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Montgomery Middle is distinguished as a P21 Exemplar School

Montgomery Middle School Named 21st Century Learning Exemplar by P21

Exemplars nationwide feature how innovation makes learning possible for all students.

El Cajon, CA December 1, 2015 -  P21, the leading organization advocating for 21st century learning for every student, has designated Montgomery Middle School as an exemplar school, as part of a nationwide initiative identifying models of exemplary 21st century learning practices that are preparing students for success across the United States.

Now entering its 4th year, P21’s 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program shares case studies of schools and districts that have successfully transformed student learning through innovative and transformative practices that include collaborative teaching and learning, distributed leadership, student voice and choice, engaged community partnerships, a climate of achievement, and evidence-based practices into teacher practice, curriculum, assessment, and professional development.

The 2016 21st Century Learning Exemplars, including Montgomery Middle School were selected along with 17 schools and 2 districts through a rigorous application process, and evaluated for educational excellence and 21st century learning implementation.

“The staff at Montgomery is dedicated to providing a unique learning experience for each student, in order to prepare them for life and career skills” said Dr. Jacqueline Luzak, Principal of Montgomery Middle School.  “While working together, the staff models the skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity that they teach to our students in their daily lessons.”

“Every student deserves to experience authentic 21st century learning” said Dr. Helen Soulé, P21 Executive Director. “P21 is proud to highlight the hard work exhibited by all P21 Exemplars as they redefine what teaching and learning means for students and educators in a world where learning doesn’t stop.”

Case studies on schools just announced, including Montgomery Middle School will be unveiled in 2016.  All PreK-12 schools in the U.S. are eligible to be considered for the Exemplar Program and encouraged to apply between December 1 – January 15 at

Visit for a list of all Exemplars, case studies, powerful learning stories, podcasts, videos, and more. #PatternsofInnovation

P21 media contact:
Tatyana Warrick ( / 202-312-6430) 

School/district media contact:

Jacqueline Luzak, Principal

School overview:

Montgomery Middle School is an International Baccalaureate school that provides an environment of collaboration, innovative technology use, and inquiry based problem solving, all set in real world situations for a diverse population of students.

P21 recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world.  Representing over 5 million members of the global workforce, P21 is a catalyst organization uniting business, government and education leaders from the U.S. and abroad to advance evidence-based education policy and practice and to make innovative teaching and learning a reality for all. Learn more at and @P21Learning