Each month, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) highlights low-cost or no-cost opportunities in the What's Happening newsletter. The March edition includes several SDCOE-offered programs and resources, which are highlighted below.
Equity Leadership Program Free for Current and Aspiring School Leaders
SDCOE is working to intentionally create pathways to recruit, retain, and support ethnically diverse educators. To achieve this, we have partnered with RISE San Diego and Teach for America to create the RISE Urban Principal Preparation (UPP) program for current and future school leaders.
The RISE UPP program is a free, year-long learning opportunity that helps school leaders develop the equity consciousness and adaptive leadership skillsets to lead school systems toward equitable outcomes for all students.
The program provides:
- Concentrated focus on cultivating an equity mindset for transforming San Diego’s urban schools into places of excellence and innovation
- Class credit for SDCOE administrative credential programs
- Intensive leadership development in an active environment
If you are an interested educator or know someone who might benefit from this initiative, visit www.sdcoe.net/RISEUPP for details and the application. The deadline to apply is March 19.
Free Learning Opportunities for Educators and Aspiring Teachers
SDCOE’s Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation unit has created a free professional learning series developed to help current teachers and those who would like to become educators take their careers to the next level by learning more about credentials, authorizations, certificates, and degrees from a variety of institutions.
The Level Up virtual series will run from March 15 to 27 and features 30-minute sessions throughout the day that can be viewed live or afterward. Learn more by viewing the schedule of sessions.
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.
Profiles in Power: Celebrating Black Educators
During Black History Month, the SDCOE Equity team created the new Profiles in Power video interview series to highlight and celebrate the stories of Black education leaders in our region. Listening, sharing our stories, and connecting with each other on a personal level are simple but impactful ways to practice equity and learn about the common values and beliefs we have about education.
During student panels held throughout the year, we’ve consistently heard students say that representation matters, whether it’s the adult in the classroom, district office, or board room. SDCOE is working to honor educators who are making a difference and highlight their impact. The video series will continue past February to highlight several educators each month as they share their story of becoming an educator, including their unique experience and learning.