SMCOE Blog

Forming Strong Communities at Audubon Elementary

A sample card that nonverbal students can use to interact with their Reading Buddies

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and the goal of this year's campaign is to highlight the ways in which people with and without developmental disabilities come together and work side by side to form strong communities. Nowhere is that strength more apparent than at Audubon Elementary School

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Uniting Families Through Literacy

More than 500 families have finished the program so far

Ten years ago, a teacher at Hoover Elementary School in Redwood City noticed that many of her students weren't completing their homework. It wasn't an issue of motivation; the students were always excited to go home and get busy with their assignments. However, week after week, those same excited students would return to school the next morning with unfinished work.

The teacher, Ninfa Zuno,…

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Exploring New Ways to Talk Math

The third grade group discusses their progress

For many adults, mathematics is a vital part of life, but it's easy to forget how we developed the number sense that got us to that point. How did your teacher support your understanding of addition? What was the a-ha moment that finally helped you "get" division? What about figuring out whether something was more than, less than, or equal to something else? For educators participating in the Early Learning Mathematics Initiative (ELMI), these are just the types of questions they are exploring.. Read more

Taking Advantage of Teachable Moments

Welcome California State Preschoolp Program Intentional Teacher Fair

The idea of preschool in California has changed a lot over the past five years, particularly due to the introduction of new education standards known as the California Preschool Learning Foundations. These standards fully embrace the idea of intentional teaching, which describes a style of instruction that takes advantage of “teachable moments” by integrating situational learning into regular lessons. For example, an intentional teacher can turn a walk to the lunchroom into a conversation about different plants and animals or an exploration of architecture and the shapes that make up school buildings. Read more

Athletes Shine at Super Sports Day

A student athlete celebrates as he crosses the finish line.

For the 14th year in a row, the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) partnered with Special Olympics of Northern California to bring the Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program to local schools. These events, known as Super Sports Days, are made possible through an education program aimed at encouraging interaction between special education student athletes and their non-disabled peers. Read more

17th District PTA Celebrates Founders Day

Flowers in a vase from the PTA

Guest post written by Lori McBride, Founders Day Co-Chair, 17th District PTA. The 17th District PTA, which represents all of the PTAs in San Mateo County, held its Founders Day Luncheon on Tuesday, February 24, at Dominic’s at Oyster Point in South San Francisco. This year’s Founders Day celebrated the 188th anniversary of the California PTA and the 88th anniversary of the 17th District. Read more

Community Leaders Walk a Day in Principals’ Shoes

Mayor Jeff Gee and Principal Lynne Griffiths observe a fire drill at Henry Ford Elementary School

San Mateo County hosted its annual Principal for a Day event on February 26, 2015, and the community loved it. “It’s a valuable event, because there aren’t many people who really understand what a principal does all day,” said Principal Lynne Griffiths of Henry Ford Elementary in Redwood City. Read more

Spotlight on San Mateo County

The San Mateo County Office of Education is excited to announce the arrival of our new blog—your source for education-related news in San Mateo County. Our 23 districts serve nearly 94,000 hard-working students, and our community is full of people who passionately support our schools. We have a lot of amazing stories to tell, so stay tuned as we shine a spotlight on SMC!. Read more