Weekly roundup: Ocean Institute’s Adopt-A-Class program, Esperanza’s dance captain featured, and more

Ocean Institute in Dana Point is offering scholarships for its Adopt-A-Class program, which allows students in underserved communities — primarily from Title I schools — a chance to visit for free.

The program is funded through sponsors, providing opportunities for hands-on, outside-the-classroom learning, “which broadens horizons and opens new pathways to successful futures,” according to the website.

Teachers are encouraged to apply for the program using the institute’s online form.

Founded in 1977, the nonprofit Ocean Institute offers in-depth marine science, maritime history, and outdoor education programs. For more information, visit oceaninstitute.org.

And here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week:

  • Spectrum News focused its scholar-athlete spotlight on Kaitlyn Lauryn Wilson, an Esperanza High senior who is captain of her school’s championship dance program. Kaitlyn says dance has given her the means to express herself and overcome challenges in life.
  • With a 3-2 vote, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified school board approved a resolution that bans the teaching of critical race theory in district classrooms.
  • The Orange County Board of Education voted to cut the annual base salary of the elected county superintendent of schools by 13.7 percent starting July 1, the Orange County Register reported.
  • Sunny Hills High’s esports program was recently featured in a news segment that was distributed to PBS stations across California. The piece shows how video gaming is engaging students, strengthening communication and collaboration, and spotlighting potential career pathways in the STEAM fields.
  • The Ocean View School District has found its next superintendent. The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Michael Conroy to succeed Dr. Carol Hansen, who announced her plans to retire this coming July.
  • High school and community college teams participated in the 37th annual Design Build Competition put on by the Construction Industry Education Foundation. Using architectural designs and other construction documents, students built structures in the parking lot of the OC Fair & Event Center.
  • The drive for young people to achieve perfection in body, mind and career has increased significantly since the 1980s, according to Los Angeles Times, citing research from the American Psychological Association. That’s said to be taking a toll on students’ mental health.
  • Where can young adults turn if they’ve aged out of the public school system without a high school diploma? OCDE’s College and Career Preparatory Academy offers a path to move forward, writes Orange County Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares.

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