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News Release - Year in Review

Year in Review!

This year the Alliance focused on three major initiatives in support of the Countywide Vision preparing all students from Cradle to Career. We are proud of the strong partnerships and continued growth of work to build a Science, Technology, Engineering  and Mathematics (STEM) Culture in San Bernardino County. Our education, employer partners, public agencies and community organizations came together around the Cradle to Career Roadmap, highlighting the need for alignment of programs and resources across the county to successfully serve and prepare all students. Finally, we celebrate the continued growth of Linked Learning across the County as a signature approach in preparing all students for both college and career.

Building a STEM Culture

This year, middle school students engaged in a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) events and opportunities as a result of funding provided by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the ALCOA Foundation, Toyota , including Toyota Financial Services and John Elway's Crown Toyota, San Bernardino Valley College and the Verizon Foundation. Students participated in STEMapalooza, highlighting a variety of STEM-focused education and career opportunities at San Bernardino Valley College. Auto Club Speedway generously sponsored their sixth annual event featuring NASCAR drivers and a variety of hands-on activities demonstrating the use of STEM concepts in motorsports.

Teachers also worked hard to increase the STEM focus at their schools. 3D printers were provided to multiple teachers who participated in a training provided through Vocademy. The STEM Inland Empire Network, or SIEN, connected STEM teachers to local employers and helped to strengthen teacher knowledge and skill development.

Cradle to Career

In 2014-2015, task forces convened for each of the age/grade groups for the Cradle to Career Roadmap. These groups identified best practices  for achieving each success indicator on the roadmap and identified areas to measure success. In 2015-2016, information developed will be shared among pillar groups including parents, educators, business and community organizations working to support student achievement.

Linked Learning

2014-2015 was a busy year for the development of district models in Linked Learning. From Lighthouse Academies to National Academy Foundation Academies to California Partnership Academies there is a growing recognition that connecting technical education with academic instruction helps to engage students and increase their motivation for success in both college and future careers. As one teacher said, "the magic is not in the individual courses, whether career technical or academic, but in the integration and connection!"

Local employers engaged and connected students to the world of work. In February, 2015, the Manufacturers Summit sponsored by the Manufacturers Council of the Inland Empire and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership welcomed more than 40 local students from Rim of the World and Fontana School Districts to learn about jobs in manufacturing and the necessary soft skills to build a strong and successful career. This event included presentations tailored for high school students on workplace ethics and provided opportunities for students to have lunch with manufacturing industry professionals.

In the spring, the Alliance worked with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the local Pipefitter's Apprenticeship and other education partners to provide an Electrical Worker Boot camp and a Pipefitter's Boot camp. These events exposed students to multiple aspects of the electrical and pipefitter trades as well as the apprenticeship programs available to them. The students gained a better understanding of apprenticeship careers and their real world application of academics.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's department continues to make science and math come alive by bringing the real world of crime scene investigation to high school advanced math students through the "CSI Field Study." Students are led through real and mock crime scenes, and then use logic, critical thinking, and trigonometry to solve the crimes.

We look forward to the continued growth and development of the pathways in 2015-2016.

Awards and Scholarships

On June 3rd, the Dr. Herbert R. Fischer Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Fauna Fabia from Don Antonio Lugo High School at Chino Valley Unified School District. The Fischer Scholarship was established in 2008 to support students who have demonstrated a commitment to completing their education in STEM related fields. Fauna maintained a 4.08 GPA and  participated in AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, Robotics and Leadership at Don Lugo. She plans to major in Applied Chemistry with an emphasis in Forensics at UC Davis.

Each year the Alliance for Education honors the efforts of partners and individuals across the county who are helping to prepare all students from cradle to career. This year's Partner in Action award was given to an individual who was selected based on her collaborative spirit and willingness to serve students across San Bernardino County. Our 2014-2015 awardee of the Partner in Action Award is Ann Marie Allen, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Coordinator at Chaffey College.

Two STEM Champions were awarded in 2014-2015. These awards were presented to individuals who have significantly contributed to the building of a STEM culture in San Bernardino County. STEM Champions for 2014-2015 are Dena Arbaugh, Principal of Big Bear Middle School and Marc Donnhauser, STEM Director at San Bernardino Valley College.

A new award was also created this year to honor beloved leader and co-founder of the Alliance for Education, Mr Larry Sharp. The Larry Sharp Leadership Award recognizes outstanding efforts in bringing stakeholders together and building community spirit. Gregory Bradbard, CEO of the Inland Empire United Way is the inaugural winner of this award. Greg exemplifies community spirit and willingness to partner for the betterment of all individuals, families and communities in the Inland Empire.

Congratulations and thank you to all of our award winners!

Save the Date!

July 13-17 -- Southern Regional Student Wellness Conference
                JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort and Spa, Palm Desert CA 92660
                Conference Website

July 31 -- Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2015
               One-day summit designed to help teachers build a powerful network of peers, share best practices
               and access effective resources to implement the new CA Standards.
               Multiple Locations across the state.
               8:00am -2:30pm
               Better Together Registration

September 1 -- Official Launch of the Alignment SBC Portal

September 16 -- San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools State of Education Address
                California Theater, San Bernardino, CA 92401
                3:30pm - 5pm
                To register call: 909-386-2406 or 909-386-2404

September 24 -- San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools State of Education Address
                First Assembly of God Church, Victorville, CA 92395
                3:30pm - 5pm
                To register call: 909-386-2406 or 909-386-2404

October 23 -- STEMapalooza, at San Bernardino Valley College. Location and times TBA


SAVE the DATE: Our 2015-2016 Alliance Annual Report will be held on Thursday, May 19.

Please click the link below to download our annual report: Moving Forward: Aligning Efforts to Achieve Educational Success

icon 13th Annual Alliance Report (2014-2015) (4.4 MB)

News Release - Larry Sharp's Celebration of Life

Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Larry Sharp, who was one of the founders and long-time co-chairs of County Schools’ Alliance for Education. He passed away after a long illness on Feb. 16. Along with Randall Lewis of the Lewis Group of Companies, Mr. Sharp – as the CEO of Arrowhead Credit Union -- worked with former County Superintendent Herbert Fischer to form the Alliance for Education in February 2002 with the goal of producing a more highly educated and skilled labor force for the region. “He was a precious, precious man,” said Leslie Rodden, retired director of County Schools’ Higher Education and Workforce Development that oversaw the work of the Alliance.

Celebration of Life
A dear father, husband and friend we shall greatly miss…

Memorial Services for Larry Sharp

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m.


National Orange Show, 690 S. Arrowhead Ave, Gate 9 - Renaissance Room

San Bernardino, CA 92408

In lieu of flowers,

 Larry Sharp Scholarship Fund for Renaissance Scholars at California State University, San Bernardino

Or The Loma Linda Children’s Hospital Foundation

Contest - Directing Change

Directing Change Student Film Contest

Educate and engage students through the film making process resulting in more knowledgeable and compassionate peers, community members are future fimmakers, leadrs and advocates.

Program Goals:

  • Promote school-based prevention programs
  • Support education and advocacy efforts through showing films

The Program:
  • Is open to high school students in California
  • Invites students to develop a 60-second film about suicide prevention or ending the silence about mental illness
  • Awards both the first place winning team and the associated school cash prizes and awards
  • Provides every school with educational resources and a free suicide prevention or mental health program
  • Recognizes students and schools at an award ceremony in Sacramento at the end of the school year

The 2015 Directing Change Award Ceremony:
Riverside and San Bernardino counties will host an awards ceremony recognizing regional winners at the Lewis Family Playhouse in May.

What are the prizes for High School and University of Califonria Students?
For High School Students: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected in each category from nine regions within the state of California by a regional judging panel. (If less than 15 entries are received from any given region it might be combined with another region at the discretion of the contest organizers.) To see which region your school falls into, click here.

Regional Prizes in each category:
  • 1st place: $500
  • 2nd place: $250
  • 3rd palce: $250
  • Schools associated with the winning film in each category, in each region receive $250
  • All regional first place winners will be provided with travel stipends to attend a legislative briefing at the Capitol and the award ceremony in Sacramento
  • Winning ffilms will be featured on the Directing Change compliation DVD and the program website
The winning film from each region, in each category will move on to a second, statewide round of judging. A new judging panel will review and score the films and determine the first, second and thrid place statewide winners. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony in Saccramento at the end of the school year. In addition, the Directing Change team will select up to 3 films in each category to move onto the statewide round of judging.

For University of California Students: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected in eacch category by a judging panel and announced at the award ceremony in Sacramento.

Prizes in each categoy:
  • 1st place: $500
  • 2nd place: $250
  • 3rd palce: $100
  • First, second and third place winners will be provided with travel stipends (for up to two students) to atend a legislative briefing at the Capitol and the award ceremony in Sacramento
  • Winning films wil be featured on the Directing Change compilation DVD and the program website
Deadline to submit: February 16, 2015

Contact: Shanti Bond
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