Penelope A. DeLeon, Ed. D.
Dear GUSD Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Though the new academic year will undoubtedly present unique challenges as we navigate the pandemic, as the Pride of the Foothills, we will overcome those challenges with strength and vision- striving for excellence in all we do.
As your new Superintendent, I am thrilled to announce the launch of our new online learning platform, Canvas, through which our incredible Glendora Unified teachers will deliver rigorous, engaging, project-based lessons virtually. We look forward to providing an outstanding educational program, whether in distance learning, a hybrid model or traditional, in-classroom model. If there is a silver lining in this new and ever-evolving educational environment, it is the opportunity to embrace an innovative, digitally integrated instructional model, designed to provide our students will both the state-adopted content and the 21st century skills they will need to achieve powerful futures as GUSD graduates- in a world withcareers we can scarcely imagine today.
Another innovation for the 2020-21 school year is our new online independent study program- the Glendora Online Learning Academy, also known as GOAL. This program provides an option for parents
who prefer self-paced, self-scheduled and self-directed educational programming. In my experience, this option is particularly valuable for parents with demanding work schedules, or who home-school. GOAL may also be the perfect fit for students who prefer working independently, with the ability to spend as much or as little time on a lesson or concept as is needed for mastery- rather than follow a pre-determined pacing. We are committed to continuing our renowned performing arts, athletic, career technical and extracurricular programs, doing our very best to provide the same high-quality instruction, despite the limitations of a virtual world.
In closing, the Board of Education and the entire Glendora Unified School District community are dedicated to ensuring your child receives a world-class education, in world-class schools- and we will
work tirelessly to that end. That is the Glendora way.
Dr. Penelope A. DeLeon
Superintendent of Schools
Glendora Unified School District