SHARED VISION, FUTURE-FOCUSED STRATEGY, AND INNOVATIVE EXECUTION FOR A NEW ERA
EdTech Magazine Interview for ISTELive 2020
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Dr. David Miyashiro is a forward-thinking, award-winning education leader with a 17-year career spent revolutionizing learning approaches, education models, and school district capabilities in Southern California. As a digital pioneer, he has navigated districts into the hi-tech era, delivering numerous innovation “firsts,” for which he has garnered professional honors. Those include Superintendent of the Year and recognition from the White House and U.S. Department of Education as one of the “Top 35 District Leaders in Personalized Learning.” Districts under his leadership have also won awards, such as the California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell Award, the National School Boards Association’s Magna Award for Digital Learning, and the California Distinguished Schools Award.
As the superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District since 2013, Dr. Miyashiro has headed multiple transformational initiatives, programs, and partnerships that have produced a robust digital ecosystem of learning opportunities for teachers and the district’s 17,000 students. He established the first Computer Science Magnet School in the U.S., pioneered a digital teacher academy, and forged collaborative partnerships with technology vendors for unique 21st-century education opportunities. His efforts earned the district acceptance into the League Of Innovative School Districts, selected by Digital Promise and the U.S. Department of Education as a National Model of Excellence and Innovation. He also designed and rolled out personalized technology learning programs for students and assisted the White House and the U.S. Department of Education in forming a National Personalized Learning Plan.
In tandem with championing a digital focus, Dr. Miyashiro has also driven the district’s performance in other areas: He advanced the agenda for health and wellness through a national health and wellness curriculum model and secured a $280K grant to implement it. He also tripled the time principals and district administrators spend on campus and in classrooms, shaped a scalable model for response to intervention (RTI) and language enrichment, and led the district through six successful union agreement negotiations.
From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Miyashiro served as the assistant superintendent for the Encinitas Union School District. He wielded his passion for technology and educational improvement expertise to open doors for enhanced digital learning, as well as strengthening health and wellness programs and increasing engagement among principals and district administrators. In 2010 Dr. Miyashiro pioneered one of the first 1:1 ipad digital initiatives making Encinitas Union an Apple Distinguished District in 2012.
In 2007, Dr. Miyashiro moved to Laurel Elementary School, a Title 1, 30 % English language learner (ELL) school in the East Whittier City School District, and enacted sweeping reforms that exited the school from program improvement status by 2009. He implemented school-wide targeted professional development, infused structured teacher collaboration, revamped curriculum, and initiated new global student learning opportunities. He further improved tutoring for at-risk students, reduced discipline referrals 90%, and quadrupled parent engagement in the PTA.
In 2003, he became the principal at Richman Elementary School in the Fullerton School District. Within three years, removed the school from program improvement status. During his tenure, he also lifted the academic performance index (API) from 591 to 800+, expanded tutoring through collaborative partnerships, cut discipline referrals by 90%, and propelled PTA membership 500%. He also secured $700K in grants to enhance learning and paved the way for digital learning.
Dr. Miyashiro has a Doctorate in Education, specializing in Educational Leadership and Policy, from the University of California and a Master’s in Education Technology and Curriculum from Grand Canyon University. Credentials include Administrative Services, California Teaching Professional, and the Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development Credential (CLAD).
Dr. Miyashiro is the CA State Board of Education’s appointed Co-Chair of K-12 Computer Science. A progressive thought leader, he frequently presents as a keynote speaker on various hot topics at industry conferences and summits.