Classrooms have become increasingly tech-focused, though technology alone isn’t enough to change a classroom. Instead, it’s a mix of the right training, tools, and support. Powerful digital resources become transformative only when the teachers and students using them are engaged and understand how to use tech to its fullest potential.

Chula Vista School District is the largest elementary school district in California. Of our 30,000 students, 34 percent are English learners (EL), and 52 percent are students living in poverty. We’re located approximately five miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, making EL instruction a top priority in our schools.

Five years ago, we...

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  • About the Author:

    Dr. Gloria Elena Ciriza is a passionate, equity driven leader, committed to ensuring all students have access to a world class education and the opportunity to thrive in nurturing environments that support social emotional wellness. She currently serves as executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD), which is California’s largest K-6 district.

    Dr. Matthew Tessier has been serving the educational community for the past 20 years, and currently serves the Chula Vista Elementary School District as the assistant superintendent of innovation and instruction services where he leads the Innovation Department, Research and Evaluation Department, and the Instructional Services and Support Division.