More than 500 school leaders from 29 San Diego County school districts
met in San Diego to hear and discuss ways to improve teaching and
learning of English Learners.
The Superintendents’ and Principals’ Forum, organized by the
Superintendents’ Achievement Gap Task Force, provided in-depth
presentations on five distinct but successful approaches to improving
student achievement. They were:
--- Focused Leadership to Accelerate the Learning of English Learners,
which featured a team from Edison Elementary School in San Diego Unified
School District. Edison Principal Tavga Bustani led the presentation,
assisted by Heather Harris, Holly Sanderlin and Laura Garduno of the
--- Using Mobile Technology to Support English Use and Development,
featuring staff from the Escondido Union School District. Presenters
included Kathy Shirley, Director of Technology and Media, Central School
Principal Fabiola Elias, and teacher Brad Pascoe.
--- School-wide Focus on Improving Instructional Practices, featuring
Lee Romero and Vic Mitrovic, Principal and Vice Principal respectively
of Montgomery High in the Sweetwater Union High School District.
--- Using Data Driven Collaboration to Raise Subgroup Achievement, which
featured San Diego Unified School District’s Kearny School of Digital
Media and Design Principal Cheryl Hibbeln and Lead Teacher Matt DeFord.
--- Introduction to Instructional Rounds, with County Office of
Education staffers Debbie Beldock, Todd Langager and Charmaine Lawson.
Beldock, a long-time administrator in San Diego Unified before moving to
the county office, is the lead staff member for the Achievement Gap
Task Force and coordinated the Forum.