October 21-25 Is National School Bus Safety Week
Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Established to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week. The theme this year is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!” Every day, more than 25 million children ride in a school bus in the U.S., according to the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
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Bullying Prevention Month
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Download bullying resources for parents, teachers, and schools, here.
This CDE web page has bullying prevention training materials, publications and resources, including community-based organizations, for educators, parents, and community members for recognizing bullying behavior and approaches for determining how to respond. You can download social media assets, classroom activities guides, and more on PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center’s website here. CCSESA also has a list of Anti-Bullying resources on our Inclusion and Tolerance Resources page, which can be found here.
Instagram Rolls Out Anti-Bullying Feature
In an effort to “lead the fight against online bullying” , and in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, Instagram rolled out a new feature called “Restrict”, to help fight bullying. When you “Restrict” another user, comments on your posts from that person are only visible to them, and not to other people. Restricted users won’t be notified that you restricted them, nor will they be able to see if you’re active on Instagram at any given moment or if you’ve read their direct messages. Fifty-nine percent of US teens have been bullied or harassed online, and 42% of cyberbulling victims reporting bullying on Instagram. Restrict mode was launched world-wide October 2nd. You can learn more about Instagram’s efforts to fight bullying, here.
Instagram has also partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and illustrator Leo Natsume to bring to life poster ideas developed during Instagram’s Teen Bullying Prevention Design Workshop. The posters, which you can download here, will be distributed to thousands of schools and community centers across the US. Instagram is also releasing global anti-bullying stickers in thier Stories feature, inspired by these designs to support anti-bullying initiatives around the world.
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2020 California Teachers of the Year
Presented by California Casualty and supported by the California Teachers of the Year Foundation, the California Teachers of the Year Program began in 1972 to honor outstanding teachers and encourage new teachers to enter the profession. Thurmond, who recently launched a Teacher Shortage workgroup at the California Department of Education (CDE), said he is pleased to honor five outstanding and talented teachers who have made a great impact in their schools and communities. “It is important to motivate and inspire other educators,” he said, “champion the positive contributions of the teaching profession, and highlight the rewards of being a teacher.”
County offices of education nominate California Teachers of the Year applicants through their county-level competitions. CDE selection committees review applications; conduct site visits to evaluate teachers’ rapport with students, classroom environments, presentation skills, and teaching techniques; and interview the teachers. The State Superintendent then selects the five California Teachers of the Year and the National Teacher of the Year nominee. The 2020 nominees are: Sean Bui, Brenda Barreras, Mandy Kelly, Guy Myers, and Katya Robinson.
For more information on the award program, please visit the CDE’s California Teachers of the Year web page.
Juvenile Treatment Center Youth Embrace Horses in El Dorado COE Program
The El Dorado County Office of Education partnered with El Dorado County Probation to provide a special day of learning to teach students, who have encountered challenges and temporarily reside at the South Lake Tahoe Juvenile Treatment Center(SLTJTC), about horses, potential careers and social skills. Students started the morning with an introductory overview, safety briefing, and learned the importance of body language and interpersonal communication. Throughout the day, students learned about horse care, the equipment and how to mount a horse.
Students involved had visible transformations, with SLTJTC Principal Carey Buchannan noting that “…individuals have lived here for weeks not speaking a word to educators and now we are having conversations.” El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala added, “These unique experiences would not be possible without the strong partnership that exists between EDCOE and Probation. A special thank you to Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart for his commitment to an innovative partnership that focuses on creating conditions for students to experience care, hope and possibility.”
Read more here.