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Grant Litfin Appointed Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services and Robert Craven Named Director of Educational Services

Grant Litfin Appointed Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
and Robert Craven Named Director of Educational Services

 The Tustin Unified School District has appointed Dr. Grant Litfin as Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services and Robert Craven as Director of Educational Services. Litfin replaces Dr. Crystal Turner, who will become superintendent of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and Craven will take over for Litfin as a director in the Educational Services Department.  Both appointments become effective July 1.

 “TUSD is fortunate to have so many talented leaders who are ready to step into new roles. I have great confidence that Dr. Litfin and Mr. Craven will continue to advance the District’s work to help students thrive now and in the future,” TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin said.

Grant Litfin has worked in public education for 16 years – the past five as Director of Secondary Education in Tustin Unified. Prior to coming to Tustin, he served as principal of Los Alamitos High School in the Los Alamitos Unified School District for three years. He has also been a middle school reading intervention and science/technology teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Torrance Unified School District.

Litfin has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. John’s University, a master’s degree in educational management and school administration from the University of La Verne, and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.  

As a director in Educational Services, Litfin has established business partnerships, such as Tustin Toyota’s “Drive for Perfect Attendance Program” for high school seniors, coordinated Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway courses and TUSD’s annual College Night and Career Fair, and serves on the Coastline Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Steering Committee and Orange County Career Pathways Partnership Executive Committee for Orange County.

Among his accomplishments, Litfin was named 2015 Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year by the Tustin School Management Association and represented TUSD at the Orange County Administrators of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Region 17. He has also received awards and grants in science, math and technology; presented at leadership workshops; and participated as a member of the NASA Advanced Space Academy for Educators.

Robert Craven has worked in educational technology for 12 years – the past four as Chief Technology Officer in TUSD. Prior to joining the District, Craven was Director of Technology and Media Services in the Fullerton School District for two years. He also served as Educational Technology Coordinator for the Saddleback Valley school district and Coordinator of Educational Technology at the Orange County Department of Education.   

Craven began his career as a middle school teacher, technology coordinator and magnet school coordinator in South Gate. He recently served on the Computer Using Educators Board of Directors as its president. In 2012, he served on State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s Educational Technology Task Force. Craven is also a member of the New Media Consortium Horizon Report K-12 edition Advisory Committee and, since 2003, he has been an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Craven has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Williamette University, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Utah. 

Among his many honors, Craven was named 2016 “Education Technology Leader of the Year” by Toshiba, received the 2016 Gold Disk award from the National Computer Using Educators (CUE) organization for outstanding Ed Tech professionals and has won several awards from the International Society for Technology in Education for exceptional leadership in connected learning in the digital age. 

Additionally, Craven has served as a presenter at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Annual Mobile Learning Week Symposium in Paris, France; National School Board Association’s Technology + Learning Conference; and many other educational technology workshops. He also serves as co-chair of Toshiba’s 2016-17 Education Advisory Board.