Imperial County Office of Education https://www.icoe.org/rss.xml en 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 Imperial Pathways Charter School https://www.icoe.org/news/imperial-pathways-charter-school <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Imperial Pathways Charter School</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/pathways%20flyer%20-%20V4_0.jpg" width="3300" height="2550" alt="Imperial Pathways Flyer" 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, 08/11/2016 - 16:48</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p align="center"><strong>M E D I A    R E L E A S E</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>RE:  IMPERIAL PATHWAYS CHARTER SCHOOL </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Thursday, August 11, 2016 </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Contact: Todd Evangelist                                    Monalisa Vitela, Senior Director Alt. Ed.<br /><a href="mailto:todd.evangelist@icoe.org">todd.evangelist@icoe.org</a>                                   <a href="mailto:mvitela@icoe.org">mvitela@icoe.org</a><br /> Office (760) 312-6177                                         Office (760) 312-5500<br /> Cell (760) 693-2107                                             <a href="http://www.icoe.org/ImperialPathways">www.icoe.org/ImperialPathways</a></em></p> <p><em>Imperial County </em>– It is estimated that 63,577 adults in Imperial County have less than a high school education, and only 13.3% of adults 25 years of age and older have a four-year college degree, compared to 30.7% statewide.<a href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1" title="" id="_ftnref1">[1]</a> While graduation rates have increased these past few years in Imperial County the fact still remains that approximately 200 students were reported to have dropped out of schools as recent as 2014. </p> <p>The need for continued efforts to raise graduation rates among special populations was stressed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson when the 2014 state-wide graduation data was released in 2015.  Torlakson stated:  “I challenge educators, parents, students, and community leaders to continue the hard work needed to help every student graduate.”<a href="#_ftn2" name="_ftnref2" title="" id="_ftnref2">[2]</a></p> <p>Imperial County Office of Education has accepted that challenge and has recently been approved to open a new charter school, Imperial Pathways Charter School (IPCS).  The charter school is a drop-out recovery program for individuals between the ages of 17-24 years old who want to obtain a high school diploma.  IPCS will require just the State of California minimum of 130 credits to graduate, which is closer than many dropouts realize. </p> <p>IPCS will offer high quality educational options designed to meet the educational needs of the following populations:</p> <ul><li>Transition-aged youth (TAY) and adults ages 17 and older <ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>Those who have dropped out of traditional school before earning a high school diploma or equivalent</li> </ul></li> </ul><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>Adults in custody 
</li> <li>Adults involved in the Public Safety Realignment (AB109) 
</li> <li>Adults qualified for the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program (WIOA): 
 <ul><li>Job Seekers</li> <li>Laid-off workers unlikely to return to their previous jobs</li> <li>Displaced homemakers</li> <li>Self-employed individuals</li> <li>Those employed by a qualifying employer</li> <li>New entrants into the workforce</li> <li>Veterans</li> <li>Persons with disabilities</li> </ul></li> </ul><p>Students served by Imperial Pathways Charter have not yet completed the credits needed for a high school diploma. The students served by IPCS have either dropped out of high school, are adult students at risk of dropping out or have been unable to complete the required credits. IPCS students are returning to move forward with their education.</p> <p>The program will focus on the long-term success of students, including completion of high school diploma, transition to post-secondary education, vocational education, and career-oriented job paths. Students will experience an integrated education approach connecting job skills and practice to high school content. IPCS is not a public or private school conversion, but the creation of a new and unique educational option for at-risk students.</p> <p>All students will be served exclusively in partnership with the local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, as required by Education (Ed.) Code §47612.1. WIOA is a federally funded program designed to promote an increase in employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills improvement by participants.</p> <div>  <hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /><div id="ftn1"> <p><a href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1" title="" id="_ftn1">[1]</a>U.S. Census Bureau (2015). State &amp; County QuickFacts. Five-year Estimate 2009-2013. Retrieved June 22, 2015 from <a href="http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06007.html">http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06007.html</a>
</p> </div> <div id="ftn2"> <p><a href="#_ftnref2" name="_ftn2" title="" id="_ftn2">[2]</a> California Department of Education (2015). News Release #15-34. State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reports Record High Graduation Rate. Retrieved June 22, 2015 from <a href="http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr15/yr15rel34.asp">http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr15/yr15rel34.asp</a></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:48:33 +0000 rsalgado 275 at https://www.icoe.org Education Matters https://www.icoe.org/news/education-matters <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Education Matters</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/_MG_6332_0.jpg" width="600" height="546" alt="Education Matters" 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, 08/10/2016 - 17:10</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Education Matters</strong></p> <p><strong><em>J. Todd Finnell, Ed.D.</em></strong><br /><strong><em>County Superintendent of Schools</em></strong></p> <p>It’s back-to-school time in Imperial County! The opening days of school conjure up images of backpacks stuffed with notebooks and unsharpened pencils, bulletin boards freshly decorated by teachers, and students showing off their new clothes to old friends. It’s a wonderful time of year, which is why I’d like to share some information on a variety of topics affecting our schools and community in 2016-17.</p> <p><strong>Attendance Makes a Difference</strong><br /> Good attendance is central to student achievement and our broader efforts to improve schools. All of our investments in curriculum and instruction won’t amount to much if students aren’t showing up to benefit from them.</p> <p>Problems with absenteeism start surprisingly early: National research shows that one in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students are chronically absent, meaning that they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days of instruction, because of excused and unexcused absences.</p> <p>These absences can have consequences throughout elementary school, especially for many of our students living in poverty, who need school the most and are sometimes getting the least. Children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, and students who don’t read well by that critical stage are more likely to struggle in school. They are also more likely to be chronically absent in later years, since they never developed good attendance habits.</p> <p>In the early grades, chronic absence often has little to do with truancy or willfully skipping school. Instead, children stay home because of illness, unreliable transportation, housing issues, or simply because their parents don’t understand how quickly absences can add up—and affect school performance. After all, 18 days for the year is only two days a month!</p> <p>Please join us in our effort to make every day count. Our schools are looking at ways to build a “habit of attendance” and need help from parents and the entire community.</p> <p><strong>College and Career Readiness</strong><br /> Our goal for Imperial County students is that they graduate high school and are ready and prepared for their choice of college, career or both.  Additionally, we’re training students for a journey of lifelong learning where every student has the mindset and disposition for college and career readiness.</p> <p>We’ve recently developed a college and career roadmap for students that gives benchmark goals for students, families and educators to determine if students are progressing towards our goal to ensure that when students graduate from high school they are able to succeed in entry level credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial or developmental coursework. </p> <p><strong>Countywide Academic Events</strong><br /> What could be cooler than seeing local students take over a courtroom or share their latest science project explaining how a simple puff of air can move a huge boulder? If you’ve witnessed any of the countywide academic events recently, you know they are tough to beat!</p> <p>We’re very fortunate in Imperial County to have an active community that supports a variety of events that bring together thousands of students in competitions and scholarly pursuits. The upcoming schedule of events promises to be another exciting chapter as our students receive regional, statewide and even national recognition for their outstanding performances.</p> <p>These are some highlights of this year's activities:</p> <p style="margin-left:27.0pt;"><strong>Mock Trial</strong>: Held in collaboration with the County District Attorney's office, our Courts, and numerous legal professionals, Mock Trial is a team competition where high school students gain a working knowledge of legal institutions and the judicial system.</p> <p style="margin-left:27.0pt;"><strong>Academic Decathlon</strong>: Top high school students match wits against each other in this annual competition between schools.  Students spend countless hours training and studying extra academic material in preparation for a multi-day event that eventually crowns a county-wide champion team and individuals.</p> <p style="margin-left:27.0pt;"><strong>National History Day</strong>: History Day encourages students in grades 6-12 to research and prepare papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites and posters on an annual historic theme.</p> <p style="margin-left:27.0pt;"><strong>Migrant Education Speech and Debate Tournament</strong>: Imperial County students enrolled in the Migrant Education Program sharpen their language and public speaking skills in an impressive speech and debate tournament.  This past year Holtville High’s Debate Team won the State title.</p> <p style="margin-left:27.0pt;"><strong>Imperial County Spelling Bee: </strong>Before a student gets to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC and appear on ESPN, they have to win their individual school’s spelling bee and the county-wide spelling bee competition. </p> <p style="margin-left:27.0pt;"><strong>Science Fair</strong>: This annual individual competition for students in grades 7-12 promotes science projects designed, developed and displayed by students.  Often these science projects are based upon solving real world scenarios and can be very creative and intricate.</p> <p style="margin-left:27.0pt;"><strong>Celebration of Education:</strong> The 2017 Celebration of Education will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 and you won’t want to miss it! Come experience the amazing things our schools are doing inside and outside the classroom to provide our students a rich and engaging education – one that focuses on the social, emotional, physical, and academic well-being of our youth.</p> <p><strong>Support for Education</strong><br /> Lastly, investing in young people and their education is important.  Resources and support applied intelligently produce results we can be proud of and share together.  Your support of education is valued and appreciated!</p> <p>There are a variety of ways you can support education.  From mentoring and volunteering to charitable giving – there is a role for EVERYONE to play in the success of children. </p> <p>Some of the organizations that you may consider supporting include PTA Organizations, High School Booster Clubs, and Education Foundations such as ICOE’s Foundation for Education which looks to serve teachers and students throughout the county.</p> <p>In conclusion, there are so many wonderful things happening in the county to support our students and fulfill our promise to prepare them for their path. I’m excited each and every day for our students, our families, and our future in Imperial County. Thank you for allowing me to serve our community in support of this worthy mission. It is an honor to work closely with our dedicated teams of administrators, teachers, and staff throughout our community who share in our mission to make Imperial County <em>a better place to live, learn, and work.</em></p> <p> </p> </div> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:10:34 +0000 rsalgado 274 at https://www.icoe.org Academic Training Elevates Teaching to Higher Plane https://www.icoe.org/news/academic-training-elevates-teaching-higher-plane <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Academic Training Elevates Teaching to Higher Plane</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/prime-newspaper-image.jpg" width="930" height="627" alt="PRIME Photo" 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, 08/04/2016 - 12:04</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">FRONT CENTER: Jeanette Montano (front, fourth from left) Imperial County Office Of Education curriculum coordinator, and Rafaela Santa Cruz (front, third from left), of San Diego State University, taught a class of Valley teachers in the latest math strategies during ICOE’s Precision and Rigor in Mathematics Education summer institute Wednesday at Imperial Valley College. WILLIAM ROLLER PHOTO</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Teaching’s best practices took another leap forward during Imperial County Office of Education’s weeklong training session for elementary and secondary teachers this week at Imperial Valley College.</p> <p>This was year two in the launch of Precision and Rigor in Mathematics Education, which is part of a three-year grant under California Math, Science Partnership, which is administered by the California Department of Education, noted Todd Evangelist, ICOE director of development and community relations.</p> <p>“We’re so proud of our teachers, not just transforming themselves but their students who are improving in math efficiency,” said Janet Estrada, PRIME coordinator for ICOE.</p> <p>Alan Phillips, ICOE coordinator of education technology steered teachers through a program of how to incorporate the latest tech tools into the classroom. Teachers in Phillips’ seminar learned to use the YouTube video editor. These teachers will be required to record video of themselves teaching a classroom lesson then screened for others doing the same so teachers can offer each other tips on how to improve.</p> <p>Phillips noted technology makes lessons more stimulating.</p> <p>“Kids just love using tech in the classroom,” he said. “Tech really engages in a profound way, it grabs their attention and reinforces concepts they’re learning.”</p> <p>In the pedagogy workshop, Jeanette Montano, ICOE curriculum coordinator provided teachers with strategies to encourage students to speak up more in class, engage in greater collaboration and to do analytical thinking. They also stressed the need for students to articulate how they arrive at their solutions, while employing math strategies such as Number Talks or Mathematically Speaking.</p> <p>“This allows teachers to get more creative, you teach the concept instead of rote memorization,” said Montano. “This moves more towards conceptual understanding of math by being able to see the big picture; if you’re dividing fractions by fractions you realize beforehand you get a very small number from your computation.”</p> <p>This was different from typical professional development since it focused on math, noted Mariela De La Fuente, an eighth-grade teacher at Enrique Camarena Junior High School in Calexico.</p> <p>“I feel focused and ready to implement what we learned in our classes,” said De La Fuente. “All the strategies are student-friendly and easy to apply in the classroom.”</p> <p>Her colleague Juan Rodriguez, who participated last year, concurred because the new strategies take teaching up to another level.</p> <p>“We had an excellent presentation on Monday with Julie Adams (founder of Adams Educational Consulting, an international teacher training),” said Rodriguez. “She told us we have to create a comfortable environment to promote learning and reduce anxiety. Those arriving in class self-confident because of a loving environment are more prone to learn.”</p> <p>Denise Cabanilla, ICOE director of higher education led teachers through the college and career readiness. Math competency is critical to succeeding in college and the job she stressed.</p> <p>“We want to make the connection of math in the classroom and how it lives everywhere in everyday life,” said Cabanilla. “You only fail if you stop trying. Brain research has shown if you make a mistake the brain builds new pathways. So the best time to learn is following a failure and to understand the need to maintain your grit.”</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> </div> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:04:11 +0000 rsalgado 271 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections July 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-july-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections July 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/2016-07/CAC_Awards_Small.png" width="322" height="234" alt="CAC Awards" 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">Mon, 07/11/2016 - 16:04</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Left to Right : Lauren Hutchinson, Julie Reeves, Joanie Moore, Kurt Leptich, Ted Ceasar, Bryan Thomason, Michael Castillo.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLeE9rbTBFRTZydGM" target="_blank">Click here<span class="0"><span class="element-invisible"> </span></span></a><a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLeE9rbTBFRTZydGM" target="_blank"> <span class="0"><span class="element-invisible"> </span></span></a>for our <a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLeE9rbTBFRTZydGM" target="_blank">July 2016 <span class="0"><span class="element-invisible"> </span></span></a>community edition of the monthly ICOEnnections publication. </p> <p>The 8th annual SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) awards were presented to Michael Castillo, Principal of Kennedy Middle School; Ted Ceasar of Imperial Valley College; and the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo Committee. The presentation of awards took place during the regular meeting of the SELPA Executive Board on June 15, 2016.  Read about this and other valley-wide stories in this month's ICOEnnections (<a class="0" href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwC7DLC52ejLeE9rbTBFRTZydGM" target="_blank">click here</a>). </p> <ul><li>P-16 Education Summit</li> <li>2016 Summer Ed Tech PD</li> <li>Math Games / PRIME Training</li> <li>Opportunity to review and comment on the California Science Framework</li> <li>Spotlight on Early Care and Education Programs</li> <li>Student Well-Being Program's Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant</li> <li>Migrant Education CABE Parent Training Graduation Ceremony</li> <li>Migrant Education University-Based Summer Institutes</li> <li>8th Annual SELPA Community Advisory Committee Awards</li> <li>Special Education Graduation</li> <li>Professional Development Training for Special Education Staff</li> </ul></div> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:04:31 +0000 mmeza 258 at https://www.icoe.org Did You Know... https://www.icoe.org/news/did-you-know <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Did You Know...</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, 06/23/2016 - 10:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Something to talk about...</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/KG4GH0QOyYY</div> </div> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:14:28 +0000 todd.evangelist 256 at https://www.icoe.org ICOEnnections June 2016 https://www.icoe.org/news/icoennections-june-2016 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICOEnnections June 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/2016-06/_MG_6870%20copy_0.jpg" width="600" height="503" alt="ICOE, Celebration of Education, Imperial Valley Discovery Zone, IVDZ" 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">Mon, 06/20/2016 - 09:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Students from Imperial Valley Discovery Zone took the stage for a hands on experiment at the annual Celebration of Education.</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Nyp7CNUD_tSU9Ba1o3WWxWd2M/view?usp=sharing">Click here</a><a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5Nyp7CNUD_tYUFSdTZuMUFXUnM"> </a>for our <a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Nyp7CNUD_tSU9Ba1o3WWxWd2M/view?usp=sharing">June 2016 </a>community edition of the monthly ICOEnnections publication. </p> <p><em>El Centro </em>- On June 3rd the educational community came together for an inaugural Celebration of Education event.  Read about this and other valley-wide stories in this month's ICOEnnections (<a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Nyp7CNUD_tSU9Ba1o3WWxWd2M/view?usp=sharing">click here</a>). </p> <ul><li>Higher Ed Week II</li> <li>Adult Education Block Grant</li> <li>Teacher Induction (how we train &amp; support)</li> <li>PRIME (cutting edge math training)</li> <li>Software for Schools</li> <li>Next Generation Science Standards</li> <li>Summer Schools (for Teachers)!!</li> <li>Recent Student Highlights</li> <li>AmeriCorps - Now Recruiting</li> <li>Graduation Highlights!!</li> </ul><p> </p> </div> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:30:36 +0000 todd.evangelist 253 at https://www.icoe.org Celebration of Education Event a Success! https://www.icoe.org/news/celebration-education-event-success <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Celebration of Education Event a Success!</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/2016-06/IMG_7637.jpg" width="2816" height="2112" alt="Folkloric Dancers" 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">Tue, 06/07/2016 - 15:38</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">BUHS Folkloric Dancers</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>EL CENTRO – As the school year comes to a close, students and teachers alike looked back on the year that has passed, reflecting upon what was achieved and celebrated memories at the Imperial County Office of Education’s (ICOE) inaugural Imperial Valley Celebration of Education held Friday at Southwest High’s Jimmie Cannon Theatre.</p> <p>According to Todd Finnell, Imperial Valley superintendent of schools, ICOE wanted to showcase all of the hard work Imperial Valley schools have accomplished throughout the year.  The event allowed the rest of the Valley, that normally might not see the students’ work, to get a look at everything they have to offer.</p> <p>“I think that’s what people are going to walk away with this evening — a sense of pride knowing that our schools are supporting what they are going to see,” said Dr. Finnell. “It’s a proud moment tonight.”</p> <p>The achievements of many students and schools were recognized at the event including everything from sports to special awards and academic achievements. Individual schools helped ICOE select what would would be presented at the celebration.</p> <p>In Southwest’s theater, artwork was on display from Brawley Union High School, Finley Elementary School, and others. Attendees were treated to performances by the Central Union High School Great Spartan Band, Imagine School drill team, and folklorico groups from Washington Elementary and Brawley Union High.</p> <p>“I like feeling free to dance, it makes me feel happy that we can enjoy it,” said Alaina Spencer from Washington Elementary. “I feel I can dance wherever.”</p> <p>Those honored Friday night for their hard work included groups from the Harding Elementary School ASES program, the winners of the Imperial Valley Film Festival, the Calexico High School Maintenance and Transportation Department, and students from the Brawley high school welding class.</p> <p>Students at the event reveled in the congratulatory atmosphere and absorbed it, creating memories and reflecting back on what they accomplished through the year.</p> <p>“We had a great teacher, he focuses not only on one person but everyone,” said Daniel Zavala, a BUHS welding student who worked on the IVROP podium project presented at last month’s IVROP showcase. “It doesn’t get boring at all.”</p> <p>“I’ve been able to have contact with other students,” Diego Hernandez, one of the Harding’s ASES students. “I get to learn how to communicate with the other students.”</p> <p>All of the recognized individuals and performers were just a sample, a taste, of what the schools of the Imperial Valley have been up to this year and in the future.</p> <p>ICOE also used the event as a chance to present what was to come in the future to improve the quality of life in the Valley, and has plans to continue this tradition in years to come.</p> <p>-Kathrine Ramos, Desert Review</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedesertreview.com&amp;nbsp">www.thedesertreview.com&amp;nbsp</a>;</p> </div> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 22:38:38 +0000 todd.evangelist 250 at https://www.icoe.org Educational Camps https://www.icoe.org/news/educational-camps <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Educational Camps </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/dresdencaston" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dresden.caston</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/06/2016 - 13:58</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-story-image-caption field--type-string-long field--label-hidden field__item">Imperial Valley students visit educational camps </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/E-SeN_qffL4</div> </div> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:58:53 +0000 dresden.caston 249 at https://www.icoe.org