In the news: Flipped teaching, upgrades at Katella, promoting kindness and more Ian Hanigan November 20, 2015 It’s the last Friday before Thanksgiving, and we’ve got a feast of local education stories you might have missed. Following the lean years of the Great Recession, new funding has resulted in increased opportunities and new programs at Orange County schools. The “flipped” learning model, which emphasizes individualized learning and greater student responsibility, is becoming increasingly popular. Schools across the U.S. are engaging in difficult discussions with students about the recent attacks in Paris. More than 400 students from Aliso Viejo’s Don Juan Avila Elementary School paid tribute to military veterans on Nov. 13. An Oxford Academy sophomore’s determination to share the importance of money management with his peers lands him an on-campus interview with California State Treasurer John Chiang. New Horizon, an independent Islamic elementary school in north Irvine, was one of only 50 private campuses in the nation — and four in California — to earn Blue Ribbon status this year. A statewide campaign organized by the advocacy group Californians for Justice and its Student Voice project encourages educators to believe in all students’ ability to succeed. Upgrades at Katella High School in Anaheim will be the first to be funded by a $249 million voter-approved bond facilities bond. Modeled after the “Humans of New York” website, a social media campaign at a local high school is promoting community and kindness.