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Rowland Unified Named as One of 45 “Districts of Distinction” Nationwide by District Administration Magazine

July 12, 2018 -- The Rowland Unified School District has brought home another national award for its innovative approach to teaching and learning. The District has been named as a ‘District of Distinction,’ one of 45 school systems in 26 states honored in the July edition of the national education magazine, District Administration. The award was established by District Administration to honor school districts across the nation that are leading the way with new ideas that solve challenges. Rowland Unified was honored for its districtwide approach on aligning instructional initiatives, professional learning and data driven decision making for improved student achievement.

“This recognition is attributed to the hard work and dedication of our staff in employing innovative practices at all of our schools that is tied to a shared vision of student success,” said Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell. “Establishing and implementing instructional initiatives focused on student achievement has and will continue to propel RUSD forward. We are committed to being future focused and preparing our students for college and career.”

In Rowland Unified, a new framework for teaching and learning was created to align instructional initiatives and professional development for all staff. The focus areas of literacy, mathematical practices or inquiry are selected and school principals and their leadership teams design specific professional development activities to target the need.

“These districts all have developed exemplary programs to support students in their education and well beyond the classroom,” says JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “We hope our readers are inspired by the innovation of these honorees to create successful initiatives in their own districts.” Honorees were selected based on the quantifiable results and replicability of their initiatives. The July 2018 Districts of Distinction honorees were selected by the magazine’s editors from numerous nominations. To view a full list of honorees, visit

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The Rowland Unified School District has garnered numerous state and national awards including California Distinguished and Gold Ribbon Schools, and is proud of its challenging academic programs supported by the arts, activities and athletics. RUSD has 19 schools with approximately 14,000 students in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (18+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, the community can call (626) 965-2541 or download the free Rowland USD Mobile App for iOS and Android phones/devices that has news, school calendars, a safety Tip Line, and helpful parent and District resources. The public can also follow Rowland schools on Twitter @RowlandSchools or visit