In this episode, David Miyashiro and Kari Hull from Cajon Valley Union School District talk about the amazing things they’ve done to go from a traditional educational model to one of blended and personalized learning with technology-enabled services.
Dr. David Miyashiro currently serves as Superintendent of The Cajon Valley Union School District. David was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by ACSA (Association of California School Administrators), Region 18. Through inclusive planning, design, and an iterative approach, Cajon Valley has achieved system-wide success with blended and personalized learning for all students. Cajon Valley has been dubbed “One to Watch” by The Classroom of the Future Foundation and has earned both local and national recognition for its leadership in transforming public education.
David formerly served as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Encinitas Union School District. David served as a Principal in the Fullerton and East Whittier School Districts.
Kari Hull is the Assistant Superintendent of Education Services at the Cajon Valley Union School District.
(02:53) David’s background
(03:26) Kari’s background
(04:16) Kari’s family background
(4:47) David’s family background
(05:31) Let’s give the audience a little bit of perspective on Cajon Valley School District. What’s the size of the student population, the different demographics? What are you dealing with as far as families? I’d like to give a broad baseline as to what your population is like.
(06:22) I wonder what brings them to the San Diego area, do you know? Is there any specific reason?
(06:57) What sort of advantages and challenges do you face with the overall blended population that you have? What do you see?
(07:40) One of the reasons I wanted to have you on is, I do a ton of work with Shawn Rubin and Dana Borrelli-Murray with the Highlander Institute.And you have had a ton of success with the transition from traditional schooling to this blended and personalized learning model through technology enablement. Prior to you taking over as leaders of the school district, what was it like prior to your leadership? And then, what did you have to do to start to instill these values and why did you feel that they were valuable?
(09:26) When you see these sorts of changes happening, there’s typically a ton of planning and implementation issues that happen from a teacher perspective and an infrastructure-type perspective. What sort of planning and design work that you do to make this so successful? Because it’s successful now, did you have some kinks in the armor along the way as well?
(13:07) I’m really fascinated about how you used that MOOC. Amazing content. The fact that you decided not to reinvent the wheel and utilize that. Do you know of any other colleagues in other districts in California or beyond that, that are taking the same approach for professional development for teachers?
(15:31) Tell me more about that team approach.
(16:30) Because of this collaborative approach you took where you went out, ask faculty for feedback, ask family and students for feedback, then decide what was going to be best as far as this learning model, did you have any pushback from any of those constituents? And if you did, how did you overcome it?
(19:25) Can you take us to a typical school day for a student? How does the personalized learning work and then how are they supported by their teachers during that day?
(21:38) I’m curious about the model for people, let’s say, decision-makers, leaders, teachers in implementing this the right way, if they believe that it’s valuable for students’ success moving forward. What would you say are the top 3 most important things that they should consider, that are central in making this transition?
(24:56) Are there any books that have most influenced you? And let us now what those books are, and why they’re so important?
(26:33) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?
Kari: Eleanor Roosevelt
David: Irwin Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm
Blended and Personalized Learning Conference on April 1st – 2nd, 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI: