Sonoma County Office of Education


News & Announcements

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 or call her at 707-524-2620.

Graduation Resources and a Message from the County Superintendent

05/26/2017 - Alt Ed Grad As more than 4,500 students prepare to graduate in the coming weeks, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools, Steve Herrington, is encouraging students and families to celebrate safely. He's also providing important resources for students and parents.


NCSOE expands its school administrator trainings

05/25/2017 - AIP GraduationThe North Coast School of Education (NCSOE) is expanding its efforts to prepare a new generation of school principals, directors, and superintendents to lead Sonoma County and northern California schools. This comes at a time when educational researchers are pointing to the beginnings of a school administrator shortage.

NCSOE is already supporting over 100 administrators through the second phase of the administrative credential process by offering an Administrator Induction Program. This program enables educators to earn their clear administrative credential while working and leading in schools throughout Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties. The first cohort of around 50 participated in the program’s culminating event and graduation, The Sharecase, held on Thursday, May 11, at 4:30. The graduation, held at SCOE, involved candidates discussing with one another the research projects they’ve undertaken in the local schools and districts where they work.


Increase in Norovirus in Sonoma County Schools

05/23/2017 - Attention, parents and educators: Several Northern California counties, including Sonoma County, are experiencing an increase in gastrointestinal illness among students and staff in the school setting. A health advisory, a fact sheet for administrators, and a sample letter to families, all provided by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, can be found by following this link to the county's updated Health Advisory.


Christina Cena is Teacher of the Month

05/19/2017 - Christina Cena stands with a sign made by a studentSome teachers go above and beyond their everyday duties to inspire their students as well as their colleagues. Such is the case with Christina Cena, a third grade teacher at Cesar Chavez Language Academy in Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County Teacher of the Month for April. The monthly award honors one of Sonoma County's most outstanding teachers from October through May. It is sponsored by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), Mix 104.9, Community First Credit Union (CFCU), and Platinum Chevrolet. Read More...

2017 Robotics Challenge Results

05/15/2017 - Over 400 elementary and middle school students from grades 4-8 took part in the 2017 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge on May 6 at Elsie Allen High School. The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) partnered with local schools and the Sonoma County Economic Development Board to create this program, which is now in its fifteenth year. The goal of the partnership is to engage elementary and middle school students in applying mathematics, science, engineering, critical thinking, teamwork, and oral presentation skills through robotics activities. Read More...

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