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August 2015


Summertime is an important opportunity to provide enriching experiences for our children. We know that unless we are intentional about engaging young people during the summer months, they stand to lose as much as two months of academic knowledge. And this is especially true for low-income and at-risk youth.    

One of the most effective and low cost ways a family and community can help enrich the minds of our young scholars is through reading. To promote the importance of summer reading over the remaining days of summer before school, I am proud to support the White House and U.S. Department of Education's Read Where You Are day of action on July 29. I invite you to join me to help all young people, from our earliest readers to high school students read where you are - from home, at a park, at camp, and at the library (check out the Alameda County Library's summer reading list).  

For students attending our court and community schools, ACOE encourages summer reading and literacy to providing continual access to high quality, high interest reading materials. In addition, ACOE and Alameda County Probation are sponsoring a Freedom School Program for our students at Camp W. Sweeney. This inspiring program is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement and uses a cultural framework to develop a love for reading and personal empowerment in our incarcerated youth to make positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities.

I invite you to read about the Freedom Schools Program and more exciting events and opportunities from our office below. 


Looking forward,

L. Karen Monroe
Superintendent, Alameda County Schools

Freedom School Program empowers students through literacy at ACOE's Court and Community Schools
"It’s a wonderful program, it’s something for kids to see that there are other things out there than negativity. There are people out there that care and positive things to do than be negative and be unwilling to change. Because you never know what can happen or open up for you." - Camp Wilmot Sweeney Student and Freedom School Participant.

A literacy-based summer program, Freedom School also focuses on strong community building, critical thinking on contemporary issues, and personal empowerment.

Last year, our school at Camp Sweeney's Freedom School program culminated with performances of original student poems and songs along with powerful renditions of famous civil rights speeches.    
CORE Coaching Network
Beginning September 10
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Join a strong community of instructional leaders and educators to develop 21st-century curriculum, instruction, and professional development as well as learn about new tech tools and best practices! Learn more! 
Strategies and Resources for Arts Integration
Learn more here! 

Get an introduction to arts integrated teaching, curriculum development and assessment in core subjects based on Harvard's Project Zero. Learn more about ACOE's Integrated Learning Specialist Program
Social Justice Math Study Group
Launching September 22!
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We are excited to announce the Social Justice Math Study Group for teachers, coaches and administrators that will explore the connection between social justice and math education. Email us to learn more! 
26th Annual Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards
October 8 l Get Your Tickets! 

Join ACOE in honoring the extraordinary leadership and vision of the 2015-16 Alameda County Teachers of the Year! 

8.10-12 l Engineering is Elementary Teacher Educator Institute 
8.17-18, 10.15, 2.17 l Expository Reading & Writing Course for High School Teachers 
9.19 l Google Apps for Education
9.24 & 10.8 l Google for Newbies
9.29 l ELD Standards and ELA/ELD Framework Workshop
The Power of Arts Integration at Maya Lin Elementary School
Maya Lin Elementary, a strong success story of ACOE's Integrated Learning Specialist Program (ILSP), is an arts integrated magnet school that focuses on the power of learning in and through the arts and inquiry-based learning. Every staff member is a graduate of the ILSP program and ACOE continues to partner with the school to create deep and meaningful learning experiences for students and educators. Watch ACOE's video highlight on Maya Lin here and more ACOE videos on Vimeo.  
Paradise Community Garden Open House
August 1 l Learn more! 

ACOE's Project EAT program welcomes community on the first Saturday of every month to check out what's growing at the Paradise Community Garden! 
Back to School Immunizations
Learn more about free clinics

Thanks to the Alameda County Public Health Department, families can learn more about free clinics across the county providing vaccinations required for school enrollment. Learn more about requirements around California's new vaccination law. 
Supporting Foster Youth Services across the Bay Area

ACOE collaborated with the California Department of Education for a summit that brought together Bay Area region foster youth staff and employees managing critical aspects of the K-12 education data system to better identify foster youth students to improve service and support as well as collaboration to share best practices.  
Upcoming BART Transbay Tube Closures

BART has announced there will be no train service between SF & East Bay on August 1 & 2, and September 5,6 & 7. Learn more to plan ahead!
Serving Unaccompanied Youth in Alameda County
Learn more! 
ACOE is committed to assisting school districts in providing services for unaccompanied youth in Alameda County. We've created a document to better educate the public on these youth and services available in our county. Download the document here.
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1. New Alameda County Board of Education President and Vice President Aisha Knowles and Eileen McDonald |  2-3. Fifty-six science educators attended our Integrated Middle School Science Partnership's Summer Institute to expand understanding of Next Generation Science Standards with a focus on lesson plan and unit design  l 4-5. Supt. Monroe visiting classrooms of Fremont USD and Newark USD Teachers of the Year with Board Vice President Eileen McDonald.

View more photos on ACOE's Flickr Account...
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

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