Guadalupe Union School District is tucked into the northwestern corner of Santa Barbara County, just a few miles from the California coast.
Guadalupe Union School District is tucked into the northwestern corner of Santa Barbara County, just a few miles from the California coast. The district was ranked the lowest-performing in the county when Superintendent Dr. Emilio Handall came on board. Recent projects to strengthen educational services include state-funded facilities improvements and a 1:1 tablet initiative for junior high students.
To further encourage students and families to read together at home over winter break, the district launched the Gift of Literacy program, a new offering of digital books and news articles built around Renaissance myON Reader and Renaissance myON News, powered by News-O-Matic. Guadalupe’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Gina Branum explains, “We wanted a hook, using programs that make reading so engaging that students would rather read than watch movies or play video games.”