and mission to the city of El Cajon’s; to be the best place to live, work, play and raise a family. This mission has led to a school board driven vision of developing happy kids, in healthy relationships on a path to gainful employment. In order to accomplish these goals, the District is focusing on employing adults who are happy, in healthy-relationships, and gainfully employed. 

The importance of culture is widely recognized by organizations, but translating this into action remains a challenge. When Cajon Valley Union School District partnered with Gallup in 2017, the School Board made that decision in order to deploy one of the most influential culture surveys ever created, the Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Survey.  For a district first established in 1870, this was the first time the district had applied such a highly regarded survey to evaluate organizational culture based on employee engagement. As the largest employer in El Cajon, developing a positive employee culture for employees is a priority. The Deloitte Center for Board Effectiveness points out that, “Culture matters, because a strong, positive corporate culture provides a framework not only for risk mitigation, but also for both short- and long-term value creation.” (Deloitte 2018) 

The Q12 assessment has tracked engagement of more than 35 million employees in 189 different countries and 69 languages. By tracking Q12 results from year to year and developing the right data-based interventions to promote growth, companies can ensure that their workforce is engaged and meeting its potential. By working with Gallup, CVUSD will measure the 12 elements that exist in every high-performing work environment. These 12 elements identified through the Q12 engagement survey represent the factors most powerful in explaining employees’ productive motivations at work. We know that investing in everyday moments and incorporating these engagement needs into our world of work can help provide direction, clarity, encouragement and growth that employees need to perform at their best. 

Engaged employees fuel Cajon Valley and are the basis of the culture CVUSD hopes to create for adults and students alike. According to Gallup, engaged employees are involved in and enthusiastic about their work. They are 100% psychologically committed to their role. They are thrilled at the challenge of their work every day. They are in a role that uses their talents, they know the scope of their job, and they are more likely to look for new and different ways of achieving the outcomes of their role.

Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer for Cajon Valley Union School District, Ed Hidalgo, noted that “The really good thing is we are measuring [engagement], and if we can build happy adults, we hope we will have happier kids.” He also pointed out that the District also measures student engagement through the Gallup student poll and parent engagement through another Gallup poll. Hidalgo was happy to report “In both of those polls we are above the national average. For the parent poll we are almost 2x the national average which is about 39% parents are engaged. Nationally the number is about 20%.” 

The numbers provided by the Gallup Q12 surveys represent more than just a set of data points. CVUSD is working closely with Gallup researchers to continually explore data and meet with employees to understand what the numbers mean and how employee engagement can continue to increase. Hidalgo is pleased to see not only an increase in Gallup survey participation from employees, but also the increase in actual engagement. “In our first year,” Hidalgo explains, “more than 1,498 employees participated in the survey and in the second year, more than 1,650. Employee engagement grew from 38% to 46%. These percentage changes, while seemingly small, represent hundreds of employees shifting to higher levels of engagement and decreasing levels of disengagement.”  

Building an engaged workforce where employees are positive and productive requires people at every level in an organization to take accountability in creating a culture of engagement. According to Gallup, engagement is about providing employees with the direction, clarity, encouragement and growth they need to perform at their best and has linked this to improvements in workers’ health, well-being and personal relationships, among other benefits.  CVUSD sees measuring engagement as a way for our leaders to focus on what employees need for their current and future performance and development goals so we can best serve our community. 

Participating in the Q12 survey is just the beginning of the engagement journey. It’s what we do to make specific, targeted improvements within the workforce that matters most, and the only way to make a sustained impact is to get everyone involved. Starting this fall, Cajon Valley Union School District leaders will evaluate results from the spring Q12 survey and work with team members to identify opportunities to improve engagement throughout each school site and department. CVUSD employees will have any opportunities during the 2019-2020 school year to share their opinions, ideas, and innovations to improve processes and strengthen relationships to build on the engagement conversation. We are excited to begin this movement and continue with our role to help make Cajon Valley the best place to live, work, play and raise a family!

About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram

Addressing Innovation & Equity in Education and Workforce Development (Repost from blog.vitanavis.com)

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The workforce landscape is constantly evolving whereas our education system has been nearly unchanged for decades.  We all read startling headlines such as Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist and wonder, how is it that we can’t seem to catch up? It’s not about lacking passion. The passion is there and we see it day after day in our educators. The problem lies in both knowing what steps to take and then taking real action.

Last week, our team from The Myers-Briggs Company hosted the Florida K2Career Summit at Tallahassee Community College’s Center for Innovation, gathering representatives and leaders from industry, education, and government to address innovation in education and workforce development. Highlights during the summit included Project Success, sponsored by the US Department of Education, aimed at improving institutional performance and student outcomes at Minority Serving Institutions and our K12 partner from Cajon Valley Union School District. With a mission of “Happy kids, healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment,” the World of Work is the integrated framework for schools in Cajon Valley.

As a group, we spent the Summit articulating the typical student’s “K2Career Journey” and used a graphic illustrator to visualize what we now call the “Education and Workforce Superhighway”. We uncovered several important key findings, starting with the fact that parental engagement and involvement are foundational to student success. Helping them to become more self-aware and understand the value of education as it relates to career pathways for their children is a crucial piece. Among our learnings we realized the following:

  • Education needs to support the knowledge economy of the future by rewarding teachers and students for learning critical thinking, creative processes, and adaptability.
  • We need to support exploration by destigmatizing help-seeking behavior that enables students to access resources, ask questions, be curious, and embrace failure as a key to success.
  • When students understand their personal value and strengths, as well as how they learn, they become empowered to self-advocate through a new sense of agency and ownership over their K2Career journey.
  • We need to help students, parents, and the community envision economic opportunities for their future possible selves, powered by education.

We would like to thank the amazing group of dedicated thought leaders who participated in the summit and we look forward to working towards a better future!

Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), The US Department of Education- Federal Student AidTrellis CompanyCajon Valley Union School DistrictThe Lumina FoundationThe Florida Council of 100, Staff of the Florida House of RepresentativesThe Florida Chamber of CommerceCareerSource FloridaComplete FloridaFlorida Department of Economic OpportunityFlorida School Boards AssociationFlorida Board of Governors and Tallahassee Community College.

 

 

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Cajon Valley Making Smart Investments to Create New Opportunities for Students

Today in Cajon Valley Union School District, campuses are flourishing, students are thriving, and the community is heavily involved in the development of every child’s unique “Strengths, Interests, and Values.”  These changes are all in congruence with Cajon Valley’s greater Vision of creating an educational plane where “Happy Kids are able to develop Healthy Relationships while paving a Path to Gainful Employment.”

The innovative programs and work developed in CVUSD contribute to not only the improvement of the district, but of the entire community, making Cajon Valley “A Great Place to Live, Work, Play, and Raise a Family.”  Cajon Valley is focused on giving the students within their reach the best possible chance at cultivating effective skills for their future career and financial well-being. With crucial investments made towards the brand Cajon Valley Union School District is fostering like the TEDxKids@ElCajon event, the World of Work program, and community-building events, the district has seen 6 straight years of increased enrollment and fiscal stability, a complete anomaly for public school districts in San Diego County and the entire United States. View Cajon Valley’s community-building Flash Mob video here.

While the foundation of our success is and always will be teaching and learning, many of the changes we’ve made in the past few years have come from broadening our leadership team’s focus from traditional administration to running CVUSD as an innovation driven business. In doing so, we’ve seen how investing in brand development and marketing can open new opportunities for student achievement.

Illumina, El Cajon Police Department, Lamb Player Theater, Heartland Fire, Taylor Guitars, SeaWorld, Waste Management, San Diego Parks and Rec, KPBS talks about World of Work.

Cajon Valley has converted our innovations in technology, modern curriculum, and career development into a global brand that has attracted students formerly enrolled in charter schools, private schools, and even neighboring districts. While we have increased our financial investment in this area, the return on that investment has meant more funding and resources to help our students learn and grow.

Here are some highlights on what this means for students in our district:

TEDxKids@ElCajon

TEDxKids@ElCajon is an event affiliated with the popular TED talks and gives the community of El Cajon a platform to share their own ideas, insights, and stories. This event, now held annually, is put on by volunteers, sponsorships, and vendors from the community and from the Cajon Valley Education Foundation. TEDxKids@ElCajon is a community-wide event that unites all stakeholders and celebrates the rich diversity in the East County region of San Diego. The District’s partnerships with the City of El Cajon Recreation Department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, the El Cajon Police Department, and local businesses truly make this event a community builder amplifying the “Ideas Worth Spreading” of the El Cajon community. View TEDxKids@ElCajon2019 recap video here.

ASA Grant

With a recent 1.2 million dollar ASA grant to incorporate World of Work into La Mesa-Spring Valley, Vista Unified and the Grossmont Union High School District, Cajon Valley has already recouped the initial investment for the program and stands to bring in additional ongoing revenue as other districts sign on as clients. In fact, ten other districts nationwide have purchased the World of Work curriculum from CVUSD. This new and consistent revenue stream will be used to help the District reinvest in other areas of curriculum, offerings for students, staff development, and attracting and retaining high-quality employees with branding and marketing efforts. View ASA President and CEO Jean Eddy’s visit to CVUSD here.

Gains in Enrollment

Source: California Department of Education Educational Demographics Unit

Teacher Recruitment

Cajon Valley’s reputation has also paid off in the area of human resources.  Applications to teach at CVUSD have flooded in, despite a massive teacher shortage in many areas, and the symbol that Cajon Valley Union School District has become represents a positive future for the community.

The accomplishments of our Business Services team under the direction of Chief Business Officer Scott Buxbaum cannot be underscored. They include 6 straight years of fiscal stability and positive budget certifications from the state and county, growing a healthy budget reserve, and eliminating deficit spending while at the same time adding programs for students and increasing teacher and classified staff salaries. Cajon Valley’s image is now being recognized among elite institutions like Forbes, The Hechinger Report, The Brookings Institute, Getting Smart, and Voice of San Diego. Partnerships and affiliations with organizations TEDx and TED-Ed, the ASU/GSV Summit, Myers-Briggs Corporation, Google, Digital Promise, and the ASA are bringing Cajon Valley to the forefront of the push to modernize education to help more students than just those college-bound for white-collar careers

CVUSD Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer Ed Hidalgo has been invited to speak at conferences like the ASU/GSV Summit and a Brookings Institute conference to share the district’s accomplishments with the world’s leading education and workforce innovators. During the 2019 ASU/GSV Summit, conference participants from around the globe visited CVUSD as part of the summit. These visitors were impressed by the identity Cajon Valley has created as a public school district and a community during their efforts to modernize education and create a curriculum that can be applied to every student. View ASU/GSV X Cajon Valley Tour here.

About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Welcome Back to School Cajon Valley Style! Community building Flash Mob at Parkway Plaza Mall

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Welcoming staff and students back to school, Several hundred Cajon Valley Union School District employees and students – in partnership with Parkway Plaza, El Cajon Police Department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, and members of surrounding communities including council members from El Cajon, California – convened on August 8, 2019 for a flash mob to music from the hit movie Footloose at Parkway Plaza in El Cajon. Celebrating the new school year and a joint community mission: Making Cajon Valley the “Best place to Live, Work, PLAY, and Raise a Family.” Video shot and produced by https://mediaartscenter.org/

Link to the flash mob at Parkway Plaza (Footloose)

The Cajon Valley School District is committed to making our community the “Best Place to Live, Work, PLAY, and Raise a Family”.  With a Vision of “Happy Kids, Engaged in Healthy Relationships, on a Path to Gainful Employment”, The Cajon Valley Union School District recognizes each student enters our schools with his or her own unique strengths, interests, and values. Our schools offer students personalized programs and opportunities to further develop their strengths and interests into concrete, goals, ideas, and eventually careers that will impact the world.

 

For more information contact:

Howard Shen
Office – 619-590-5823
Cell – 949-554-4921
shenh@cajonvalley.net

Cajon Valley Union School District
750 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
619.588.3000
www.cajonvalley.net

 

REPOST FROM USD – Importance of Taking Risks Key Message of EDInnovateLive 2019

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Importance of Taking Risks Key Message of EDInnovateLive 2019

From the presidential debate stage to the family dinner table, education is widely held as one of the most important issues for the future.

On July 28-30, the University of San Diego hosted the inaugural event EDInnovateLive 2019, a conference dedicated to improving education through creative thinking and innovation. Local teachers, school administrators and internationally renowned innovators all came together for this three day event to share ideas and build new strategies in hopes of creating an educational system fit to face and embrace new technologies.

The conference featured keynote presentations from Sir Ken Robinson, an author and speaker known well for his TED Talk videos that have been viewed by an estimated 300 million people, and David Burgess, a New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a Pirate. Interactive sessions and classroom style presentations from other educators and innovators were also featured.

Michele Beam ’16 (MEd) — a teacher from the Cajon Valley Union School District — shared her thoughts on the conference at the conclusion of its first day. “It has been awesome so far,” Beam said. “I loved getting to see Sir Ken Robinson speak this morning. This is a great place for us to connect and share our ideas.”

EDInnovateLive 2019 was put on by USD’s Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education. Irwin Jacobs — the center’s main benefactor and co-founder of Qualcomm — made an appearance at the event during a fireside chat. He shared stories of how he started Qualcomm through risk-taking and encouraged all in attendance to do the same in their own educational pursuits.

— Luke Garrett ’20

Video by Luke Garrett

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Why Community College Might Be the Best Path for High School Graduates — but They’ll Never Know It

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Despite a stellar high school record with great grades, Advanced Placement classes and leadership positions on the debate team and in marching band, Jennifer Hernandez was completely unprepared during her senior year to choose a college or even comprehend the jargon that surrounds the application process.

“I did not know where to start,” she said. As a first-generation student living in the Chicago suburb of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, she didn’t have family who could decipher the terminology or take her to visit college campuses. Nor did she get that help from an adviser. Like many high schools around the country, hers did not have enough guidance counselors, she said. And the counselors the school did have were too busy to support students who needed extra help, like her…

Read the entire article on www.the74million.org here

CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT SELECTED TO HEAD COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM EFFORTS STATEWIDE

Cajon Valley Union School District has been selected as one of six school districts in California  by the statewide Community Engagement Initiative (CEI). This groundbreaking initiative to build resources for more meaningful community engagements in California’s public schools is an integral part of California’s new accountability system called System of Support.

The districts selected will make up the CEI’s Peer Leading and Learning Network which will analyze research and practices involving community engagement to help implement best practices in California schools, districts, and communities. Jan Gustafson-Corea, CEO of the California Association of Bilingual Education, said,  “We are thrilled to learn with these districts what impactful community engagement looks like to bring about the ultimate goal of student success—particularly for communities of linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.”

Cajon Valley Union School District is heavily involved in the El Cajon community, striving to make El Cajon the best place to live, work, and play. Of the many ways CVUSD reaches the community is the support the district gives to refugee students and their families, programs for parents to learn skills to better their own future, and programs like the World of Work which focuses heavily on connecting students to jobs and professionals in their community and surrounding communities.

“The Cajon Valley Union School District is excited to share our success in authentically engaging all families in cultivating ‘Happy kids, engaged in healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment’ with this network of leaders to advance family engagement across our great state,” said Dr. David Miyashiro, CVUSD Superintendent.

The other districts joining Cajon Valley Union School District in CEI’s Peer Leading and Learning Network are East Side Union High School District, Ontario-Montclair School District, Oxnard School District, Anaheim Union High School District, and Azusa Unified School District. Contact CVUSD’s CEI contact, Sandra Candler, at candlers@cajonvalley.net for more information.

 

About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

CAJON VALLEY’S CHIEF INNOVATION AND ENGAGEMENT OFFICER SPEAKS AT WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE CONFERENCE, HIGHLIGHTS DISTRICT’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

On May 21, 2019, Cajon Valley Union School District Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer Ed Hidalgo spoke at the Brookings Institution’s Building the Workforce of the Future symposium. At this event, the session Mr. Hidalgo was invited to speak at a session centered around how K-12 education systems can effectively support young people for the future world of work. On this panel, Hidalgo had the opportunity to highlight the specialized curriculum implemented in the Cajon Valley Union School District with the World of Work initiative.

Ed Hidalgo at Brookings Institution

Hidalgo used his time to explain that in his background at Qualcomm hiring more than 20,000 employees from all over the world and some of the finest institutions in the United States, he found many of those employees unable to manage their careers and tell their stories. He saw brilliant minds come to work after a “conveyor belt of education, but [that] cannot articulate who they are, what they want to become, and what [their] workplace strengths, interests, and values are.”

After witnessing this conundrum, Hidalgo had a dream to integrate career development for every child. Born from these experiences and the future-forward mind of CVUSD Superintendent David Miyashiro was the World of Work initiative. During the panel session, Hidalgo described how the World of Work helps educators see the talent every student from every background has in CVUSD. The World of Work helps students discover their talents with plenty of opportunities to build skills to succeed in a career.

With the World of Work initiative, Cajon Valley students are taught daily, throughout each lesson, about careers, job skills, and who they are. They learn to tell their story with the World of Work framework while exploring careers, simulating it with a hands on experience, meeting industry professionals, and then practicing it. A theme at the Workforce of the Future symposium centered around people being confined to the horizon that they see. The World of Work at Cajon Valley broadens the horizon for every student, where Kindergartners talk to engineers, first graders talk to zoologists from Utah, and third graders talk to Imagineers from Disney right in their own classroom!

Cajon Valley Union School District’s implementation of the World of Work was celebrated at the Brookings event, highlighting the efforts of the community to come together and give every child, in every grade, throughout every year an opportunity to see the possibilities of their future. To view the entire session featuring Ed Hidalgo, click here.

About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.