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Irvine teacher a finalist in presidential awards program honoring STEM educators
A math teacher from Woodbridge High School in Irvine is in running for what’s billed as the highest level of national recognition for science, technology, engineering and math educators. Kristen Donovan, who has been teaching math courses for 13 years, is one of six California finalists in the 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program, or PAEMST.

OC campuses are ranked among the ‘Best High Schools’ in latest U.S. News rundown
U.S. News & World Report has ranked nearly 18,000 public high schools based on their state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. Once again, a number of Orange County campuses can be found high on the list. Oxford Academy in the Anaheim Union High School District took the No. 1 spot for all of California and was ranked No. 11 nationally in U.S. News’ latest breakdown of its “Best High Schools.”


No more pajamas: Back-to-school fashion gives students a sense of hope after pandemic
As L.A. County high schools reopen, teens are redefining back-to-school wardrobe, shedding their remote-learning loungewear for innovative looks.


New career-readiness program to debut at Crenshaw High this fall
This coming school year, students in Crenshaw High School’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Medicine magnet program will have the opportunity to participate in a new initiative aimed at exposing students to business professionals and setting them up with an internship their senior year, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced on Wednesday, May 5. The launch of the Three Dimensional Education (3DE) program, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Southern California, will mark the first time this program will be in a California school. 3DE programs already exist in five other states. The first 3DE program launched in Georgia in August 2015. Participating schools have seen improvements in student engagement, academic outcomes and graduation rates.


A Black fifth-grader was falsely accused of stealing. His school is fighting back on his behalf
The fifth-grader paid for his meal at the deli counter and headed out to meet his mom. Before he made it to the door, two security guards and a store employee stopped him, and questioned whether he had stolen the items. He had a receipt, but that wasn’t enough. Finally the store manager told him he could go. At Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, a public school about a mile from the store, the incident infuriated teachers and families.


Survey: Eight in 10 say children falling behind academically
One year after the state’s schools halted in-person learning due to COVID-19, more than eight in ten Californians think children are falling behind academically during the pandemic. Most Californians approve of how Governor Newsom is handling the state’s K–12 public education system, though six in ten are concerned that California’s K–12 schools will not be open for full-time in-person instruction this fall. These are among the key findings of a statewide survey released recently by the Public Policy Institute of California.


Many colleges require vaccines immediately, but CSU and UC stick with plan to wait on FDA
CSU and UC will wait for full FDA approval before requiring Covid-19 vaccinations, but it's unclear if that will happen by the fall terms.


National Teacher of Year focuses on individual student needs
The coronavirus pandemic forced students out of the classroom and starkly revealed how learning difficulties, distractions and challenging home dynamics can make it tough to adhere to a rigid curriculum. In a year with so much loss, a silver lining is that educators are embracing a flexible approach that meets students where they are, said Juliana Urtubey, the newly named 2021 National Teacher of the Year.

Fountain Voyces creative writing pilot program expands to Compton school
Things are still far from normal at Clarence A. Dickison school in Compton, but some students are now learning to write about their experiences over the past year in a creative writing program called Fountain Voyces. The program is powered by the Fountain Theatre. Playwright France-Luce Benson heads up the current class, which has started off with the students writing monologues. The Fountain Voyces pilot program launched last year at Hollywood High School and now has expanded to this Compton school with a mission of cultivating compassion through storytelling.

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