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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.

SCOE hosts State Superintendent Candidates' Forum

11/16/2017 - State superintendent candidates Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond debateA State Superintendents Candidates' Forum was held at the Sonoma County Office of Education on Nov. 14, 2017. The two leading candidates for this top education position in California, Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond, shared their thoughts and plans on a number of key issues facing education today. Learn more about the forum and watch the full video. Read More...

Blind student whose home was destroyed in fire to receive donation of new, $5,000 braille computer

11/13/2017 - Mario Chitwood is a completely blind eighth grade student whose family had just bought their first home three weeks before the fires hit in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. When the North Bay Firestorm swept through his neighborhood, he lost everything— his house, his family dog, and a handheld, electronic Braille device that helped him navigate the world. Read More...

Educators, businesses team up to support blind student and his family

11/13/2017 - Mario Chitwood explores his new BrailleSense Polaris with Damian Pickering of HIMS Inc. Mario Chitwood is a completely blind eighth grade student whose family had just bought its first home three weeks before the fires hit in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa. When the North Bay Firestorm swept through his neighborhood, he lost everything— his house, his family dog, and a handheld, electronic Braille device that helped him navigate the world. On Tuesday, Nov. 14, he received a free replacement of the more than $5,000 device, the BrailleSense Polaris Notetaker as well as a check for his families, donations of toys, and much more. Family members, teachers, teaching assistants, friends, and many more showed up to celebrate Mario's perseverance and support his family. Read More...

Grants Available to Classified Staff Who Want to Become Teachers

11/06/2017 - Current classified staff wanting to become teachers now have an opportunity to apply for up to five years of financial assistance through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Classified staff are school employees who do not hold a teaching credential. Funds will pay for college tuition/intern credential tuition, books, and fees (approximately $2,800/year), as well as guidance/support and credential program preparation. Read More...

Ryan Kurada Named Teacher of the Month

11/03/2017 - KuradaRyan Kurada, a first grade teacher at University Elementary in Rohnert Park, has been named Sonoma County Teacher of the Month for October 2017. 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), K-HITS 1049, and Community First Credit Union (CFCU), with additional support from Platinum Chevrolet. Read More...


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