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Los Alamitos High School sophomore sets sail for Olympic dream
February 22 , 2024
Los Alamitos High School student Stewart McCaleb is flying out to Miami, but he won’t be there for a vacation. Stewart, a sophomore, will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials for sailing, becoming the first student to represent his school in the sport. According to district officials, Stewart will be participating in the Men’s Single Handed Dinghy division, where he will be pushed to his limits. The stakes will be high as he competes for his chance to go […]
10th OC Counselor Symposium awards eight counselors and two counseling advocates
February 21 , 2024
More than 800 educators counselors, administrators and school staff gathered at the 2024 Orange County Counselor Symposium to learn new approaches toward empowering students. Organized by the Orange County Department of Education, the Feb. 7 event highlighted the unique contributions made by local school counselors and counseling advocates while inviting education leaders to share their expertise in the academic, social-emotional and career counseling domains. Held at the Hilton Anaheim amid National School Counseling Week, the conference welcomed its largest amount […]
Artificial intelligence in OC schools: It’s not about the tech, it’s about the approach
As OCDE’s new administrators of artificial intelligence and innovation, Wes Kriesel and Kunal Dalal stand at the edge of an uncharted educational frontier. But their work isn’t so much about teaching others to use a new technology as it is helping to advance a cultural shift in how educators perceive and integrate AI into their pedagogy. In essence, when it comes to AI, the tool isn’t as important as the mindset. “We are in the business of humans,” says Dalal. […]
University High’s legal eagles soar to victory in OC Mock Trial, set sights on state finals
February 19 , 2024
There’s no appealing this courtroom ruling. Showcasing their legal acumen and public speaking skills, students from University High School in Irvine have won the Orange County Mock Trial competition and will participate in next month’s California Mock Trial Finals. The countywide event, which ran from November through February, saw participation from 47 local high school teams and more than 1,000 students. The state finals are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles from March 22 through March 24. This year’s […]