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Monday, February 05, 2018


Santa Margarita Catholic High School teacher named among top 25 teachers in Orange County
Santa Margarita Catholic High School teacher Jason Lawrence will be featured as one of the top 25 teachers in Orange County, selected by ParentingOC magazine. The school nominated Lawrence because of his efforts and dedication to the school’s robotics team.

Former teacher who lived in Aliso Viejo facing federal charges for alleged child sex tourism
A former teacher who was convicted in state court for sexually assaulting a teenage boy he met while serving as a court-appointed advocate is now facing a federal indictment alleging he went on a child-sex trip to China. Ezequiel Christopher Barragan, 51, was named Friday in a federal grand jury indictment alleging he traveled to China in August of 2009 to “engage in illegal sexual activity with a 16-year-old.” Barragan, who lived in Aliso Viejo, used to teach Spanish at Dana Hills High School.


Edison High business students get advice from Microsoft and more during senior trip to Massachusetts
Thirty-one Edison High School business students received advice from organizations such as Microsoft during a seven-day senior trip to Massachusetts. The eighth annual trip was through the Huntington Beach school's Center for International Business and Communication Studies, a four-year program with curriculum focusing on competitive projects, job shadowing and internships with business partners.

Sawdust Festival teaches art at elementary school
For the eighth consecutive year, the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach taught an art lesson to children at Kinoshita Elementary School in San Juan Capistrano. About 120 kindergartners and first-graders received the instruction Jan. 17.


This simple solution to smartphone addiction is now used in over 600 U.S. schools
Graham Dugoni, 31, started Yondr to remind people what it’s like to live phone-free. He founded a company, Yondr, whose small, gray pouches swallow phones and lock them away from the fingers and eyes of their addicted owners. People entering a school, courtroom, concert, medical facility, wedding or other event are asked to slip their phones into the pouches when they enter. Once locked, the phones stay with their owners until they are ready to leave the premises, and then the devices are released from their tiny prisons at an “unlocking base.” They are now used in more than 600 U.S. schools.


‘It’s a big world out there’: Teachers take math outside the classroom
In Dan Goldfield’s high school math class, students don’t learn about large numbers by staring at a whiteboard and copying zeros. They go to a beach and count grains of sand. Goldfield is among a cadre of educators who’ve found that teaching math outside the classroom — in the park, on a city street, at a playground — is an effective way to engage math-averse students at all grade levels. Math is everywhere, they say, so why not go out and discover it?


Legislature considers trimming role of state schools chief
Lawmakers are expected to hold an informational hearing later this month to consider drastic changes to the role and responsibility of the state schools chief—potentially even asking voters to eliminate the office. At issue is the long-standing power-sharing structure that California law imposes on education policy, where neither the Superintendent of Public Instruction nor the state board of education have ultimate authority.


Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'
"In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "the nation needs an intervention." This new report, titled Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, is meant to be that intervention: a resource for teachers who are eager to help their students better understand slavery — not as some "peculiar institution" but as the blood-soaked bedrock on which the United States was built.


Academic ‘decathletes’ battle for O.C. crown in thrilling Super Quiz Relay
Teams took their places at center court inside Westminster High School’s gymnasium, surrounded by fans that packed the bleachers, armed with banners, flags and cardboard signs. Hundreds of students from 42 local high schools deciphered dozens of tough questions as part of the Super Quiz Relay. It’s the final round of the Orange County Academic Decathlon, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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