14th Annual Riverside County Education Summit

Models of Academic Excellence and Innovation Workshops


Beaumont Unified School District Mountain View Middle School
Encore, named for its role in supporting the core instructional program, is an agile and responsive service delivery model designed to support the changing academic needs of all students. Encore provides strategic interventions for students in academics and behavior during the school day without the need to change a student’s class placement.

AmeriCorps Lectura Program

Coachella Valley Unified School District
The AmeriCorps Lectura Program is comprised of 52 volunteer members who provide 1:1 or small group tutoring in literacy to CVUSD students grades K-8, who are not reading at grade level. AmeriCorps volunteers’ target growth per student is one grade level per year. The AmeriCorps Program outcomes indicators reflect targeted intervention yields positive student academic results.

Ensuring Equity and Success in Secondary Mathematics

Desert Sands Unified School District
In response to critical changes in mathematics education and the resulting demands on coursework, Desert Sands Unified School District redesigned its secondary mathematics program. To effectively support students in mastering mathematics skills and concepts, the district recognized the need to develop a more responsive and prescriptive support system built on the premise that every high school student take standards aligned, A-G courses during the school year.

Expanded Learning Programs

Desert Sands Unified School District
Desert Sands Unified School District currently operates 16 expanded learning programs funded primarily by an After School Education and Safety (ASES) grant. The district embraces a collaborative process in the planning and implementation of all expanded learning programs that includes key stakeholders; principals, school staff, students, parents and community partners. This consistent articulation builds positive relationships, promotes excellence and assures alignment with the regular school day.

Professional Development

Desert Sands Unified School District
Desert Sands Unified School District has a long-standing commitment to providing high-quality professional development for teachers and leaders. While maintaining a clear vision, Educational Services provides more than 100 professional development trainings per year, for over 1,500 staff in grades K-12 on topics ranging from core content to instructional strategies. The success of the professional development program lies in the interconnectedness of three signature components: clarity of focus, depth of content, and a comprehensive, differentiated structure, all working together to support teaching and learning in Desert Sands.

Café Literario

Jurupa Unified School District
Café Literario is designed to create reading role models in the homes of our students, as well as to fill in the research-documented lack of books in economically challenged homes. Café Literario (or Literary Café) is not a literacy class, even though it definitely includes literacy as part of the learning. Café Literario is at a much higher level of rigor than just learning how to read. This program promotes a passion for reading, literature, and cultural awareness at an adult level of readability and interest.

SNAP (Screen Now and Prevent) / SET (Screen Evaluate Treatment) 4 School

Lake Elsinore Unified School District
The Lake Elsinore USD houses the SNAP/SET 4 School county-wide program. The program fosters developmental and social competence by preventing, identifying, and treating communication disorders and disruptive behavior disorders, with simultaneous support to meet parenting needs. For the past ten years, the program has focused on supporting school readiness for young children while minimizing the stigma of mental health services.
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English Learner Families for College

Moreno Valley Unified School District
English Learner Families For College is a model academic program addressing the LCAP priority area of student academic achievement and implemented on a pilot basis in all six middle schools and four high schools in MVUSD. The program was developed to address an urgent problem: long-term English learners were not reclassifying by the end of middle school, effectively blocking their access to high school college preparatory curriculum and limiting their future college and career prospects.

Freshman Seminar

Moreno Valley Unified School District Canyon Springs High School
The transition to high school can be difficult for ninth graders, particularly those who were disengaged in middle school. In looking at GPA, behavior and attendance data for ninth graders, many of those students who were not successful in middle school were even less successful in high school. Freshman Seminar teachers note a significant improvement in students’ attitudes toward school and a more positive outlook on their futures. The program has seen improvements of greater than 50% on grades, attendance and behavior when measuring the number of D/F grades, truancies, and discipline incidents.

Universal Achievement Through Data-Driven Decision Making

Palm Springs Unified School District Cielo Vista Charter School
The philosophy of universal achievement for all students drives the development of instruction based on this data analysis.  Instruction integrates 21st century critical thinking and technology skills starting as early as kindergarten and continuing through eighth grade. Project-based learning is used as an essential element in allowing students to synthesize and apply their learning at high levels of real world application.  Following this in depth data-analysis and collaborative discussion, collective inquiry is utilized to align these standards and skills to the curriculum resources and identify best instructional practices to meet all student needs.

Kickoff to College

Perris Union High School District
The goal of the Kickoff to College event is to ensure that every student has a plan for success upon completion of high school. This means the district will continually engage students in activities that expose them to the tools and resources available that support planning for their future. Kickoff to College objectives include increase awareness about college and career readiness, expose students to college preparation assessments, use the PSAT to support and identify students for advanced and AP classes, provide opportunities for students to explore college and career options, provide support filling out college applications, identify funding resources to pay for college, educate students about tools and resources available to them, and improve student planning and preparation for the future.

Physical Education Leads the Way at Frank Augustus Miller Middle School

Riverside Unified School District Frank Augustus Miller Middle School
Frank Augustus Miller Middle School in Riverside Unified School District offers excellence in academics and behavior; this is due in large part to the Physical Education Department’s programs. Students excel not only in physical fitness, but in meeting, exceeding, and maintaining a positive school culture focused on high student engagement and excellence in academics. Schoolwide rules, procedures, and activities are introduced, reinforced, and supported by the Physical Education department on the first days of school with assemblies. The PE teachers on our campus have the philosophy that all students, regardless of innate physical talent, should be given the knowledge and opportunity to gain value from a healthy, active lifestyle.

Project Search

Riverside County Office of Education
RCOE’s Project Search is a work immersion program at Riverside Community Hospital for students with intellectual disabilities. Based on the national Project Search model, it is a partnership of the Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside Community Hospital, and the State Department of Rehabilitation. Project Search emphasizes rigorous research-based instruction and data driven student feedback.

Sci 5: Accelerating Literacy

Val Verde Unified School District Victoriano Elementary School
Advances in science and technology have changed the way we live, work, teach, and learn. The Sci-5 model is a structured inquiry model that underpins rigorous, dynamic units of study centered on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) disciplinary core ideas and associated literacy skills. Learning units are driven by essential questions that encourage students to develop critical thinking skills as they rationalize their thoughts and ideas. Students engage in in-depth inquiry using a variety of digital and analog references to build understanding of science and engineering concepts.
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