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Press releases issued by the Sonoma County Office of Education and other news items related to Sonoma County schools are included here. Do you have questions about a story on this page or are you a member of the media seeking information for an article? Please contact Communications Specialist Jamie Hansen at jhansen@scoe.org or call her at 707-524-2620.

Back-to-School Resources for Families

08/01/2017 - back to schoolMost public schools in Sonoma County will kick off the 2017-18 school year between August 14 and 28. To help students and parents prepare, SCOE has compiled the following list of helpful resources.




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SCOE to host national summit on maker education

07/21/2017 - reMAKE logoThe Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting a one-of-a-kind conference on maker education August 2-4 that will draw leaders in the movement from around the state and the country. Read More...

SCOE Launches Restorative Culture Collaborative

07/06/2017 - Student speaks at Restorative Culture CollaborativeThe Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) on June 13 hosted a powerful final meeting of the Restorative Culture Collaborative (RCC). The RCC was a year-long effort to help local schools build communities that are grounded in empathy, equity, and student engagement. The dedicated educators present, who represented more than 20 middle and high schools from around the county, were inspired by the keynote speaker, Becky Margiotta. She is co-founder and president of The Billions Institute, whose mission is to solve the world’s most pressing problems in the next 20 years. The group also heard from a panel of six students who benefited from or been involved with restorative practices at their schools.

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Teachers get inspiration, insight from local job sites

06/26/2017 - Teachers discuss design at The Engine is Red"Make the studio your home this week.” That’s what Chris Denny, founder and president of creative agency The Engine is Red, told a group of Windsor High School teachers on Monday morning, June 26. The Engine is just one of several local businesses that are hosting teacher externships this summer. The goal? For educators to learn about an industry, then take that knowledge back to the classroom and provide students with authentic, preparatory job experience. As one teacher put it, it’s a chance for them to absorb industry skills, terms, and workflow in a “real-world setting.” Teachers also learn about the technical requirements for employment in the selected industry as well as the collaborative “soft skills” needed to be successful in that particular career. Read More...

Sir Ken Robinson; student innovators inspire at ieSonoma 2017

06/12/2017 - ieSonoma: Sir Ken RobinsonAn internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson delivered an empowering keynote address at ieSonoma 2017 that urged educators to tap into students' natural love of learning and find as many ways as they can to foster creativity. He spoke to a nearly sold-out crowd of around 700 on Monday, June 12. Robinson was the keynote speaker at the inaugural ieSonoma event in 2013, and he returned to commemorate ieSonoma's 5th anniversary. In addition to Robinson’s presentation, ieSonoma featured local student innovators, who shared their powerful stories in a series of short talks. Their stories were meant to inspire educators to create more opportunities for students to pursue their own unique interests. Read More...


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