Ed100, a website and initiative dedicated to demystifying California’s public education system, is inviting Orange County students ages 13 and up to attend a virtual summer conference promoting leadership and civic engagement.
Set to take place from June 20-22, the Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders is free for students who register at ed100.org/blog/student-leader-academy. Educators and PTA leaders are also encouraged to attend to help student leaders get the most out of the program.
“The Ed100 Academy provided me with a strong foundation on the education system, connected me with organizations I would’ve not known if I didn’t attend, and inspired me to make a change at my school,” said Ben Nguyen, a Canyon High School junior who is also the Ed100 student outreach ambassador for more than 100 high schools in Orange County. “I highly recommend and encourage all high school student leaders to apply to this unique and valuable conference and sit in the same ‘room’ as other student leaders.”
Organizers said the goal is for every high school in the state to be represented by at least one freshman, one sophomore and one junior, but there is no limit on the number of students who can apply or participate. Along with making peer connections, students will receive an Ed100 Academy certificate upon completion.
A full agenda is expected to be announced closer to the event. Past conference speakers have included California State Board of Education Executive Director Brooks Allen, Khan Academy Founder Sal Khan, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and actor Hudson Yang.
Ed100 is a free, online resource with self-paced courses and analysis designed to help parents, educators and community members better understand California’s complex education system. To learn more, visit ed100.org.