Superintendent Receives Prestigious Award from OCDE

Under Dr. Kim-Phelps’s leadership, the district was honored as a 2015 White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” and was named a 2016 District of Distinction by District Administration magazine for establishing the first Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Academy in California.  In addition, Dr. Phelps has worked diligently to increase English learner achievement through the implementation of 21st century learning initiatives that include: increasing STEM/STEAM offerings, 1:1 Chromebooks, blended learning, digital badging, leadership capacity building, dual language immersion and Pathways to Biliteracy.  These initiatives have increased English learner achievement in WSD and they have increased English learner access to rigorous curriculum and 21st century skills. 

Congratulations also go out to Melanie Rafkin from Finley and Rosalie Zamarron from DeMille for receiving OCDE's Celebrating English Learners Success Award at the District level.