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MVUSD Selected to Serve in the Community Engagement Initiative’s Cohort II Peer Leading and Learning Network

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) is one of six school districts across the state selected to serve in the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) Cohort II. 

The CEI is a five-year effort intended to strengthen the California Statewide System of Support by building the capacity of school districts and communities to engage their communities in more authentic ways. The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS), the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), and Families In Schools (FIS) jointly lead the CEI.

“We are excited to have been selected to serve in this incredible initiative,” said MVUSD Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora. “We are proud of the programs and services that we are able to offer our families, and are looking forward to building and sustaining capacity on a statewide level.”

The Moreno Valley Unified School District was selected to be part of the initiative due to its successful implementation of programs and services such as its parent literacy clubs, parent ambassadors, Families for College, telephone town hall, and the community wellness center. 

“Each of these programs has provided an opportunity for our district and schools to connect with our families,” said School Board President Dr. Marsha Locke. “We are honored to serve in the Community Engagement Initiative Cohort II along with five other districts, allowing us to work with other districts to make an even bigger impact in our communities.”

CEI is designed to:

  • Build capacity in communities and districts by having “difficult conversations” with a focus on improving outcomes for students;

  • Identify effective models of community engagement and develop metrics for evaluation;

  • Develop partnerships between districts and county offices of education to deepen community engagement; and

  • Scale-up outcomes to improve community engagement statewide and use effective practices toward continuous improvement for districts and county offices of education.

In addition to Moreno Valley Unified School District, the following districts have been selected for the second cohort of CEI: Chino Valley Unified School District in San Bernardino County; Riverside Unified and Val Verde Unified in Riverside County; Pajaro Valley Unified in Santa Cruz County; and Upper Lake Unified in Lake County. The second cohort is expected to grow to more than 20 total districts. The deadline to join is Sept. 28.