15th Annual Riverside County Education Summit

Models of Academic Excellence and Innovation Workshops

Reading Workshop: Closing the Gap

Alvord Unified School District Arlanza Elementary School
Reading Workshop provides teachers with a structure that allows for focused instruction of Common Core State Standards; differentiated first, best instruction of foundational skills in the primary grades; intervention to close gaps in foundational skills in the upper grades; a structured time for independent daily reading; and time to work with students one-on-one and in small groups. Additionally, teachers have opportunities to gather qualitative data on student learning through observation and individual conferencing that includes goal-setting and subsequent instruction.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Mentor Program – PBIS Connections

Beaumont Unified School District Palm Elementary School
PBIS Connections mentor program holds students accountable to district and site PBIS philosophy. The program teams up the school’s most high-risk elementary students with high school athletes who are expected to be respectful, responsible, and safe in order to participate in sports programs. The initial purpose of the mentor program was to provide an additional Tier II option which would give students the opportunity to experience and understand what it means to be and to have a positive role model in life.

Equity Through a Multi-Tiered System of Support

Beaumont Unified School District Three Rings Ranch Elementary School
To help support students along their learning journey and ensure equitable access that focuses on academic, behavioral, and social success, Three Rings Ranch Elementary offers a Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS) that focuses on equity for all students. This particular MTSS model, which includes Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, Educational Monitoring Team, Specialized Academic Instruction, AVID, Data Analysis, Curriculum Implementation, and Response to Intervention and Instruction, provides the support necessary to meet the needs of all students.

Dual Language Immersion Program

Corona-Norco Unified School District  Garretson Elementary School
Garretson Elementary School began its journey to better support English Language Learners in 2003 through the creation of its Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program. Dual Language Immersion is an English Language Learner program where students learn to speak, read, and write in both Spanish and English. Garretson’s DLI program is based upon the “90/10” model. Beginning in transitional kindergarten, 90% of the instructional day is taught in Spanish. This dedication to maintaining Spanish instruction at high levels results in foundational literacy and mathematic achievement to be in Spanish, regardless of the students’ home language.

“All Star” Foster Youth Program

Corona-Norco Unified School District
The “All Star” Foster Youth Program includes a student club, a mentor program, and an academic support class. The club focuses on providing social and emotional support, resources, guest speakers, and connectivity to campus. The “All Star” class focuses on developing students’ social skills, sharing life lessons, building resiliency, and providing academic and college assistance. The “All Star” mentoring program trains and pairs adults on campus with foster youth for on-campus support.

Student Youth Court

Jurupa Unified School District
Student Youth Court is a secondary behavioral intervention and a response to non-expellable offenses, chronic truancy, and an alternative to the juvenile justice system. The desire to engage students and develop in each an awareness and understanding of how they impact their environment led Jurupa USD to partner with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, Riverside County’s Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Department, and the non-profit organizations of REACH OUT and Women Wonder Writers to develop a program that not only develops leadership skills in all participants, but effectively addresses student related discipline issues.

Next Generation Science Standards Implementation

Jurupa Unified School District
California adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in September 2013. Successful implementation involves thoughtful integration of multiple moving parts and Jurupa USD has embarked on such a plan. Fresh from lessons learned from CCSS ELA and math standards implementation, staff identified four critical objectives which serve as their blueprint, including ensuring a teacher-driven process, executing a thoughtful and measured entry into NGSS, collecting and responding to teacher feedback, and working to support the formative assessment process.

Accelerating Success Through Employment, Responsibility, Inspiration, Skills, and Knowledge – A.S.T.E.R.I.S.K.

Moreno Valley Unified School District
The A.S.T.E.R.I.S.K. program is a partnership with various local businesses to provide high school students in Moreno Valley USD with opportunities to develop job skills and work experience. Each year, the district selects approximately 150 high school students from all academic and socioeconomic levels to participate in an internship program working for local businesses. The goal of the program is to provide high school students, who are willing to work, with an opportunity to gain on-the-job experience in businesses based in Moreno Valley.

Project Moving Forward

Moreno Valley Unified School District Seneca Elementary School
Project Moving Forward was introduced in 2012 as part of a National Professional Grant, funded by the Office of Second Language Acquisition through a partnership with University of California, Riverside (UCR).  The goal of the program is to introduce the vocabulary element of language and literacy in an engaging integrated model.

Creating a Collaborative, Committed, Caring, Connected (C4) Community

Riverside Unified School District Frank Augustus Miller Middle School
Creating a Collaborative, Committed, Caring, Connected (C4) Community positively impacts academic success and addresses the unique characteristics of Miller’s diverse population. Cultivating an active, supportive school community is challenging. Supported by research correlating the positive relationship between high levels of student engagement and academic success, building caring relationships and connecting students, teachers, staff, and families with each other and the school became a primary focus. C4 attributes contribute to the motivation and rationale that shape Miller’s engaging school climate and provide a wealth of activities intentionally planned and coordinated to create a culture of engagement and acceptance, with expectation for high levels of academic achievement.

The Uni Way – PBIS, Restorative Practices, and Student Engagement

Riverside Unified School District University Heights Middle School
At Uni, there are two key principles that guide planning and decision making: 1) Students come first. Always. 2) Community and culture are key. Uni created a comprehensive plan that guides how they build a successful school in terms of both academics and student engagement. They call this, “The Uni Way.” Comprised of research based strategies from PBIS and restorative practices focusing on student engagement and community building, team leaders drive the school plan. Centered on team identity, teachers and students build positive relationships, provide social skills instruction, increase student involvement, and create partnerships within the community.

Collaborative Specialized Academic Instruction Model

Romoland School District Boulder Ridge Elementary School
The School Collaborative SAI (Specialized Academic Instruction) model is dedicated to increasing inclusionary practices for students with special education services through a structured, co-teaching service delivery model in the elementary school setting. This model was developed in response to the significantly low state test scores and a lack of inclusion options for students with disabilities at the school site.

Aquaponics and Sustainable Living for School Connectedness

San Jacinto Unified School District Mountain View High School
This hands-on instructional program prepares individuals for enrollment in college and/or employment in industry by providing exploratory experiences and laboratory activities related to the curriculum. Instructional experiences include construction and use of various equipment in the aquaponics, weather, and solar systems. These engaging activities have helped develop responsibility and leadership skills which have translated to the work world with many students.

Comprehensive School Counseling Program

San Jacinto Unified School District
After recognizing college and career indicators were stagnant, San Jacinto USD conducted an extensive needs assessment, which revealed the need to better utilize and equip school counselors to assist all students in the areas of academic, college/career, and social/emotional development. With the use of the American School Counselor Association’s National Model, the TK-12 School Counseling Program has transformed the role of the school counselor from a reactive to a proactive model that uses data to drive decisions and goals.  Each school counseling team created an implementation plan based on data linked to college and career indicators aligning with the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan.