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County Office Leads the Way with California English Language Development (CA ELD) Standards

As the shift to Common Core State Standards moved into high gear, the County Office Curriculum and Instruction Department took the lead in ensuring that English learners would not be left behind.

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Special Education Post Senior Student Recognized at May Board Meeting

The Special Education Post Senior Community Based Program is one of the many stellar programs offered by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.

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Serving and Advocating for Multilingual Learners

April is National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month!

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Maria Fátima Castro Honored with 2016 Plate of Bounty Award from the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association

The Plate of Bounty Award was bestowed on Maria Fátima Castro by the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association.

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Discovery. Exploration. Knowledge.

“Learning to be an effective educator is a journey. Wherever you begin, there are always new paths to explore and knowledge to acquire.”

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Project Rudolf 2015

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Students in Transition (SIT) Program embarked on their second annual Project Rudolf in 2015.

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Treasures of the Library Discovered by Farm Worker Families

Our program served 165 children this year, providing childcare for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in local family childcare homes.

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Comedian Michael Pritchard Shares Messages of Compassion and Kindness

“Too many boys in America are crying with bullets instead of tears.”

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First Annual Personal Statement Workshop a Resounding Success!

In mid-September, over 90 high school seniors and juniors took advantage of the Young Writers Program’s first annual Personal Statement Workshop.

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Safe Havens for Optimal Learning: Professional Development in Alternative Education

The Alternative Education Department of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education finished a yearlong training initiative in Trauma Informed Care.

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Learning by Doing: The 2015 Summer Arts Institute

“I have had so much fun. It was one of the most rejuvenating, professional learning experiences I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with my students and staff.”

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Visiting Scientist Brings Research and Field Science into Santa Cruz County Classrooms

County Superintendent of Schools Michael Watkins is pleased to announce the arrival of visiting scientist, Dr. Bruce MacFadden, to the County Office of Education.

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