More than 4.5 million AP Spanish Language and Culture tests are taken annually across the globe, and among this school year's test-takers are two Orange County students who both earned perfect scores. Noeli ... Read More
OCDE assistant superintendent of instructional services earns CUE award for promoting digital learning
She went above and beyond in promoting the educational use of technology to advance student achievement, and now she is being recognized for her efforts. OCDE Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Serv... Read More
The Irvine Unified School District and its top administrator were recognized this week for their efforts to strengthen arts education and increase student access. IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker was present... 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
Lawsuit filed by OCDE, county supt. targets fees levied by Orange County Employees Retirement System
In a lawsuit filed Feb. 23, Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares and the Orange County Department of Education have asked the courts to affirm that the Orange County Employees Retirement Syste... 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.
Astronaut Leland Melvin, who voyaged to the International Space Station in 2008 and 2009, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural OC Pathways Showcase, held in Hangar 244 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. The event, featuring innovative displays from local schools, colleges and businesses, drew about 300 educators and business leaders to celebrate the first year of OC Pathways.
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.
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.