Inside Education

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September 7, 2020 Jennifer Buesing School safety/closure, and recent fire issues Inside Education 9-07-20
July 27, 2020 Catherine Murray/Anastasia B. Retired teacher/NAMI support Inside Education 7-27-20
July 13, 2020 Scott Turnbull/Jen Izant-Gonzalez Soquel Union District/COVID Inside Education 7-13-20
July 6, 2020 Mary Gaukel, Malina Long Career awareness Inside Education 7-06-20
June 15, 2020 Valedictorian/SIBHI overview Grad. speech/mental health prog. Inside Education 6-15-20
June 1, 2020 Guest commencement speakers Graduation speeches Inside Education 6-01-20
May 4, 2020 Veronique Marks/Rachel Kippen School programs/comm. partners Inside Education 5-04-20
April 20, 2020 Tanya Kraus/SVMS 8th grader Adjusting to COVID/dist. learning Inside Education 4-20-20
April 13, 2020 District Superintendents School closures/related issues Inside Education 4-13-20
March 23, 2020 District Superintendents School closures/related issues Inside Education 3-23-20
March 9, 2020 Ava/Davey (students) Cypress HS Ethics Bowl Inside Education 3-09-20
February 3, 2020 Andrew Martinez/Julia Feldman Probation partnership Inside Education 2-03-20
January 27, 2020 Johnny Rice COE Alt Ed Inside Education 1-27-20
January 13, 2020 Aki Williams Career exploration/local partner Inside Education 1-13-20

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Inside Education Class 11 To Whom It May Concern: I am extending my personal invitation to you to participate in the Class 12 “Inside Education” series of workshops designed to better acquaint community leaders with public education in Santa Cruz County. Join with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE), the ten local school districts, Cabrillo College, and other professionals and community leaders for a first-hand, interactive look at the schools in Santa Cruz County. Meet with leaders in the field of education, visit schools and get to know more about the challenges of educating students in the 21st century. Our program will provide you with an in-depth look at schools from preschool to higher education. Each session will be devoted to a specific theme as described in the attached announcement. You will have the unique opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of school programs and events. A selection of elective events will include: Mock Trial, Science Fair, School Attendance Review Board/Truancy, School Performances, Art Shows, Outdoor Science Education Camp, After-school Programs, Student Support Programs, Career/Academic Counseling, Job Shadowing, and the Regional Occupational Program’s six career pathways programs which are • Agriculture and Natural Resources • Arts and Communications • Business, Marketing and Information Systems • Engineering and Industrial Technology • Home, Health and Recreation • Social, Human and Governmental Services. We are now recruiting for members of the COE’s 12th annual Inside Education cohort, which provides community members a unique and no cost opportunity to learn more about the people, programs, and places that comprise public education in Santa Cruz County. The modest time commitment (half of one day per month, September-May) provides participants with insights they will not gain by any other means.  Each meeting will focus on one strand of education, from preschool through Cabrillo College (e.g. Alternative Ed., Special Ed., and charter schools). See the Class 12 schedule here. Food and transportation are provided, compliments of the County Office of Education. Please contact Les Forster, Inside Education Coordinator, at (831) 246-0988 or for registration information or with questions.​

To apply, please complete the interest form and return it by July 31, 2019.

Sincerely, Dr. Faris Sabbah County Superintendent of Schools


“I was skeptical in the beginning. It took a few Inside Education events to turn me around, so now I am a believer in the mission, goals, innovative methods, and caring professionals who deliver COE programs. I can’t imagine a better way than Inside Education to affect such change!”

“Inside Ed has been such an amazing experience! It shed light on all of the amazing educational programs and opportunities Santa Cruz County has for our youth. Inside Ed has been an amazing opportunity to witness these programs and outcomes as well as educate me on how to better serve youth in our county. Thank you for a wonderful program and I can’t recommend enough to others in our community.”

“Thanks so much for putting on such a great program- it really has been such a great experience and I learned so much (even as someone who has worked with youth in [our] county for over a decade!)”

“It is changed not only what I thought the education systems in Santa Cruz looked like but also has given me some insight as to how many different types there actually are. It is already supporting me in working with my clients and helping them learn about different options for their children have been struggling in mainstream education. I have appreciated the van rides and opportunities to get to know different people in the community as well as spend time together in that way. Thank you for your commitment to our youth and sharing Inside Education with as many as possible.”

“Inside Education has widened my scope of truly understanding the complexities and dynamics of our educational system. Even though I have worked in Education for over a decade, I walked away after each meeting feeling knowledgeable and inspired. There is so much that goes on in our community to support youth, yet not enough people know about it. Participating in Inside Education will give you an opportunity of a lifetime, you will walk away able to be a resource to your community and championing educational programs you never have heard of.  Thank you County Office of Education for sponsoring this very special program and giving me the opportunity to participate.”

“I was honored to participate in Inside Education. I have been a children and families mental health provider in Santa Cruz County for 15 years prior to being part of Inside Education. Inside Education provided an invaluable understanding about the many different educational programs and opportunities for the diverse youth in our community, many of which I knew nothing about prior to attending. I met so many committed, caring and exceptional educators in these programs and learned about the unique ways the different sites work to meet the needs of youth served. We are so lucky in Santa Cruz County to have such an innovative County Office of Education. I would highly recommend participating in this informative program if you work with youth in Santa Cruz county.”

“I can’t say enough about what a fantastic, unique program we have in Inside Education. What a joy is was to see our students flourish and bloom in programs that fit their unique needs. The variety of opportunities for these kids is astounding, thanks to the area school districts, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, and the businesses and individuals who support these programs.”


Previous articles about Inside Education:

Inside Education Program: A Visit to Outdoor Science School and A Chance to Participate Inside Education: Early Care and Preschool: Why the Early Years Matter! Inside Education: An Innovative Look at Santa Cruz County Schools