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 10 Most Popular SDCOE News Stories of 2016

​​​​​The year 2016 was a busy one for San Diego County's K-12 public schools and the half-million students we serve. Between leadership changes here at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and school closures due to extreme weather conditions, thousands of people trusted the SDCOE newsroom to keep them informed. The top 10 stories on the SDCOE website in 2016, from least to most popular, were: 

10. North County Academy Raises Academic Bar

North County Academy, SDCOE's school for children facing significant behavioral or emotional challenges, has been approved to establish a University of California-certified "a-g" course list.

9. Interested in a Career in Education?

Schools across the county are looking for qualified educators and substitute teachers, and Jan. 30, job-seekers were invited to get advice, information, and maybe even employment at a teacher job fair.

8. New Principals Hit the Ground Running with SDCOE Service

The SDCOE Leadership Transition​​ service gets principals up to speed quickly by helping school staff members communicate their culture and needs.

7. JCCS Students Dig Deep with Thematic, Creative Projects

Students from various Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) - now known as Momentum Learning - sites have been given the opportunity to express themselves and show off their work while learning important lessons over the last several months as part of a new focus on project-based learning.

6. Calling All Civically Minded High School Seniors

The San Diego Student Civics Engagement Academy brought together 30 students over 3-4 Saturdays to provide them with the necessary tools for productive engagement in education, the work place, their community, and the democratic processes. 

5. County Board Statement on Separation Agreement with County Superintendent of Schools

The Board and Superintendent Randy Ward reached a settlement, under the terms of which Dr. Ward will advance his retirement date to Nov. 15, 2016, from what was scheduled to be June 30, 2017. Dr. Ward and the Board have agreed that it would be in the best interests of all involved to reach an amicable separation at this point in time.

4. Jan. 7 and 8, 2016 County School District Closures

The safety and security of students, faculty, and staff is of the upmost importance to schools across the county. During El Nino storm conditions, each school district was monitoring the local emergency situation and making school closure decisions on a day-by-day basis. 

3. San Diego County Teachers of the Year Announced

Five local educators were named San Diego County Teachers of the Year on Saturday during the 26th annual "Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers," sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) in partnership with SDCOE. 

2. Edward Velasquez Selected as Interim County Superintendent of Schools

The San Diego County Board of Education selected Edward Velasquez to serve as interim San Diego County superintendent of schools.

1. Employee of the Year Makes a Difference for Migrant Families

As hard as she works while supporting migrant families for SDCOE, Gabriela “Gaby” Beas still finds the time and energy outside of work to make a difference in her community. Because of this tireless effort and passion, Beas was recently named the 2016 SDCOE Classified Employee of the Year.