After experiencing the disruptions of COVID-19, San Mateo County schools are once again moving full steam ahead. In 2022, the State invested more broadly in whole child initiatives to promote our students’ academic, social, emotional, and physical development. As a result, some school districts recently applied for and received state funding to develop a community school model that engages educators, families, and community partners to address students’ health and well-being, including health care, mental health services, after-school programs, and parent engagement. This is a powerful model for the future of our education system, and the San Mateo County Office of Education is well-poised to support and champion.
As we move through 2023 and beyond, I am confident we will continue to make progress in providing equitable, high-quality educational opportunities that prepare students for success. I want to express my deep appreciation to our dedicated educators, support staff, families, and community partners for their tireless efforts to help our students explore, wonder, and create new learning every day. It takes all of us together.
– Nancy Magee, Superintendent of Schools
Two County Programs Build the Educator Workforce
The California Classified School Employee Teacher Program assists classified school employees in obtaining a teaching credential. Additionally, launched in the 2021-2022 school year, the County Office of Education’s Teacher Residency Program in partnership with Alder Graduate School of Education supports aspiring teachers in obtaining a master's degree and educator specialist credential.
County Office of Education Develops Green Career Awareness Program
The County Office of Education partnered with curriculum designers and industry partners to create a K-12 Green Career Awareness Program to expand students’ exposure to careers across California’s industry sectors that promote sustainable practices. The program includes standards-aligned instructional modules, field trips to local business partners, and a pre-apprenticeship program for high school students.
North San Mateo County Students Participate in Work-Based Learning
Using a $2 million K12 Strong Workforce Program grant, the County Office of Education and a consortium of school districts and community-based partners collaborated to create a work-based learning program, called Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, & Employment (YEEE!), for north San Mateo County students to explore potential careers and build key skills.
Students in Special Education Grow Their Entrepreneurship Skills
This year, the County Office of Education launched a new workforce training curriculum for our students in our SMCOE Special Education program with several micro-businesses. These micro-businesses help students strengthen their problem-solving, money management, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills that prepare them for the workforce and independent living.
Expanding Universal Prekindergarten Programs to Meet Child Care Needs
To help all young children experience a strong foundation in learning, California launched a statewide initiative to provide universal prekindergarten (UPK) to all four-year-old children by 2026. In 2022, the County Office of Education helped school districts expand their UPK programs, starting by providing resources to create detailed UPK program plans for the 2022-23 school year.
County Office of Education Elevates Student Voice through Art
To capture and celebrate student voice, the County Office of Education curated a new student art exhibit showcasing more than 75 art pieces reflecting a variety of topics, from student identity to the value of education. This stunning collection is moving and impactful, as the artists embraced this opportunity to reflect on their lives and experiences in a contemporary world.