CVESD Honored for Outstanding Service to Military Students

Coalition salutes partnership between military installations, school districts, and universities to support military connected students and families

The Chula Vista Elementary School District was among a select few school districts in the nation to be honored recently for excellence in working with military connected students. Known as the LTG (Ret) H.G. “Pete” Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award,  the honor was presented by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC®) in Washington, DC. The award encourages and applauds the outstanding partnerships formed between military installations and school districts that serve military children.

CVESD is part of the Building Capacity Consortium, a partnership between eight military-connected school districts and the University of Southern California. Funded by a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), the project is creating sustainable and replicable infrastructures for data-driven models of responsive and supportive schools. Staff, students, and parents are being empowered to use evidence to improve school climate for military students.

Superintendent Escobedo said the MCEC® honor was a credit to the work of the Consortium in general, and school staff and social work interns in particular. About 9 percent of District students come from military connected families—a figure that is as high as 25 percent at some schools.

“Think about the social implications, the impact on families of parents who go to war sometimes five times or more; some have had deployments that number in double digits,” Escobedo said. “Think of the stressors on the kids, their students in our District. In Chula Vista, through our Building Capacity Consortium, we have developed a network of support for our military families. To be recognized for our work on behalf of our military families is a great honor.”Taylor Award-Dr E

Accepting the award on behalf of the Consortium were: Dr. Ron Astor, USC professor of social work and education; Bonsall Union School District Superintendent Dr. Justin Cunningham; Chula Vista Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Francisco Escobedo (L, in photo); Diana Pineda, the Building Capacity project manager in San Diego, and Monica Esqueda, a doctoral candidate at USC’s Rossier School of Education.

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