In the news: Five OC Teachers of the Year announced, Brea Olinda Unified gets a new chief and more

It’s Friday, May 22, and here’s a batch of recent education stories as we head into a cool Memorial Day weekend.

  • In the NewsOCDE’s “Equipping an Emerging Generation” conference, featuring education reform expert Michael Fullan and College Board Senior Vice President Trevor Packer, drew more than 400 educators and business leaders to the Hyatt Regency Orange County.
  • The Brea Olinda Unified School District has announced the selection of a new superintendent. Pending approval by the school board, Dr. Brad Mason of the Redlands Unified School District will succeed Brea’s longtime chief, Dr. A .J. “Skip” Roland.
  • The Orange County Register is reporting that few local parents have opted their children out of online assessments aligned with the state’s new instructional standards.
  • Students from Oxford Academy in Cypress won first place in their division in the 13th annual Metropolitan Water District Solar Cup Competition, which had contestants build and race 6-foot plywood skiffs propelled by sunlight-charged batteries.