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February 2016

A Systems Approach to Youth Action!

Not a day goes by that I do not consider the enormity of the task before us as a community to educate and support every child towards a successful future. The health, education and welfare of our youth is a large task that requires the best efforts of many different agencies, organizations and individuals -- each entity its own system with a specific way of working.  

At ACOE, our adoption of a Systems Thinking approach helps us to see and understand the critical connections that touch an individual student’s life and to work more effectively with our partners -- to find ways to link our systems of supports to better serve students and families throughout Alameda County.  As we move forward, I am excited to launch a new initiative, Youth Action (YA!),  that creates a platform for us to partner with those who work with young leaders and the young people themselves. Youth are an important asset to our systems; their authentic engagement is essential to lasting change. As young people are greatly impacted by the education, health and social policy decisions we make, they offer a unique perspective and valuable insight to the challenges we seek to resolve.

We have significant momentum here at the Alameda County Office of Education. We have been working with Systems Thinking tools to build strong, lasting partnerships over the past several years. Our adoption of this approach helps us to see and understand the important intersections within the web of supports that touch an individual student’s life.  We continue to work collaboratively with our partners in civic engagement, health and wellness, school culture and college and career pathways, among other areas, so that that each young person is better off with a greater chance of a successful future.

ACOE’s Youth Action! embraces youth as partners and leaders and includes a diverse representation of youth, including students who attend our court and community schools who are often left out of leadership opportunities. We also embrace a model of positive youth development, moving from student voice to student empowerment.  

Alameda County Office of Education’s Youth Action! Initiative kicks off at our upcoming Bay Area Leadership Forum on February 19th where youth will present and facilitate on Systems Thinking. You are invited to learn more about our work to bridge systems and support youth leadership and advocacy throughout Alameda County.

Looking forward,

L. Karen Monroe
Superintendent, Alameda County Schools

LCAP Planning Underway
District representatives in charge of leading their local LCAP processes met with district Family Engagement Specialists to share information and strategies on LCAP development with a focus on stakeholder engagement. Learn about the process for our ACOE schools and find out how to connect with efforts in your district.

Student Programs and Services Graduation
We're happy to announce that 49 students will receive their diplomas at the 2016 ACOE Student Programs & Services Winter Graduation.  Congratulations to the students on their accomplishment!
Region 4 Bridging the Bay Conference
January 30 l Register!

The 7th Annual Bridging the Bay Conference brings together over 500 after-school professionals from seven Bay Area counties in a day of learning, networking, and collaboration. Join us for a rich selection of workshops designed for administrators, program coordinators, grant managers, and front-line staff.
Learn more and register.
Teens Tackle Tobacco
High School: Feb 11 l Register
Middle School: Mar 3 | Register

Designed by and for young people, the Teens Tackle Tobacco Youth Conference supports prevention, awareness, advocacy, smoking cessation and wellness for middle and high school students. Register your school or class today: Middle School | High School.
Core Learning: Free Engineering & EdTech Opportunities
Various dates in February l Learn More

Engineer-ize Your Science Class helps teachers to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards with a strong engineering component. Also returning by popular demand are free Google Ahead and Google Apps workshops. Check out a recent article on the potential of Google in the classroom. Learn more and register!
Foster and Homeless Youth Legislative Updates
February 8 l More information
Jackie Wong, Director of Government Relations for the National Center for Youth Law, and Casey Schutte, Director of FosterEd California, will present information and recent legislation on improving educational opportunities for foster and homeless youth. Learn more and register.
Bay Area Leadership Forum
February 19 l More information
A precious few seats remain for this annual event for educators, parents and community members. Join Peter Senge to explore how Systems Thinking can engage members of the community to build and support vibrant, successful schools. Learn more and register.
Simplifying Response to Intervention (RtI)
February 22 l Register
Attend this training with Mike Mattos to learn how to build your own timely, targeted, and systemic intervention program to impact student learning aligned with the 4 Guiding Principles of Practice. Learn more and register.
English Learner Conference 
February 20 l Register 

Attend this powerful day of learning where practical, research-based strategies for English Learners will be shared that you can implement immediately in your classroom.  This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Jeff Zwiers, Senior Researcher at Stanford University in the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. Learn more and register here
Integrated Learning Specialist Program Courses 

Starts February 20 l East Bay and SF Locations 
Create empowering curriculum across subjects through the arts with the Integrated Learning Specialist Program. Winter/Spring courses begin February 20. Learn more and register here
Volunteers Needed for ACOE History Day
Seeking Competition Judges

Judging at the competition is a great way for teachers and others to become familiar with the program as a whole! Read the FAQ  to learn more about the benefits of History Day and how to share this great opportunity for students, teachers and families. Learn more and sign up today!

2/6 | Empowering Educators: Embracing a Strengths-based Teaching Practice
3/12 l ACOE Spelling Bee Championship
3/19 | Empowering Educators: Growth Mindset for a Transformative Classroom
College Admissions and Financial Aid Planning Workshop - Livermore
January 27 | Livermore Library
Parents and high school students are invited to attend this informative workshop to ease the stress of college planning by helping them to understand the admissions and financial aid process. Learn more and register.  
Education Summit for First Generation, African American, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander Students and their Families
February 13, 2016 | Register
The Summit provides educational and college-related workshops for students of all ages; including a College Readiness and Resource Fair showcasing Northern CSU campuses, community colleges and area vendors. Free event includes parking, lunch and BART shuttle transportation. Learn more and register.
California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Registration Open
Application Deadline, Feb. 28 | Register
CCSA is a four week summer school arts program held at Cal Arts for talented and motivated high school students. Students can apply now for the opportunity to study in one of seven department: Animation, Creative Writing, Dance, Film & Video, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. Learn more and register.
1. Bridge Academy Instructional Assistant Rodney Gohleston performs an original poem to kick off the Write to Read Graduation Ceremony at ACOE's Camp Sweeney.  l 2. Alameda County Board of Education (ACBE) President Aisha Knowles and Vice President Eileen McDonald with Congressman Eric Swalwell at the annual Alcosta Service Center Council Breakfast on January 23rd.  l 3.Teachers explore new instructional materials at ACOE's ELA/ ELD Materials Fair hosted by the Core Learning Department. l 4. Participants take part in a mock board meeting at ACOE's CARSNet Charter Authorizers Boot Camp on January 22nd.  |  5. ACOE Lead Learner's and Family Engagement Networks sharing strategies for LCAP development in their districts.
Join our team! Opportunities at ACOE

Leadership Coach - Application deadline until filled

Substitute Teacher - Interest File (as needed ONLY) - Application deadline continuous 

Classified Limited-Term Assignment - Interest FileApplication deadline continuous

Click here for more opportunities and job postings from ACOE!
About ACOE
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) serves as liaison between the California Department of Education and the 18 Alameda County public school districts that serve more than 200,000 students and 10,000 teachers. ACOE provides fiscal oversight of the district budgets representing more than $1.78 billion and operates more than 300 programs and services for Alameda County students, parents and educators. ACOE provides, promotes and supports leadership and service to ensure the success of every child, in every school, every day. For more information, visit www.acoe.org.

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