The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) continues to share COVID-19 information and important resources for school employees on its main webpage
and on social media. Also, its dedicated COVID-19 website
has resources and materials to assist administrators, educators, and families during the pandemic.
College and Career Readiness Upcoming Events
Job Readiness Workshop and Fair
The SDCOE College and Career Readiness team is collaborating with community partners as part of the San Diego Promise Neighborhoods group to bring a job readiness workshop and fair to all San Diego County students. This free, virtual event will consist of two sessions:
- Job Readiness Workshop - April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.
-Resume and interview preparation
-Online job search and virtual etiquette
-Panel presentation on additional resources
- Job Fair - April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.
-See open job opportunities for ages 16 and older
-Explore industries and network with employers
-Employer list available closer to the event
Explore Careers at CreaTech Event
Students in grades 8 to 12 can learn about careers in engineering and information and computer technology as part of the CreaTech online career exploration event.
The free, three day event will feature engaging presentations from the region's cutting edge tech employers. The virtual sessions will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. April 27 to 29. Visit the event webpage
to learn more and register.
Guide to Creating Healing Dialogue Space
As students return to classes, it’s important to address the historical and collective trauma everyone has experienced due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the events that spurred the current civil rights movement. The School Leaders Guide to Create Healing Dialogue Space
from SDCOE's Equity and Student Support Services teams has ways to create space and hold authentic, healing dialogue in classrooms and school communities. Also included are links to other helpful resources.
Cuyamaca Outdoor School Home Edition
In honor of 6th Grade Camp's 75th anniversary this year, Cuyamaca Outdoor School (COS) invites everyone to go outside and enjoy nature. Teachers and students can experience camp for the first time - or relive it - by exploring the Cuyamaca Home Edition
channel on YouTube.
The channel offers more than 50 videos created by COS staff, as well as activities, lessons, and more, to engage students in science and connect them to nature right from their own classrooms or homes.
COS will be celebrating its anniversary all year long. We encourage 6th Grade Camp alumni to share their memories. Send camp stories, photos, and journal entries to [email protected], connect with 6th Grade Camp on the COS Facebook page, and spread the word with friends and colleagues who grew up in San Diego.
Ready 2 Go: Ed Tech Workshops for Education Leaders
The educational technology team at SDCOE is offering a series of free online workshops aimed at improving the technology knowledge, communication, and efficiency of district leaders, principals, vice principals, and any educator aspiring to lead from within their organization.
Walk away with new skills, useful plans for moving forward, and an improved ability to lead through example in the area of technology integrations. The goal is for you to be “Ready 2 Go” on day one when you start school next year. For more information and to register visit the Ready 2 Go webpage.
Mind Out Loud Mental Health Event for California Students
Wellness Together School Mental Health, in partnership with SDCOE and the California Department of Education, will host Mind Out Loud - a free, three-day virtual event for middle and high school students to convene and boldly discuss mental health. It features The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas and from the Netflix movie The Social Dilemma with the Center for Humane Technology Matt Stossel.
The online event May 4 to 6 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day will allow students 13 and older to connect with peers across California; hear from engaging speakers to become equipped with practical tools for wellness; increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and their friends; learn about suicide prevention; and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Visit the event website for complete details, including featured speakers, daily schedules, resources for students, educators, and parents, and to register to attend.
Premiere of Inside California Education Season 4
Inside California Education is a public television series that explores the challenges, issues, and stories of public education. The upcoming Season 4 looks at how the pandemic has upended education and features stories about students and educators being creative, innovative, and resilient despite the challenges.
Join the filmmakers April 6 at 6 p.m. for a free virtual preview screening of the new season followed by a panel discussion with educators. Visit the event information page for more details and to RSVP.
Comic-Con Museum: Cardboard Superheroes Curriculum
The Comic-Con Museum has a new STEAM curriculum based on creating pop culture figures out of recycled cardboard.
The Cardboard Superheroes: Teacher's Edition curriculum builds Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) onto kids' love for iconic characters. The curriculum includes templates, tutorials, recorded videos, reference images, and teacher guides. There are 10 iconic characters or artifacts to build. Check out the all the details and downloadable guide at the Comic-Con Museum webpage
USS Midway Teacher Appreciation Offer
The USS Midway is celebrating San Diego County teachers with free single-day admission during April and May. All active K-12 teachers from public and private schools with a current teaching credential are eligible. This offer is available at the museum ticket booth only with a valid identification. Visit the Midway website
for more information.
Biz Kid$ Teacher Training Webinar Workshop
San Diego County Credit Union is hosting a Biz Kid$ Teacher Training Webinar Workshop exclusively for educators. Teachers can familiarize themselves with using the Biz Kid$ program in-person or virtually to teach their students about money and business.
The April 7 webinar is free to attend, but capacity is limited. Register here
. Learn more about Biz Kid$ and their upcoming events at the SDCCU website
Join the Kindness Unites Paper Chain Project
Kids for Peace, home to The Great Kindness Challenge, invites students across San Diego County and their families to come together to share messages of love and hope while setting a record for the world’s longest recycled paper chain ever.
Schools are encouraged to make and send in a quarter, half, or full mile paper chain section that will be added to the final 100-mile chain at a special event May 22 in Carlsbad. After the paper chain is officially measured for the Guinness World Record, sections will be distributed to display in hospitals, senior centers, libraries, and more. Visit the program page to sign up your school, see the various ways to participate, and step-by-step instructions for how to create the paper links. Submissions are due April 15.
Useful Resources From Live Well San Diego
New Live Well Schools Database
Live Well Schools, an initiative of the county's Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), works to strengthen relationships between schools, districts, HHSA staff, and community partners.
Their new Tools for Schools searchable database of resources highlights innovative and effective ways for school policymakers and other stakeholders to meet the unique health and wellness needs of students, families, and staff. The Tools for Schools database provides a wide array of resources including social and emotional health and a focus on addressing health disparities. Watch a video overview and then visit the Tools for Schools webpage to begin exploring.
Community Conversations: Speaker's Bureau
The Live Well San Diego Speaker's Bureau is a free program to help community residents better understand their health. The program delivers 30 to 60 minute presentations about any type of health topic, tailored for small or large group discussions. The talks are delivered by volunteer medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, who are subject matter experts.
Also highlighted are open discussions in multiple languages focused on sharing facts, dispelling myths, and addressing questions or concerns. Visit the Speaker's Bureau webpage to learn more, see a list of topics, and schedule a presentation.
STEM Activities and Opportunities for Students and Educators
San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
Now in it's 13th year, the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is a multi-day educational experience to engage kids and families in all that encompasses STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). This year will be a special virtual experience including a live stage with streaming events, pre-recorded sessions, exhibit booth spaces, and more special programs.
STEAM Week, from April 24 to May 2, will contain all the planned events for students, families and educators to enjoy in a free, virtual format. Visit lovestemsd.org for a complete listing of events. Download an event flyer.
Life Science XP Education Symposium for Educators, Industry Partners
The Biocom Institute is hosting the inaugural Life Science XP Education Symposium to bring together K-12 educators, partners, and industry members who are reimagining life science/biotech learning experiences in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
The goal of the symposium is to experience and learn from these innovations first-hand with active practitioners and partner providers. Participants engage in a variety of professional learning and networking opportunities to connect educators, industry experts, and scientists. The virtual symposium takes place April 28 and 29, from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Learn more details here
and register here
Opportunities for Free Virtual Fieldtrips
Discover San Diego Agriculture
San Diego Ag in the Classroom (SDAITC) announces a new virtual resource that spotlights our local farms: Discover San Diego Agriculture.
Students in grades 6 to 12 can head out on virtual field trips to see how local growers make a difference in our community and environment, and how farms put STEM principles into action on a daily basis. Two farm spotlight videos are available now at the SDAITC website
, and more will be added as they are developed. Lesson plans are included for each video. SDAITC also requests teacher feedback -- email [email protected]
to let them know how the videos are used in instruction or suggestions for future topics.
San Diego Zoo
Thanks to generous donations and grants, the San Diego Zoo Education department is offering free virtual education programs for Title I schools in San Diego County. Programs are also available to non-Title I schools for a small fee. Visit the San Diego Zoo Education department to see the options categorized by grade level and full details for each program.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has financial aid available for Title I schools so that all students can access high-quality, virtual science programming. The aquarium connects PreK-12 students to its ocean planet through virtual, experiential learning programs where students meet and observe ocean organisms, explore and analyze data about changing conditions in ocean habitats, or ask questions about aquarium careers and current conservation issues. The programs are aligned with NGSS and designed to be engaging for students joining virtually from their home or classroom. Learn more about youth and school group programs and apply for financial aid on the Birch Aquarium website. Programs are available through June 11.
ArtsBusXpress Virtual Field Trip Experience
ArtsBusXpress, a nonprofit organization that connects students with arts and science opportunities, is partnering with major San Diego arts and science venues to provide virtual field trips for K-12 educators and their students.
Currently, there are 55 unique Virtual Field Trip Xperiences available from nine arts and science partners. Each experience is live, interactive, and personalized for a class of up to 40 students. Venues will work with educators to ensure the best possible experience for their students. Teachers can apply for the necessary funding for the selected program. For more information, visit the ArtsBusXpress website
or email [email protected]
Grant and Award Opportunities for Educators
Chargers Back to Football Grants
The Chargers Impact Fund, in partnership with Schools First Credit Union, is awarding Title I eligible high schools up to $1,500 in funding for their athletic departments. This effort is to assist high schools re-launch their tackle football programs for the 2021 spring or fall season. Visit the Chargers website
for complete details. The application deadline is June 4 but grants will be awarded on a rolling basis while funding lasts.
North Island Credit Union Teacher Grants
Ten grants of $500 each will be awarded to San Diego area teachers looking to fund an innovative classroom learning opportunity courtesy of the North Island Credit Union Teacher Grant program. The project should have clearly defined learning objectives tied to students' academic needs, display creativity, and benefit a significant number of students. Visit the grant webpage for more information.
The application deadline is April 23.
Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program
Voya Financial provides awards to K-12 educators and classified staff of public and private schools for funding effective and innovative projects that enhance student learning. Fifty finalists will receive $2,000 and three will move on to receive additional awards of up to $25,000. Visit the grant website
. The application deadline is April 30 at 1 p.m.
The Lawrence Foundation Grant
The Lawrence Foundation Grant awards up to $10,000 to public schools to support charitable causes. Funding is intended for, but not limited to, the focus areas of COVID-19-related issues, human services, disaster relief, and the environment. Funding is not typically awarded for computers, audio/visual, gardening, music, or physical education programs. Visit the grant webpage
. The application deadline for the spring grant cycle is April 30.
Scholarship and Award Opportunities for Students
Flying Leatherneck Essay Contest
The University of San Diego's Character Development Center and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation are accepting entries for their annual essay contest. This year's prompt, "Who is Your Hero?" asks students in grades 6 through 12 to reflect on the core values of the U.S. Marine Corps and our society by exploring what the virtues of honor, courage, and commitment mean in their own lives. Cash prizes of $100 to $300 are given to first through third place winners, and teachers of winning students receive a cash award as well. The deadline for submissions is April 14. Visit the contest page
for more details.
Taiwanese American Foundation of San Diego Scholarship
Awards $2,000 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors in San Diego County. Of the six scholarships awarded, two are for students of Taiwanese descent, and two are for students with financial need. The application deadline is April 15. Access the application form for complete information.
Wheelhouse Credit Union Scholarships
Wheelhouse Credit Union offers two distinct scholarship programs to high school seniors:
- Sustainability Scholarship - Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to eligible students who have a vision for supporting the environment and are committed to sustainability practices in their community.
- Badge of Honor Scholarship - Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students with a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is an active first responder in San Diego County.
To learn more and access the applications, visit the Wheelhouse website. The application deadline for both programs is April 30.
House of France Scholarship
The House of France in Balboa Park awards two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who have taken advanced level French courses in high school. The selection criteria include answering two essay questions in English and one in French. View and download the application form
. The application deadline is June 1.
HCC/AMN Healthcare Scholarship
Through Health Care Communicators (HCC) of San Diego, high school seniors in San Diego County who plan to enter the healthcare field after college can apply to win a $2,000 scholarship courtesy of AMN Healthcare. Visit the HCC website for more information.
The application deadline is June 30.
San Diego Family Magazine April Digital Issue
San Diego Family Magazine has these helpful articles for families and students its April digital edition:
- 2021 Summer Camp Guide - virtual and in-person camps
- Summer Camp Safety
- Give Your Family the Gift of Laughter
- Easter and springtime ideas, family events calendar, and more
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