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Mijares: Anaheim kindness campaign underscores the value of promoting character

An initiative in Anaheim that challenged local students to complete one million acts of kindness could be a model for the rest of the county, writes Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares. "As our schools charge forward with new educational standards and funding models, we cannot lose sight of the fact that a 21st-century education must also be a values-based education." Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
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Mijares: Results of new standards-based assessments reveal local success stories

"In September, the state released the first batch of new assessment scores that revealed how well students are learning California’s English and math instructional standards," writes Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares. "The result? Orange County students had outpaced their state and regional counterparts, both on the English and math portions of the test." Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
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Mijares: Communication is vital to the success of OCDE and Orange County schools

As part of a strategic effort to strengthen collaboration and engagement, "OCDE is in the process of enhancing and expanding its communications presence by leveraging the latest media platforms to deliver news and information that is accessible, relevant, compelling and credible," writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County superintendent of schools. Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
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Mijares: JPL internship exemplifies collaborative efforts to create college and career pathways

A paid summer internship that has eight talented Santa Ana students working with JPL scientists and engineers is "precisely the type of experience that was envisioned when the state Department of Education awarded our own OC Pathways initiative a $15 million grant to expand career pathways for students from kindergarten through college," writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County superintendent of schools. Click through to read the superintendent’s latest column.
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Mijares: New online assessments will produce detailed feedback to refine instruction

The state's new English and math assessments "challenge students to think critically, draw conclusions and cite evidence. As a result, we expect to have more detailed information than we’ve ever had before to indicate which skills and content areas have been mastered," writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools. Click through to read the superintendent's latest column.
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Mijares: Research suggests ‘grit’ plays a significant role in a student’s educational success

In education, we often talk about the factors that contribute to academic achievement. We talk about quality teaching, family support, high expectations and the role we all play in the success of our students. We dialogue about poverty, crime and how a lack of access to health care and basic services can stand as barriers to college and career readiness. Yet there’s another factor that research suggests is a major gauge of growth and development. In fact it’s a personal trait we know as grit. […]