Each month, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) highlights low-cost or no-cost opportunities in the What's Happening newsletter. The April edition includes several SDCOE-offered programs and resources, which are highlighted below.
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 connect with employers
-Employer list available closer to the event
Download event flyers in English and Spanish. Contact Ernesto Rivera with any questions.
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. This career exploration event is presented by the SDCOE College and Career Readiness team and several community partners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with 6th Grade Camp on the COS Facebook page, and spread the word with friends and colleagues who grew up in San Diego.
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 Matt Stossel from the Netflix movie, The Social Dilemma.
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.