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Gompers Charter Middle School director Vince Riveroll is one of four finalists for the Outstanding Young Educator Award, given annually by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, a nonprofit focused on professional development for educators.

According to ASCD’s recent press release:

Vincent Riveroll, founding director of Gompers Charter Middle School in San Diego, California, was selected for his collaborative approach to educating students at risk of falling behind. Riveroll is an instructional leader who holds his staff accountable for student achievement but also inspires them by modeling the good teaching practices he expects. In addition, Riveroll encourages parents to participate in decisions about everything from the school’s design to its community outreach strategies. He also provides parents with information and resources to help them support their children in reaching the high, lifelong expectations of Gompers.

Gompers is among the best-known charter schools in San Diego, after a blitz of media attention when it opened in 2005. It has won attention for its disciplined environment, but its test scores have yet to reach state goals. The school is built along the same educational model as Preuss School UCSD, a charter high school now working to repair its reputation after a University of California audit found widespread grade-changing at the school.

ASCD will announce the winner in March, at its annual conference in New Orleans.

EMILY ALPERT

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