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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 Bank of America Student Leaders program provides qualifying high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to have a paid summer internship that has a focus on serving the community. The application deadline is Jan.17. 

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On World Teachers' Day Oct. 5, Dunkin’ is celebrating educators and school staff members everywhere by treating them to a free medium hot or iced coffee.

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Through a partnership between SDSU and SDCOE, free tickets are available for students to Field Trip Day on Dec. 1. Bring your class or team to Viejas Arena to see the Aztecs vs. Stanford womens basketball game at 11 a.m. 

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The UC San Diego women’s basketball team is proud to host Education Day on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. when the Tritons play against Life Pacific. Tickets to the game at LionTree Arena are free for all local elementary and middle schools including teachers and chaperones. 

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The San Diego World Affairs Council offers high school students the opportunity to participate in the 2024 Academic WorldQuest Competition. This fast-paced event tests knowledge in international politics, geography, economics, history, and world cultures. 

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Join SDCOE for My Voice Counts, a free, five-part webinar series that offers a virtual space for parents and community members to learn and grow. The first session on Oct. 5 is Supporting Your Children in Managing Anxiety This School Year. 

Poway On Stage Arts in Education Program

The Arts in Education program at Poway OnStage offers a variety of opportunities for bringing the performing arts to schools across San Diego County. Learn more about the offerings for 2023-24, including low or no cost theater tickets, virtual performances, and teaching artist school visits. 

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Low-Cost Computers Available Oct. 7 in San Marcos

Families in San Diego can get used laptop and desktop computers loaded with educational software for as little as $100 at a drive-thru event Oct. 7 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at San Marcos Elementary School. The program is organized by SDCOE and Computers 2 Kids. 

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Suicide Prevention Week from Sept. 10 to 16. During this time and beyond, SDCOE is committed to supporting school districts, schools, students and families, and educators to improve their mental and emotional health and well-being.

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Educational leaders can learn about equity within the context of educational technologies through a free series of online workshops to gain the knowledge and strategies to identify, speak to, and address equity gaps in educational technology usage in school environments.