San Diego Unified's "outstanding support for middle grades education" has resulted in recognition by the California Department of Education and the California Middle Grades Alliance.
award recognizes districts that have been working as a team to
implement the Department of Education's recommendations for
middle-grades success, with nominations coming from middle school
"District support is a critical component in building and sustaining
high-quality programs for young adolescents," said state Supt. Tom
Torlakson. "With inspired district leadership, middle-level princpals
and teachers are empowered to implement high-quality education programs
that provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills in
preparation for college, career and civic life."
Dr. Betsy Cook, Marston Middle School Principal, and Martha Alvarez,
Governmental Relations Director, accepted the award in a Sacramento
ceremony on behalf of San Diego Unified School District. The award was
later presented at a San Diego Unified Board of Education meeting.
According to the California Department of Education, members of the
California Middle Grades Alliance include: Advancement Via Individual
Determination (AVID); Association of California School Administrators
(ACSA); Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Secondary
Subcommittee of the California County Superintendents Educational
Services Association (CCSESA); California Department of Education;
California League of Middle Schools (CLMS); California Middle Grades
Partnership Network; California School Boards Association (CSBA);
California Teachers Association; Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness
for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); and California Schools to Watch --
Taking Center Stage Program.
"Your district is to be commended for its continuing support for the
middle grades and the inspiration it provides to schools throughout our
state and nation," said Torlakson.