Education

Nan Austin: Focus on Education in Modesto area (10/11/2014)

MJC BASKETBALL CHEER TRYOUTS

Modesto Junior College will hold basketball cheerleading tryouts at 10 a.m. today on the practice field at the north end of the stadium on the east campus, 435 College Ave. Individuals should have cheerleader or dance experience. Those selected must enroll in a minimum of six units at MJC for the spring semester beginning Jan. 12 and pay for a Spirit Team uniform. For the tryouts, women are asked to wear shorts, non-crop tops and tennis shoes; men are asked to wear warm-up pants, T-shirt and tennis shoes. For more information, call coach Linda Cabral at (209) 634-6846 or email cabrall@mjc.edu.

SUICIDE PREVENTION WORKSHOP AT MJC

The Modesto Junior College chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, known as NAMI on Campus, will host a Suicide Awareness Workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Forum Building, Room 102, on the east campus, 435 College Ave. The free, two-hour training provides participants with a general overview of suicide, recognizing the signs, prevention, intervention strategies and referral process, as well as community resources available in Stanislaus County. Tim White of Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will conduct the workshop. For more information, call professor Kimberly Kennard at (209) 575-6864.

MJC HOLDS VETS INFORMATION FAIR

Modesto Junior College will host a Veteran Information and Resources Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday on the east campus quad, 435 College Ave.. The free event is for all veterans in the community and their dependents. On-campus parking costs $2 in student parking lots. The fair will offer information about campus and community resources, and organizations that support veterans. At noon there will be a ceremony, with presentation of the colors, several speakers from the community and playing of taps. The Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Wall will be on display all day. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, call planning committee member Erin Johnson at (209) 840-2807 or email ee1913@yahoo.com.

MERCED MEETINGS ON SPECIAL ED CREDENTIALS

Two informational meetings will be held at the Merced County Office of Education this month to give an overview on how to earn a teaching credential in Special Education through California State University, Stanislaus. The meetings will be held Oct. 20 and Oct. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Clark Room at MCOE, 632 W. 13th St., Merced. The 18-month program is state and nationally accredited. Classes will be held from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at MCOE beginning in January. Financial aid and paid teacher internships are available. For more information, call Beth Baughn in the Stanislaus State department of teacher education at (209) 667-3357.

MANTECA PARENTS NIGHTS ON COMPUTERS

Manteca Unified will hold family information sessions on its Going Digital program. Panasonic representatives will discuss common problems parents face with student devices. Microsoft representatives will discuss classroom applications. Intel representatives will talk about the 3E devices being used and their features. Cisco representatives will talk about network safeguards. Information on digital citizenship and device insurance will also be presented. The sessions will all be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sessions Nov. 3 and 4 will be at Stella Brockman Elementary, 763 Silverado Drive, Manteca; Nov. 5, Lathrop High, 647 Spartan Way, Lathrop; and Nov. 6, Weston Ranch High, 4606 McCuen Ave., Stockton.

HUGHSON UNIFIED BOARD TO MEET

The Hughson Unified School District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 6815 Hughson Ave. The board will see a presentation on K-5 Math Night. Trustees will be asked to approve contracts for transportation services and sixth-grade camp. See the agenda at http://tinyurl.com/mukmn8t.

CDE OPENS ‘DIGITAL CHALKBOARD’ SITE

The California Department of Education has unveiled its “Digital Chalkboard” to provide teachers with a virtual meeting place to collaborate, get training to improve their skills, find research and share best practices. The portal has more than 400,000 digital resources, including training modules and videos, model lesson plans, research-based data and discussion groups. It is faster and easier to navigate the Brokers of Expertise site it replaces, CDE said. It consolidates help for educating English learners and foster children, and provides more assistance on Common Core State Standards.

GREAT VALLEY ACADEMY BOOK DRIVE

Great Valley Academy will be hosting a book drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at 3200 Tully Road. Teachers are seeking books for their classrooms, as the public charter school has no library. For more information, email Amy Crabtree at crabtree@greatvalleyacademy.com.

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