When you close your eyes and picture a public school, what images come to mind? Do you see chalkboards, workbooks and rows of wooden desks? Or do you see iPads, STEM projects and collaborative learning space... Read More
In 1943, Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez did what many Orange County families do each year — they sought to enroll their children in their neighborhood school. But they were turned away from 17th Street School ... Read More
For many, 2016 has been an immensely challenging year, culminating with one of the most toxic and divisive elections in the history of our country. The latest presidential campaign has, it seems, reopened old ... Read More
Mijares: Strategic Plan supports vision that OC students will lead the nation in college and career success
In August, the state released the second round of scores from new online assessments aligned with California’s English and math standards. Once again, Orange County students outperformed state and regional aver... Read More
A new state initiative has the potential to have a transformative impact on education in California — and the Orange County Department of Education has been tapped to lead the way. OCDE was recently awarded ... Read More
One billion is a number that’s impossible for most of us to fathom. But if it can be measured in dollars, why not acts of kindness? On May 5, we posed that question to approximately 500 educators and communi... Read More
It’s been said that a single act of kindness can grow roots in all directions. If that’s true, what would happen if we pledged to commit a million acts of kindness? Or even a billion? We intend to find out. ... Read More
Whether you’re an educator, a parent, a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle or even an older sibling, there is something special about reading to a child. With each turn of the page, horizons expand, and new shad... Read More
OC Pathways, an initiative that's bringing together schools, colleges and businesses to create new career paths in targeted industry sectors, just capped its first year — and it was quite a year. Click through to read the latest column from the desk of Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County's superintendent of schools.
"The Hour of Code offers a global introduction to computer science with one simple call to action," writes Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares. "It asks every single student and as many adults as possible to write code for one hour during the week of Dec. 7." In his latest column for the OCDE Newsroom, Dr. Mijares explains how a campaign that makes it easy to write code is demystifying the field of computer science.