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 SDCOE Highlights Resources for August 2021

​Each month, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) highlights low-cost or no-cost opportunities in the What's Happening newsletter. The August edition includes several SDCOE-offered programs and resources, along with offerings by some of our community partners. Some of these opportunities are highlighted below.​ To sign up for the newsletter, email

SDSU Aztecs Extra Yard for Teachers Game

As part of the College Football Playoff Foundation's national Extra Yard for Teachers promotion, SDSU invites all teachers to the Sept. 25 Aztecs home football game vs. Towson at 12:30 p.m. The game will be played at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, home of the Aztecs while their new stadium is under construction.

San Diego County teachers can purchase discounted tickets for $10 each through the Aztecs ticketing website by using the promo code TEACHER. Visit

The 2022 San Diego County Teachers of the Year will also be recognized at this game. Come cheer on the Aztecs as they celebrate all teachers!

Equity Blueprint

The SDCOE Equity Blueprint for Action is a new tool designed to help district and school staff better support all students. It highlights community- and research-informed practices, actions, and recommendations specific to the American Indian, African American, and Latinx communities. The tool can serve as a guide to support other historically marginalized groups including Asian American, Middle East and North African, LGBTQIA+, and students with Individualized Education Programs.

The SDCOE Equity team has also created a free fall learning series for education leaders to dive deeper into the document. The Fall 2021 Equity Blueprint Implementation Cycles professional learning series includes five cycles, running from August through November. Click here for session details and registration links.

Engaging Students Through the Pandemic and Beyond

To support districts and schools in addressing the current challenges of teaching and learning and the longstanding inequities in grading and assessment practices, SDCOE developed Engaging Students Through the Pandemic and Beyond. This resource was designed to assist local systems in identifying key leverage points to shift mindsets and practices associated with measuring and monitoring student learning.

Student Experience Panels

SDCOE's Equity Department is elevating student voices through student experience panels. These panel discussions feature high school youth from schools across San Diego County sharing their stories of challenge and triumph in school. The latest conversation highlights experiences shared by students with learning differences and is a powerful learning opportunity for educators and students. You can find all the youth panels on the YouTube panel playlist.


Start a Mock Trial Team at Your School

High school students can get a unique educational experience by participating in the 2022 San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition, which encourages and builds teamwork, goal setting, civic participation, and persuasive advocacy and public speaking skills.

Teams of eight to 25 high school students are placed in a realistic courtroom setting where they assume the roles of lawyers, witnesses, clerks, and bailiffs handling a hypothetical case. Each team receives the assistance of one or two volunteer attorney coaches, and active and retired state and federal judicial officers preside over each trial in the competition.

Teachers and administrators interested in learning about and participating in the February 2022 competition must attend one of two orientation meetings via Zoom:

• Sept. 9 from 4 to 5 p.m.

• Sept. 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The deadline to RSVP for an orientation meeting is Sept. 7. Visit the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition website for complete information. Email questions to

Encouraging Routine Childhood Vaccinations

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many routine in-person events such as well-child visits for many children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as a result, too many children have fallen behind on receiving recommended vaccines.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a great time to remind parents to get caught up on vaccines that may have been missed so children can return to school safely. The CDC toolkit for encouraging routine childhood vaccinations includes an infographic, social media images, and language that can be customized for parent newsletters or emails.