Orange County administrators and other educational leaders are invited to attend a conference on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, or MTSS, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. You might not have heard of MTSS, but the term is becoming more familiar among educators throughout the state. Essentially, it’s a comprehensive framework that schools are using to address each student’s academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs, and it relies on staff collaboration and data-driven decision-making. [...]
A quick check of the calendar reveals today is the first day of spring. It’s also International Day of Happiness, as well as a Friday – is that redundant? – and we’ve got a quick recap of the week’s local education news. Click through for links to recent articles about OC schools.
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. [...]
More than 4,000 students and families from middle school through college will learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts at the 2015 STEM and the Arts Career Showcase April 24-26. Organizers say the goal is to help students see how their interests and passions align with real-world jobs – and to motivate them to pursue higher levels of education. [...]
Dual language immersion, which clusters English-speaking students and speakers of a foreign language, has gained traction in recent years based on its ability to achieve bilingualism while narrowing the achievement gap, writes Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools. Click through to read his latest column.
On a warm Monday morning, a Feed the Children truck rolled into the Orange County Department of Education’s main campus and workers began unloading 22 pallets with boxes full of donated supplies for students experiencing homelessness. In total, over 1,900 items were dropped off, including backpacks filled with school supplies, non-perishable food, hygiene essentials and children’s books. [...]
Celebrating creativity and inclusivity, OCDE and the statewide arts organization known as VSA California are once again partnering to deliver arts education and appreciation to people of all abilities at the 39th Annual VSA Festival. Thousands of children, parents, teachers and professional artists are expected to participate in the event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Westfield MainPlace shopping center in Santa Ana. [...]
Did you know OCDE is on Facebook? We're guessing probably not. The fact is we’re pretty new to social media, and we could use a few “likes” if you feel like heading over to our official Facebook page. [...]
It’s Friday the 13th, and lucky for you we’ve got another batch of Orange County education stories you may have missed. Click through for links to recent articles about OC schools.
The California Board of Education has voted unanimously to suspend the Academic Performance Index for the 2014-15 school year as the state works to develop a more comprehensive accountability system based on multiple measures. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the move on Wednesday. [...]