A limited number of seats are still available for an upcoming showcase to celebrate the first year of OC Pathways, an initiative that's paving the way to college and career success and strengthening the 21st-century workforce. Open to educators and industry leaders, the inaugural OC Pathways Showcase on Dec. 2 will feature innovative displays from local schools, colleges and businesses, as well as a keynote address from NASA astronaut Leland Melvin. “Equipping Students for the Global Innovation Economy” is the theme of the event, which will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. inside Hangar 244 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. [...]
"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.
Hey, guess what? It's Friday again, and that means we've got another roundup of stories you might have missed. Click through for the latest education recaps and links.
Leaders from 27 education groups that focus on the advancement of science, technology, engineering and math have gathered in Washington, D.C. this week to exchange strategies for building STEM education. Specifically, they’re exploring ways to increase the number of STEM networks or ecosystems, which promote learning in these fields by fostering collaboration among schools, businesses and community organizations. [...]
From now until Dec. 18, all K-12 students, parents and teachers can share their views on the role and use of technology for learning as part of the 13th annual Speak Up National Research Project. [...]
Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County's superintendent of schools, has released a brand new report assessing OCDE's progress toward meeting its eight strategic goals. "Measuring Up: Strategic Priorities and Key Performance Indicators” offers a user-friendly snapshot of how the department's programs and services are performing while tracking the achievement of Orange County students overall. Click through to view the report and learn more.
Perhaps you've been following the story of eight students from Santa Ana who earned the rare opportunity to be interns at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. On the day before they completed the program, we dispatched a video crew to talk about their experiences.
Back in April, we helped spread the call for nominations for the Innovation in Education Awards presented by Project Tomorrow and the OC Tech Alliance. The nine finalists who are now in the running for the awards were announced today. [...]
California’s most recent mathematics standards have changed what teachers and students are doing in the classroom. As a result, teachers are faced with the task of assessing student learning in a way that aligns with the current standards. [...]
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.