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News Release - Classroom Innovation Grant Update


On August 12, 2015 the California Educational Research Association (CERA) announced this year's Classroom Innovation Grant recipients. These grants awards were centered around developing innovative classroom projects. Only three schools were awarded, Mesa View Middle School (Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District), New Technology High School (Napa Valley Unified School District) and High Tech High Media Arts (San Diego Unified School District). 

Special Congratulations to Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District!

Project: Electrifying Education through the Next Generation Science Standard

Kellie Penninos
Mesa View Middle School
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District

Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation is a new field of study in the Next Generation Science Standards. The tools purchased with this grant will be used to allow students to detect the various levels of electromagnetic radiation around us, research the variances between mobile carriers and detection levels, and compare the radiation produced between states in our nation and the rest of fthe world. Studens in Science would collaborate with our Math and STE Elective departments, utilizing GIS (Geographic Information Systems), to both graph and map the results discovered.

Playlicious: Because Games are Powerful Teachers
Lisa Gottfried
New Technology High School
Napa Valley unified School District

In teams of 4-6 people, students will create professionally printed, educational table-top games including originally designed 3D printed game pieces, cards, board, game box, etc. Each game will teach students curriculum that address a minimum of three Common-Core State Standards. Students will utilize project managment skills and demonstrate oral/written communication skills. At every stage of the project, students will engage in problem-solving in literacy and numeracy.

In Built Environment
Margaret Noble
High Tech High Media Arts
San Diego Unified School District

In this semester long project, students will use computer programming and digital art to explore man-made structures found in urban/rural design and architecture. Throughout this investigation, they will uncover not only the formal aspects of 3D visual representation but also critically analyze the impact that man-made environments create for human interaction. They will work collaboratively between their multimedia, math and humanities classes for total immersion in this project. This work and research will culminate into a final exhibition of artistic renderings using projections, 3D computer design and paper sculpture to simulate a virtual city.

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News Release - Lefty's Track Day for Charity

Lefty’s Track Day for Charity

Drive the Track; Eat some Dogs & Watch the NASCAR Action! 100% of the proceeds go to local schools.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, August 22nd
Location: Auto Club Speedway
                 9300 Cherry Ave.
                 Fontana, CA 92335
Gates Open:           4:00pm
Viewing Party:         4:30pm – 8:00pm
On-Track Fun:          5:00pm – 7:30pm

DRIVE YOUR CAR - $10 donation
Drive your car during a guided lap around Auto Club Speedway

PACE CAR HOT LAP - $20 donation
Lefty’s Kids Club Members are FREE!
Experience the thrill of a ride in the official Auto Club Speedway pace car at speeds over 100 mph. Children must be at least 8 years old or at least 4’9” to ride in the pace car. Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

CASH ONLY (ATM available)

ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the Auto Club Speedway Foundation which supports numerous programs and charities including Lefty’s Reading Challenge, a program that encourages reading excellence from Southern California elementary school children and provides grants to school libraries.

“Lefty’s Kids Club Members are FREE with a valid Lefty’s Kids Club Card and a paid adult. If your child is not a Kids Club member, sign them up at the event for FREE. For children 12 and under.

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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)