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Thursday, April 12, 2018


Children can explore at Imaginology from April 13-15 at OC Fair & Event Center
Make things, learn things, see things work. Kids can explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math, aka STEAM, during Imaginology, a three-day learning festival starting Friday at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. Some 40,000 families are expected over the weekend. “Imaginology is our largest community give-back event of the year,” said Terry Moore, spokeswoman for the Fair & Events Center. “It is all about hands-on learning. There are a lot of makeshops where kids can make something and take it home.”


Most Californians are worried about school shooting threats and oppose arming teachers, survey finds
Most Californians are worried that a school shooting like the one that occurred in Parkland, Fla., in February could shed blood closer to home, a new survey found. Some 73% percent of adults and 82% of public school parents said they were very concerned or somewhat concerned about school shootings. The Public Policy Institute of California surveyed 1,704 adults in the state by phone just after the March for Our Lives protest against gun violence.

Huntington Beach school trustee calls for removal of committee member over alleged ‘colored people’ comment
An Ocean View School District trustee is calling for the removal of a member of city and school district panels who is alleged to have referred to minorities as “colored people” in a YouTube video.


Guaranteed transfer path from community college to University of California announced
More California community college students are expected to transfer to the University of California — and face fewer hassles along the way — starting in fall 2019 as the result of a new agreement between the two education systems. Community college students who complete existing sequences of courses — known as pathways — that make it easier to transfer into particular majors at UC’s nine undergraduate campuses will be guaranteed a spot somewhere in UC if their grades are high enough, under the plan announced Wednesday.


Lawmakers aim to give schools access to more long-term data
Education leaders aiming to close the achievement gap in postsecondary outcomes would provide more information needed to better assess and adjust their K-12 college and career programs under a bill pending in the Legislature. SB 1224, authored by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, would require the California Department of Education as well as each of the state’s higher education systems to track student data from Kindergarten through their transition into the workforce.

Patrons of art education reside in some surprising places
The report, issued by the Arts Education Partnership in conjunction with the Education Commission of the States, relied on a matrix of 13 policy areas judged to be critical to keeping art education a focal point of K-12 curriculum. Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, just two met 12 of the survey’s 13 benchmarks—Minnesota and New Hampshire. Alabama was second by virtue of meeting 11 out of 13. Six states—California, Connecticut, Montana, Ohio, Rhode Island and New Jersey—met all but three.


High school students earn honors in state competition for aspiring teachers
High schoolers from Santa Ana and Orange have won first-place honors in two of three state competitions organized by a group that assists students pursuing teaching careers. For the second straight year, Luis Diaz of Century High School in the Santa Ana Unified School District took first place in Educators Rising California’s Creative Lecture contest, which challenged students to deliver a TED Talk-style presentation.

Meet Orange County’s Classified School Employees of the Year for 2018
OCDE has announced this year’s top classified school employees for Orange County. Six county finalists were selected from among 64 nominations based on their work performance, leadership, commitment and involvement with their schools and communities. Each is now eligible to compete for state-level honors.

Educators tout how environmental literacy can lead to well-rounded curriculum
On Tuesday 100 teachers, school administrators and experts gathered for the event, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy, to discuss how outdoor and environmental learning experiences can serve as powerful tools to help develop a well-rounded curriculum.


In California, The First Union Forms At A Virtual Charter School
In California, a group of teachers announced today that they are forming the first union for an online charter school. The teachers work for the California Virtual Academies, or CAVA—a virtual charter school run by the for-profit, K12 Inc., that enrolls an estimated 12,000 students in the state. After a four-year organizing campaign, the teachers are joining the California Teachers Association, and have won a contract promising increased pay and lower student-teacher ratios.

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