December 4, 2012, Washington, D.C —Sunnyside Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Manuel Isquierdo, lives and practices the “it takes a village” philosophy. With a hugely at-risk population, including over 94% minority and 30% English language learner students, Dr. Isquierdo knew his district needed to access the best and brightest minds to develop a plan to give these students the building blocks they needed to succeed. Understanding that collaboration is key to student success, Dr. Isquierdo knew that more exposure to technology would be the game changer for engaging and preparing his students, raising the district’s graduation rate and improving academic achievement.
With his One-to-One teaching and learning environment that provides each student access to a wireless laptop throughout the school day and beyond, Dr. Isquierdo is empowering his students with “anytime, anywhere” learning. In fact, the program has proved so successful that the Sunnyside District is recognized nationally as one of the leading districts in One-to-One education. Dr. Isquierdo believes his work with the BLEgroup was the catalyst behind this initiative to bridge the local digital, economic, language and learning divides.
“It is important for the community at large to know that the One-to-One initiative came out of the BLEgroup. I participate in two BLEgroup Leadership panels per year because they provide me with access to cutting-edge technologies and solutions for our district,” stated Dr. Isquierdo. “My participation has afforded my district tremendous acceleration by leveraging the BLEgroup’s platform. Our district benefits from this partnership because we then have the opportunity to pilot these products and build a better learning environment for our students.”
All of the district’s investments in technology and student competencies increase the economic value and vision of the local community, students and families.
“Dr. Isquierdo is a dynamic educational leader who understands the needs and interests of the communities served by the district,” says Dr. Eliot Levinson, CEO, BLEgroup. “We are proud to work with such an impressive leader who consistently demonstrates a philosophy of education that considers sociological, cultural and historical foundations.”
About Sunnyside Unified Schools:
Sunnyside Unified School District covers 93.6 square miles in the southern part of Tucson, Arizona, and serves more than 17,000 preK-12 students in 22 schools, including two large high schools. The percentage of students who are identified as minority is 94.4%, approximately 86% of SUSD students are eligible for free/reduced-price meals and about a third are classified as English language learners (ELL).
The BLEgroup is dedicated to the strategic use of technology for improved outcomes and operational efficiency. They provide services to technology firms, education publishers, schools and financial institutions working in the education sector. For more information, visit www.blegroup.com.