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Education news from Orange County and beyond

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    There was a time when video game consoles were considered incompatible with academics, based on the belief that they distracted rather than stimulated young minds. But many educators are now recognizing the potential of gaming to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as the STEM fields, while introducing them to 21st-century […]

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    Back in February, we learned that Tesoro High music teacher Keith Hancock was awarded the Grammy Foundation’s prestigious Music Educator Award for 2017. Now we’re hearing the Capistrano Unified standout is in the running for another major accolade — the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, which includes $1 million in funding. The Varkey Foundation is a London-based […]

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    You tend to see an uptick in stories about kindness this time of year. But this recent article in the Orange County Register, involving local students from Tustin’s Pioneer Middle School, caught our attention. As Susan Christian Goulding writes, Francine Petress is a beloved crossing guard in the Pioneer community, committed to keeping her young […]

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    Students at St. Mary’s School in Aliso Viejo are already making a meaningful impact across the globe with their work at school. Every eighth-grader who attends the K-8 private school participates in a project that uses 3D printers to create parts of prosthetic hands, which students assemble before shipping them to India. The Orange County […]

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    Jillian Johnson-Sharp wants to clear up any lingering misconceptions about career technical education, also known as CTE. Enrollment in these courses should not be viewed as a separate, non-college track for students eager to pick up job skills, she says. Instead, today’s CTE offerings are designed for all students, pairing standards-based instruction with career training […]

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    The holiday season might be winding down, but you still have to opportunity to give especially if you want to help out a local school or classroom. Dozens of teachers, administrators and others at schools across Orange County have set up crowdfunding projects on the popular nonprofit DonorsChoose.org site. It’s an easy way for anyone […]

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    Local history and social science educators may want to mark their calendars: OCDE will host a History-Social Science Instructional Materials Fair, showcasing content from the state’s recently-adopted list of approved materials, on Jan. 29. The event, geared toward administrators, curriculum coordinators, coaches and teachers, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building […]

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    It’s the start of a new calendar year, and with that comes a batch of state laws affecting Orange County’s public schools and community colleges. The slew of new laws for 2018 aims to address students health, social and emotional issues, along with targeting more tuition relief, and other issues. Here is a list of […]

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    Students from Brea Olinda High School’s Building Industry Technology Academy were recently tasked with designing and building a new volunteer booth to welcome visitors at the Fullerton Arboretum. Suffice to say, they did not disappoint. According to the Orange County Register, some 60 teenagers spent roughly 11 weeks planning and constructing a sophisticated three-person guidance kiosk, […]

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    Two teams from OCDE’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Venado Middle School in Irvine recently made it to the playoffs in the national Battle of the Books reading competition hosted by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. And one of them has earned a bid to the national finals in March. This year, more […]

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    California will provide an additional $2.6 billion revenue to public education in the upcoming school year, Gov. Jerry Brown revealed Wednesday as part of his preliminary budget proposal. The money will help the state fully finance the Local Control Funding Formula, which gives districts more flexibility to provide additional support and intervention to schools with […]

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    Fifth-grade teacher Pam Conti from Pegasus School in Huntington Beach is on a mission to take water samples from Dana Point, and more from the Santa Ana River in Huntington Beach, back to her fifth-grade class to conduct tests to find out just how bad the water is after the first major rain of the […]

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    Eighty-six Orange County students were selected by their high schools for their efforts to strengthen their communities, think creatively, conserve nature and live healthier as part of the Disneyland Resort’s “Dreamers & Doers” awards. The community service program was created by the resort with the goal of encouraging and spotlighting high schoolers who give back […]

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    Why have societies historically valued kindness? How can positive interactions with others impact our physiology? Why do we keep needing to remind ourselves to be kind? And what would happen if an entire county were to embrace kindness? These are some of the questions posed by Orange County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares in the latest […]

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    Joining a number of other local districts that have moved up their start dates, Los Alamitos Unified will welcome back students from their summer vacations on Aug. 8 this year, the Orange County Register reports. The altered schedule provides an extra week off in February around Presidents’ Day, and schools will be shuttered the entire […]

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    Two Orange County Department of Education educators were named finalists for Parenting OC’s 2018 Top Teachers of Orange County Awards. Allen Witten, a teacher at Sunburst Academy in Los Alamitos, and Janet Dicker, a teacher at OCDE’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Venado Middle School in Irvine, are among 25 honorees for the […]

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    Believe it or not, this year marks the 50th anniversary of that 10-event scholarly showdown known as the Academic Decathlon. It’s been pretty well documented that the Academic Decathlon originated right here in Orange County, the brainchild of former County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Peterson. But few probably know that the idea came to […]

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    An untold number of schools across Orange County and throughout the state are taking part in the Great Kindness Challenge this week. Created by the nonprofit group Kids for Peace, the Great Kindness Challenge is a national program devoted to capturing as many acts of kindness as possible in a single week — typically the last […]

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