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.
There are now more than two dozen STEM ecosystems at various stages of development around the country -- and many of them are modeled after the OC STEM Initiative here in Orange County. [...]
Thanks to the countywide initiative known as OC Pathways and community partners including OpTerra Energy Services, eight high schoolers from Santa Ana are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime research experience as summer interns at NASA’s famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Click through to read the story and watch a brief video.
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.
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. [...]
If you’ve been following the OCDE Newsroom you know that the Orange County Department of Education announced the county’s 2016 Teachers of the Year today. We now bring you the final winner, the community college Teacher of the Year, Dr. Karah Street. [...]
Today, we’re following along as the Orange County Department of Education announces the county’s five Teachers of the Year for 2016. We now bring you the next teacher honored this morning, Janis Leach. [...]
This morning, the Orange County Department of Education and a handful of program sponsors have been visiting schools to announce the 2016 Orange County Teachers of the Year. And here at the Newsroom we are following the announcements and bringing you some information on each of the winners. Now, we bring you the story of Natalie Carias, our most recent honoree. [...]
The “prize patrol” bus loaded with OCDE administrators, media and sponsors continued the journey announcing the five 2016 Orange County Teachers of the Year this morning. We now bring you the story of the next winner: Sharon Romeo. [...]
Today, the Orange County Department of Education announced the county’s five Teachers of the Year for 2016. In the next few posts, we’ll be sharing a bit more about the winners and the qualities that make each a great teacher. Let’s begin with Lisa Moloney, a second-grade teacher at Perry Elementary School in the Huntington Beach City School District. [...]