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 SDCOE Highlights Resources for May 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 May edition includes several SDCOE-offered programs and resources, along with offerings by some of our community partners. Some of these opportunities are highlighted below.​

Children's Literature and Equity 

Join SDCOE's Library Media Services team for several new, free virtual learning sessions focused on children's literature and equity this month. The first event, The Best of What's New in Children's Literature, attracted nearly 90 people from districts and schools across the county.

Coming up is a multi-session event, Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children's Literature, on May 25 and 26. Get the link to share or register to join on the SDCOE Library Media Services webpage

CAAASA Professional Development Summit Offers Virtual and In-Person Options 

The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) presents its statewide Professional Development Summit May 26 to 28. The conference theme is, "Achieving an Equity Driven Education," which focuses on highlighting policies and practices that promote education equity for African American and other students of color.

Visit the conference webpage to explore the areas of focus and speakers for each day. Registration pricing varies based on virtual or in-person attendance, and the number of days desired.

There are also registration options for single-day events on May 25 geared for students and parents; the virtual Youth Summit with a focus on music and esports, and the virtual Parent Empowerment Summit.

San Diego Teach for Innovation Awards

All educators are invited to attend the annual Teach for Innovation Awards event, hosted by Teach For America (TFA) San Diego.

The May 20 event from 6 to 7 p.m. will celebrate educators and leaders in San Diego County who are working hard to make excellent education a reality for all kids in our community. Winners for each of the award categories will be announced at the event. Dr. David Andrews, President of National University, will be presented with the TFA San Diego Honorary Alumni Award.

Register now for this free, virtual event and join TFA San Diego in celebrating the award finalists and honoree.

Start a Mock Trial Team at Your High School

High school administrators and teachers with students interested in the legal system and mastering persuasive advocacy skills can attend a virtual meeting this month to learn more about the San Diego County High School Mock Trial competition.

The meeting at 4 p.m. May 20 will feature teachers and students talking about their mock trial experience and participants will learn what it takes to form a team and participate in the 2022 competition (to be held in early February). Students who participate in the program and competition gain confidence and develop public speaking and presentation skills. They also experience the excitement of being part of a team, exchanging ideas, setting goals, and examining important legal issues while interacting with positive role models and practicing attorneys in their community.

To attend the meeting click here and a Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the meeting date. For additional information, visit, or call 619-844-2344 with any questions.

Online Academy for Student Leaders This Summer

Do you know a high school student with leadership potential you can help nurture? If so, nominate them to apply for the Ed100 Online Academy for Student Leaders.

Civic engagement has never been more important. This three-day virtual conference June 21 to 23 will equip students with knowledge, context, and connections so that they can prepare to step up and lead. Students will learn from California education experts and leaders who will share their knowledge and experiences and invite a dialogue. Attending the Ed100 Academy could benefit students who may become candidates for the State Seal of Civic Engagement.

For maximum impact, each high school should nominate a delegation of students to apply — at least one each from 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. No prior experience is required and there is no charge to participate. Visit the conference website for complete details. The deadline to apply is June 4.