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.

CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT FORMS COMMITTEE TO REFORM EDUCATION AND DELIVER RESULTS


Over the last several years Cajon Valley Union School District has hosted hundreds of visitors ranging from local business owners to leaders from Africa. What attracts these people is the innovations and modern curriculum put into practice at CVUSD. School leaders and teachers in the District are incredibly dedicated to their students and providing them with the best education, and these teachers welcome visitors into their classrooms to show other educators how to get out of the rut they may be stuck in using outdated practices and obsolete curriculum.

In the United States, an estimated 44 million Americans have collectively gained $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and, based on the latest college completion trends, less than 50% of students who start college actually finish with a degree. Yet, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that more than 6.5 millions jobs, many of which do not require a bachelor’s degree but rather other forms of post-secondary learning, remain unfilled because of a burgeoning skills and labor gap.

Cajon Valley Union School District recognized the need for a change in the education system that has stayed stagnant since it was created in 1892 by the Committee of 10. Unrealistic goals and outdated curriculum that focuses on a handful of careers is letting students down, and Cajon Valley is working to end that trend by promoting dignity in all work. Although CVUSD is leading the way in relative, modern education, there is still work to do to ensure that every school and every classroom is transformed for the better to allow every student to reach their highest potential after high school.

In Cajon Valley, literacy, numeracy, language development, and content knowledge are still priority areas, but science and data show that students who are hopeful, engaged, and see the relevance of what they are doing in school towards their future possible careers are significantly better positioned to achieve well-being. That is why Cajon Valley is investing in programs like computer science immersion programs, language immersion, and the World of Work. Programs like these give students opportunities to develop a wide range of skills, leading them to gainful employment in their futures.

Now, Cajon Valley is calling it’s educators to action! The Committee of 10 is long gone, and in its place will stand the Committee of 100 Cajon Valley educators who will help CVUSD administrators finish the work they started in designing a modern K-12 education system that will produce happy kids, engaged in healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment. For more information on the Committee of 100 or to learn more about how Cajon Valley is making every effort to advance education, please visit https://www.cajonvalley.net/committeeof100.

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.

American Student Assistance Grants $1.2M to Bring World of Work Program to Over 33,000 Students in the San Diego Area

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Thirty-eight schools in Vista Unified, La Mesa-Spring Valley and Grossmont Union school districts to deliver career-focused research-based program

BOSTON – June 4, 2019 – American Student Assistance® (ASA), a national nonprofit, announced today a $1.2 million grant to fund 38 schools in three districts in the San Diego area to participate in the World of Work (WoW) program. WoW was developed in the Cajon Valley Union School District, in partnership with University of San Diego, to provide students in grades K-12 with opportunities to identify their individual strengths, interests and values to explore their career options.

Recipients of the three-year grants from ASA® :

  • Grossmont Union High School: Grades 9-12 across 10 schools, reaching 16,532 students and 962 teachers
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools: Grades TK-8 across 23 schools, reaching 12,100 students and 500 teachers
  • Vista Unified School District: Grades 6-8 across five schools, reaching 4,552 students and 229 teachers

These San Diego-area schools will use the grant funding to implement the WoW program, helping students learn about a variety of career options through hands-on experiences integrated into their regular classroom curriculum. Districts will train teachers to implement the comprehensive, evidenced-based curriculum that includes: virtual field trip opportunities, robust outcomes measurement, and complete online student and teacher resources.

“WoW is well-aligned with ASA’s commitment to helping students explore career options early in their education journey so they can find their paths and plan for their futures,” said Jean Eddy, President and CEO. “We’re delighted to help scale the World of Work initiative in southern California to prepare young people for the important choices they will make after high school.”

WoW has been implemented in 27 schools over the past two years. It has attracted attention worldwide from educators and workforce development professionals who embrace the program’s focus on early exposure and self-awareness aligned to career paths.

“ASA’s mission to help students know themselves, know their options, and make informed decisions to achieve their education and career goals is exactly what the World of Work is designed to do,” said David Miyashiro, Ed.D., Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District. “We’ve seen a significant increase in student self-awareness and articulation of possible future selves in relation to career aspirations. This scale-up and research partnership is how we can reverse the trends of $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and the more than 50 percent college dropout rate.” “Our partnership with ASA, and their financial support, will help our students expand understanding of their career strengths and interests,” said Tim Glover, Superintendent, Grossmont Union High School District. “For more than 50 years, Grossmont’s award-winning Career Technical Education programs have provided students valuable knowledge and skills through a variety of instructional and work-based learning activities. The addition of the World of Work curriculum will assist our students to make better informed decisions about their college and career pursuits.”

“We are very excited to partner with ASA and the WoW community in a commitment to more clearly aim the academic journey toward a fulfilling life and career,” said David Feliciano, Superintendent, La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools.

“It is truly an honor for Vista Unified to be included in a project that makes such a deliberate connection between students and career options, with a laser focus on the individual strengths, interests and values of each child,” said Matt Doyle, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Vista Unified School District. “The WoW program is poised to directly take-on and eliminate the opportunity gap many of our students face as they prepare for an increasingly complex world of work.” About American Student Assistance® (ASA) American Student Assistance® (ASA) is a national nonprofit committed to helping kids know themselves, know their options, and make informed choices to achieve their education and career goals. ASA® has a 60-year legacy of working directly with students to increase their access to higher education through loans and financial education. ASA has turned its experience into impactful solutions for kids in middle, high school, and beyond to help them pursue their dreams. To learn more about ASA’s commitment, visit asa.org

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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.

GLOBAL LEADERS VISIT CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT TO COLLABORATE ON ADVANCEMENTS IN EDUCATION

ASU GSV Visit to Bostonia

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For the second year in a row, Cajon Valley Union School District has been host to top leaders and innovators from around the world interested in bettering work environments and education at the ASU+GSV Summit. The ASU+GSV Summit, held this past April, is a yearly conference where CEOs, investors, school, district and university leaders, media, enterprise learning and talent leaders, politicians, foundation leaders and policy makers come together to share ideas.

Summit participants visited Cajon Valley’s Bostonia Language Academy in El Cajon, California, where students have the opportunity to acquire three languages: English, Spanish, and Coding. During the visit to Bostonia Language Academy, visitors took tours of classrooms, interacted with students and staff, and heard speakers from the school and district to gain insights on instruction and classroom community. Students were able to share with summit visitors what they have learned about themselves and their future selves through the modern curriculum Cajon Valley is working to implement.

“Coming to Cajon Valley, what our group is really interested in doing is trying to find the best ideas from around the world that can rapidly accelerate progress” said Dr. Rebecca Winthrop, Director of Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, a non-profit that uses research to form better policies to better education globally. “We think there is a real advantage to learning from each other because good practice can be shared across borders…”

The CVUSD tour showed some of the leaders that problems in education are similar in all parts of the world. “A lot of the challenges education faces is the same all around the world.” said Brian Schreuder, Superintendent General of Education, Western Cape Province, South Africa “…the diversity challenges that we face here in San Diego for example are similar but not as deep as those we face at home. I think that never before have we lived in an era where global citizenship is so important.” Bostonia Language Academy is a shining example of teaching students to think about the world around them as a community that they can be apart of and improve.

The ASU+GSV Summit facilitates international collaboration among educators that are concerned about preparing children for the future job market. The challenge of providing the proper preparation for every individual student is a worldwide issue felt at different scales and depths. Cajon Valley Union School District is at the forefront of the radical changes being made in education that are vital to ensuring students realize they have a place in the world and a bright future. As Dr. Winthrop said and CVUSD agrees, “we’re…hoping to move education forward particularly for kids to make sure that they’re getting their full breadth of skills and suite of competencies they need to thrive in their life, work and citizenship.”

Because of the efforts made in at CVUSD towards advancing education, the tours at the Bostonia Language Academy led to the Brookings Institution representatives inviting Superintendent David Miyashiro and Chief of Innovation & Engagement Officer Ed Hidalgo to speak at their Building the Workforce of the Future Symposium event.

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.

Parents Share Their World of Work with Cajon Valley Students

The World of Work in the Cajon Valley School District gives students the opportunity to explore jobs that they might not otherwise know exist. Parents of students in the district are a great resource for teachers to draw from when looking for different jobs to explore.

Jemima Dutra is the manager of the Lambs Players Theater costume shop in San Diego, CA. Jemima participated in a live virtual field trip where students visited her world of work via Nepris live chat technology.

Watch Jemima’s video here

Here’s what Jemima had to say about her experience:

“How can a child aspire to a job that they don’t know exists?

So what I do, I work for Lambs Players Theater in the costume shop and I am the shop manager. I also sew and make patterns. We also do the maintenance on the shows so kind of do a little bit of everything, but I love it.

It is pretty exciting getting to do a virtual field trip with the students at Avocado Elementary, and at all of the other schools. Getting to share my experiences and what I do was a lot of fun. I think it’s important that students get to see a wide variety of different types of occupations that the world has to offer.

We have so many wonderful, talented parents in different jobs throughout our school district that it would be so wonderful if everybody could share how much they love their job with all of our students. You could do a virtual tour like what I did or you could even go straight to the classroom and talk to the kids one on one about what you do. You’ll be amazed at how receptive our students are and how excited they get, just hearing about all the different jobs.

Thinking that I got to inspire at least one student is a really rewarding feeling and just knowing that maybe someday their dreams can come true if they work hard is really great to think about.

You gotta do this! It’s going to be so much fun and rewarding for you.

To get started, just contact your child’s principal. It’s that easy. Cajon Valley students are just waiting to see your world of work.

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.

DIGITAL CONVERGENCE CONFERENCE TOURS CAJON VALLEY SCHOOLS TO CELEBRATE SUCCESS IN MODERN CURRICULUM

On February 4 and 5, the National Conference on Digital Convergence (NCDC) gathered at their annual event in La Jolla, California for their Modern Teacher Conference . As part of the conference, attendees visited Cajon Valley Union School District schools to see how CVUSD is implementing modernization into the classroom and ensuring curriculum prepares students for the 21st Century.

The NCDC is a place where district administrators gather to learn about The Digital Convergence Framework and how it provides districts with a data-driven methodology to effectively move toward modern learning environments. Attendees of the conference learn how to integrate modern education ideals with existing infrastructure in their district for the best results and smooth transitions. The NCDC is designed to be an innovative yet practical way to advance K-12 education and improve student outcomes individually, at schools and districts, and within the country.

Those attending this year’s NCDC were able to experience Cajon Valley Union School District because CVUSD is a Digital Convergence Exemplar district. This distinction was given to CVUSD for the non-traditional approach the district is taking to measure and advance student success through their partnership with the World of Work program. This modern initiative was designed to prepare students to be happy, have healthy relationships, and become gainfully employed as proactive members of society after their school careers.

Students were able to showcase what they’ve learned through World of Work about themselves and their futures and also the skills they’ve gained in presentation literacy during the NCDC Tours. Watch a recap of the tours and some of the amazing students tour attendees were able to meet at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey6hfSt2Bbc&t=8s.

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.