The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) aims to grow and develop youth of our county into thoughtful global citizens who are empowered to take action that benefits their community and our world. Its civics initiative is based on the State’s Civic Learning initiative, but is unique in its approach—it is not an “add-on” for teachers, but is integrated into their classwork. 

One Book • One County

Research shows that when families and communities are involved, students’ educational opportunities are increased as well as their academic achievement. One Book • One County fosters community and discussion through literacy by inviting people to share a reading experience. This program is designed to inspire enthusiasm for reading and spark conversations that promote understanding of important social issues and topics. 

2020 Book: George, by Alex Gino

George is the unforgettable debut from Stonewall Award winner Alex Gino. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte—but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

Learn more about George and find resources for educators and community organizations.

Download a printable George bookmark (PDF)

Join Virtual Reading Groups

The San Mateo County Office of Education and partnering libraries will be hosting a number of reading groups. Check back for more information and dates!

Previous Books through One Book • One County

The Future of History

Educators are invited to attend the Future of History on Monday, October 19 through October 22. The conference focuses solely on embedding Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) and LGBTQ/Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) into school curriculum and culture, and will feature keynote speakers Alex Gino and Dr. Don Romesburg. Learn more about the event and register before October 19 to secure your spot.

Our events will all be virtual.