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Glendale Unified Earns 27 California Pivotal Practice Awards

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Glendale Unified School District

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Kristine Nam, Communications Director
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Distribution Date: April 28, 2022 


Glendale Unified Earns 27 California Pivotal Practice Awards

GLENDALE, CA – The Glendale Unified School District and 26 GUSD schools have been honored with 2022 Pivotal Practice Awards from the California Department of Education (CDE). The California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program was developed in 2022 to temporarily replace the California Distinguished Schools Program. It celebrates schools and districts that implemented innovative practices during the 2020-21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDE recognized 727 schools and 121 school districts statewide for excellence in supporting students in four target areas: student engagement, distribution of technology, nutrition services, and social emotional well-being of students. Glendale Unified was honored at the district level, and 26 GUSD schools received a CAPP recognition: Balboa, Cerritos, Columbus, Franklin, Fremont, Glenoaks, Jefferson, Keppel, La Crescenta, Lincoln, Mann, Marshall, Monte Vista, Mountain Avenue, Muir, Valley View, Verdugo Woodlands, and R.D. White Elementary Schools; Roosevelt, Rosemont, Toll, and Wilson Middle Schools; Clark Magnet, Crescenta Valley, and Hoover High Schools; and Verdugo Academy independent study program.

“Throughout the pandemic, our administrators, educators, and staff worked tirelessly – with incredible support from our families and community leaders – to meet the needs of every child in our district. We appreciate Superintendent Thurmond and the California Department of Education recognizing California school districts for the vital services they provided to our communities during this challenging time,” said Glendale Unified Board of Education President Nayiri Nahabedian.

“Public schools are at the centers of our communities. When we are faced with challenges, many children and families look to their schools for guidance, support, and stability. I am incredibly proud of our dedicated administrators, teachers, and staff who went above and beyond to ensure our students received continuity of education, social emotional support, and access to technology and nutritious meals as we pivoted from distance, to hybrid, and back to in-person learning,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian. “We are honored to be recognized for this important work.”

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