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Success Stories - Year 2016

Stories about extraordinary students, teachers, and schools, as well as teachers' best practices to help their students achieve California's world-class standards.

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October

ESPN excited about its first game featuring an all-deaf school [http://usatodayhss.com/2016/espn-excited-about-its-first-game-featuring-an-all-deaf-school] External link opens in new window or tab.
USA Today—October 26, 2016

Pleasanton schools: Niños put Latin spin on music lessons [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/10/22/little-hombres-put-latin-spin-on-music-lessons/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—October 22, 2016

Two North County educators named California Teachers of the Year [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-me-state-teachers-20161012-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—October 12, 2016

Cupertino teen flooded with ideas after weather incident [http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/12/cupertino-teen-flooded-with-ideas-after-weather-incident/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—October 12, 2016

Barrett Ranch Elementary School educator chosen teacher of the year [http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article107784917.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—October 12, 2016

How a farm at an L.A. continuation school became a refuge for both students and animals [http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-school-animal-refuge-20160919-snap-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—October 11, 2016

186th Street principal shares national recognition with students, faculty [http://lausddaily.net/2016/10/186th-street-principal-shares-national-recognition-with-students-faculty/] External link opens in new window or tab.
LAUSD Daily—October 10, 2016

September

California Department of Education honored for Seal of Biliteracy [http://www.turlockjournal.com/section/17/article/32815/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Turlock Journal—September 30, 2016

San Bernardino science teacher named finalist for top national honor [http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20160928/san-bernardino-science-teacher-named-finalist-for-top-national-honor] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sun—September 28, 2016

It’s a first: An LAUSD school is the top feeder to USC’s freshman class, thanks to a neighborhood academic enrichment program [http://laschoolreport.com/its-a-first-an-lausd-school-is-the-top-feeder-to-uscs-freshman-class-thanks-to-a-neighborhood-academic-enrichment-program/] External link opens in new window or tab.
LA School Report—September 28, 2016

L.A. Unified paves the way for 15,000 students to take community college classes — during their high school day [http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-lausd-community-college-20160919-snap-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—September 20, 2016

Del Mar teacher is finalist for Presidential Award [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/sd-me-northcounty-20160915-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—September 15, 2016

Three California schools awarded $10 million each to 'reimagine high school' [https://edsource.org/2016/three-california-schools-awarded-10-million-each-in-national-contest/569350] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—September 14, 2016

San Diego teen poet honored at White House [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sdut-student-poet-honored-at-white-house-2016sep09-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—September 9, 2016

In depth: How a farmworker aims for a better future through a Cal State Fullerton GED-prep program [http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fabian-728224-aguilar-school.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Orange County Register—September 7, 2016

Los Angeles magnet school looks to launch a robot revolution [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20160905/los-angeles-magnet-school-looks-to-launch-a-robot-revolution] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News—September 5, 2016

August

Students improve on state tests over last year [http://www.latimes.com/socal/coastline-pilot/news/tn-cpt-me-common-core-20160901-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—August 31, 2016

$1-million donation will help needy students with their homework at L.A. libraries [http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-library-donation-20160830-snap-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—August 30, 2016

King, Torlakson tout improvements on standardized test scores [http://laschoolreport.com/king-torlakson-tout-improvements-on-standardized-test-scores/] External link opens in new window or tab.
LA School Report—August 24, 2016

Why this small Arleta school saw big gains in state testing [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20160824/why-this-small-arleta-school-saw-big-gains-in-state-testing] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News—August 24, 2016

Immigrant students cross borders from distant lands [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/09/07/immigrant-students-cross-borders-from-distant-lands/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—August 7, 2016

Black churches bring coding classes to the Bay Area and beyond [http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Black-churches-bring-coding-classes-to-the-Bay-9126951.php?t=2d0bde11b6] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle—August 6, 2016

Special program for deaf and hard-of-hearing English learners closes reading, writing gap [http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/08/03/62918/special-program-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-engli/] External link opens in new window or tab.
89.3 KPPC—August 3, 2016

July

EDUCATION: Children say middle, high schools are getting safer [http://www.pe.com/articles/students-809072-school-kids.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Press-Enterprise—July 26, 2016

How to live blind and bold — a Braille teacher's lesson plan for life [http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-braille-teacher-keith-christian-20160624-snap-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—July 17, 2016

Legendary East Los Angeles educator Jaime Escalante honored with his own commemorative stamp [http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-jaime-escalante-stamp-20160716-snap-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—July 16, 2016

June

Mentors shepherd Bay Area students toward their goals [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/news/ci_29978376/mentors-shepherd-students-toward-their-goals] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—June 5, 2016

May

More California teens stuck it out, got diplomas in 2015 [http://www.modbee.com/news/local/education/article79210837.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Modesto Bee—May 22, 2016

Turlock Unified pioneers university class at continuation high [http://www.modbee.com/news/local/turlock/article78535167.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Modesto Bee—May 18, 2016

School named after influential Japanese-American [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/may/09/school-named-after-influential-japanese-american/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—May 9, 2016

Disabled woman celebrates family’s help in graduating high school [http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article76469402.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—May 8, 2016

April

Coding: 16-year-old Fremont student writes AP test-prep book, creates online course [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/my-town/ci_29834313/coding-16-year-old-writes-ap-test-prep] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—April 30, 2016

Granada Hills Charter High School wins national Academic Decathlon — again [http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-granada-hills-charter-high-school-wins-national-academic-decathlon-again-20160430-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Los Angeles Times—April 30, 2016

In San Jose, an older sister guides brother to college after their parents were deported to Mexico [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/education/ci_29837093/san-jose-an-older-sister-guides-brother-college] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—April 30, 2016

Dual enrollment: High school meets college [http://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/4238210-151/dual-enrollment-high-school-meets-college#] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Union Democrat—April 22, 2016

Brentwood: Quest to learn English spurred educator to future success [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/brentwood/ci_29786641/brentwood-quest-learn-english-spurred-educator-future-success] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—April 19, 2016

5 reasons Granada Hills Charter is vying for its 5th national Academic Decathlon title [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20160418/5-reasons-granada-hills-charter-is-vying-for-its-5th-national-academic-decathlon-title] External link opens in new window or tab.
LA Daily News—April 18, 2016

Transgender teenage ballplayer at Santa Monica prep school spreads message of hope and acceptance [http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-transgender-baseball-plaschke-20160410-column.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—April 10, 2016

March

Poway, Calif., Grows New Assessment System on Reform Roots [http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_california/2016/03/poway_grows_new_assessment_system_on_reform_roots.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Education Week—March 23, 2016

State’s education chief lauds Yosemite High for ‘green’ efforts [http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/local/education/article67653052.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Merced Sun-Star—March 22, 2016

Thousands of California early ed programs receive first quality ratings [http://edsource.org/2016/thousands-of-california-early-ed-programs-receive-first-quality-ratings/95501] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—March 6, 2016

Arroyo Valley High earns national award for AP exam success [http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20160302/arroyo-valley-high-earns-national-award-for-ap-exam-success] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Bernardino Sun—March 2, 2016

February

Pleasant Grove High School student wins state poetry-reading title [http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article63230052.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—February 29, 2016

Facebook introduces Bay Area black students to tech careers [http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_29567741/facebook-introduces-bay-area-black-students-tech-careers] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times—February 27, 2016

CORONA: Student draws her way to perfect score on AP art exam [http://www.pe.com/articles/art-794481-college-maggi.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise—February 16, 2016

How two San Fernando Valley schools have kept learning after an epic gas leak [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20160205/how-two-san-fernando-valley-schools-have-kept-learning-after-an-epic-gas-leak] External link opens in new window or tab.
LA Daily News—February 5, 2016

How a Lincoln High teacher gets all his students to pass the AP Calculus exam [http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0103-lopez-yom-teacher-20160201-column.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—February 3, 2016

The Long Beach Miracle: How the working-class California city saved its schools [http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/the-long-beach-miracle/459315/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Atlantic—February 2, 2016

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