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All 11 Whittier City Schools and the District Office Received State Recognition Today as Recipients of the California Pivotal Practice Award from the California Department of Education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced the winners of the newly created 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program. The award program is being utilized by California in 2022 in place of the California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program. It celebrates schools and districts that implemented an innovative practice during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m incredibly proud of these schools and districts for their creativity, dedication, and innovation in the face of adversity,” Thurmond said. “These schools led incredible efforts to engage students, distribute technology, provide meals, and support the social and emotional well-being of students during an incredibly difficult time for schools and families.”

In a period when pandemic disruptions made it hard to collect data for statewide assessments, the CDE worked with education association partners to create the CAPP Award to honor the efforts of schools and districts who designed and implemented unique opportunities and strategies to support students in this most challenging time.
727 schools and 121 school districts are being honored for their demonstrated efforts to support students in four target areas:
  • Student Engagement
  • Distribution of Technology
  • Nutrition Services
  • Social Emotional Well-Being of Students

Each award winning school and district program will be highlighted and celebrated at the May 10, 2022 School Board meeting. “Recognitions like this further confirms the heart and hard work of the Whittier City School District staff. The service and support of our WCSD students and families was nothing short of remarkable. Nobody in the field of education picks this career for notoriety and recognition; however, it is validating to essentially have our entire organization selected for recognition from the State of California,” said Dr. Brad Mason, Superintendent of the Whittier City School District.

 The Board of Education looks forward to celebrating this districtwide achievement at their May 10, 2022 meeting, at which time they will take the opportunity to recognize and thank all of the WCSD staff that made this recognition possible. “We know we have an amazing staff who gave everything they had to serve the students of Whittier City during the pandemic; however it sure is nice to have the State recognize what we already knew,” stated Dr. Jennifer De Baca Sandoval, Board President of the Whittier City School District.