Education

SB Community College District launches nationwide search for next chancellor

The board of trustees has announced that the search for the 15th chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District is officially underway. The appointment of SBCCD’s next chancellor will shape the district’s future for years to come and the board is fully committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent search process.  SBCCD has become a top-performing district in terms of student success, fiscal stability, competitive salaries, new facilities and most notably, The Free College Promise, which provides two years of free tuition and textbooks to local full-time students. “Our district is in the strongest position in its nearly 100-year history and our next chancellor will be at the helm of our most transformative time yet,” said Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Anne L. Viricel. “The process to search for and select a chancellor must be thoughtful, transparent, collaborative, inclusive, and thorough.” Recruitment efforts will involve an open, comprehensive, national search, seeking qualified candidates from all regions of the state and country. The board has hired the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to recruit competitive candidates and assist with the search process, and will…

CJUSD expands opportunities for students to become biliterate

Colton Joint Unified School District announced plans recently to expand its Dual Immersion program, giving more students an opportunity to become bilingual and biliterate and gain an invaluable advantage in today’s global economy. Starting with the 2020-21 school year, Grand Terrace Elementary School will offer Dual Immersion to incoming kindergarteners. It is CJUSD’s second school to offer the program. Grimes Elementary School first introduced Dual Immersion to the district in 2007. GTES will expand the offering one grade level each year as those students advance, until it spans in kindergarten through grade 6. Dual Immersion offers many advantages to both English learners and native English speakers. DI students at Grimes typically outperform their monolingual peers in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores in both English language arts and math.  “We are excited to expand this important program and begin offering it to more students throughout the district,” Board President Patt Haro said. “Dual Immersion not only helps them to become bilingual and biliterate, it also promotes cross-cultural competency, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and academic success.” Following what is known as…

LEAD Summit XI featured speakers represent Chicano/Latino culture and history

A Mexican American cultural figure and one of the catalysts of the Chicano movement will be the featured speakers when the Latino Education and Advocacy Days Summit XI convenes at Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, March 26. Richard Anthony Marin, better known as Cheech Marin, the honorary chair/padrino de honor, is the morning featured speaker, and Rosalío Muñoz, chiefly remembered as the co-chair of the Chicano Moratorium Committee, an anti-war movement that played a pivotal role in shaping one of Chicana/o history’s defining moments, will deliver the afternoon keynote address. The theme for the 11th annual summit, free and open to the public, is “Movimiento y Compromiso: 50 Years of Challenges, Possibilities, and the Quest for Educational Equity.” The summit panels and speakers will revisit and commemorate social movements from the last 50 years, including the birth of Chicano-ethnic studies, the school walkouts/blowouts, bilingual education and the Chicano Moratorium. Registration is currently open and may be done online at the LEAD Summit XI website at https://www.csusb.edu/lead-summit. LEAD Summit XI will take place from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. Morning Session Featured Speaker,…

University of Redlands among Peace Corps’ 2020 top volunteer-producing schools

Peace Corps announced today that University of Redlands ranked No. 7 among small schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020. This is the third year in a row that University of Redlands has been among the top 10 small schools, and this year, it was the only California school to rank in the small category.There are 12 University of Redlands alumni currently volunteering in countries around the world. “These schools are institutions that emphasize being global citizens and service-minded students,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am excited to know the graduates coming from Peace Corps’ Top Colleges are using their skills to make a positive impact on their communities at home and abroad.” Since the agency’s founding in 1961, more than 290 alumni from University of Redlands have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers. In 2019 California ranked No. 1 among states with the highest number of volunteers. Cassidy Cramton is a University of Redlands alumna currently serving in Ukraine. “The experiences I gained as a business administration major and political science minor at the University of…

Inaugural assistant director of diversity & inclusion seeks to further develop sense of belonging at CSUSB

Jacob Chacko knows what his goals are as Cal State San Bernardino’s inaugural assistant director of diversity & inclusion – work to further develop community on campus. “My priorities are currently to first and foremost help develop community and develop a sense of belonging on campus that adds to the Coyote experience. It celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion,” Chacko said. “My role really is a collaboration with key stakeholders including students, faculty and staff, various departments, and our local community.” “I am thrilled that Dr. Chacko has come to CSUSB to serve as our first associate director for diversity & inclusion,” said vice president for Student Affairs Paz Maya Olivérez. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience both inside and outside the CSU and in his short three months on campus, Dr. Chacko has already made a noticeable impact.” As a key member of the leadership team in the Santos Manuel Student Union, a significant part of Chacko’s role is to continue to build on the efforts of CSUSB’s many affinity centers to ensure that the university recognizes, embraces and celebrates diverse identities and creates…

San Bernardino City Unified School District adopts $20 million worth of science textbooks

On February 4, San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education approved a $20,264,390 elementary and secondary school science textbook adoption. “Science is one of our heavier adoptions because it typically comes with more hands on laboratories. I also want to assure the board all of our materials come with digital copies as well,” said Dr. Dale Marsden, SBCUSD Superintendent. Science and English textbooks are the largest adoptions in the district and the length of textbook adoptions is seven to eight years. “Our teachers had a hand in selecting the textbooks that will be best to aid our students in becoming global learners. All of the core curriculum textbooks are currently older than they should be. Some are 15 years because we held off on textbook adoptions when we were doing layoffs. Our schools are in desperate need,” continued Marsden. At the meeting, Board Member Abigail Medina asked, “You said a typical adoption is seven years. I was wondering that with these new additions, are there significant changes? Or are these texts consisting of minor changes? Will it impact the students if we keep…

Colton Joint Unified Board of Education bans “The Bluest Eye” for sexual violence

Colton Joint Unified Board of Education voted to ban “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison on February 6. “Our Board of Education voted to remove “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison from our core and extended reading list for English Language Arts classes. However, the book still remains available to students in the libraries at our high schools as well as through the digital library that we offer to students and staff,” said Colton Joint Unified Communications Director Katie Orloff. The vote to remove the book from the high school level was supported by Board President Patt Haro, Board Members Frank A. Ibarra, Berenice Sandoval, and Joanne E. Thoring-Ojeda; while Vice President Dan Flores and Clerk Bertha Arreguin voted against the opposition; Board Member Israel Fuentes abstained. “There is some graphic sexual violence depicted in the book, which is concerning for some students and families.  Our board was concerned about making it a required reading for students but at the same time, the book is still available to students,” continued Orloff. With the removal of “The Bluest Eye” many members of the community question if…

SBVC hosts first-ever Bowl Game before dominating conference selections

San Bernardino Valley College hosted its first bowl game in known history, as the SBVC football team went to the American Championship Bowl for the second year in a row. Though the Wolverines lost to Chaffey College 33-20, record-setting quarterback Jeremy Moussa led the team in all-conference selections. Moussa was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year after appearing in four conference games, amassing 1,177 yards passing and 14 touchdowns. Overall, the freshman finished the season with the second-best single campaign in school history. Two Wolverines were honored twice by the all-conference selections. Sophomore Darrell Turner Jr. was a unanimous pick for first team honors at running back, while freshman Ben Falck, who has already received a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, was unanimously chosen as the first team kicker and punter by coaches. The Wolverines’ defense was also well represented in the first-team selections. Defensive tackle Jess Ybarra led the team with nine sacks, while defensive end Damen Studsill was third on the team with 48 tackles. Outside linebacker Montre Moore led the team with 58 tackles on the season, including five sacks…

Rebecca Lyons named University of Redlands Professor of the Year

The University of Redlands Mortar Board Honor Society has named Rebecca Lyons as Professor of the Year. Lyons, a chemistry professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been teaching at the University of Redlands for nine years. “Being a teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences is a noble calling. It is noble to assist students in the liberating joy of discovering knowledge that restructures how they see the world. It is also noble to help students take the beginning steps in a profession that will provide lifelong satisfaction,” said Associate Dean of Student Engagement David Schrum. The Professor of the Year distinction recognizes faculty members’ outstanding teaching abilities and important contributions to the University community. While the Mortar Board Honor Society facilitates the voting process, the nominations for the award are student-driven. A graduate of University of Washington (B.S., biochemistry), the State University of New York College at Cortland (M.A., science education), and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (M.S., Ph.D., environmental chemistry), Lyons teaches nine courses in chemistry, including a May Term course in…

Bloomington High School Virtual Enterprise Team headed to National Competition

For the second time, a Bloomington High School team will compete nationally at the Virtual Enterprise National Business Plan Competition in New York City. The school’s Mace Case Virtual Enterprise company will compete at the 2020 Youth Business Summit April 21-23 in New York. The team earned the spot after placing fifth in the state competition in Bakersfield earlier this month. Another BHS team, Life Cycle, also made it to the finals at the state level, placing 8th. The top six California teams are eligible to compete nationally. Two years ago, Bloomington’s High Rise Gardens Virtual Enterprise team participated in the National Business Plan Competition and placed among the top 6 teams in the nation. This year’s winning team is working hard to do even better than their successful predecessors, and hope to continue getting better and better. “It’s amazing how much we’ve changed and progressed,” noted team member Jeanne Gonzalez, who serves as the Mace Case CEO. “We never thought we’d make it this far, especially New York,” added fellow team member (and Jeanne’s twin sister) Jazmin Gonzalez.  Virtual Enterprise Business Plan competitions involve…

Carter High School students present Activism Through Art Show

Homelessness, global warming and poverty were some of the social issues Carter High School 11th grade history students explored during the first Activism Through Art Show coordinated by U.S. History teacher Jessica Buckle. Projects were featured on campus on Friday, Feb. 7. According to Buckle the art show provided the opportunity for students to link history to current events and to get them active and involved with history. Photo MJ Duncan: One of the many social issues that were addressed by students. “Students are not apathetic, they’re uninvited,” is a quote that resounds with Buckle and has shaped the method in which she teaches. “My goal is to invite students to find their voices and share their voices,” Buckle imparted. Student groups, who were learning about the Great Depression and the photographers of the time who depicted the era, were tasked with selecting a social issue they wanted to raise awareness on and create an art installation around it. Components of the project consisted of 3 – 5 art pieces using an art medium of their choice, videos that explain their piece and its relation…

Cal State San Bernardino celebrates Black History Month

In recognition of the contributions, heritage and culture of African Americans in the United States, Cal State San Bernardino will hold a number of events on campus during the month of February as part of Black History Month. To launch the month-long series of events was a talk by businesswoman, educator, author and one of America’s most successful female entrepreneurs, Janice Bryant Howroyd, who spoke at CSUSB on Jan. 30. “A Conversation and Book Signing with Janice Bryant Howroyd” featured Howroyd talking about her latest book “Acting Up: Winning in Business and Life Using Down-Home Wisdom” and sharing more about how she grew her multi-billion-dollar enterprise The ActOne Group. Howroyd’s talk was held at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union and was sponsored by the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration. Throughout the month of February, the Pan-African Student Success Center and the Cross Cultural Center will hold “All for Blu,” a school/office/snack supply drive for the Blu Education Foundation, which provides educational and human services programming to youths, adults and organizations in order to build healthy, productive communities. In addition, on…

Donated aircraft makes its SBVC debut in spectacular morning crane lift

Thanks to a generous donation, San Bernardino Valley College students studying aviation maintenance and pilot training have a new aircraft to work with during classes. Dr. Javed Siddiqi, a local pilot and neurosurgeon, recently donated a Beechcraft B60 Duke, a twin-engine fixed-wing aircraft, to SBVC because he wanted it to go to a good facility. The aircraft, which was parked in a hangar at the Redlands Municipal Airport, will replace a 1940s/1950s Beechcraft B50 that SBVC has had for decades. Because of the age of that plane, it has been difficult to find parts for it, and that won’t be a problem with the new Beechcraft B60. The $200,000 aircraft was towed 11 miles from the Redlands airport, then hoisted by crane over the fence of the SBVC Technical Building.Ted Gablin, an instructor with the college’s Applied Technology Department who has been managing the donation, said to the Redlands Daily Facts that the plane will be used to train future aviation maintenance technicians and pilots in the aeronautics programs. The plane, he said, “will be a valued teaching aid.”To learn more about San Bernardino Valley…

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians awards $5.9 million to support Native student programs at University of Redlands

Building upon its long-established leadership commitment to Native students in the region, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently awarded the University of Redlands a six-year, $5.9 million grant to support Native student scholarships, programming, and outreach to prospective Native students throughout Southern California. “The University’s Native student programs exist to provide a safe, supportive environment for those seeking a high-quality education, while enjoying a campus community rich in opportunity,” said President Ralph W. Kuncl, University of Redlands. “This funding will allow us to continue to advocate, mentor, and advise these students prior to and throughout their educational journey at the University of Redlands.” The grant will enable the San Manuel – University of Redlands partnership to extend the San Manuel Excellence in Leadership Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance and instruction for Native students, which is matched by Redlands. “The future of Native communities will require skilled and educated tribal citizens,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “Our program efforts at the University of Redlands are a critical step for ensuring that Native American students have access to quality education and experiences with…

Redlands wins Academic Decathlon title for first time since 2011

Redlands High School is back on top in the San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon competition, winning its first title since 2011, after results were announced at the banquet for the 37th annual event on Friday, Feb. 7. With 45,395 points, Redlands (White) slipped past defending champion Rancho Cucamonga(Purple), which had 44,463.1 points. It was the second-closest finish in the competition in the past 12 years. For Redlands, which is coached by Donna St. George, this was the school’s record 14th Academic Decathlon crown, but first since the 2010-11 school year when it defeated Chaffey High School. By winning the county title, Redlands advances to the state championships for the sixth consecutive year. The state championships will be held March 27-28 in Sacramento. In this year’s county competition, the rest of the top five finishing schools behind Redlandsand Rancho Cucamonga included Etiwanda (42,173.2 points), Chaffey (41,860.1 points) and Rialto (38,647.7 points). Joining Redlands in qualifying for the state competition will be Rancho Cucamonga, Etiwanda and Chaffey. In this year’s county competition, there were 43 teams representing 25 high schools that participated. Teams, as well as about…

Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair set for Feb. 29

Twenty-eight K-12 schools and districts, as well as institutes of higher education, are scheduled to participate in the annual San Bernardino Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair that will be held on Feb. 29 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. The event is a collaboration among the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools California Teachers Association and district superintendents with 23 K-12 schools and districts participating. In addition, five local colleges and universities will have representatives at the event, which will be held in the Valencia Room at the National Orange Show (930 S. Arrowhead Ave.) from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 29. Recruitment for applicant teachers is for all grade levels — as well as subject areas — of K-12 education, and districts may hold interviews on site. For applicants to register online for the event, go to: https://sbcss.k12oms.org/66-182092. The deadline for applicants to register is Feb. 28. Among the K-12 local educational agencies scheduled to have representatives at the event include: Adelanto; Apple Valley; Barstow; Chaffey; Chino Valley; Colton; Etiwanda; Fontana; Hesperia; Morongo; Mountain View; Ontario-Montclair; Oro Grande; Redlands; Rialto; Rim of…

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