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Innovation Department


"Innovation is the calling card of the future." Anna Eshoo



The Innovation Department is charged with promoting a future-forward mindset for students, teachers and staff so that we can collectively create the conditions necessary for learning environments and pathways that prepare students to be confident and prepared to make positive contributions in an increasingly complex world of higher education and careers. 


To this end, our focus as a department is on expanding academic and social/emotional outcomes for students at the earliest ages, engaging students as stewards of their learning pathway and making relevant, hands-on connections to the real world of work. 


Department Lead: Matt Doyle Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent of Innovation

Email: mattdoyle@vistausd.org 

Phone: 760-726-2170 Ex. 92006

P-3 Continuum

Vista Unified's Prenatal to 3rd Grade Continuum aims to close the achievement gap before it opens.  We are committed to quality early education and a continuous learning path that unites families, teacher leaders, school leaders, and community partners.  


Lead: Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

email: mattdoyle@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext. 92006


More Details: P-3 Continuum Website

Personalized Learning

Vista Unified's Personal Learning Path is a student-centered collaborative journey aligned to core curriculum standards.  It builds on each student's strengths, interests, and values.  Personal Learning takes place in a flexible environment, with a 2-way feedback cycle to maximize student's academic achievement, behavioral growth, and drive to become stewards of their own learning.


Lead: Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

email: mattdoyle@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext. 92006


More Details: Personalized Learning Web Page

Talent Cities and Service Learning

Talent Cities is a partnership between Vista Unified School District, New Learning Ventures, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses to expand young people's vision of themselves in the world of work.  This program brings middle school students into the workplace. More than a field trip, students engage in self-exploration activities and assessments, research priority sectors, and develop the background knowledge to make the most of the experience. 


Lead: Robert Crowell

email: robertcrowell@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext 92009


More Details:  Talent Cities Web Page   

                       Service Learning Web Page


Family and Community Engagement

undefinedFamily and Community as Partners in Education:


An important component of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation is to develop a Family Engagement Network that will offer a variety of workshops, resources and activities designed to assist parents and family members play an active role in their students' education. 


Lead: Kiki Bispo

email: jacquelinebispo@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext 92011


More Details: Family and Community Engagement Parent Web Page

Family and Community Engagement Team Web Page

Measurement and Monitoring

The Vista Unified School District honors its commitment to transparency. The department of Measurement and Monitoring is dedicated to keeping the students, parents, teachers, and the community aware of progress and growth of VUSD. This webpage and the links contained within provide a wealth of knowledge about Vista Unified. 


Lead: Craig Wiblemo

email: craigwiblemo@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext 92007



More Details: Measurement and Monitoring Web Page 

Assessment for Learning

Assessment for learning has been highlighted in all content area frameworks in California as a high priority.  Vista Unified has identified formative assessment practices as integral to a balanced assessment system and inseparable from teachers' pedagogical practice. Formative assessment practices support self-regulation, 21st century skills and personalized learning for students. Our efforts in Vista Unified are centered around continuous support and professional learning to build assessment literacy within our valued educators. 


Information and resources may be accessed below. 


Lead: Jenny Peirson

Email: jenniferpeirson@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext 92010


More Details: Assessment for Learning Webpage

Performance Framework

The aim of the Vista Unified Performance Framework is to build a learning continuum and culture that empowers students to continually strengthen their performance. 


Information on the goals, development process and work in progress may be accessed below. 


Lead: Jenny Peirson

email: jenniferpeirson@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext 92010


More Details: Performance Framework Webpage


Blended and Online Resource Teachers


As modern learning specialists, the Blended and Online Resource Teachers (BOLTS) serve as thought partners and internal consultants on personal learning, pedagogy, and technology integration.



Leads: Michelle Synder and Victoria Curtis

email: michellesnyder@vistausd.org and victoriacurtis@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext 92014 and 92017



More Details: Blended and Online Resource Teacher Web Page

Thought Leadership

The Thought Leadership Collaborative is our vessel of change.  It is a vehicle that houses our plans and aspirations, our ideas and conversations.  Its goal is to bring the best of our minds together and look at things in new ways with new, broader purposes.  Mostly it is intended to share the lessons we learn from the journey we are on — a journey that will take us to a new form of school district.  In our public schools, we now see emerging a learning ecosystem that begins pre-natal and continues lifelong.  This is a journey intended to reshape the community and the local economy, keeping kids in school, seeking full potential and creating talent that fuels local business and high priority sectors and industries yet to be defined.  Through the Thought Leadership Collaborative we truly intend to break the mold in ways that can only be accomplished by transforming the American school district.


Lead: Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

email: mattdoyle@vistausd.org

Phone: 760-726-2170 ext. 92006



                                                          More Details: Thought Leadership Web Page

Vista Innovation Center Staff Directory

Innovation Center Room Reservations

Are you looking to find some inspiration at a new location? Do you have a large group in need of some space? The Vista Innovation Center has a variety of rooms and spaces available to reserve. We are here to serve so please click below for more information.



Lead: Christine Hoenigmann

email: chirsitnehoenigmann@vistausd.org

Phone: (760) 726-2170 ext 92005



More Details:  Room Reservation Information


 A key element of Strategy 1 in the Blueprint for Educational       Excellence and Innovation is to design and implement a communication strategy that expands two-way communication between parents, community members and staff. Our goal is to drive the narrative in partnership with the community to create greater transparency so that the community can actively engage with the district, providing feedback and helping us form a continuous improvement ecosystem with parents, community services, local government and employers.


  Lead: Robert Crowell


  email: robertcrowell@vistausd.org


                                                                                                   Phone: 760-726-2170 ext 92009


                                                                                                  More Details: Communication Webpage