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REMINDER: State still taking input on career tech standards

REMINDER OF PUBLIC HEARING: A new set of goals and teaching benchmarks for career technical education are being formulated by the California Department of Education but the window remains open for the public to weigh in on exactly what those criteria should be. To read the current proposal and to comment, click here http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/sf/ctemcstandards.asp Two public hearings are scheduled, one in Sacramento on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the California Department of Education, room 1101… Read More »

Input sought for career technical standards update

A new set of goals and teaching benchmarks for career technical education are being formulated by the California Department of Education but the window remains open for the public to weigh in on exactly what those criteria should be. To read the current proposal and to comment, click here http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/sf/ctemcstandards.asp Two public hearings are scheduled, one in Sacramento on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the California Department of Education, room 1101 in Sacramento.  

SSU wins English language learner professional development grant

Sonoma State University has been awarded a national grant dedicated to support professional development activities for elementary and secondary teachers and other educators working with English language learners. Eleven California universities won a total of $3.8 million in 2012 National Professional Development grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Sonoma State University was awarded a grant of $194,250. A total of 73 grant winners across the country will receive $24.4 mllion, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. California universities… Read More »

Blue ribbon nominees: No school from these parts

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson today unvieled his list of 35 schools from across the state for the National Blue Ribbon Honor. A quick journey down the list shows that not a single school in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt or Marin counties are on the list. Do readers have thoughts on this one? What gives? The closest schools to our north bay region are two from San Francisco Unified – Alice Fong Yu Alternative School and Lowell High School. In order… Read More »

Is your school green?

The California Department of Education has released the application for schools to apply to become federal Green Ribbon Award winners. Applicants will be judged on whether their facilities have a net zero impact on the environment, whether their green facilities have had a positive impact on the health and performance of students and staff and whether their students are literate on the environment and sustainability. The deadline is apply is Feb. 17. The CDE expects to forward up to four… Read More »

Torlakson to be sworn in Monday

Want to see the new state schools chief sworn in on Monday? You can. The event is open to the public. Tom Torlakson will be inaugurated as the state’s 27th State Superintendent of Public Instruction Monday in Concord. He will be sworn in by Barbara Nemko, superintendent of the Napa County Office of Education. The inauguration will be at 9 a.m. at Mt. Diablo High School where Torlakson remains a teacher on leave after teaching science, math and world history… Read More »

Laguna High honored by state

Outgoing State Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell on Friday released the top 27 continuation high schools in the state. Laguna High School in Sebastopol was honored as a “2011 Model Continuation High School.” Continuation high schools serve students who lack sufficient school credits and are at risk of not graduating. The model schools program is a partnership of the state Department of Education and the California Continuation Education Association. “These schools create a culture of learning for and provide educational… Read More »

Local schools awarded federal grants

Santa Rosa City Schools and Cotati-Rohnert Park have won a combined $240,000 from the Enhancing Education Through Technology competitive grants. Santa Rosa was awarded $190,000 and Cotati-Rohnert Park will get $50,000, according to the California Department of Education, which announced the awards today. In Mendocino County, Ukiah Unified was awarded $50,000 and Leggett Valley Unified got $10,000. In Lake County, Konocti Unified got $50,000. “These grants will help schools use data effectively to improve student achievement and close the achievement… Read More »

Test scores: Should we aim higher than 800?

In a teleconference with reporters on the release of the latest round of API and AYP scores, state schools chief Jack O’Connell said now is the time to consider upping the state’s goal from a target of 800 to something beyond. How much beyond, he wouldn’t say. Now is the time for “thoughtful and open discussion with our educational community…as to whether we should raise the API score past the 800 target,” he said. O’Connell acknowledged the recent budget cuts,… Read More »

Two Sonoma County schools honored by state

Two Sonoma County schools are among those being honored by the California Department of Education as a 2009-10 Title 1 Academic Achievement Award winner. Piner Elementary and R.L. Stevens Elementary schools were among the 238 honored by the state. “These award recipients prove that with hard work and high expectations, students can overcome challenges and achieve academic success,” said state schools chief Jack O’Connell in a statement. “By working together, administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents have raised student achievement… Read More »