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EUSD selected to participate based on the district wide 1:1 Digital Learning Program for the 2013-2014 through 2015-2016 school years. The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program is a relationship program focused on educational excellence and leadership. ADEs are members of a select group of K-12 and Higher Education professionals who are innovators in building community and capacity for teaching and learning in a global context. Apple recognizes outstanding schools and programs worldwide for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence to be beneficiaries of this partnership.

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EUSD awarded 1 Star School and 6 Scholar School distinctions. 7 of 9 EUSD schools recognized.  California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) and EdResults.org recognize the highest performing, highest improving public schools in California. These 2,108 Honor Roll schools are consistently raising student academic achievement, closing achievement gaps and increasing college readiness for California’s students. These schools provide valuable best practice for other schools to learn from and replicate. Honor Roll schools are selected by carefully analyzing individual school subgroup performance data over time. Star Schools are high performing, achievement gap closing schools that have 33% or more of their students categorized as socioeconomically disadvantaged. Scholar Schools are high performing schools without significant levels of low income students that do not typically have the added challenge of closing achievement gaps.

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EUSD one of nine school districts in the country and the only one in California to receive the Green Ribbon School Award. The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), civic skills and green career pathways. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement, and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide goal of increasing energy independence and economic security. Awardees have demonstrated progress towards reaching the goals of each of the three ED-GRS Pillars, which are: I: Reduce environmental impact and costs, II: Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff and III: Provide effective environmental and sustainability literacy, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

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EUSD recognized for 7 of the 9 schools and also noted as the highest percentage of districts represented. The California Distinguished School Award honors some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap. The California Department of Education has made closing the achievement gap a top priority and strongly believes that making schools work for all students, regardless of their background, condition, or circumstances, is an imperative for a strong education system and a strong California. Elementary and secondary (middle and high) schools are recognized during alternate years. In order to be invited to apply, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including state and federal accountability measures based on performance data from the Academic Performance Index (API). All nine district schools have been named California Distinguished Schools since the program started in 1987.

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The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA, founded 1974) is California’s statewide recycling association. It is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States. CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. The Annual Awards recognize programs and people who are “going above and beyond” in their efforts to prevent waste, reuse materials, recycle, and compost, buy recycled and build green. It is CRRA’s intent to praise outstanding achievers in California, publicize their successes and share successful efforts throughout the state.

California School Board Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award

Five EUSD schools and the District Office have received this prestigious award. The California School Boards Association envisions a state where the public schools are widely recognized as the foundation of a free and democratic society, where local citizen governing boards are fully vested with the means to advance the best interests of students and the public, and where the futures of all children are driven by their aspirations, not bounded by their circumstances. The CSBA Golden Bell Awards, now in its 35th year, promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and practices in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs. This awards program highlights best practices in education in all areas of operations, instruction and support services.

Classroom of the Future impact award in 1to1degital technology

EUSD was one of only four recipients of the Impact Award. The Classroom of the Future Foundation (CFF), non-profit organization, advances public education throughout San Diego County by inspiring business, community, and educational leaders to support, create and adopt innovative learning practices with enhanced instructional technologies that can measurably improve academic achievement. CFF provides collaboration, validation and financial facilitation to help K-12 educators prepare 21st Century learners and celebrate their success. The Encinitas Union School District received the impact award for its commitment to providing all 5,500 students with iPads for greater access to digital curriculum. The 1:1 Digital Learning Program emphasizes making a wide range of creative apps available to students. This is the third year of the program and Encinitas will receive a $10,000 cash award from SDG&E.

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The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible. NASET serves the professional interest of special education teachers in order to promote the highest professional standards. The Excellence in Special Education Award is open to organizations who have made a commitment to educate, and or advocate for children with disabilities and their families. The Excellence in Special Education Award is one of NASET’s most distinguished awards which will be bestowed no more than once a year and not necessarily every year. EUSD is a proud recipient for 2014.

Focus District in Nat. Yoga in Schools Conference

EUSD recognized as a focus district in 2014 National Kids Yoga Conference.  The Conference was hosted by YoKid, a nonprofit in Alexandria that provides instruction in yoga for young people and by Lil Omm, a family yoga center in Tenleytown that offers classes for all ages. The conference took place on September 27th at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and included more than 40 presenters, including instructors, scientific researchers and musicians, who addressed a crowd of hundreds.

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EUSD one of 5 small to medium school districts across the country to receive this award. The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

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Over the years, four EUSD schools have achieved this status. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. In its 32-year history, the Department has bestowed this coveted award on some 7,000 American schools.

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EUSD presented “A Regional Model for Sustainability and Wellness” to achieve this distinction. The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting exemplary practices and resources that all can employ. The Pillars from the state program serves as the basis for recognition. Each Pillar is divided into Elements, which provide further guidance on each of the three main areas. ED-GRS aligns with the Department’s cross-cutting goals for education, including improving student, staff, and facility performance and increasing efficiency at the federal, state, and local levels. 27 states participated resulting in a total of 48 awards.

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Awards for the top three San Diego County schools with the highest percentage of students participating won. EUSD is proud to have placed in all three spots. Walk, Ride, and Roll to School is an awareness campaign implemented by the iCommute SchoolPool program and Safe Routes to School initiative. The purpose of this campaign is to increase the number of children who walk, bike, carpool, or take transit to school; to raise awareness of the benefits of more active forms of transportation; and to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. Throughout the week-long challenge, schools received points for children’s walk, bike, carpool, or public transit trips to school. Schools received one point for every alternative commute trip logged by parents in TripTracker.

Individual School Achievements and Awards

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UCSD Sisters Science Grant – Inspiring girls through hands-on science and engineering experiences. UCSD graduate students lead 5th and 6th grade girls in a science based after school program.

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IVIE Award, Outstanding Educational Program Award – Innovative Video in education San Diego County Office of Education 17 total awards  given from K-12 in multiple categories. EUSD is proud of El Camino Creek as one of the 17 awardees.  The Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) program is an annual k-12 student video competition that has drawn thousands of participating students from every grade level across San Diego County for more than a decade. Throughout the school year, teachers and students use video as a project-based learning tool in the classroom, ultimately creating videos that ignite imagination and inspire student confidence while integrating state content standards. iVIE is administered by the San Diego Office of Education and the awards ceremony is held at the Civic Theater.

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SANDAG iCommute hosts an annual program to encourage students and parents to choose healthier and more sustainable ways to get to school. During designated weeks in October, 46 schools competed to have the highest percentage of students walking, biking, carpooling, or riding public transit to school. The friendly competition is designed to raise awareness of more active forms of transportation and to promote pedestrian and bike safety. Flora Vista took 1st place.

Chess Through Success offers after school enrichment opportunities for students to develop and enhance critical thinking skill through chess competition.  Each year ends with a tournament.  Flora Vista had several student winners in 2014.

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Leader in Me Grant Recipient – The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer—it improves the performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century economy. The Leader in Me is a three-year transformation process — the timeline varies in each school.

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State Champions and 11th in the world – The Odyssey of the Mind. After school program teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism.

TED-Ed Club – a flexible, school-based program that supports students in discussing, pursuing and presenting their big ideas in the form of short TED-style talks. Watch the video or explore the stories below to learn more.

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An authorized IB Primary Years Program (PYP),  The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.
Title I Distinguished School – based on a combination of academic achievement of their students and the creative and innovative programs that contribute to their success, fifty-eight schools were selected by their individual states as National Title I Distinguished Schools last year. They joined hundreds of other distinguished schools making a difference for our nation’s Title I children. These schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents and the community. What makes National Title I Distinguished Schools’ stories especially powerful are the documented student achievement gains that have resulted from their innovations.

SANDAG iCommute hosts an annual program to encourage students and parents to choose healthier and more sustainable ways to get to school. During designated weeks in October, 46 schools competed to have the highest percentage of students walking, biking, carpooling, or riding public transit to school. The friendly competition is designed to raise awareness of more active forms of transportation and to promote pedestrian and bike safety. Ocean Knoll

Voted Best Community Collaboration. Edible San Diego Magazine is firmly rooted in the idea that food is central to human survival, health, use of and impact on our environment and to the way we relate to each other culturally. Our review of the entry forms convinced us that all the children attending each of these schools benefit from their exposure and involvement with their gardens in ways that will transform and empower them to make stronger, better decisions about eating and growing fresh food and supporting the health of themselves and their environments. 29 schools submitted applications. EUSD is honored to have received two of the four awards.

UCSD Sisters Science Grant – Inspiring girls through hands-on science and engineering experiences. UCSD graduate students lead 5th and 6th grade girls in a science based after school program.

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Eco School Certification – Bronze Award 6th Grade Environmental Science Fair Award – Elementary Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainability principles throughout their schools and curriculum. Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers, NWF’s Eco-Schools USA combines effective “green” management of the school grounds, the facilities and the curriculum; truly providing students with a unique, research and application based learning experience. The Eco-Schools program was started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission.

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Collaborations: Teachers and Artists Grant (CoTA) – COTA Art Grant Recipient. CoTA is a professional development program that tackles the possibilities of making the arts a lively, essential, and ongoing aspect of elementary school education. CoTA is based on the belief that integrating the visual and performing arts into other content areas promotes engagement, accessibility, and relevance for students. Since its inception in 1998, CoTA has collaborated with 1,200 teachers and more than 25,000 students at 33 schools from 5 districts throughout San Diego County.
CoTA’s three-year intensive Collaborations provide elementary schools a comprehensive arts-integration professional development program.
Each year, teachers receive 15 to 20 hours of training, totaling 55 hours over three years. By the end of the program, teachers are skillful and purposeful in enlisting the visual and performing arts as modes of meaning making and communication.

UCSD Sisters Science Grant – Inspiring girls through hands-on science and engineering experiences. UCSD graduate students lead 5th and 6th grade girls in a science based after school program.

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Voted Best School Garden – Edible San Diego Magazine is firmly rooted in the idea that food is central to human survival, health, use of and impact on our environment and to the way we relate to each other culturally. Our review of the entry forms convinced us that all the children attending each of these schools benefit from their exposure and involvement with their gardens in ways that will transform and empower them to make stronger, better decisions about eating and growing fresh food and supporting the health of themselves and their environments. 29 schools submitted applications. EUSD is honored to have received two of the four awards.

UCSD Sisters Science Grant – Inspiring girls through hands-on science and engineering experiences. UCSD graduate students lead 5th and 6th grade girls in a science based after school program.