All schools in Orange County will be back in session in September, making it a great time to emphasize the importance of not missing school. It is critical that schools intervene early to identify and address the issues that contribute to chronic absenteeism. [...]
The Orange County Department of Education and Code.org are hosting a free workshop for K-5 educators interested in teaching computer science. The one-day workshop will take place on September 12 at the OCDE offices in Costa Mesa. [...]
New school registration is underway throughout Orange County, and students and parents may be asked to pay some fees. In an effort to clarify what fees schools can and cannot charge and how schools can be complaint with the law, we consulted with our Orange County Department of Education legal counsel. [...]
California is now in its fourth straight year of below average rainfall and this past winter was one of the warmest on record. The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada has a water content of only five percent of the historic average, the lowest since 1950. This has placed California firmly in one of the worst droughts in the state's recorded history. Everyone, including schools, are encouraged to do their part to conserve water. [...]
Back on May 20, county Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares surprised five local educators with the news that they’re the Orange County Teachers of the Year for 2016. Along with OCDE staff, media and sponsors, we were on hand at each stop with our cameras rolling. Click through to watch a brief video featuring this year's honorees.
Whether you know it as the "summer slide" or "brain drain," we've got a few tips for keeping young minds sharp and active over the summer months.
Travis Ranch School in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has been named the Western Region winner in the national KidSmartz Safety Dance Video Contest for their creative video aimed at empowering elementary school students to practice safe behaviors and learn abduction prevention skills. [...]
Education reform expert Michael Fullan was the keynote speaker at OCDE’s “Equipping an Emerging Generation” conference, which drew more than 400 educators and business leaders to the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Hosted by County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, the event also featured Trevor Packer, senior vice president for the College Board. [...]
California will send 36 of its best National History Day projects to Maryland next month for a final showdown on the national stage, and eight of those entries will travel from schools right here in Orange County. Also expected to make the trip: The 15 local students who created them. [...]
Every field has its fair share of jargon, but education seems to take it to a new level. Buzzwords are used frequently in the learning community and it's important to keep up with the lingo -- especially if you're a parent navigating through the ever-changing educational landscape. Test your knowledge of school terminology with these common buzzwords used in education today. [...]