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San Diego Unified School District received the Impact Award ($10,000.00) for their i21 program at this year’s Innovation in Educaton Awards event. Pictured: (at the podium) Artie Ojeda, NBC News, emcee for the awards program; (from L to R ) Gary Devan, CFF Chair and CIO Mission Federal Credit Union; Caroline Winn, CFF Chair Elect and VP, Customer Services, SDG&E; Bill Kowba, Superintendent, SDUSD; Cindy Martin, Superintendent SDUSD; Staci Monreal, Chief of Staff SDUSD; Barbara Allen, Interim CTO, SDUSD; and Scott Barnett, Board Member, SDUSD.

News and discussions surrounding our local and state public education system largely focus on budget cuts, teacher layoffs and other unpleasant and challenging topics. As a mother with two children in public school, the tough reality of education today can be frustrating to say the least.

Thanks to a project Nuffer, Smith, Tucker recently worked on with Classroom of the Future Foundation, I am experiencing a drastic change in attitude.

Classroom of the Future Foundation brings San Diego County’s business and education communities together to create learning initiatives that positively impact student achievement. Each year the foundation recognizes classroom leaders and programs that inspire students to achieve through the development of technology-based learning programs at its annual Innovation in Education Awards event.

NST was called to help CFF celebrate its 10th anniversary of the event and raise community awareness of CFF and the amazing accomplishments local schools are making in the area of technology-based learning.

During this project I had the privilege of meeting and working with education leaders and educators from around the county, including the new superintendent of San Diego Unified School District Cindy Marten. I found every individual I came in contact with (this includes CFF staff) to be innovative, collaborative, motivational, optimistic and passionate. Discussions focused on possibilities rather than limitations, and the collective dedication to help our community’s students achieve and thrive was inspirational.

County schools have a long way to go in the area of technology and learning – this is where Classroom of the Future Foundation comes in – but I feel confident that we are on the right track.

I am so thankful to have gained this perspective and I look ahead to the next school year with optimism and excitement.

For a look at this year’s Innovation in Education Award winners, click here. You also might enjoy the KPBS interviews NST arranged featuring CFF Executive Director Bruce Braciszewski and superintendent Martin.

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