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.

Teaching About Civics

 Educators can use this Civics Learning Resources Padlet to teach students about civics engagement.

San Mateo County Reads!  

 San Mateo County ReadsTransformative change requires grit, perseverance, and hope. With the non-violent principles of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his heart, John Lewis  led the fight for voting rights, believing them to be a precious commodity. Lewis stated, “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do some-thing.” We hope that this slate of selections from GOOD TROUBLE  will open dialogue and create opportunities for students and families to  reflect on issues meaningful to them and provide inspiration to act,  whether in small or big ways.

Join us this October for San Mateo County Reads! 2021 Theme: GOOD TROUBLE

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                                                                   

One Book One County

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)

Previous Books through One Book • One County

  • 2019: March: Book One