In October, we read an intriguing story about an ambitious project over at Marina High School, home of the Vikings. Students at the Huntington Beach campus, led by their enterprising wood shop teacher Bob Meade, were building a full-scale Viking ship -- and planning to launch it in Huntington Harbour. Naturally we had to check the thing out for ourselves. [...]
An Orange County School of the Arts student with aspirations of public service and a very impressive resume will represent California in the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program. Zena Meyer of Irvine secured the prestigious appointment following a rigorous review process and the high school junior will travel to Washington, D.C. in March to study the federal government as a guest of the U.S. Senate. [...]
How’s this for recognition? State Superintendent Tom Torlakson recently cited the Laguna Beach Unified School District as one of the three leading digital districts in California. “These bright spots serve as lights of encouragement and guidance for our state,” Torlakson wrote in this letter to district leaders about technology and equity. [...]
It’s the last Friday before Thanksgiving, and we've got a feast of local education stories you might have missed. Click through for this week's headlines.
High school students have an opportunity to discover and share their life and family histories over the upcoming holiday via the ambitious Great Thanksgiving Listen initiative, sponsored by StoryCorps. The goal is to offer participants a chance to discover the history in their own families and lives while honoring their elders through the act of listening. [...]
Of the seven California entries to earn medals at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Maryland, no fewer than three were from schools in Orange County. Click through to see which schools produced this year's top NHD submissions.
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. [...]
We recently caught up with one of our Inside the Outdoor programs leading a field trip for third- and fourth-grade...
The results are in from the 2015 National History Day-Orange County competition. Capping months of research and preparation, student projects were displayed and judged at OCDE’s main campus on March 14, and an awards ceremony followed two days later. A breakdown of all the medalists by division and category has since been published on OCDE’s National History Day webpage. [...]