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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.

Free clinics for DACA renewal

09/18/2017 - Sonoma County Counsel, Board of Supervisors, and the Sonoma County Office of Education have teamed up to offer free clinics for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who need assistance renewing their application. Immigration lawyers will provide assistance with the application and answer questions. Participants can also receive information about financial assistance towards the cost of the renewal. Current DACA recipients whose authorization expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 must submit their renewals by October 5th. The upcoming clinics will be held on 9/20, 9/23, 9/28.

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Teacher of the Year winners honored at Administrators' Kickoff

09/14/2017 - Teacher of the Year Tom GriffenThe 2017 Sonoma County Teacher of the Year honoree Tom Griffin and runner-up Andy Mitchell were recognized at the Administrators' Kick-Off, an annual gathering of Sonoma County school trustees, superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders. The event, hosted by the Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools, Sonoma County Board of Education, and Sonoma County Association of School Administrators, also featured an inspiring account of the power of hands-on, meaningful learning to transform young lives. Teacher Fredi Lajvardi shared the first-hand account of how a group of disadvantaged teenagers overcame incredible odds to become national robotics champions. Read More...

ieSonoma Innovation Fund Launched to Support Creative Learning Strategies

09/07/2017 - ieSonoma 250ieSonoma this fall is launching an Innovation Fund that will provide grants of up to $2,500 to kick-start efforts by schools, teachers, or nonprofit organizations seeking to make a difference in the lives of students by thinking outside the box. The purpose of the Innovation Fund is to support the implementation of leading edge ideas and approaches to teaching and learning. Schools, districts, individual teachers, and/or nonprofit organizations working with school-age youth are eligible to apply. Read More...

A bilingual message about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

09/05/2017 - County Superintendent Steve Herrington assures DACA-eligible students and their families that they have a right to a public education and that schools will protect their personal information.

En la carta siguiente, el Superintendente del Condado Steve Herrington asegura a estudiantes elegibles para DACA y a sus familias que tienen derecho a una educación pública y que las escuelas protegerán su información personal. Haga clic aquí para leer este mensaje en español.

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

09/01/2017 - Student and TeacherSeptember is Attendance Awareness Month, part of a national effort to reduce chronic absenteeism rates, beginning as early as kindergarten. Chronic absenteeism hits low-income students particularly hard and can exacerbate the achievement gap. Absenteeism can be significantly reduced when schools, parents, and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and to address the hurdles that keep children from getting to school.

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