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December

Steve List's high school horticulturists are cultivating a green revolution [http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20141231/steve-lists-high-school-horticulturists-are-cultivating-a-green-revolution] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — December 31, 2014

Home economics classes defy stereotypes [http://edsource.org/2014/home-economics-classes-defy-stereotypes/72066#.VK8Fm7QZ6OY] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource — December 29, 2014

Oceanside schools setting up 'Promise' foundation for kids [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/21/oceanside-schools-setting-up-promise-foundation/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — December 21, 2014

An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!' [http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/12/17/347383068/an-alternative-to-suspension-and-expulsion-circle-up] External link opens in new window or tab.
National Public Radio — December 17, 2014

Special education teacher helps students be independent [http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/life/inspire/2014/12/12/special-education-teacher-helps-students-become-independent/20311875/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Visalia Times-Delta — December 15, 2014

Education: Civic Pride school to be honored [http://www.recordnet.com/article/20141214/NEWS/141219783] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — December 14, 2014

Student work program demystifies careers [http://edsource.org/2014/bringing-careers-to-the-classroom/71402#.VI-AQLQZ6OY] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource — December 14, 2014

Restorative Justice offers Richmond High students alternatives to suspension [http://richmondconfidential.org/2014/12/13/restorative-justice-offers-richmond-high-students-alternatives-to-suspension/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Richmond Confidential — December 13, 2014

NU Senior Benjamin Omar Beltran selected as California Delegate to the 2015 U.S. Senate Youth Program [http://yubanet.com/regional/NU-Senior-NU-Senior-Benjamin-Omar-Beltran-selected-as-California-Delegate-to-the-2015-U-S-Senate-Youth-Program.php#.VIjnK7QZ6OY] External link opens in new window or tab.
Yubanet.com - December 8, 2014

CSULB alumna Amy Laughlin named a California teacher of the year [http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20141206/csulb-alumna-amy-laughlin-named-a-california-teacher-of-the-year] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — December 6, 2014

After-school science begins with a bounce [http://edsource.org/2014/after-school-science-begins-with-a-bounce/70358#.VIIzrbQZ6OY] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource — December 4, 2015

San Ramon: Longtime school crossing guard gets ambushed by a flash-mob of 'thank-yous' [http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_27061324/san-ramon-longtime-school-crossing-guard-gets-ambushed] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — December 3, 2015

7-year-old Milpitas girl's letter spurs publisher to change book name [http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_27030009/milpitas-girls-letter-spurs-publisher-change-book-name] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — December 1, 2014

Fair Oaks teacher gives French lessons with flair [http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article4234872.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — December 1, 2014

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November

State and national school districts copying Oakland's black male achievement office [http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_26898498/school-districts-copying-oaklands-black-male-achievement-office] External link opens in new window or tab.
Oakland Tribune — November 9, 2014

Grants help Calif. schools plant, expand gardens [http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20141105/grants-help-calif-schools-plant-expand-gardens] External link opens in new window or tab.
Capital Press — November 5, 2014

Sixth grade campers help research dying oaks [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/nov/04/sixth-grade-campers-help-research-dying-oaks/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — November 4, 2014

California schools getting new vision screening technology [http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_26882425/california-schools-getting-new-vision-screening-technology] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — November 6, 2014

'Zero tolerance' doesn't help students deal with toxic stress [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/nov/06/helping-students-deal-with-toxic-stress/?#article-copy] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — November 6, 2014

Grants help Calif. schools plant, expand gardens [http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20141105/grants-help-calif-schools-plant-expand-gardens] External link opens in new window or tab.
Capital Press — November 5, 2014

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October

Program takes school gardening to new level: entrepreneurship [http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Program-takes-school-gardening-to-new-level-5853390.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle — October 28, 2014

Math whiz Steven Politis still teaching at 97 [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20141030/math-whiz-steven-politis-still-teaching-at-97] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — October 30, 2014

Art teacher draws on chills, thrills for Halloween [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/31/art-teacher-paul-messerle-mr-halloween/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — October 31, 2014

Manhattan Beach science teacher Maggie Mabery celebrated as a California Teacher of the Year [http://www.dailybreeze.com/social-affairs/20141022/manhattan-beach-science-teacher-maggie-mabery-celebrated-as-a-california-teacher-of-the-year] External link opens in new window or tab.
Torrance Daily Breeze — October 22, 2014

Napa Co. teacher named 1 of 5 Calif. Teachers of the Year [http://abc7news.com/education/napa-co-teacher-named-1-of-5-calif-teachers-of-the-year/362021/] External link opens in new window or tab.
ABC7news.com — October 22, 2014

Law helps homeless students graduate [http://edsource.org/2014/law-helps-homeless-students-graduate/68137#.VDxXp7QZ6OY] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource — October 12, 2014

Digital connections for low-income Latinos [http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_26714750/digital-connections-low-income-latinos] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — October 12, 2014

University High named Blue Ribbon school [http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/10/15/4180593_university-high-named-blue-ribbon.html?sp=/99/406/263/&rh=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
Fresno Bee — October 15, 2014

State superintendent lauds programs at Santa Rosa's Piner High School [http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/2913776-181/state-superintendent-lauds-programs-at#page=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat — October 3, 2014

CSUSM, homeless students collaborate [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/09/csusm-homeless-students-mocktrial/?#article-copy] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — October 9, 2014

Riverview STEM Academy helps prepare students for 21st-century jobs [http://www.sacbee.com/2014/10/04/6761116/riverview-stem-academy-helps-prepare.html#mi_rss=Our%20Region] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — October 4, 2014

Three East Bay campuses recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools [http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_26638085/three-east-bay-campuses-recognized-national-blue-ribbon] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — October 1, 2014

CES earns Blue Ribbon award [http://napavalleyregister.com/calistogan/news/local/ces-earns-blue-ribbon-award/article_6965bddb-8c57-5768-bb5c-0665fe43bb1e.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Napa Valley Register — October 1, 2014

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September

Yoga benefits the whole student [https://cabinetreport.com/curriculum-instruction/yoga-benefits-the-whole-student] External link opens in new window or tab.
Cabinet Report — September 30, 2014

SUSD truancy force puts love in tough love [http://www.recordnet.com/article/20140930/News/140939999] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — September 30, 2014

Local school scores national Blue Ribbon honor [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/30/Del-Sur-Elementary-named-blue-ribbon-school/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — September 30, 2014

Six South Bay, Peninsula schools win national honors [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_26635683/six-south-bay-peninsula-schools-win-national-honors] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — September 30, 2014

Jefferson, Tibby Elementary Schools In Compton Named National Blue Ribbon Award Winners [http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/jefferson-tibby-elementary-schools-in-compton-named-national-blue-ribbon-award-winners/] External link opens in new window or tab.
CBSLA.com — September 30, 2014

Schools in Compton, Cerritos, Los Alamitos win National Blue Ribbon awards [http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140930/schools-in-compton-cerritos-los-alamitos-win-national-blue-ribbon-awards] External link opens in new window or tab.
Long Beach Press Telegram — September 30, 2014

2 Compton schools named National Blue Ribbon award winners [http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/09/30/47066/2-compton-schools-named-national-blue-ribbon-award/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KPCC — September 30, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO: Hillside named Blue Ribbon School [http://www.pe.com/articles/school-751034-students-ribbon.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — September 30, 2014

STEM? 'Ask questions, do experiments, learn stuff' [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/22/san-diego-stem-symposium/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — September 22, 2014

Early literacy program expands in the Salinas Valley [http://www.montereyherald.com/education/ci_26539818/early-literacy-program-expands-salinas-valley] External link opens in new window or tab.
Monterey County Herald — September 15, 2014

Salinas High Green Academy has new pre-apprenticeship program [http://www.montereyherald.com/education/ci_26463372/salinas-high-green-academy-has-new-pre-apprenticeship] External link opens in new window or tab.
Monterey Herald — September 3, 2014

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August

State superintendent examines LBCC jobs program [http://www.ocregister.com/articles/torlakson-633296-beach-lbcc.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — August 29, 2014

California schools superintendent Tom Torlakson tours Long Beach City College's career technical education center [http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20140827/california-schools-superintendent-tom-torlakson-tours-long-beach-city-colleges-career-technical-education-center] External link opens in new window or tab.
Long Beach Press-Telegram — August 27, 2014

For these Fresno students, school is reading, writing and tablets [http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/08/13/4068903/for-these-fresno-students-school.html?sp=/99/406/263/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Fresno Bee — August 13,2014

Central Unified School District gives Asus tablets to students [http://abc30.com/technology/central-unified-school-district-gives-asus-tablets-to-students/258132/] External link opens in new window or tab.
ABC30.com — August 13, 2014

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July

Galt learning centers keep students engaged [http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_39148fc6-17b9-11e4-83a4-0019bb2963f4.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Lodi News-Sentinel — July 30, 2014

Teachers, therapists help troubled students [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul/21/north-county-academy-carlsbad/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — July 21, 2014

How Oakland's public schools are fighting to save black boys [http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/how-oaklands-public-schools-are-fighting-save-black-boys] External link opens in new window or tab.
MSNBC — July 15, 2014

124 students take part in migrant summer school [http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/12/6551381/124-students-take-part-in-migrant.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — July 12, 2014

SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half [http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfusd-cuts-student-suspension-rate-in-half/Content?oid=2841429] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Examiner — July 3, 2014

Valedictorian meets some of her classmates for 1st time [http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/42/article/109554/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Manteca Bulletin — July 2, 2014

Junior inventor invigorates school's science program [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul/03/whiz-kid-boosts-school-science-program/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — July 3, 2014

Can art help students learn science and other subjects? A look at an unusual teaching method [http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2014/07/07/16960/can-art-help-students-learn-science-and-other-subj/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KPCC — July 7, 2014

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June

SCHOOLS: Dual language immersion classes expand in Riverside district [http://www.pe.com/articles/immersion-696325-dual-school.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press-Enterprise — June 16, 2014

BCS celebrates 10 years, state recognition [http://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/schools/210-school-features/47643-] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Altos Town Crier — June 4, 2014

James Logan student overcomes tragedies to reach state track meet [http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_25893859/james-logan-student-overcomes-tragedies-reach-state-track] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — June 3, 2014

Folsom student finds path through hardship, earns full ride to Princeton [http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/04/6455551/folsom-student-finds-path-through.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — June 4, 2014

Teen entrepreneurs spurring social change [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Jun/02/wit-teen-entrepreneurs-spur-social-change/?#article-copy] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — June 2, 2014

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May

Twin Rivers School District Honored [http://www.kfbk.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/twin-rivers-school-district-honored-12325016/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KFBK Radio — May 6, 2014

Yucaipa school employee named one of top six in state [http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/social-affairs/20140501/yucaipa-school-employee-named-one-of-top-six-in-state] External link opens in new window or tab.
Redlands Daily Facts — May 1, 2014

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April

 

State honors 27 Sacramento-area elementary schools [http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/30/6367599/state-honors-27-sacramento-area.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — April 30, 2014

California names Distinguished Schools [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25669766/california-names-distinguished-schools] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — April 30, 2014

13 area schools named 'California Distinguished Schools' [http://www.dailybulletin.com/social-affairs/20140430/13-area-schools-named-california-distinguished-schools] External link opens in new window or tab.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin — April 30, 2014

Sunnyvale school wins honor for innovative scheduling and program [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25662105/sunnyvale-school-winds-honor-innovative-scheduling-and-program] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — April 29, 2014

El Camino Real Charter High School wins national academic decathlon [http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-el-camino-real-charter-high-school-wins-national-academic-decathlon-20140426-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — April 26, 2014

Three California Schools win national Green Ribbon awards [http://edsource.org/2014/three-california-schools-win-national-green-ribbon-awards/61238] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource — April 22, 2014

2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Award Winners [http://www.greenschools.net/article.php?id=513] External link opens in new window or tab.
Green Schools Initiative — April 22, 2014

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March

 

Teachers make house calls to improve performance [https://www.cabinetreport.com/curriculum-instruction/teachers-make-house-calls-to-improve-performance] External link opens in new window or tab.
Cabinet Report — March 31, 2014

California Education Department names two Long Beach schools 'Green Achievers' [http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20140327/california-education-department-names-two-long-beach-schools-green-achievers] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — March 27, 2014

San Diego School Bucks Trend, Hires Music Teacher for Common Core [http://newamericamedia.org/2014/03/for-san-diego-school-music-class-key-to-common-core.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
New American Media — March 25, 2014

El Camino Real Charter High wins state's 2014 Academic Decathlon [http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-lausd-decathlon-20140324,0,7836643.story#ixzz2x0lMbUG8] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — March 23, 2014

El Camino Real Charter High wins state's 2014 Academic Decathlon [http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-lausd-decathlon-20140324,0,7836643.story#ixzz2x0lMbUG8] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — March 23, 2014

S.F. schools give students second chance at breakfast [http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-schools-give-students-second-chance-at-5339425.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle — March 22, 2014

Message to girls: You can be good in math, too [http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/grade/x2027868434/Message-to-girls-You-can-be-good-in-math-too] External link opens in new window or tab.
Bakersfield Californian — March 21, 2014

Teens from Concord and San Francisco collaborate in Iron Chef-style healthy cooking challenge [http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_25362773/teens-from-concord-and-san-francisco-collaborate-iron] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — March 17, 2014

Linked learning promotes grad rates if not test scores [https://www.cabinetreport.com/curriculum-instruction/linked-learning-promotes-grad-rates-if-not-test-scores] External link opens in new window or tab.
Cabinet Report — March 5, 2014

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February

High school students become science teachers for a day [http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/grade/x493446945/High-school-students-become-science-teachers-for-a-day] External link opens in new window or tab.
Bakersfield Californian — February 27, 2014

Six Bay Area campuses named 'Model Continuation High Schools' [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25225853/six-bay-area-campuses-named-model-continuation-high] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — February 26, 2014

State Designates Bowman a Model Continuation School [http://scvnews.com/2014/02/25/state-designates-bowman-a-model-continuation-school/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Clarita Valley News — February 25, 2014

State deems Lopez Continuation a model alternative school [http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/education/lopez-continuation-named-one-of-california-s-model-alternative-schools/article_cb5f1368-9e85-11e3-9c80-001a4bcf887a.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Maria Times — February 26, 2014

Aurora High School in Calexico, Desert Valley High School in Brawley named 2014 model continuation high schools by state Department of Education [http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/aurora-high-school-in-calexico-desert-valley-high-school-in/article_8ab76304-9eaa-11e3-a9a1-0017a43b2370.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Imperial Valley Press — February 26, 2014

Oakland middle school's 9-hour school day is model program [http://edsource.org/today/2014/oakland-middle-schools-9-hour-school-day-is-model-program/57269] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource — February 9, 2014

Sacramento area science wunderkind gets national recognition [http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/09/6140706/sacramento-area-science-wunderkind.html#storylink=cpy] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — February 9, 2014

S.J. sixth-graders master computer coding [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140207/A_NEWS/402070317] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — February 7, 2014

Encinitas Union School District Nominated For Green Schools Competition [http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/feb/06/san-diego-green-schools/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KPBS — February 6, 2014

San Anselmo school nominated for national sustainability award [http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25081111/san-anselmo-school-nominated-national-sustainability-award] External link opens in new window or tab.
Marin Independent Journal — February 6, 2014

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January

LAUSD schools for special-needs students take a more vocational bent [http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20140118/lausd-schools-for-special-needs-students-take-a-more-vocational-bent] External link opens in new window or tab.
Long Beach Press-Telegram — January 18, 2014

Hayward truants targeted in business campaign [http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_24936764/hayward-truants-targeted-business-campaign] External link opens in new window or tab.
Inside Bay Area — January 17, 2014

Turlock teacher wins national acclaim [http://www.modbee.com/2014/01/14/3134503/turlock-teacher-wins-national.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Modesto Bee — January 14, 2014

Cerritos Elementary hits education milestone [http://www.glendalenewspress.com/news/tn-gnp-cerritos-elementary-hits-education-milestone-20140107,0,4835749.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Glendale News-Press — January 7, 2014

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