Vista Unified Recognized with Top Statewide Honor
Golden Bell Award Highlights Effectiveness of “Personal Learning Challenge”;
District’s “Moonshot” Gaining Momentum
Vista, CA | October 13, 2016 – The Vista Unified School District has been chosen as a recipient of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 37th year, is sponsored by the California School Boards Association. The award recognizes public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students and focus on meeting the needs of all public school students. Vista’s is one of 56 awards granted this year.
Vista Unified will receive its award at a recognition ceremony to be held on Saturday, December 3 from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis located at 780 Mission Street.
The Personal Learning Challenge program was developed in Vista Unified to address the community need for a greater level of student engagement and ownership of the learning process. The goal of the Personal Learning Challenge project is to create a custom learning pathway that is personalized for each student. According to Dr. Matt Doyle, Assistant Superintendent of Innovation, the Personal Learning project is “our district moonshot that challenges the traditional model of one-size-fits-all education.”
Six VUSD schools were involved in the Personal Learning Challenge program: Casita Elementary, Rancho Minerva Middle, Temple Heights Elementary, VIDA Middle, Vista Visions Academy, and recent XQ Super School award winner, Vista High School.
“Following digital infusion, personal learning is the next great lever of education in our country. Students who experience it will be better prepared to take advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century talent economy,” said Vista Superintendent Dr. Devin Vodicka.
Visit www.vistausd.org/blueprint to learn more about the Personal Learning Challenge.
Experts from school districts and county offices of education made up the 16-member judging panel that reviewed the written entries and made the initial recommendations for the awards. On-site validators assessed the programs in action.
“California’s K-12 public schools continue to produce some of the nation’s best and brightest students, and our Golden Bell recipients are a reflection of that excellence as well as the spirit of innovation which is so characteristic of this state,” said CSBA CEO and Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “The Golden Bell Awards recognize the quality and the determination of school leaders from across California in meeting the needs of California's students through award-winning programs and services.”
CSBA is the non-profit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at http://www.csba.org.