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Shining Stars from the Ventura County Class of 2017

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Shining Stars from the Ventura County Class of 2017
From a young man who overcame the loss of his father to a budding film maker whose latest work is going viral online, the students graduating from Ventura County high schools this year are an impressive group. We're proud to introduce you to some of them in this edition of Focus on Education. Read it on your computer below or click here to view on your mobile device.   ...
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Meet the 2017 Ventura County Teacher of the Year

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Meet the 2017 Ventura County Teacher of the Year
The Ventura County Office of Education is pleased to announce that Leah Oviedo of Walnut Elementary School in the Conejo Valley Unified School District is the 2017 Ventura County Teacher of the Year. Oviedo and her students found out about the honor today when her family, local dignitaries and members of the media made a surprise visit to her classroom (photos and videos are available here).Oviedo has worked in education for 16 years and currently teaches fifth grade. She was nominated by Walnut...
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Champion of Migrant Students Receives Honorary Doctorate
Joe Mendoza, Director of Special Populations at the Ventura County Office of Education, who has championed the often-neglected population of migrant, homeless, at-risk or foster children received an honorary doctorate from CSU Channel Islands during the May 20 commencement ceremony.
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Teachers Recognized for Classroom Innovation with $13,500 in Grants
Teachers from throughout Ventura County are being honored with $13,500 in grants for developing innovative lessons for their students. At a ceremony Wednesday night in Oxnard, the Ventura County Office of Education will present 16 IMPACT II grants to teachers from nine schools in six local districts. The grants are funded by local businesses and organizations that wish to promote unique and creative teaching practices.The 16 winners were selected by judging teams comprised of educ...
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Winners of the VC Innovates 2017 Pathfinder Awards Announced
Today in Camarillo, VC Innovates 2017 Pathfinder Awards were presented to this year’s most innovative educators, business and community partners for their support of Career and Technical Education. Twenty-five award recipients selected by each of the education partner school districts as well as twelve business and community partners were recognized at a luncheon at the Spanish Hills Country Club. All of the honorees have played a pivotal role in bringing career and technical education opp...
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Help Set Education Priorities by Taking a Quick Survey
Now is your chance to have a say in setting goals and funding priorities for the next school year. The Ventura County Office of Education is seeking your input as we create a plan that will serve as an education road map for the future. It's called the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and it will help ensure that funding for VCOE-operated schools gets to where it's needed most. Community input is a key part of the plan, so please take a few moments to complete the brief ...
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Focus on Education: Spring 2017 - Accountability and Funding
A new tool to gauge performance is the latest step in a comprehensive effort to reinvent the way schools are evaluated and financed in California. In the newest edition of VCOE's Focus on Education, find out how years of reform and innovation are coming together to build a public education system that better serves all of our students. Read it on your computer below or click here to view on your mobile device.    ...
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Ventura County Schools Receive Gold Ribbon Honors

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Ventura County Schools Receive Gold Ribbon Honors
Eight Ventura County area schools are recipients of the 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools Award from the California Department of Education. The award recognizes middle and high schools that have developed innovative programs that support rigorous academic standards and create a positive school environment. The winning local schools are: A.E. Wright Middle School (Las Virgenes Unified School District) Adolfo Camarillo High School (Oxnard Union High School District) Colina Middle School (Conejo Valley Uni...
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Ventura County Graduation Rate Increases, Exceeds State Average
Ventura County’s high school graduation rate improved for the seventh consecutive year according to data released by the California Department of Education. The graduation rate for the 2015-16 school year was 85.6 percent, which is up from 84.5 percent in 2014-15. In the same period, the county’s dropout rate decreased from 8.3 percent to 7.7 percent.Ventura County’s graduation rate in 2015-16 exceeded the statewide rate of 83.2 percent by 2.4 percentage points. The county drop...
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Ventura County Science Fair Winners Announced

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Ventura County Science Fair Winners Announced
The winners of the 2017 Ventura County Science Fair were announced at an awards ceremony on March 27 at the VCOE Conference and Educational Services Center in Camarillo. This year’s science fair featured 720 entries from 850 middle and high school students from throughout Ventura County. At tonight’s ceremony, awards were presented in 13 scientific categories including microbiology, engineering and chemistry. In addition, local companies and organizations selected 50 winners in ...
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