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Free and low-cost opportunities for educators and students

What’s Happening is a community service from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) to connect families, students, and educators with free and low-cost opportunities and resources, including educator grants and scholarships/contests for students. Helpful information is updated regularly on this page with highlights published at the start of each month as an e-newsletter.

Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter. Email if you have an opportunity to share with educators, students, and families in San Diego County.

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The California Association of Student Councils (CASC) is a student-run, student-led nonprofit dedicated to developing the leaders of tomorrow and promoting civic engagement among youth. Rising 10-12 graders can apply for the position of President for Region 12, San Diego and Imperial counties, on the 2023-24 State Council. 

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SDCOE is partnering with the California Department of Education and Wellness Together School Mental Health to host the Third Annual Mind Out Loud virtual event for students April 27. Middle and high school students from across California, the nation, and throughout the world will have the opportunity to connect with one another on issues of mental health and wellness.

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Student filmmakers can submit their creative entries to the 22nd annual Innovative Video in Education Awards and Student Film Festival, better known as iVIE. The K-12 student video competition and festival is scheduled to take place in person June 3. The deadline for submissions is April 11.

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National Geographic's Beyond King Tut is an immersive and educational experience now open at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Sixth grade students get a free ticket with a paying adult, and teachers can get discounted admission for field trips. Students can learn about the young pharaoh’s life as they walk through nine galleries that combine high-resolution visuals with captivating audio and textual information. 

Resources from SDCOE News

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San Diego County education and business leaders can learn about innovative strategies in college and career readiness at the 6th annual College and Career Pathways Summit, which will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7.