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Success Stories - Year 2017

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

September

Palo Alto’s Wolbach Gives Girls a Lift into STEM Fields [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/09/29/palo-altos-wolbach-gives-girls-a-lift-into-stem-fields/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—September 29, 2017

Several School Districts Report Yearly Improvement on State English and Math Tests [http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-standardized-tests-20170928-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—September 28, 2017   

Encinitas Educator Elected to Internet Hall of Fame [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/sd-me-yvonne-ihof-20170918-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—September 18, 2017

Two San Diego Elementary Schools Rank among Healthiest in Nation (Video) [http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/Two-San-Diego-Elementary-Schools-Among-Healthiest-in-Nation-444060983.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
NBC Los Angeles—September 13, 2017

Santa Ana Unified Selected for XQ Super School Award to Reimagine High School [https://edsource.org/2017/santa-ana-unified-selected-for-xq-super-school-award-to-reimagine-high-school/586936] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—September 7, 2017

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August

He Went to Del Mar Elementary as a Kid. Now He’s Back — to Teach [http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/education/article170130912.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune—August 29, 2017

Report: More Eligible for CSU, UC Systems; Latinos, Blacks Make Biggest Gains [http://www.thereporter.com/article/NG/20170825/NEWS/170829901] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Reporter—August 25, 2017

Inspired by Skid Row, Educator Opening Charter to Help LA's Homeless Children and Families [https://edsource.org/2017/inspired-by-skid-row-educator-opens-charter-to-help-las-homeless-children-and-families/585872] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—August 10, 2017                         

East Bay Transgender Camp Teaches Kids They’re ‘Normal, not Alone’ [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/08/07/transgender-camp-teaches-kids-theyre-normal-not-alone/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—August 7, 2017

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July

Girls Learn About Power at a Science Camp for ‘Invisible’ Foster and Homeless Youth (Audio) [http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/07/27/74131/girls-learn-about-power-at-a-science-camp-for-invi/] External link opens in new window or tab.
89.3 KPCC—July 27, 2017

Irvine High School Students Ready their Mini Satellite for Launch into Orbit
[http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/26/irvine-high-school-students-ready-their-mini-satellite-for-launch-into-orbit/]
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The Orange County Register—July 26, 2017

New Class Leads to Big Gains in Number of Girls, Minorities Taking AP Computer Science Exams [https://edsource.org/2017/new-class-leads-to-big-gains-in-number-of-girls-minorities-taking-ap-computer-science-exams/585170] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—July 23, 2017

Holocaust Survivor Has Her Story Preserved, Thanks to LA Students [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20170720/holocaust-survivor-has-her-story-preserved-thanks-to-la-students] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News—July 20, 2017

How LA Schools Are Helping Students with Dyslexia [http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170702/how-la-schools-are-helping-students-with-dyslexia] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News—July 2, 2017

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June

Atwater High School Valedictorian Graduates Making History and Overcoming Adversity [http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/article153926889.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Merced Sun-Star—June 1, 2017

Fresno County’s Champion is the Best Speller in America after Winning National Spelling Bee [http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article153766644.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Fresno Bee—June 1, 2017

Torlakson Visits Mexico to Boost Cooperation with Educators [http://www.thereporter.com/general-news/20170615/torlakson-visits-mexico-to-boost-cooperation-with-educators] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Reporter—June 15, 2017

California’s Schools Chief Torlakson Praises New State Budget [http://www.sierrastar.com/news/local/education/article159051379.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sierra Star—June 30, 2017

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May

Math, Science Professionals Say Goodbye to the Office Park, Hello to the Classroom [https://edsource.org/2017/math-science-professionals-say-goodbye-to-the-office-park-hello-to-the-classroom/581369] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—May 30, 2017

California Students Go Online in Record Numbers to Take Common Core-aligned Tests, with Few Glitches [https://edsource.org/2017/california-students-go-online-in-record-numbers-to-take-common-core-aligned-tests-with-few-glitches/582633] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—May 29, 2017

Fresno Unified School Impresses State's Top Education Leader [http://abc30.com/education/fresno-unified-school-impresses-states-top-education-leader/2001192/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KFSN-Fresno—May 16, 2017

With Higher Revenues, Brown to Provide $2.8 Billion More Next Year for K-12 Schools [https://edsource.org/2017/with-higher-revenues-brown-to-provide-2-8-billion-more-next-year-for-k-12/581748] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—May 12, 2017

First Santa Ana Grad to Attend Harvard Now First DACA Student to Receive Claremont Graduate Doctorate [http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20170507/first-santa-ana-grad-to-attend-harvard-now-first-daca-student-to-receive-claremont-graduate-doctorate] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News—May 7, 2017

Oakland: Skyline High Wins National Debate Championship [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/02/oakland-skyline-high-wins-national-debate-championship/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—May 2, 2017

A Cross-border Partnership for Binational Students [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/sd-me-binational-students-20170501-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—May 1, 2017

San Jose Middle School Wins National Science Bowl [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/01/san-jose-middle-school-wins-national-science-bowl/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—May 1, 2017

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April

La Habra School Project on Water Conservation Inspired Bill Waiting State Legislators’ Approval [http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/26/la-habra-school-project-on-water-conservation-inpired-bill-waiting-state-legislators-approval/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Orange County Register—April 26, 2017

Granada Hills Academic Decathlon Champs Bask in Hero’s Welcome on Campus [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20170424/granada-hills-academic-decathlon-champs-bask-in-heros-welcome-on-campus] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News—April 24, 2017

State High School Graduation Rates Rise for 7th Straight Year [http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/California-high-school-graduation-rates-rise-for-11066826.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle—April 11, 2017

North Hollywood High Team Wins National Cybersecurity Competition [http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-north-hollywood-computers-champs-20170408-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times—April 8, 2017

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March

Some Schools Trading the Blacktop for Greentop as an Innovative Way to Teach Science [https://edsource.org/2017/some-schools-trading-the-blacktop-for-greentop-as-an-innovative-way-to-teach-science/579364] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—March 26, 2017

Digital App Helps to Boost Vocabulary of English Learners in Napa Preschools [https://edsource.org/2017/digital-app-helps-to-boost-vocabulary-of-english-learners-in-napa-preschools/579274] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—March 23, 2017

Teacher Collaboration Leads to Common Core Math Success [https://edsource.org/2017/teacher-collaboration-leads-to-common-core-math-success/578431] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—March 16, 2017

California Launches New School Assessment Dashboard, Drops API Score [https://ww2.kqed.org/forum/2017/03/15/california-launches-new-school-assessment-dashboard-drops-api-score/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KQED News (89.3 FM Sacramento)—March 16, 2017

Watch How this Bellflower Teacher Reacts When She Gets Surprised with $25,000 (Video) [http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/03/03/69571/watch-how-this-bellflower-teacher-reacts-when-she/] External link opens in new window or tab.
89.3 KPPC—March 3, 2017

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February

Alameda: Teacher Surprised with National Education Award [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/28/alameda-teacher-surprised-with-national-education-award/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—February 28, 2017

California Students Again Rank 5th in Latest AP Exam Scores [https://edsource.org/2017/california-students-again-rank-5th-in-latest-ap-exam-scores/577500] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—February 21, 2017

No One Eats Lunch Alone: Is Inclusion Becoming the New Cool at School? [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/10/no-one-eats-lunch-alone-is-inclusion-becoming-the-new-cool-at-school/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—February 10, 2017

‘They wonder how we do it’: Downey Unified — a School District in LA’s Shadow with the Same Student Demographics is Getting 96% of Kids Across the Graduation Stage [http://laschoolreport.com/they-wonder-how-we-do-it-downey-unified-a-school-district-in-las-shadow-with-the-same-student-demographics-is-getting-96-of-kids-across-the-graduation-stage/] External link opens in new window or tab.
LA School Report—February 6, 2017

Suisun Elementary Teacher Earns ‘Oscar’ for Educators [http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/suisuncity/suisun-elementary-teacher-earns-oscar-for-educators/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Daily Republic—February 4, 2017

Los Banos Miano Students Build Wall of Kindness to Combat Bullying [http://www.modbee.com/news/article130195999.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Modesto Bee—February 1, 2017

East Bay High School Football Star Fulfills Mom’s Dying Wish with College Scholarship (Video) [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/01/high-school-football-star-fulfills-moms-dying-wish-with-college-scholarship/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—February 1, 2017

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January

Students Respond Enthusiastically to New Science Standards in 'Early Adopter' Districts [https://edsource.org/2017/students-respond-enthusiastically-to-new-science-standards-in-early-adopter-districts/575695] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—January 18, 2017

Oakland: State Superintendent Visits Innovative Science Classes [http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/01/13/4510864/] External link opens in new window or tab.
East Bay Times—January 13, 2017

Innovative Science Instruction Boosts Academic Performance among English Learners [https://edsource.org/2017/report-innovative-science-instruction-boosts-academic-performance-among-english-learners/575475] External link opens in new window or tab.
EdSource—January 17, 2017

San Jose Students Build, Deliver ‘Solar Suitcases’ to Kenya [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/12/san-jose-students-build-deliver-solar-suitcases-to-kenya/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—January 13, 2017

California Partners with Canada to Unveil Electric School Bus [http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/California-Partners-With-Canada-To-Unveil-Electric-School-Bus-412352883.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
NBC Bay Area—January 31, 2017

Palo Alto: Gunn Student Makes Room for Education in Bay Area [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/19/palo-alto-gunn-student-makes-room-for-education-in-bay-area/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Mercury News—January 19, 2017

First Female, Minority Picked as Riverside County Schools Chief [http://www.pe.com/articles/white-822961-superintendent-county.html?utm_campaign=Breaking+News+Emails&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=40508833&_hsenc=p] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Press-Enterprise—January 11, 2017

Poway Special Ed Teacher Up for National Award [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-no-national-teacher-20170109-story.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune—January 9, 2017

New Social Studies Guidelines Encourage Students as Young as 5 to Do Community Service [http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article125196664.html#storylink=cpy] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Sacramento Bee—January 7, 2017

PVSD Students Outperform Peers Statewide [https://www.thecamarilloacorn.com/articles/pvsd-students-outperform-peers-statewide/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Camarillo Acorn—January 5, 2017

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