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 SDCOE Highlights Resources for June 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 June 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

iVIE Awards and Student Film Festival

The 20th annual iVIE Awards and Student Film Festival is back and in person, celebrating elementary through high school student filmmakers.

The June 12 event will take place at Reading Cinemas Town Square 14 in Clairemont. Each finalist will have their film shown at a screening by grade level:

Attendance is free but there is a limit of three tickets per reservation. Please only place a ticket order if you are planning on attending. Click on the links above to order tickets starting June 2. Visit the event page for updates.

Back to School in Unity Summit for Parents

Families and students are invited to a free online event June 24 that features ways to help young people value each other and cope with changes following the pandemic in the 2021-22 school year.

The Back to School in Unity virtual summit is presented by the Riverside County Office of Education in partnership with SDCOE, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and other community partners. The event is designed for families to learn skills as they navigate a return to school with a focus on valuing humanity. Families will hear from motivational speaker and author Miles McPherson, participate in a breakout session with a facilitator, and end with a culminating activity. They will also receive a calendar of at-home activities.

Go to the event registration page. Download an informational flyer in English or Spanish. Interpretation services will be provided for Spanish and American Sign Language.

Visioning for School Leaders

Many school leaders elect to engage in visioning exercises over the summer months to take stock in what has been accomplished and design the path forward. Visioning exercises include looking inward at their learning this year, and also looking outward at how relationships and expertise can be leveraged toward achieving schoolwide goals.

Join executive coaches from the SDCOE District and School Improvement team as they help school administrators identify, compose, or fine-tune their vision for equity for the 2021-22 school year. Select only one of the virtual session dates below. There is no cost to attend.

Global Leadership Youth Program

The Global Leadership Youth Program is offered by the San Diego Diplomacy Council to engage high school students who are interested in international affairs. Students entering grades 8 through 12 can expand their global knowledge, take part in diplomacy simulations, hear guest speakers, and participate in projects while connecting with like-minded peers.

The online program takes place this summer from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday and is divided into four week-long modules:

  • June 28 to July 2 - Global Pride: Advocating for LGBTQ+ Rights

  • July 5 to 9 - “Of the People?": Democracy in Danger

  • July 19 to 23 - There Is No Planet B: Accelerating Climate Action

  • Aug. 2 to 6 - Outside the Box: Design Thinking for Social Global Innovation

The registration fee per module is $200, but sponsorships are available for students with financial need and/or students who identify as underrepresented or underserved in their community.

Visit the program page for complete details, including links to register and to request financial assistance. Contact Lulu Bonning with any questions.