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4 schools, 2 advisors earn Peer Assistance Leadership program awards for their work to engage students
The Orange County Department of Education recently honored four schools and two advisors for their work to implement creative and innovative practices that enhance student engagement and connectedness through the agency’s Peer Assistance Leadership, or PAL, program. The PAL program is built around the concept of students helping students.


Irvine violin teacher arrested on suspicion of molesting student; police say there may be at least one other victim
Peter Kwon teaches under the business name “Peter Kwon’s String Studio” and also teaches at Vienna Music Institute in Irvine and the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana.


'We're fighting against a culture of go, go, go': Newport-Mesa hears possible anti-stress strategies for schools
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District may consider changes in its curriculum and other practices after hearing a presentation from a Stanford-based nonprofit that works to help schools and families create a more balanced life for students. "We're fighting against a culture of go, go, go where schools are busier than we ever have been before," Margaret Dunlap, school program director for Challenge Success, said during a special school board meeting Monday.

This student followed the new L.A. schools chief on his first-day tour
Melissa Barales-Lopez, a senior at Garfield High School followed Supt. Austin Beutner on his first day on the job, as he toured a variety of programs around the Los Angeles Unified School District. Here’s what she took from the experience.


The art of engagement: classroom management now matters more in teacher training
It doesn’t get the attention that curriculums and test scores do, but classroom management — the art and craft of keeping a room full of 20 eight-year-olds, or 35 teenagers, engaged and under control — is among the most challenging aspects of a teacher’s job. And it’s something for which new teachers are often the least prepared.


Billionaires vs teachers union: Charter school fight amps up race for California governor
They are Democrats and Republicans. They are residents of California, New York and Arkansas. They have made fortunes in technology, real estate, retail and media. What do these billionaires have in common? They aim to shake up public education by promoting charters—schools that receive taxpayer funds but are not required to follow all the rules that govern traditional schools. And their newest goal is to try to elect California’s next governor.

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