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Dr. Manuel Rustin (CA '11)


John Muir High School
Pasadena, CA

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Dr. Manuel Rustin was:

John Muir High School
Pasadena, CA

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

As lead teacher for John Muir High's Smaller Learning Community (SLC) in Arts, Entertainment and Media (AEM), Manuel Rustin creates such a stimulating environment that when he offered a state test prep boot camp after school for a group of 30 students, 60 lined the halls ready to go. Rustin made room for them all.

Rustin's teaching effectiveness is characterized by an innovative approach to instruction which has motivated higher thinking skills, increased peer learning relationships and strengthened ties between the curriculum and real world. Standout projects have been to create songs and performances about the Constitution and establish Facebook profiles for historical figures.

Rustin also drives his students to think independently and prepare them for college. In his classes, they become versed in performing self-assessments and charting goals. Rustin conducts his own assessments of students at the beginning, middle and end of the year. In a school that had traditionally been underperforming, Rustin's students are seeing noticeable gains in achievement.

In addition to his daily duties, Rustin is responsible for coordinating student recruitment and internships for his SLC as well as providing professional development for fellow staff. He is a member of the school's leadership team and its AVID site team, as well as a lead trainer for Thinking Maps--a common visual language and graphic organizing system for note-taking--now in every classroom. Rustin was instrumental in the overall redesign of the school into SLCs, and his AEM SLC became certified in June 2011.

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Dr. Manuel Rustin In The News

LISTEN --> Why One Teacher Gave All 'A's' During Last Spring's Lockdowns — And Why Another School Decided Not To Change A Thing
LAIst  |  Sep 14, 2020  |  Los Angeles, CA

WEBINAR --> To the Extent Feasible: Strategies for Success with Distance Learning
EdSource  |  May 14, 2020  |  Oakland, CA

Teacher Connects With Students Through Urban Studies
KNBC-TV (time stamp = 1:20)  |  NBC  |  Feb 15, 2015  |  Los Angeles, CA

Everyday Heroes: Manuel Rustin
Harvard Graduate School of Education  |  Apr 09, 2012  |  Cambridge, MA

Dismissed and ignored
Pasadena Weekly  |  Mar 15, 2012  |  Pasadena, CA

Returning the favor: John Muir teacher Manuel Rustin engages students, earns top teaching award
Pasadena Weekly  |  Feb 09, 2012  |  Pasadena, CA

Pasadena teacher surprised with $25,000 award
KPCC  |  Feb 01, 2012  |  Pasadena, CA

Pasadena High School Teacher Surprised With $25,000 National Milken Educator Award
Pasadena Now  |  Jan 31, 2012  |  Pasadena, CA

Surprised Pasadena teacher receives national honor
Los Angeles Times  |  Jan 31, 2012  |  Los Angeles, CA

Young John Muir Teacher Receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Pasadena Independent  |  Jan 31, 2012  |  Pasadena, CA

PUSD Teacher Surprised with Milken Educator Award
Pasadena Unified School District  |  Jan 31, 2012  |  Pasadena, CA

Pasadena Teacher Surprised With Prestigious Award
MSNBC  |  Jan 31, 2012  |  Los Angeles, CA