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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 or call her at 707-524-2620.

Congratulations to Mr. Josh Cutler, Sonoma County Teacher of the Month!

03/16/2017 - Mr. Cutler receives his award. When an assistant superintendent asked to meet with him about a school board presentation on March 15, Mr. Josh Cutler didn't suspect that a big surprise was awaiting him. But when he left the meeting and started walking across the blacktop back to his classroom, this is what he saw: The entire student body gathered together, some students holding hand-painted signs that said "We (heart) Mr. Cutler." Then everyone started cheering and singing, "for he's a jolly good teacher."

This is how Mr. Cutler, a well-loved kindergarten teacher at Evergreen Elementary in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, received his Sonoma County Teacher of the Month honor. This award is sponsored by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), Mix 104.9, Community First Credit Union (CFCU), and Platinum Chevrolet. This award, new in 2016, honors one of Sonoma County's most outstanding teachers each month from October through May.


New online accountability system opens for public preview (video included)

03/14/2017 - Student and TeacherSonoma County parents and educators now have a powerful online tool that allows them to see how a school or district is doing in areas ranging from test scores to parent engagement to the success of English Learners. This new state accountability website provides transparency and school performance information that goes far beyond what was previously available. A range of data give a more complete picture of how schools are serving the county’s diverse student population. The California Department of Education released the California School Dashboard for public preview and input on Wednesday, March 15 at A fully functioning interface is expected to be released in the 2017-18 school year. Read More...

Job fair draws about 180 prospective teachers

03/13/2017 - Teacher candidates discuss jobs at job fair SCOE's second annual job fair for Sonoma County school districts seeking to hire teachers drew a large number of districts and teacher applicants on Saturday, March 11. SCOE hosted the one-of-a-kind opportunity to help districts find qualified teachers at a time when many school districts are struggling to do so, due to a statewide teacher shortage.

The event drew about 180 teachers, teaching candidates, and interns looking to work in Sonoma County Schools. Numerous districts reported hiring teachers at or shortly after the event.


More than 320 students participate in first Synopsys-Sonoma County STEAM showcase

03/10/2017 - Student holds gadget at STEAM ShowcaseFrom a demonstration of pollination that involved Legos and plastic parachutes to a dance interpretation of a chemical reaction, the first-ever Synopsys-Sonoma County STEAM Showcase demonstrated the innovative, engaged learning happening across the county. The first of its kind to be held in Sonoma County, the Synopsys-Sonoma County STEAM Showcase was hosted by the Sonoma County Office of Education on Friday, March 3rd at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. It provided about 320 student participants a contemporary, relevant alternative to previously held science events, such as the science fair and science olympiad. Read More...

Statement on Equal Opportunity at SCOE

03/01/2017 - The Sonoma County Board of Education (BOE) maintains policies that support the rights of all SCOE students. The board oversees educational programs run by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), including hundreds of special education and alternative education students. Read More...

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