Beginning tomorrow and continuing the following Saturday, high school teams from throughout the county will convene for the 49th annual Orange County Academic Decathlon. We’ve got that and more in this week’s roundup of local education news.
- Three students from OCDE’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program have advanced to the final four in the national “Battle of the Books” reading competition sponsored by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
- A nonprofit education organization announced a voluntary certification program aimed at establishing uniform standards for high school academies that promote career readiness.
- A special education teacher from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District won the coveted 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, allowing him to research student-led learning practices in another country.
- Months after the Fullerton Joint Union High School District issued Chromebooks at its six campuses, La Habra High’s tech-savvy principal says the devices have transformed how students approach learning.
- A team from Fountain Valley High School placed fifth in a state contest challenging students to create mock businesses. Now their virtual enterprise is headed to the national competition in New York.
- Over the next two Saturdays, dozens of local high schools will participate in the 49th annual Orange County Academic Decathlon, competing for individual awards, local bragging rights and a chance to represent Orange County at the California Academic Decathlon.
- The Centralia School District has committed to preparing student meals from scratch at least once a week, joining dozens of other districts participating in the California Thursdays initiative.
- And finally, art students from Santa Ana High School are painting portraits of homeless men and women — and using the proceeds to benefit their subjects.
That’s all for now. Have a great weekend.