IUSD Insights

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IUSD Insights is the District’s official monthly publication for news and information. As part of our commitment to ensure the IUSD community is well-informed about District priorities, initiatives, successes and challenges, included are stories that highlight our work to provide the highest quality education we can envision. These stories showcase the many people, partners and voices who collectively comprise the “US” at the center of IUSD. 

Message from the Superintendent 
Terry Walker

The Crucial Role of Adaptability Quotient in College, Career. and Life Readiness

More than any other time in human history, our students live in a world that is characterized by unprecedented technological advancements and rapid societal changes, which requires students to possess a strong Adaptability Quotient (AQ) for college, career, and life readiness. AQ is the ability to evaluate, synthesize, and apply knowledge to real-world scenarios, overcome challenges, and adjust to change, all in real time.

The message is clear from higher education and industry leaders: students must not be prepared for “something,” they need to be prepared for “anything.” So how do we prepare our students for “anything?” In addition to academic excellence, our students also need a diverse set of skills such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and digital literacy paired with a growth mindset, resilience, and perseverance. More...


CTE Month

IUSD Recognizes Career Technical Education (CTE) Month

Career Technical Education (CTE) Month, which takes place every February, focuses on programs that prepare students for advanced education and career success. IUSD middle and high school students have opportunities to take CTE college and career readiness courses that provide hands-on learning experiences that build teamwork, leadership, creativity and problem solving skills, in various industry sectors. 

Each middle and high school offers various career pathways, which include Automotive Repair and Maintenance, Construction Technology, Digital/Visual Media, Culinary Arts, Film and Video, and more. More...

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Expands Opportunities for Students

IUSD values the learning journey of every student and is committed to providing dynamic and supportive learning opportunities to encourage student success,  now and in the future. One tool aligned with the District's overarching goal of continuous improvement is Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a research-based school-wide system that prepares students for college, career and life readiness.   
AVID strives to equip students with essential skills by helping them meet the highest educational standards through academic and social support, playing a pivotal role in ensuring each student's academic success and readiness for college, career and life. More...

Career Exploration Experience (CEE) program.

Unique Opportunity to Explore careers through the CEE program

If you are a high school junior looking for a productive way to spend this year’s summer break and enhance your college admission/application preparedness, consider applying for the Career Exploration Experience (CEE) program. Organized by the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, this micro-internship experience offers students accepted into the program a chance to experience what it’s like to work for renowned companies across Orange County.  IUSD Insights heard from past participants and employers on their experiences with the program. More...

National School Counseling Week

Thank You to Our Counselors: National School Counseling Week

As part of National School Counseling Week, IUSD is celebrating and highlighting the important work of our school counselors. National School Counseling Week, which is themed "School Counseling: Standards-Based, Student-Focused," is from Feb. 5-9 and focuses public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within school systems. Thank you to our school counselors for the positive impact you make within IUSD and beyond! More...


February Parent Workshops

February Irvine Parent Education Program Workshops

IUSD offers workshops and presentations through the Irvine Parent Education Program (IPEP) to provide support and assistance for the families of IUSD students throughout the school year. To view the February workshop schedule, visit iusd.org/ipepMore...


Pre-K Info Night

IUSD Hosts a Pre-K/TK Parent Information Night

IUSD is hosting a Pre-K/TK Parent Information Night on February 26 at 6 p.m. for parents and families to learn more about IUSD’s Early Childhood Learning Programs. The Pre-K/TK Parent Information Night will provide an overview of Pre-K (TK) in IUSD, review the enrollment process, immunization requirements and include information about IUSD’s virtual option. The meeting will conclude with a Q&A session following the presentation. More...

Global School Play Day 2024

Global School Play Day 2024

Global School Play Day (Feb. 7), which was co-founded by IUSD’s Scott Bedley, a fourth-grade teacher at Eastwood Elementary, emphasizes the importance of unstructured play to promote creativity, problem-solving skills and overall well-being. Nearly 450,000 students from more than 70 countries participate yearly, including many IUSD schools and students. More...



HR Corner
Job Fair 2024

IUSD Job Fair: Start Your Career In Education

IUSD is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, February 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Learning Center (3387 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine) in Room 1. At the job fair, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about open positions, submit applications and even interview on the spot. If you have one, bring your resume but it is not required. More...


Speak up, We care
Cultivating Resilience to Support Student Success

Cultivating Resilience to Support Student Success 

Life is filled with ups and downs, and helping our children, youth and teens navigate challenges they will inevitably face academically and personally is a crucial aspect of supporting the whole child.  As we strive to prepare them for an ever-changing world, focusing on developing strategies for resilience, adaptability and embracing a growth mindset can set our students up for success. IUSD’s Counseling and Mental Health and Wellness teams have provided some helpful tips for our students and families. More...

News around the district
Niche Best District and School 2024
IUSD Science Fair
IUSD Teachers of the Year 2024

In case you missed it, the following is news from around the District!  Throughout each month IUSD Communications posts the latest District news and information in the News Center section of iusd.org. Please check this site regularly or follow us on FacebookInstagram and X.