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April 2016

Environmental Education in Action

April 22nd is Earth Day and a wide range of activities are in full bloom in schools throughout Alameda County and across the state.

The decisions we make today have an impact on the world we live in tomorrow, and our students are gathering the necessary tools to forge the path. The California Department of Education recently released A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy to help our schools address critical environmental challenges that face California and our nation. Recommendations reinforce California academic standards and provide a framework to support students’ environmental literacy and tactical experiences inside and outside the classroom. In connection, Alameda County Office of Education continues to lead the rollout of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the SF Bay Area, hosting over 400 educators in professional development presentations at regional, state, and national science events.

We are so proud to see these concepts in action in our schools. Alameda Unified’s Bay Farm School recently received a California Green Ribbon School Award from State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.  The Green Ribbon Schools program honors schools, districts, and institutions of higher education for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. Bay Farm School was honored for the implementation of a highly efficient, student-led “Green Waste Program” which diverts 85 percent of solid waste from landfills into recycling and compost. There is strong indication that they will receive national recognition later this spring from the U.S. Department of Education. Well done!

These environmental education initiatives are also supported by ACOE’s key partnerships with local agencies like StopWaste, an organization committed to reducing waste in our county.  Many of our school sites developed activities to raise community awareness, empower youth, and structure sustainable solutions programs, including: Oakland High School’s Environmental Science Academy’s presence at EarthEXPO http://bit.ly/1owFi9Q;  San Leandro’s Bancroft Middle School’s creek clean-up http://bit.ly/1Yh9raG; and San Lorenzo High School’s lunchtime waste audit.

What do you have planned to celebrate planet Earth and support our youth?  Share your story on Facebook using #ACOE, on Twitter @AlamedaCOE, or on Instagram #ACOE #ACOEearthday.

Looking forward,

L. Karen Monroe
Superintendent, Alameda County Schools

Project EAT Featured   
California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) recognized the brilliant work of ACOE's Project EAT. Project EAT provides a host of programs that support youth development and community health goals. Project EAT currently serves 19,000 students and 33,000 parents throughout 32 schools in Oakland, Hayward, Livermore, San Leandro and San Lorenzo. Its programs include: youth leadership and career pathway development; direct service to students and families on nutrition education and exercise; and support to teachers on nutrition-based lesson plans. Learn More.

The Mock Trial and History Day Results Are In
Mock Trial State Finals: Congratulations to Sophie Fu from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton! Sophie won the CA courtroom artist contest and is eligible to attend the 1st Annual National High School Mock Trial Competition in Idaho.

Congratulations to Moreau High School in Hayward! The school finished 5th in the statewide competition.

History Day Finals Results and Qualifiers: View the full list of State Finals Qualifiers 2016.

East Bay EDA STEAM Competition Deadline Extended!
Calling all East Bay middle school students, high school students and young adults (18-21). Create computer-generated graphic works that communicate the idea, "What does innovation in the East Bay mean to me?" Prizes include a laptop and the opportunity for designs to be reproduced on Oaklandish products. Apply Now.

Alameda County History Day
On Saturday, March 19th, ACOE hosted our annual History Day competition at the Oakland Museum.  Over 120 entries were submitted by students attending Alameda County schools in the categories of websites, documentary films, dramatic performances, historical papers, exhibits and posters. View the full list of winners.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 
Wednesday and Thursday April 6 and 7* | Register
The California Department of Education (CDOE) is offering a FREE training on how to offer initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18, and do NOT have a mental health background.
*participants must attend both days.


Get the Scoop Over Breakfast #3: Support Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Now!
Monday, April 11, 9am-noon l Register
This event is designed to promote an understanding of the support that is necessary to transition to NGSS-aligned science instruction. Explore the content and pedagogical implications for science professional development; examine innovative instructional practices; and consider the actions and next steps necessary to increase the quality of science instruction in your classroom, at your school, and throughout your district.
Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum Planning
Monday, April 11, 9am-noon l Register
ACOE is hosting a Region 4 California Preschool Instructional Network Transitional Kindergarten Training. The training will provide resources to support transitional kindergarten curriculum planning.
ACOE is Proud to Support Camp Snowball 2016
July 11 - 15, Sacramento, CA l  Register.
Camp Snowball is a summer "camp" experience that brings together teams of students, parents, educators, and business and community leaders to build everyone's capacity for learning and leading in the 21st Century. Communities and school systems are encouraged to put together teams that include parents, K-12 teachers, high school students, community members, and business and government leaders. Learn More | Register.
From Our Schools
ACOE's Court School Intersession
Court School Intersession took place March 29th through April 1st.  Butler Academic Center hosted a variety of guest artists to provide classes in Theater, Hip Hop, Yoga, and Media. An introduction to horse handling was a highlight at Camp Sweeney.

Art IS Education Reception
On Tuesday, March 21st, ACOE's Integrated Learning department showcased artwork from the REACH Ashland Youth Center and Peralta Community College as part of our celebration of Art IS Education month.

Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
The College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates exemplary approaches to arts education for students in grades 6-12.  Awards of $5,000 will be given to model programs in three areas: arts integration, equity through arts, and civic engagement/ professional partnerships.  One school will receive an additional $2,500 as the national winner. The award deadline is April 18, 2016.  Click for a full description of award categories and application instructions.
Student Voices Summit and Screening 
Saturday, April 30 l Get Tickets
The California Alliance for Arts Education brings students from all over California together for an afternoon of student-led advocacy workshops, master classes with celebrated artists, and the chance to see student videos on the big screen.The Summit offers participants a unique opportunity to connect with other student artists and activists and learn from celebrated artists like Christopher Coppola, Isa Borgeson, and Delroy Lindo
. Events begin on April 30 with a Red Carpet Photo Op at 12:30pm and Program from 1pm to 5pm.
Party with the Big O | Get Tickets
"Big O" is a band comprised of Oakland Public School music teachers who really know how to rock in the genre of Big Band. The talented members all play in other bands as well bring their varied experience of Latin, swing, Brazilian, classical and more to this ensemble. Hear them play at Yoshi's Oakland on Monday, April 25 at 8pm.
African Americans Making Connections
Saturday, April 23 | More Information
Making Connections 3.0 is an initiative designed to mobilize African-American organizations, businesses and leaders within the East Bay to explore solutions and strategies for the betterment of East Bay communities. There will be a special focus on the continent of Africa and the opportunities to build and strengthen relationships. A feature presentation will be provided  by former members of the Black Panther Party. This 3rd convening has a NEW date-Saturday, April 23, 8:30am-3:30pm.
Radical Healing Educators Retreat
Saturday, April 23 | Register
Are you a teacher stressed from work? Do you question the impact you are having in your job? The Radical Healing Educator Retreat is a rare and powerful opportunity for educators to explore social change, "from the inside out”. The retreat allows participants to experience the power of justice through reflection, vulnerability and reimagining our communities. This is a two-day retreat featuring Dr. Shawn Ginwright. Friday, June 17- Sunday, June 19. 
Apply for an MTC High School Internship | Apply
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is accepting applications for summer interns. Students get the opportunity to work at a public agency like BART, Caltrans, Solano Transportation Authority, and other local agencies. Work sites vary throughout the Bay Area including Alameda, Marin, Napa, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties. The application deadline is April 10. Watch this video of 2015 summer interns.
Scholarships for Women | More Information
Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) celebrates the advancement of women through education by providing scholarships, grants, and loans. Each year they award $1,000 to a deserving young woman graduating from a local high school who has been accepted at an institute of higher learning in California.
1. Oakland and Alameda County Teacher of the Year Ann Park (center) with State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and Alameda County Superintendent L. Karen Monroe,  at the Teacher of the Year State Finals  2. Supt. Monroe speaks to a group of students and community members at Hayward Unified's Cradle to Career Education Summit | 3. History Day 2016 student documentary screening | 4. District Leadership Institute participants. | 5. Mock Trial Awards: Moreau Catholic High School won 1st place in the Alameda County competition and 5th place at the State Finals.
Join our team! Opportunities at ACOE

Custodian | deadline: continuousApply

Director I, Charter Schools Office- | deadline: April 18, 5:00 pm | Apply

Classified Limited-Term Assignment - Interest File | deadline:  continuous Apply

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


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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