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California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | July 2017
This SCOE publication, updated for the 2017-18 school year, explains the Smarter Balanced assessment results. The Smarter Balanced tests are part of a larger accountability system known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. The brochure contains information in both English and Spanish.

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SCOE Podcasts

SCOE Podcast: Teacher Housing | July 2017
County Superintendent Steve Herrington and Dev Goetschius of the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County discuss efforts to create affordable teacher housing in Sonoma County so that teachers can live where they work.

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Education Facts 2016-17

Education Facts 2016-17 | April 2017
This brochure summarizes some of the data about Sonoma County schools: number of schools, enrollment, student diversity, achievement, school staffing, and funding.

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SCOE Podcasts

SCOE Podcast: California School Dashboard | March 2017
County Superintendent Steve Herrington and SCOE Deputy Superintendent Jennie Snyder discuss what the state's new online accountability system, the California School Dashboard, is all about.

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California School Dashboard | May 2017
In this SCOE Bulletin, key features of California's new web-based school accountability system—the California School Dashboard—are explained in easy-to-understand ways so that educators can use this tool to improve student learning. As well, local educational leaders weigh in on how they have been using the dashboard in their schools and districts.

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Understanding the California School Dashboard | March 2017
This is a SCOE publication explaining the California School Dashboard, the state's new school accountability website. The brochure contains information in both English and Spanish.

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SCOE Podcasts

SCOE Podcast: Trauma-Informed Teaching | January 2017
County Superintendent Steve Herrington addresses the growing understanding that childhood trauma - which is surprisingly widespread - can seriously impact student wellbeing and learning. To do so, he sits down with two SCOE experts, Alternative Education Director Georgia Ioakimedes, and Work-based Learning Coordinator Jessica Progulske, and talks about local initiatives to address childhood trauma. Tune in for an overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences and how they impact student learning, tips for teachers, and ways to get involved.

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Trauma-Informed Teaching: Knowing Our Students' Stories and Fostering Resilience | January 2017
In this SCOE Bulletin, local educational leaders and community experts weigh in on trauma-informed care, providing information on how teachers, after-care providers, and other caregivers can be better prepared to deal with negative behavior and improve outcomes for their neediest children .

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Digital Citizenship: Fostering positive online behavior | October 2016
Increasingly, schools are being called on to foster digital citizenship in their students. This broad term generally refers to the behaviors, choices, and ethics a person applies when using technology. While it's rare for students NOT to use technology in the classroom these days, they're not always taught the safest or most responsible ways to use that technology. This month's Bulletin provides detailed information on how to incorporate this important subject across grade levels.

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Student Events

Student Events | September 2016
From a spelling bee to the first ever STEAM Showcase to a student film festival, SCOE offers a range of student activities for schools around Sonoma County to participate in. Learn more about this year's offerings.

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Road Map

Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools | Published September 2016
This annual insert in the Press Democrat showcases how Sonoma County schools are utilizing technology.

Download the PDF here.


Back to School

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | August 2016
This is an award-winning SCOE publication explaining the Smarter Balanced assessment results. The Smarter Balanced tests are part of a larger accountability system known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. The brochure contains information in both English and Spanish.

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SCOE Podcasts

Many students will be receiving the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exams in August and September. In this SCOE Podcast, County Superintendent Steve Herrington and SCOE Technology Director Rick Phelan discuss what the tests are all about and what parents should look for in the results. Do you have an education-related question you'd like answered? Email it to jhansen@scoe.org for consideration in a future podcast.

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Kindergartener Counting Skittles

This updated brochure helps parents of young children know how to prepare them for kindergarten.
Spanish Version: Getting Ready for Kindergarten 2016 (Spanish)

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SCOE Podcasts

Ever wondered what the Maker Movement is all about and how it relates to your child's education? SCOE has been a leader on integrating hands-on learning into classrooms, and in this podcast County Superintendent Steve Herrington and SCOE Teacher-on-Loan for Make, Casey Shea, discuss what a powerful classroom tool it can be. Do you have an education-related question you'd like answered? Email it to jhansen@scoe.org for consideration in a future podcast.

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The Changing Needs of Sonoma County Students | April 2016
In a historic shift in focus, California's Local Control Funding Formula calls for schools to develop programs that specifically help three key student groups: English learners, foster youth, and low income students. This award-winning edition of the SCOE Bulletin takes a look at these key student groups and provides insight on how educators can best serve them.

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Education Facts 2016-17

Education Facts 2016-17 | April 2017
This brochure summarizes some of the data about Sonoma County schools: number of schools, enrollment, student diversity, achievement, school staffing, and funding.

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Equity Bulletin

Equity in Our Schools | February 2016
The February edition of the SCOE Bulletin explores the timely concept of equity in education. Learn how the LCAP calls for equity of instruction, read examples of concrete steps Sonoma County school districts are taking to make this happen, and read about a new approach to community-building and discipline that many educators are embracing: Restorative Practices.

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SCOE Bulletin, April 2015

Test Scores & Beyond | October 2015
The results of the first Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests are in, leaving many parents and educators anxious about how to interpret the results and utilize them to improve student learning. SCOE's October Bulletin tackles many of those questions and concerns, providing in-depth information about how to interpret scores and communicate about them to parents.

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Student Event Winners

Student Events & Academic Competitions | Oct 2015
Learn about the student events SCOE sponsors and get the dates, deadlines, and contacts for each one.

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Road Map

Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools | Published October 2015
This annual insert in the Press Democrat features outstanding Sonoma County teachers.

Download the PDF here.


CAASPP

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress | September 2015
This is a SCOE publication explaining the Smarter Balanced assessment results, the first round of which were released to schools and parents in the fall of 2015. The Smarter Balanced tests are part of a larger accountability system known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP. Available in English and Spanish.


Road Map

High School to College Road Map | Updated May 2016
High school students can use this “road map” to navigate their route from high school to post-secondary education and training. Available in English and Spanish.

Free copies of Road Map: High School to College are available to Sonoma County schools while supplies last. For information, contact Kristen Johnson at (707) 524-8402 or kjohnson@scoe.org.


Middle School Checklist

Middle School to High School Checklist | Updated May 2016
This checklist is designed to encourage middle school students to explore their options and learn how they can achieve their dreams for the future. Available in English and Spanish.

Free copies of the Middle School Checklist are available to Sonoma County schools while supplies last. For information, contact Kristen Johnson at (707) 524-8402 or kjohnson@scoe.org.


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Career Technical Education (:30) | May 2015
Learn how students are moving along pathways from high school to college to career opportunities that support the local economy in this 30-second video.

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Maker Education (:30) | May 2015
This 30-second public service announcement describes how schools are shaping the next generation of innovators and inventors through Maker Education programs.

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Education Facts 2014-15

Education Facts 2014-15 | Feb 2015
Education Facts 2014-15 summarizes some of the data about Sonoma County schools: number of schools, enrollment, student diversity, achievement, school staffing, and funding.

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Student Event Winners

Student Events & Academic Competitions | Oct 2014
Learn about the student events SCOE sponsors and get the dates, deadlines, and contacts for each one.

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2014-15 Directory

2014-15 Directory of Sonoma County Schools | Aug 2014
The Directory of Sonoma County Schools has been updated for the 2014-15 school year. This annual resource is available in both print and electronic formats. It can be found at scoe.org/schools.


Spotlight

Spotlight on Sonoma County Schools | Aug 2014
SCOE opened the 2014-15 school year with this eight-page publication showcasing innovations and success stories in Sonoma County schools.

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Math Symbols

Math at Home | updated August 2014
Math at Home is a 28-page booklet with information and ideas about how parents can help their children learn and enjoy math, K-12. It is available in English (pdf) and Spanish (pdf).

Math at Home was developed by SCOE, the California Math Project: North Coast, and the California Mathematics Council. Free downloads can be accessed using the links above; printed copies are also available for purchase. See this order form (pdf) for information.


Huckleberry the Helpful Hound

Huckleberry the Helpful Hound and Bike Safety | July 2014
SCOE designed this coloring book and is distributing it at the Sonoma County Fair to encourage safe biking practices.

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CCSS Brochure

What are the Common Core State Standards? | Jan 2014
This brochure introduces parents and the general public to the Common Core State Standards and how they support 21st century learning. Available in English (pdf) and Spanish (pdf).


Hot Air Balloons

Welcome to Sonoma County (2:07) | Nov 2013
Sonoma County’s outstanding resources and excellent public schools are profiled in this short video.

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Cradle to Career Tree

Cradle to Career (6:01) | Nov 2013
Cradle to Career is a countywide partnership that connects all segments of the educational continuum with broad community support to improve the outcomes for all local youth.

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Tutor and Student

Schools of Hope (6:53) | Nov 2013
United Way’s Schools of Hope program helps children build critical early reading skills. The program recruits and trains community volunteers to tutor students one-on-one.

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Cradle to Career

Cradle to Career Sonoma County (:30) | Sept 2013
This 30-second public service announcement (PSA) highlights SCOE’s support of the cross-sector Cradle to Career initiative.

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Comstock Students

21st Century Teaching and Learning (:30) | Sept 2013
This is a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) on SCOE’s initiative to support 21st century teaching and learning.

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Transition Program

Transition Program (:30) | September 2016
This is a 30-second public service announcement on SCOE’s Transition Program.

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Teen Parent Program

Teen Parent Program (:30) | June 2013
This is a 30-second public service announcement on SCOE’s Teen Parent Program. View in Spanish.

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Kindergarten Readiness

Getting Ready for Kindergarten | July 2011
This parent’s guide provides a general overview of school readiness skills in the areas of physical, emotional, social, language, and general knowledge development. Available in English and Spanish.


Vocabulary Instruction

Anita Archer Video Series | Dec 2008
In this series of five videos, Dr. Archer addresses strategic literacy instruction in grades K-8 using a “research to practice” approach. See the series.


Boys Reading

Family Reading | Sept 2004
Family Reading is a 20-page booklet designed to help parents support their children in learning to read. It is available in English (pdf) and Spanish (pdf).