Imperial County Office of Education https://www.icoe.org/rss.xml en Imperial County Nominee for State Teacher-of-the-Year 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/imperial-county-nominee-state-teacher-year-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Imperial County Nominee for State Teacher-of-the-Year 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-09/valadez-resize2.jpg" width="764" height="960" alt="Mrs. Jackie Valadez - Imperial County&#039;s Nominee for CDE Teacher of the Year" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/28/2016 - 15:39</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Mrs. Jackie Valadez</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p align="center"><strong><em>“My philosophy is to look beyond the existing barriers, whether academic or personal,</em></strong></p> <p align="center"><strong><em>to see the potential in all students for success.” –Jackie Valadez</em></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em>El Centro</em> – Southwest High School’s Mrs. Jackie Valadez, Imperial County Office of Education’s nominee for California Department of Education’s Teacher-of-the-Year 2016, works hard to make sure that her students feel welcomed, supported, and safe in knowing that the learning process will culminate in a difference in themselves, their community, and their future.</p> <p>Before starting her teaching career at Southwest High School in 2007 as an instructor in the Dental Assistant pathway of the Career and Technical Education course, Mrs. Valadez was employed as a Registered Dental Hygienist.  With her background it makes her better able to share her personal experiences as a healthcare provider and enables her to inspire students to strive for success with passion and purpose.</p> <p>Mrs. Valadez has also used her position as a health advocate to support reducing oral health disparities in the community by conducting oral health education lessons to Imperial Valley schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Imperial Valley.  Her Dental Hygienist expertise is often sought throughout the rural community to serve as a guest speaker during their annual Career Day events.  By sharing her passion, she has found her purpose.</p> <p>Central Union High School District’s Superintendent, Renato Montaño, has nothing but high praise for Jackie’s abilities and work ethic, “Her work is not limited to the instructional day!  Her students participate in state and national competitions where students learn how to lead others, how to exhibit professionalism in community groups and how to deal with adversity.”  Mr. Montaño highlighted an important point, “The greatest indicator of success in her program is that many of her former students have returned to Southwest High School to serve as mentors, speakers, and college and career ambassadors.”</p> <p>Her dedication to oral health care garnered Mrs. Valadez an endorsement from Shannon D. Weatherly, MA, National Director for Programs for the National Children's Oral Health Foundation. “America's Tooth Fairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation provided a grant to Mrs. Valadez's HOSA ­ Future Health Professionals student chapter last year. We fully understand the constraints teachers are under - time, money, and energy - Mrs. Valadez consistently went above and beyond our expectations in integrating oral health education and advocacy with her students and the students at Southwest High School.”</p> <p>As part of the Imperial County process to select the county-wide nominee, Mrs. Valadez along with 12 other local teachers were recognized as one of the Imperial County Teachers-of-the-Year by the local chapter of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) in May.  Those teachers, plus others such as those selected as Teachers-of-the-Year by the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, were then compiled into a finalists group of top local teachers.  A representative committee of ICOE staff, local school administrators and teachers, along with representatives from the local Uniserve office then made the final recommendation to Dr. Finnell.    While the submission date was in August we are still waiting to hear if Mrs. Valadez is indeed selected as the Teacher-of-the-Year for the State of California.</p> <p>“We need to encourage and recognize effective teachers and give them support,” said Dr. Todd Finnell, County Superintendent of Schools. “This Teacher-of-the-Year nomination process gives us the occasion to highlight the great things happening in education here in Imperial Valley and especially in Mrs. Valadez’s classroom at Southwest High.”</p> <p> </p> <p><a href=" https://goo.gl/photos/juHDFRLNYsnimqDTA">Mrs. Jackie Valadez - Photos</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.icoe.org/about-icoe/resources/photo-archive">ICOE Photo Archive</a></p> </div> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:39:54 +0000 rsalgado 306 at https://www.icoe.org Ohtli Award Bestowed Upon ICOE Migrant Education Program Director https://www.icoe.org/news/ohtli-award-bestowed-upon-icoe-migrant-education-program-director <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ohtli Award Bestowed Upon ICOE Migrant Education Program Director</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-09/DSCN2694-v10.jpg" width="527" height="338" alt="Sandra Kofford Accepts National Ohtli Award bestowed by Consulate of Mexico" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/26/2016 - 14:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Sandra Kofford Accepts National Ohtli Award bestowed by Consulate of Mexico</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Consulate of Mexico in Calexico and El Centro, CA bestowed one of its highest honors to Dr. Sandra Kofford; the prestigious National Ohtli Award. The Ohtli Award recognizes Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. Ohtli is a Náhuatl word that means "pathway" in English, or "camino" in Spanish.</p> <p>Dr. Kofford has been the Senior Director of Imperial County Office of Education’s Migrant Education Program since 2007. The Migrant Education Program (MEP) is a federally funded program, authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 designed to provide supplementary educational and support services to identified migrant students.  Currently Region 6 enrollment is approximately 7,754 migrant students ages 3-21.</p> </div> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:31:03 +0000 rsalgado 305 at https://www.icoe.org Kinsey Collection comes to Imperial Valley https://www.icoe.org/news/kinsey-collection-comes-imperial-valley <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Kinsey Collection comes to Imperial Valley</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-09/news_feature1-1_21_0.jpg" width="720" height="550" alt="Bernard and Shirley Kinsey" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:39</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Bernard and Shirley Kinsey</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>El Centro</em> – The Imperial County Office of Education is hosting a community event to showcase The Kinsey African-American Art and History Collection on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6pm in the SHS Jimmie Cannon Theater.  Both Mr. Bernard Kinsey and his wife Shirley will be in attendance and will speak on the topic of where art and history intersect. </p> <p>The event on Tuesday evening will begin at 6pm and is designed for the community at large, especially parents and community leaders.  Mature students are welcomed, but child care will not be provided.  The following day, the Kinseys will be working with local educators at a training specifically designed for History, Art and Social Studies teachers.</p> <p>It has been said that Bernard W. Kinsey has led many lives in one. Described as an “aggressive achiever” by the New York Times, Kinsey has traversed the corporate, private, philanthropic and entrepreneurial landscape in a way that appears seamless. He says that he lives his life based on two simple principles; to whom much is given, much is required and living a life of no regrets and that is evidenced in his endeavors, accomplishments and lifestyle.</p> <p>Bernard W. Kinsey is the president and founder of KBK Enterprises, Inc., a management consulting firm with extensive experience and success providing advice and counsel to senior-level executives. He has consulted on economic development with the governments of South Africa, Germany, the U.K., and France and was appointed Honorary Consul General by the U.S. State Department and the Central African Republic. In his role at RLA, Kinsey led L.A.’s rebuilding efforts after the 1992 civil unrest. He was responsible for generating more than $380 million in investments from the private sector for inner city Los Angeles.</p> <p>Kinsey also enjoyed a 20-year association with the Xerox Corporation and was one of the pioneers in breaking down racial barriers in corporate America. Holding a multitude of C-level positions, Kinsey holds the distinction of achieving number one status in every sales and marketing position he has held from 1968 through 1984. His leadership of the Xerox Black Employees Association led to the hiring of thousands of black employees, women and Latinos and is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.</p> <p>For the past 7 years, Bernard Kinsey and his wife Shirley have focused their attention on <em>The Kinsey Collection</em>, their national touring museum exhibit of African American art and history dating back to 1600. The collection has been viewed by over 3 million visitors, was on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC and is currently on national tour in a partnership with Wells Fargo. A portion of the exhibit is also on display in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida through 2016. The Kinsey Collection book was adopted by the Florida Department of Education for African-American curriculum to be taught to students in grades K-12 statewide.</p> <p>Mr. Kinsey received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&amp;M University (FAMU) and his MBA from Pepperdine in 1973. He has received honorary doctorates from both FAMU and Alabama A&amp;M University. An ardent supporter of his undergraduate alma mater, Mr. Kinsey has raised millions of dollars in support of scholarships and the alumni association at FAMU, as well as grants for African-American mid-career artists.  Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are extensive travelers and consider themselves students of world history and culture.</p> <p>The community of Imperial Valley is invited to learn how The Kinsey African-American Art and History Collection brings new understanding to the untold story of many of our country’s citizens.  Learn more about The Kinsey Collection, an exhibit amassed by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey containing authentic artifacts, documents, books, letters, manuscripts, and photographs documenting the African American experience from 1595 to modern day.  This collection is a labor of love for the Kinsey family, and they want to share its story of connection to American History and art with our community. </p> <p>The event on Tuesday, October 25<sup>th</sup> at 6pm, is free to the public and will include a reception and a book signing.  More details about the Kinseys, their artwork and the Kinsey Foundation can be found at: <a href="http://www.thekinseycollection.com/">http://www.thekinseycollection.com</a></p> </div> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:39:27 +0000 todd.evangelist 302 at https://www.icoe.org Students Weigh Their Options at College Fair https://www.icoe.org/news/students-weigh-their-options-college-fair <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Students Weigh Their Options at College Fair</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-09/9-21-2016.jpg" width="602" height="401" alt="Students Weigh Their Options at College Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/22/2016 - 08:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">FROM LEFT: Andrew Radler, WyoTech educational representative for the automotive technology institute, meets with Ambar Valazquez of Brawley Union High School at the Imperial County Office of Education Higher Education Week event, one of several stops for colleges and technical schools visiting on Wednesday in Brawley. WILLIAM ROLLER PHOTO</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>BRAWLEY — The fall term has just begun yet high school seniors are filling out applications for college and Imperial County Office of Education is leading the way with their semi-annual Higher Education Week range of activities to stress the importance of college and career readiness.</p> <p>Arriving at 16 different schools throughout the county were 32 agencies, mostly colleges but also financial aid representatives to acquaint seniors how to successfully gain admittance, noted Susan Villon Brawley Union High counselor. Wednesday’s forum at Brawley Union High provided seniors opportunity to confer with college reps they may have otherwise missed.</p> <p>“We truly benefit having all these college fairs on campus,” said Villon.</p> <p>The Higher Ed Week program already visit most high schools in the Valley and plans to finish today at Southwest and Calexico high schools. A second Higher Ed Week is scheduled for later in the school year.</p> <p>Exploring where she would like to spend her college years was Karissa Rodriguez. Karissa is drawn to math and engineering or even possibly psychology.</p> <p>“I really like to talk and listen, it goes a lot with my character,” said Karissa. “I haven’t visited any schools but an environment where everybody’s friendly that’s probably where I’d like to go. I’d like to be in a big city, something different from the Valley.”</p> <p>Contemplating a future as an orthopedic surgeon Victor Martinez would like to go to school in the San Diego area because he already has family there.</p> <p>“I’ve spoken to UCSD, they’re a really good school and have what I want to study,” said Victor. “I am also interested in the movie business. I’ve thought about directing feature films.”</p> <p>At the San Diego State University main campus table a number of seniors met with Rachel Rivera, a graduate student assistant who works in the early assessment program. It helps students determine if they are college ready in math and English. Helping Rivera was Esther Rodriguez SDSU administrative counselor.</p> <p>“A lot of students are interested in nursing,” Rodriguez said. “And criminal justice is a popular one.”</p> <p>Mercedes Barros who is thinking of a management career in medicine or the culinary field, noted she really appreciated the detail the SDSU table provided. “I really like how she gave a bunch of information on my test scores and GPA,” said Mercedes. “I still have to take my SAT and ACT. But I’ve left here with a lot more information today.”</p> <p>Even though she does not yet have a car Ambar Velazquez is interested in learning how to repair her own car one day. She was talking to the WyoTech school representative from their Laramie, Wyoming campus.</p> <p>“Mechanics interest me because a car basically has a life of its own,” said Velazquez. “The fair was very helpful. I also looked at FIDM, because I’m interested in clothes design.”</p> <p>WyoTech, an automotive technology institute has two scholarship funds, one of which, Zenith, has a $250 million endowment. More than half their low income students have accessed it, noted Andrew Radler, Wyotech representative. He recommended students shop around for different programs and decide what works best for them.</p> <p>“Find the right fit because a lot of students think they have to go to college,” said Radler. “Technical school is a great option. I’m sending my son here to the diesel program.”</p> <p>Staff Writer William Roller can be reached at <a href="mailto:wroller@ivpressonline.com">wroller@ivpressonline.com</a> or 760-337-3452.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/students-weigh-their-options-at-college-fair/article_c1cb7548-809c-11e6-a8f0-4f51221d8d4c.html">Courtesy of IVPressOnline</a></p> </div> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:59:18 +0000 rsalgado 301 at https://www.icoe.org Back-to-school dinner celebrates what’s right in education https://www.icoe.org/news/back-school-dinner-celebrates-what’s-right-education <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Back-to-school dinner celebrates what’s right in education</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-09/9-15-2016.jpg" width="599" height="397" alt="Back-to-school dinner celebrates what’s right in education" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/16/2016 - 14:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Katie Luna addresses the crowd during the Back-to-School Teacher’s Dinner at Stockmen’s Club. William Roller Photo</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Posted on Sep 16, 2016 by William Roller</h3> <p>BRAWLEY — The fourth annual Back-to-School Teacher’s Dinner honored outstanding teachers and supported them with the encouragement their profession warrants to make the most effective instructor they can be at Stockmen’s Club here on Thursday.</p> <p>Hosted by the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, it was funded by many local businesses and institutions. Katie Luna, Chamber executive director, noted the event was an eye opener and thanked donors for their wealth of support. “We all felt the education is crucial to the development of our children in the Valley,” said Luna.</p> <p>For the first time the event recognized three teachers of the year from three school districts: Brawley Elementary and Brawley Union High School districts and Sacred Heart School. Todd Finnell, Imperial County Office of Education superintendent, told a crowd of more than 200 that teachers matter more to student achievement than any other aspect of schooling.</p> <p>Background and experience are not the best ways to identify effective teachers, and once an effective teacher, those teachers tend to stay effective. “We need to encourage effective teachers and give them support,” said Finnell, “Pejorative images of teachers is presented by some in the media. But we need to tell our own story about the great things happening in education, especially in Imperial County. Let’s not let others write the narrative for us.”</p> <p>Touting her enthusiasm during her 33 years of teaching, Liz Casey, principal of Phil Swing School, said of the first recipient, Frances Nunez, “that she inspires kids every day and she is the model of critical thinking.”</p> <p>“It’s an honor and I couldn’t do it without the support of my husband and parents,” said Nunez. “All the teachers work so hard that I want to share this with you.”</p> <p>Teachers are what make the world turn because without them our kids would not survive, remarked Jesse Sanchez principal of Brawley Union High School. “If there ever was a teacher born to the profession, it’s Jessica Aceves,” said Sanchez, introducing the second recipient.</p> <p>Aceves confided she felt blessed yet undeserving. “It’s a challenge but it takes a village to educate kids,” said Aceves. “I can’t admire our feeder schools enough and I know these kids will flourish and make an impact on our community.”</p> <p>Annalisa Burgos, principal of Sacred Heart School said of the third honoree, Margarita Garcia, she is loved by past and current students and she is a woman of faith who teaches by example. Garcia, who has taught 20 years began instructing pre-school students when she was still in high school.</p> <p>“I want to thank the teachers, my principal and my parents for all the support they gave me,” said Garcia. “I enjoy children and always loved teaching kindergarten.”</p> <p>Staff Writer William Roller can be reached at <a href="mailto:wroller@ivpressonline.com">wroller@ivpressonline.com</a> or 760-337-3452.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/back-to-school-dinner-celebrates-what-s-right-in-education/article_db5f73aa-7bc5-11e6-9f3c-ebdb0f4fa636.html?mode=story">IV Press Online Article</a></p> </div> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:00:53 +0000 rsalgado 297 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections September 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-september-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections September 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-09/Thumbnail_News.PNG" width="405" height="299" alt="ICOE All-Staff Back to School Event" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mmeza" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mmeza</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:01</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2><a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLRUpBWGt0RHVzbEU">Click here for our September 2016</a> community edition of the monthly ICOEnnections publication.</h2> <p>The Imperial County Office of Education kicked off the new school year with an all-staff back to school event on August 18.</p> <p>Read about this and other valley-wide stories in this month's ICOEnnections (<a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLRUpBWGt0RHVzbEU">Click here</a>)</p> <ul><li>Upcoming events, including the Kinsey Collection Reception on October 25</li> <li>Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Little Eagles State Preschool, Early Care and Education Programs’ New Preschool</li> <li>Launch of Imperial Pathways Charter School</li> <li>Upcoming NGSS Trainings</li> <li>Recent Curriculum Trainings</li> <li>Teaching with Primary Sources Teacher Stipend</li> <li>2016 Adult Education Consortium Teacher Summit</li> <li>Higher Education Week I, and</li> <li>Suicide Prevention Awareness Month</li> </ul></div> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:01:11 +0000 mmeza 293 at https://www.icoe.org ICOE's ECEP and City of Calexico's Housing Authority Hold Ribbon Cutting for Latest Center in Calexico https://www.icoe.org/news/icoes-ecep-and-city-calexicos-housing-authority-hold-ribbon-cutting-latest-center-calexico <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOE&#039;s ECEP and City of Calexico&#039;s Housing Authority Hold Ribbon Cutting for Latest Center in Calexico</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-09/ICOE-stories.jpg" width="720" height="541" alt="Ribbon Cutting of ECEP&#039;s Center in Calexico" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2016 - 16:02</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Ribbon Cutting of ECEP&#039;s Center in Calexico</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today, a ribbon cutting for ICOE's Early Care and Education Program Day Care Center, at 1840 Rockwood Avenue in Calexico, was held.</p> <p>This particular center is a joint effort with ICOE and the Housing Authority of the City of Calexico and will be located at one of the Housing Authorities properties. It is expected to serve up to 38 children and will likely employ 4 people as pre-school teachers and aides.</p> <p>ICOE operates 20 early care and education centers throughout Imperial County with a county-wide enrollment of 654 children.</p> <p>For more information concerning enrollment in Early Care and Education Programs, please call ICOE at 760-312-6431.</p> </div> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:02:35 +0000 rsalgado 292 at https://www.icoe.org Smarter Balanced Test Results Released! https://www.icoe.org/news/smarter-balanced-test-results-released <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Smarter Balanced Test Results Released! </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/toddevangelist" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">todd.evangelist</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:38</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Quick video to explain your student&#039;s test results from 2015-2016</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Student test results from this past school year (2015-2016) have been released and should be mailed to students and their families shortly.  This video does a great job of explaining all of the details about the test, the test results and what they indicate.  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-video field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">News story video</div> <div class="field__item">https://youtu.be/PoxPJtFbBKE </div> </div> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:38:50 +0000 todd.evangelist 285 at https://www.icoe.org Brawley Educator Wins National Award https://www.icoe.org/news/brawley-educator-wins-national-award <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Brawley Educator Wins National Award</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-08/brawley_award.jpg" width="596" height="717" alt="Jose Flores" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/19/2016 - 16:40</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Jose Flores poses with his recent award: Courtesy Photo</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Brawley educator wins national award</strong><br /> By WILLIAM ROLLER, Staff Writer</p> <p>Posted on Aug 18, 2016 by William Roller</p> <p>BRAWLEY — Jose Flores, civics and U.S. history teacher at Brawley Union High School, was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality with a 2015-2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.</p> <p>Flores, along with 18 teachers and 63 students from across the country, was recognized for his outstanding environmental education on Monday at a ceremony at the White House. The PIAEE distinguishes recipients for innovative environmental education that merges environmental learning into their classrooms using novel hands-on methods.</p> <p>“I was surprised (about recognition) and happy for the accomplishment of the students, who did a lot of hard work,” said Flores. “My role was as a liaison. I’d mentor out students among different partners: Comite (air and water quality nonprofit monitor), EPA No. 9 Region techs and STEM scientists, who shared information with students to make improvements in the community.”</p> <p>On a regular basis, Flores’ students participated in environmental investigations relevant to the community. Recent examples include tracking household water consumption during California’s five-year drought. Also, students co-hosted an event with Comite Civico del Valle that taught 300 individuals nationwide about diesel fuel, pollution, asthma, indoor air quality and pesticides.</p> <p>“We’d follow the California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy and the California Civic Learning Blueprint to prepare students to engage and apply environmental literacy,” added Flores. “We’d embed environmental instruction within an English or civics class or isolate instruction in an environmental science or government class. But the idea was to apply it throughout all academic disciplines.”</p> <p>Teaching for 25 years, he engaged students with cutting-edge environmental discoveries through classroom experiments. His students have participated in the EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit, Salton Sea Now! — A Tipping Point and Kids Making Sense’s AirBeam air quality air monitoring.</p> <p>At the recognition ceremony, Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, noted awardees are exemplary leaders committed to environmental conservation and confronting issues of landfill waste and climate change directly. “Environmental education cultivates our next generation of leaders. I have no doubt they will someday solve some of our most complex issues.”</p> <p>The PIAEE awards recognize exceptional kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers who make use of creative methodologies for environmental education. Two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions from different states were chosen. Teachers received a presidential award plaque and up to $2,500 to advance the recipient’s professional development in environmental education. And the teacher’s local education agency also receives up to $2,500 to fund environmental education programs.</p> <p>Flores has also augmented his coursework by serving on the California Task force on K-12 Civic Learning, California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee and the California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission.</p> <p>Despite some adult indifference to issues of climate science it is still important to teach this discipline, noted Flores, since today’s students will inherit the world and need to address the challenges that have been temporarily shunted to a back burner.</p> <p>Staff Writer William Roller can be reached at <a href="mailto:wroller@ivpressonline.com">wroller@ivpressonline.com</a> or 760-337-3452.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/brawley-educator-wins-national-award/article_5d55d5a0-6507-11e6-92b6-b7223e37e2b1.html">Imperial Valley Press Article</a></p> </div> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:40:04 +0000 rsalgado 282 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections August 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-august-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections August 2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/contentType/newsStory/2016-08/ICOEnnection-cover%20%281%20of%201%29-3.jpg" width="799" height="600" alt="Camp PRIME 2016 - Julie Adams Keynote" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/rsalgado" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rsalgado</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/16/2016 - 08:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Julie Adams opens Camp PRIME with her Effective Teaching session.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2><a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5Nyp7CNUD_tY2h6WlJIci1seXc">Click here for our August 2016</a> community edition of the monthly ICOEnnections publication.</h2> <p>Imperial, CA - The Imperial County Office of Education kicked off the second year of the PRIME program with a week long training at Imperial Valley College.</p> <p>Read about this and other valley-wide stories in this month's ICOEnnections <a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5Nyp7CNUD_tY2h6WlJIci1seXc">(Click here)</a>.</p> <ul><li>Three local school districts are welcoming their new Superintendents.</li> <li>On July 26th and 27th, 32 science teachers and administrators attended the NGSS Summer Institute.</li> <li>In collaboration with ICOE and other Valley educators, ECESD hosted several free EdTech PD sessions this summer.</li> <li>Imperial County Adult Education Consortium Teacher Summit</li> <li>Spotlight on Student Well-Being Department</li> <li>Brawley Elementary School District’s University-Based Summer Institute</li> </ul></div> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:36:27 +0000 rsalgado 277 at https://www.icoe.org