News and notes related to San José Unified and education policy
The Fab Forty, No. 40: Leland QB can do more than throw, (The Mercury News, July 23, 2019) Leland quarterback Carson Yates is 6-foot-4 and weighs 200 pounds. In his junior season last fall, Yates threw for 1,437 yards and 12 touchdowns. But he also rushed for a team-high 1,000 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns. “He has a very unique skill set,” coach Kelly King Jr. said. “He can stand in the pocket, but if he sees something, he can take off. He obviously has the green light from me if he sees something.”
Funk: How San Jose school districts are helping homeless students, (San Jose Spotlight, July 15, 2019) Homelessness has become a daily discussion in San Jose and Santa Clara County for good reason; the 2019 homeless count reported in May revealed that from 2017 to 2019, homelessness increased by 42% in San Jose, from 4,350 individuals to 6,172 individuals.
In Santa Clara County, the homeless population increased by 31%, from 7,394 people living on the streets to 9,706 individuals.
Op-Ed: NextFlex Helps Silicon Valley Students Step into STEM, (sanjoseinside, July 11, 2019) The very survival of manufacturing depends on more students becoming workers in STEM-related careers. More specifically, the future needs an increase of students wanting to work in STEM in order to combat the severe outreach and recruitment challenges the manufacturing industry currently faces. SJUSD’s Leland High School, joined NextFlex during their FlexFactor Finals, to develop a solution for a problem, and present a business model to a panel of industry experts. Leland High School chose to solve a local environmental problem—namely how to help Palo Alto’s endangered burrowing owls.
40,000 San Jose students to automatically receive library cards, (FoxKTVU2 news, July 10, 2019) Every student in four San Jose school districts will be automatically registered for library cards by Fall 2019, expanding access for about 40,000 children and young adults in the city, according to city library officials. And SANJOSÉspotlight,(July 8, 2019), Library Journal, (July 10, 2019), SFGATE, (July 10, 2019)
County Teachers of the Year named and five winners in the Texas Instruments STEM Teaching Awards, (Press Release from the Santa Clara County Office of Education, July 8, 2019) The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is proud to reveal Santa Clara County’s 2019 Teachers of the Year and the Winners of the 2019 Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award. Alison Stroot will be honored during the 50th Annual Teacher Recognition Celebration to be held on October 3, 2019 at the Heritage Theatre in Campbell, CA.