March 2015 | This monthly e-newsletter provides a quick reference to upcoming meetings, events, and resources for administrators.

On the calendar

Mar 2 | Superintendents’ Council
Regular monthly meeting takes place 8:00-10:00am in the Santa Rosa City Schools’ Board Room.

Mar 3-4 | Get a Head Start: NGSS Grades 9-12 | Details
High school teachers learn perspectives, methods, and tools for evaluating and designing Next Generation Science-aligned lessons in a two-day session, 8:30am-3:00pm at SCOE.

Mar 6 | Leadership 40
Monthly meeting for district superintendents takes place 7:30-9:00am at SCOE.

Mar 6 | Curriculum Council
District curriculum representatives meet 9:15-11:15am at SCOE.

Mar 6 | Sonoma County Co-op
District Co-op members meet 11:30am-12:30pm at SCOE.

Mar 6 | ELA/ELD Framework | Details
Two-hour overview of the ELA/ELD Framework gives administrators an understanding of key themes, layout and design, and ways to bring the Framework alive at school sites and in the classroom, 11:30am-2:30pm at SCOE.

Mar 12 | Sonoma Leadership Network | Details
Elementary and secondary teams learn strategies for communicating mathematics reasoning within the context of Common Core Standards, 8:30am-3:30pm at SCOE.

Mar 16 | Understanding Smarter Balanced Assessments | Details
School trustees learn about California’s new state assessment system, including how it differs from previous state assessments and how the computerized tests are formatted, 5:30-7:00pm at SCOE.

Mar 18 | TK Network Meeting | Details
Participants establish connections and continue to advance the quality of local TK programs, 4:00-7:00pm at SCOE.

Mar 19 | Common Core Implementation Collaborative | Details
Final meeting in series designed to provide resources and direction for coaches and teacher-leaders who support Common Core implementation, 1:00-4:00pm at SCOE.

Mar 20 | SCASA Power Breakfast | Details (pdf)
Sonoma County BaySci team provides administrators with an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards and shares how to support teachers with implementation, 7:30am at SCOE.

Mar 25 | Human Resources Quarterly Meeting
District human resources directors meet quarterly to discuss HR topics, 8:30-10:00am at SCOE.

Mar 30 | Legal Workshop for Trustees: Brown Act | Details
Presentation by School and College Legal Services attorney Patrick Wilson highlights discussion of the Brown Act, ethics, and conflict of interest, 5:30-8:30pm at SCOE.

Synopsys-Science Fair | Link
Grade 6-12 students present science projects to teams of scientists, engineers, and others acting as judges, February 27 at Sonoma State University.

Mandated Reporter Trainings
Held monthly at SCOE, these trainings are presented by Family, Youth, and Children’s Services and provide updated information on the current California laws regarding mandated reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect; training satisfies the new AB1432 requirement.

Five-Minute Film Festival | Link
First-ever countywide contest showcases K-12 student work for a live audience on March 16. Student films will be posted online in early March.

County Spelling Bees | Link
County spelling bees for elementary and junior high take place March 16 and 17.

Classified Employee of the Year Reception
Reception honoring Sonoma County nominees and finalists for statewide Classified School Employee awards takes place April 7, 4:00pm at SCOE.
Looking ahead to April

Sonoma County Office of Education

Steven D. Herrington, Ph.D., Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools
5340 Skylane Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 524-2600 •