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Wednesday, October 02, 2019


OCDE in 30 Seconds: Understanding the connection between wellness and learning
OCDE knows healthy students are better learners. That’s why the department offers school nursing support and health services to 27 local districts. If you’ve got 30 seconds, Health Services Coordinator Pamela Kahn will tell you more.


Can charter and public schools share space without fights? LAUSD’s $5.5-million solution
Five schools, including three charters, share the Westchester High School campus, making for a potential headache when it comes to drop-off and pick-up, serving food and using the library and athletic fields. A plan unanimously approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles Board of Education won’t fix all the logistics at schools like Westchester, but it offers $5.5 million to make sharing campuses more manageable and collegial. The funding works out to about $100,000 for each of the 55 campuses that host one or more charters in the nation’s second-largest school system.


LAUSD student data, now ‘kept on over 80 different databases,’ to be stored in one place
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner on Tuesday announced a new system intended to consolidate information about the district’s 600,000 students. “Teachers, principals, and counselors currently spend too much time searching for information about each student, taking away valuable time that can be better spent addressing the needs of students,” Beutner said. “Student data is kept on over 80 different databases and this new platform will provide all of the information in one place.


Flavored tobacco products banned in Los Angeles County; calls for statewide ban heat up
Los Angeles County on Tuesday banned flavored tobacco products including e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes amid concerns that the products appeal to young people. The ordinance takes effect in 30 days. Retailers will then have 180 days to clear their shelves of flavored tobacco and apply for updated licenses required under the new rules.

Parents should say millions of words to babies and preschool kids. 'Word pedometer' keeps you on track
Parents may want to have a few words with their children before sending them off to school. But ideally, they should have millions of words with them before the first day of class. The number of words a child is exposed to in the first four years of life can have big impact on their brain development, language skills and school readiness, researchers say. Just how many words? A minimum of 15,000 words a day for strong language development, researchers say. Children from low-income households often get a fraction of that, leaving them less prepared when they get to school.


A Santa Cruz County teacher designed glittery hearing aids on dolls to make her deaf students feel represented
Genesis Politron is a preschool and kindergarten teacher in Watsonville, California, who works with deaf and hard of hearing students. While shopping for toys for her class, Politron realized there weren’t any dolls that resembled her students with hearing devices. So she decided to craft some on her own. Using creativity — and a lot of glitter — the teacher added hearing aids and cochlear implants to the new baby dolls for the school.


Identifying developmental delays is target of new California law
More young children will be screened for developmental delays under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The new law, Assembly Bill 1004, requires doctors to screen children enrolled in Medi-Cal for developmental delays using surveys recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and at three specific times — 9 months, 18 months and 30 months.

Hundreds sign up for the new Calbright College
Calbright College’s opening day generated a lot of interest. About 655 people had started an application, of which 324 potential students are in the process of enrolling, and 11 had already enrolled with educational plans and started the self-paced programs, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, said Taylor Huckaby, the college’s communications director. Because this is the community college system’s first foray into an entirely online, competency-based institution, Calbright officials had said they would cap the first class of students at 400 people.

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