Superintendent Al Mijares

Former Orange County Superintendent John Dean

John F. Dean, former Orange County superintendent of schools, dies at 89

John F. Dean, who served as Orange County superintendent of schools from 1991 through 2001 and led OCDE through the county’s 1994 bankruptcy, died last week at the age of 89. During his decade-spanning tenure as county superintendent, Dr. Dean was admired for his work in creating safe school environments with high achievement and low dropout rates. He advocated for funding to serve special education programs and supported the Alternative, Community, and Correctional Schools and Services program to include incarcerated students and students experiencing homelessness. [...]
Michael Fullan

Education advisor Fullan calls for collaboration and capacity-building at OCDE conference

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. [...]
2016 Teacher of the Year Karah Street

2016 Orange County Teacher of the Year: Dr. Karah Street

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. [...]
2016 Teacher of the Year Janis Leach

2016 Orange County Teacher of the Year: Janis Leach

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. [...]
2016 Orange County Teacher of the Year Natalie Carias

2016 Orange County Teacher of the Year: Natalie Carias

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. [...]
2016 Teacher of the Year Sharon Romeo

2016 Orange County Teacher of the Year: Sharon Romeo

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. [...]
2016 Teacher of the Year Lisa Moloney

2016 Orange County Teacher of the Year: Lisa Moloney

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. [...]
Equipping an emerging generation invite

Educators invited to register for OCDE’s ‘Equipping an Emerging Generation’ conference

Seats are still available for an upcoming education conference featuring a pair of highly influential academic leaders. “Equipping an Emerging Generation,” hosted by OCDE and County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, will include presentations by renowned author and researcher Michael Fullan and College Board Senior Vice President Trevor Packer from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. [...]
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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.