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 Three Local Schools Recognized as Exemplars

​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 and success.”

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.