Inside Education: An Innovative Look at Santa Cruz County Schools

Greenhouse presentationThe Santa Cruz County Office of Education and the ten local school districts have joined with professionals, community, business and civic leaders for a first-hand, interactive and participatory look at the public education system in Santa Cruz County. This innovative series provides an in-depth look at preschool through high school education.

The mission of the program is to build public awareness and support for public education. The Inside Education group meets once each month as they travel throughout the county for an inside look at what is happening in the schools. The series of intensive half-day seminars is educating the participants on current issues and opportunities for students, successful programs that are offered in the schools, and the challenges of educating and preparing students for the 21st century.

Classroom presentationTopics include preschool, career technical education, elementary education, middle schools, secondary education, charter schools, special education, outdoor education, alternative education, and connections to higher education. The series begins in September and continues through May.

For more information about this innovative program or to sign up for the 2011-2012 series please contact Theresa Rouse, Associate Superintendent, Educational Services, or Cheryl Brothers, Coordinator for Inside Education.

Meet the 2010-2011 Inside Education Participants:

Denise Ahlstron, Scotts Valley High School Parent Club, President
Miguel Aznar, Knowledge Context, Executive Director
Kerry Beuthin, Consultant
Kathy Deagen, Santa Cruz Seaside Company, Compensation and Benefits Director
Susie Deverganne, Pacific Elementary School District, Board Member
Larry Favor, Favor General Building Contractor, Inc, Your Future is Our Business Board Member
Rose Filicetti, Santa Clara County School Boards Association
Peggy Flynn, ETR Associates, Director of Knowledge and Information
Jocelyn Formento, Mine the Gaps, Performance Consulting
Cres Fraley, Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District, Board Member
Paul Franklin, Live Oak School District, Board Member
Pamela Goodman, Lifespan Care Management Agency, President
Reuben Helick, Businessman, Community Representative
Joy Hinz, Cypress High School, Parent
Cliff Hodges, Adventure Out LLC, CEO
Patrice Keet, Community Member
Gingi Kinniger, Leadership Santa Cruz County, Alumni Committee
Ron Kinninger, New Teacher Center, Administrative Coach
Lori Mullen, Business Owner/Educatior, Black Tiger Academy
Mary Navas, Mountain School District, Board Member and Pacific Collegiate School, Business and Human Relations
Angelica Reyes, Bay Federal Credit Union, Community Outreach Manager
Jacqui Rice, San Lorenzo Valley School District, Parent
Maria Rodriguez-Castillo, Santa Cruz County Head Start, Health Specialist
Francisco Rodriquez, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, President
Brian Rosenthal, SRI International
Adam Spickler, Office of Assemblymember Bill Monning, Senior Field Representative
Mary Ann Thyken, Executive Director of Community Television-Santa Cruz County
Mike Wallace, Consultant