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Thought Leadership Collaborative


March 2017


Vista Students Get Window Into the Workplace - Deborah Sullivan Brennan


Vista's "Talent City" Campaign Expands - Vista Press


Talent Cities Press Release - Dave Palmer


The Talent Cities Solution - Gerri Burton 


California Dashboard Charts Path to Education Improvements - Deborah Sullivan Brennan


February 2017


Linking Schools to Businesses - Matt Doyle 


Keep and Eye on Transformation at Vista Unified Schools - Grant Lichtman


Strengthening Early Literacy - Devin Vodicka 


How Two Innovative School District Prepare Students for the Future - Digital Promise 


October 2016


Vista Receives Golden Bell Award for Personal Learning Challenge - Dave Palmer


Jenny Anderson Is Named San Diego and California Teacher of the Year - Tom Torlakson


September 2016


A New Model for Education - KUSI News


Vista High becomes an XQ Super School - Deborah Sullivan Brennan


Time Magazine Showcases XQ Super Schools - Katie Reilly 


XQ Prize is Result of District Transformation - Gerri Burton 


August 2016


School District Takes a Moon Shot with Personalized Learning - Ray Huard 


July 2016


Learning Ecosystem Readiness Report - Gerri Burton 


June 2016


Personal Learning Status Report - Dr. Matt Doyle


XQ Vista Challenge High Press Release - Dave Palmer 


May 2016


Vista Unified Hailed as Innovators by Educators & Entrepreneurs Around the Globe - Ray Huard 


The Learning Counsel Highlights Vista's Personal Learning 


Education in the Digital Age - Deborah Sullivan Brennan 


April 2016


The School District of the Future is a Learning Ecosystem 


Personal Learning is our Moonshot


Summit marries technology, educators and investors - Maureen Magee


Educators’ ‘TED’ Talks-Style Forum Leads Up to ASU+GSV Summit - Michelle Molnar 


Bill Gates to Ed. Tech. industry: 'Engage Teachers.' - Maureen Magee


Good Schools for All: Kindergarten Slaps you in the Face - Kinsee Morlan


Voice of San Diego Pod Cast - Kindergarten Readiness




Student Voice Leads XQ Super School Design




Vista Unified is committed to reaching our vision to become the model of educational excellence and innovation.  To this end, we realize that the best learning environment is one that envelops students in all facets of their life; and one that focuses on each student's strengths, interests and values. Building a learning ecosystem requires a new paradigm of partnership with businesses, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, parents, government agencies, non-profit organizations and philanthropic organizations. 


The Vista Unified Thought Leadership Collaborative is our vessel of change.  It is a vehicle that houses our plans and aspirations, our ideas and conversations.  Its goal is to bring the best of our minds together and look at things in new ways with new, broader purposes.  Mostly it is intended to share the lessons we learn from the journey we are on — a journey that will take us to a new form of school district.  In our public schools, we now see emerging a learning ecosystem that begins pre-natal and continues lifelong.  This is a journey intended to reshape the community and the local economy, keeping kids in school, seeking full potential and creating talent that fuels local business and high priority sectors and industries yet to be defined.  Through the Thought Leadership Collaborative we truly intend to break the mold in ways that can only be accomplished by transforming the American school district.  We invite to join us on this journey.  Be prepared to begin a conversation that may take many forms and many possibilities.


Vista High Selected as XQ Finalist


Achieving Our Vision



A Learning Ecosystem


Vista Innovation Center for Educational Research and Practice

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Educator Tour

February 16, 2017

Slide Deck

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Vista Highlighted at ASU-GSV


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Leadership Advance 2016

Leadership and Innovation Retreat 2017

Vista Educators will use this webpage to engage in collaborative learning opportunities with colleagues within Vista Unified and across the country for the purpose of transforming the learning ...more

Leadership Advance 2016