Three local schools were honored this week as Exemplars of 21st Century Learning by the national Partnership for 21stCentury Learning coalition.
The local honorees were Montgomery Middle School in El
Cajon, National University Academy’s Kearny Mesa campus in San Diego, and
Rancho Minerva Middle School in Vista.
Only 19 schools, districts, and educational programs across
the county earned the prestigious designation.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
said he is pleased that more than one-third of the honorees are from California.
“That is a great tribute to our state’s dedicated,
innovative, and hardworking educators, parents, and students.” Torlakson said.
“These schools showcase the ways in which 21st century learning
boosts student achievement, engagement, and preparation for lifelong learning
The exemplar program celebrates schools and districts that
have successfully incorporated 21st century learning opportunities into teacher
practice, curriculum, assessment, and professional development. This helps
students master the skills needed to succeed in work and life.
The coalition evaluates school practices through a rigorous
process that includes team site visits to assess implementation. Key exemplary
practices are identified in the "P21 Patterns of Innovation" report. The program is entering its fourth year and
has identified nearly 60 exemplars across the country. Under the leadership of
Torlakson, California became one of 20 P21 Leadership States in 2012,
recognizing its commitment to integrating the P21 framework.