Dr. Grant Litfin Named 2019 California CTE Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators
- April 2, 2019
- Posted by: Cuselleration
- Category: News
Tustin Unified School District Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services, Dr. Grant Litfin has been named 2019 California Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). Litfin represented the Tustin School Management Association in the ACSA Administrators of the Year program.
“There are thousands of school administrators in California representing 19 regions and to be chosen as CTE Administrator of the Year is quite an accomplishment,” Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said. “Grant is an outstanding educational leader who is making a tremendous difference in Tustin Unified schools by expanding STEM and CTE opportunities for all students. I’m proud of Grant and his achievements and dedication to public education.”
ACSA was established in 1971, and is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 16,000 school leaders throughout California. The organization annually honors outstanding administrators for their leadership skills, professionalism, creativity, innovation, and commitment to a quality education.
Litfin has worked in public education for 18 years – the past seven in Tustin Unified. He oversees the Informational Technology Department, Career Technical Education (CTE), and Enrollment/Transfers. During his time in the District, Litfin has established business partnerships, such as Tustin Toyota’s “Drive for Perfect Attendance Program” for high school seniors, and coordinated CTE Pathway courses and TUSD’s annual College Night and Career Fair. He also serves on the Coastline Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Steering Committee, Orange County Career Pathways Partnership Executive Committee for Orange County, and Tustin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Since Litfin has come to TUSD, the District has added a CTE program (including Project Lead the Way courses) to all six middle schools, started a K-12 robotics league with teams from all 29 schools, expanded computer science programs and high school engineering programs, and implemented a high school career pathway program culminating in a capstone class and recognition at graduation for 14 different pathways.
Through his efforts in grant writing, Litfin has secured millions in funding that has helped TUSD build and sustain programs in areas such as media/film, visual imagery, graphic design, and engineering. Due to Litfin’s support and coordination, Tustin Unified has a thriving CTE program throughout the District, especially at the high school level.
“I’m honored to receive this recognition, and I’m even more excited that the amazing Career Technical Education (CTE) programs our teachers have built are being recognized at the county and state levels,” Litfin said. “Years ago, our school board set a clear vision for the growth of College and Career Readiness and placed it among our most prominent academic goals. Our talented administrators and teaching staff took that vision and make amazing things happen for students on a daily basis. This is a TUSD award, and I hope everyone involved shares in this recognition.”
In February, Litfin was selected as Orange County CTE Administrator of the Year by ACSA, Region 17, which represents 28 school districts in Orange County. He will be recognized at the 46thannual ACSA “Administrators of the Year and Friends of Education Awards” Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at the Irvine Marriott. Litfin will be honored for California CTE Administrator of the Year at the ACSA State Awards Banquet on Friday, November 8, in San Francisco.
Congratulations to Dr. Litfin!