Zap the Gap Summit

At a Glance

The San Mateo County Office of Education hosts Zap the Gap, an annual summit that shines a spotlight on the needs of students who have been historically underserved in our public schools and reinforces the message that we can make a difference and positively impact these students' lives.

2018 Achievement in Motion Report

The Achievement in Motion report shares how five local schools are improving the educational outcomes of historically underserved students and offers data-informed best practices: Menlo-Atherton High School (Sequoia Union High School District), Oceana High School (Jefferson Union High School District), Heather Elementary School (San Carlos School District), Encinal Elementary School (Menlo Park City School District), and Ralston Middle School (Belmont-Redwood Shores School District).

Case Studies

Case Study: Menlo-Atherton High School, Sequoia Union High School District

Case Study: Oceana High School, Jefferson Union High School District

Case Study: Heather Elementary School, San Carlos School District

Case Study: Encinal Elementary School, Menlo Park City School District

Case Study: Ralston Middle School, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District


March 12, 2018: Tenth Annual Zap the Gap Summit

The 2018 tenth annual Zap the Gap Summit brought policymakers and practitioners together to learn how local schools and districts are closing the gaps, understand the impact of decision-making on student achievement, and create bridges to college and career for DACA students. Unique to this year’s summit was SMCOE’s release of the Achievement in Motion report, which shares how five local schools are improving the educational outcomes of historically underserved students and offers data-informed best practices.

Keynote Speakers

Kimberly Papillon, The Better Mind: The Neuroscience of Decision-Making

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, DREAMers Roadmap: Experiences of a DACA Student