Award Year: 2019

Robert C. Fisler School

1350 Starbuck Street
Fullerton, CA, 92833-5668

(714) 447-2890

Ms. Julienne Lee, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Yolanda Castillo, Current Principal

Fullerton Elementary School District

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At Robert C. Fisler School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate, and think critically in a technology-rich environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 81%
  • Two or more races: 6%
Students coding instructional games using littleBits.

Students coding instructional games using littleBits.

Robert C. Fisler School K-8 builds on student learning through leveraging strong instructional practices and rigorous academic programs. Fisler enhances student learning through a progressive Computer Science Pathways Program, which was awarded California's Gold Ribbon Award 2016, California Distinguished School Award 2018 and Apple Distinguished School 2017-2019. The Computer Science Pathways Program offers coding skills that build through the grade levels, beginning in Kindergarten and progressing to 8th grade. Students utilize block coding and language-based coding to program Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots, create apps, build websites, and program artificial intelligence.

Students are encouraged to take risks in a safe learning environment and practice mindsets based on Mindset for Learning by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz (2015). Resilience, optimism, flexibility, persistence, and empathy are infused with practices such as Design Thinking, where students are given the opportunity to empathize with an audience, to design and ideate, and then to build prototypes and test their ideas. These mindsets are placed into practice in competitive events such as Robot Nation, Congressional App Challenge, and Science Olympiad, where the mindsets become the essential foundation for teamwork. Students are empowered to be agents of their own learning by discovering, defining, and impacting their future with innovative solutions that change the world.