World renowned glassblowers and collaborating brothers, Einar and Jamex De La Torre perform exhibition at SBVC

San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) students were in for a treat on Wednesday, November 30th, as Einar and Jamex De La Torre performed a live exhibition at SBVC in front of a few dozen students.  The SBVC Art Department coordinated exhibition was held at the college’s glassblowing studio, where the Guadalajara natives created a three foot heart glass sculpture.  “Today we live and work on both sides of the border – The Guadalupe Valley in Baja California, México, and in San Diego. The complexities of our immigrant experience and contradicting bicultural identities, as well as our current life and practice on both sides of the border, inform our art’s narrative and aesthetics,” said the brothers.  The World Renowned Glassblowers, the De La Torre Brothers, have won The USA Artists Fellowship award, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and The San Diego Art Prize. After the two and a half hour exhibition, the brothers had the students step out of the studio, which was loud due to the machinery and hot because of the burners, to host a live Q&A.  One student

RUSD’s STEM CARES program earns prestigious State Golden Bell Award!

For the second straight year, the Rialto Unified School District has earned the prestigious California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award. The District was honored in the Climate Change Innovation category for leadership in environmental education and stewardship. The RUSD was recognized for its innovative STEM CARES (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, Cultivating Active Responsible Environmental Stewards) program at the annual Golden Bell Awards ceremony, held December 1, at the San Diego Marriott in the City of San Diego. Leaders from RUSD Education and Business Services accompanied Rialto Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Stephanie E. Lewis, Board Member Joseph W. Martinez, Board Member-elect Evelyn Dominguez, and RUSD Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila at the ceremony. Dominguez will take her seat as a board trustee at the next Board of Education Meeting on December 14.  “It is a great honor to once again receive the prestigious Golden Bell Award,” Dr. Avila stated. “This achievement highlights the tremendous work our staff has done with the STEM CARES program to create opportunities that provide students with exciting and meaningful learning experiences as they prepare for

Amazon to fund 15 elementary schools’ Computer Science education at Rialto USD

Amazon and Rialto Unified School District announced that Amazon is funding computer science education and teacher professional development for 15 elementary schools in the District which will impact more than 7,000 students from underserved communities in technology, as part of its Amazon Future Engineer program. Amazon is working with BootUp PD, a nonprofit professional development provider, specializing in elementary school education, to bring computer science to each school. BootUp PD’s typically in-person PD sessions adapt well to a virtual model and provide teachers with the tools they need to bring engaging coding lessons to their students both on-screen and in-person. High-quality computer science education for elementary school students during their school day is a critical piece of Amazon’s “childhood to career” approach because it helps bridge equity skill gaps at an age when students are just beginning to formulate ideas about their futures. “Our District is proud to partner with Amazon Future Engineer and BootUp PD,” stated RUSD Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila. He added, “This is another strong partnership that provides our students options to explore computer science through school curriculum and project-based learning, using

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education lists CSUSB as Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics

Another win for San Bernardino and the region as a whole, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) has just been included in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s list of Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics. The university was ranked 35th out of 100 colleges and universities from across the country. The ranking is based on hispanic enrollment (on and off campus), resources, modes of educational delivery, and innovation for the college’s first-generation students, who typically face the most adversity throughout their educational journey.  “I am incredibly proud of this recognition by Hispanic Outlook,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “We work incredibly hard to support our students, the majority of whom are first-generation, that is, their parents do not have a college degree.” He further noted that, as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, understanding the needs of this specific student population is critical to building their academic success. “They are not a monolithic group,” he said. “Understanding this fact assists in our efforts to address their needs.” According to the University, in 2019 it awarded a total of 4,252 bachelor’s degrees with Hispanics receiving 2,530 or