MCOE TO UNVEIL REPORT
The Merced County Office of Education will unveil the Merced County Schools Annual Education Report at two luncheons. Both will cost attendees $15 and run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first will be Feb. 27 at Gateway Community Church, 353 E. Donna Drive, Merced. The second will be Feb. 28 at the Los Banos Community Center, 645 Seventh St., Los Banos. The report, sponsored by municipal finance group Stifel Nicolaus & Co., details student demographics and achievements, collaborations and best practices. It also looks at the education budget and impact of the passage of Proposition 30, the implementation of the Common Core standards and the move to local control funding. “The report includes the challenges confronting education and a peek into the future. This is an opportunity to discuss P-12 education in a public forum and inform the public about education in Merced County,” said county Superintendent of Schools Steven Gomes. For more, contact MCOE Public Information Officer Nathan Quevedo at (209) 381-6759.
STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST
Population Connection’s “World of 7 Billion” student video contest will take submissions through Feb. 21. Students in grades nine to 12 may submit an original video of 60 seconds or less that illustrates the connection between population growth and one of the following global challenges: climate change, global poverty or water sustainability. Cash prizes will be awarded to four winners in each topic area. Participating teachers will receive free classroom resources. For contest rules and to see previous winning videos, visit www.worldof7billion.org.
IEP WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS
Parents of children with disabilities can learn about individual education plans at a workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 18 at the Area Board 6 office, 2529 W. March Lane, Suite 105, Stockton. Topics will include the rights of special needs children, updates on special education laws, assessment, problem resolution, developing effective plans and effective communication with professionals. The session is free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To save a spot, contact the Family Resource Network at (209) 472-3674 or email@example.com.
VIRTUAL SCHOOL TAKING APPLICATIONS
California Connections Academy @ Ripon is accepting new students through mid-February. In its second year, the virtual charter school serves more than 500 students from Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. It includes flexible learning options and frequent field trips. For more, visit www.connectionsacademy.com/california-online-school-ripon/home.aspx.
FREE TEST PREP SITE
Varsity Tutors has launched a free test prep resource called Varsity Learning Tools at www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests. The company calls it the world’s largest, completely free, professionally written resource of practice problems and assessment tools across academic subjects and standardized tests of all levels. The site is adding 5,000 fresh problems each month, according to a company release.
ARTS TEACHING TOOLS ONLINE
The Music Center in Los Angeles has launched a free, multi-dimensional online arts teaching tool called Artsource: The Music Center’s Study Guide to the Performing Arts. The easily accessible library of content is designed to support teaching and learning in and through the arts and is based on a highly successful curriculum developed by The Music Center. The guide features 69 distinct units of study in three performing arts disciplines – dance, music and theater. Each unit focuses on important artists and one of their signature performance pieces and demonstrates through specific examples how art is created and influenced by different cultures. In addition, the library identifies universal themes to reflect the essence of a selected work, including transformation, enduring values, freedom and oppression, power of nature and the human family. For more, visit www.musiccenter.org/education/Teacher-Resources/Artsource-Curriculum/.