Cuauhtémoc Avila, PhD

Cuauhtémoc Avila is the first Mexican American and youngest Latino school chief ever hired by the Rialto Unified School District (Rialto USD), unanimously appointed superintendent in 2015. He has been a leader in public education for more than 22 years. Avila began his career as an educator in 1994 as a middle school teacher in the Compton Unified School District. During his 13 years in the district, he served as a successful elementary, middle, and high school principal.

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The Green Return to School: California Administrators Find a New Lens for Teaching Environmental Literacy

The new school year is approaching, and educators are having to adapt to a new educational reality amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As California administrators think outside the box with new solutions to keep environmental literacy at the forefront as students return to school, outdoor education is emerging as an opportunity to pair social distancing with the benefits of giving students access to nature and equitable educational opportunities.