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  • Marin Leadership Institute - Applications due November 1st (extended through November 10th)

    The Marin County Office of Education in collaboration with San Francisco State University has been hosting the Marin Leadership Institute Educational Leadership and Administration Program.  Our interest in hosting the program is to support our local certificated staff to gain additional professional growth and obtain the administrative credential, which leads to more local administrators. Applications are due November 1, 2017 and can be found  by clicking here. Please contact Dr. Pitts should you wish to extend your application to November 10, 2017.  Dr. Valerie Pitts, former Superintendent, Larkspur-Corte Madera School District will be communicating with interested educators and coordinating the program for Marin County.  For further inquiries, Dr. Pitts can be reached at

    Teacher Recruitment in California

    At the request of the CCSESA, the Veritas Research and Evaluation Group conducted an analysis of effective strategies for teacher recruitment in California. Recommendations are based on input from 21 LEAs. The report can be downloaded by clicking here.

    CDE California School Dashboard Webinar Series - November 9, 14, 16 and December 6

    The California Department of Education is hosting a Fall 2017 Webinar Series in preparation for the upcoming release of the 2017 California School Dashboard. The attached communication provides information on the series, including the WebEx registration link which opens one hour prior to each Webinar. No pre-registration is required for this series.

    Cannabis and Community: Info & Issues for Children & Families - November 20, 2017

    Presented by the Marin Communications Forum First 5 Marin, this meeting will feature Dr. Matthew Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer, who will address health issues related to cannabis and: pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, second and third hand smoke in the family environment, "edibles" that look like candy, brain development (from infants to young adults) as well as a summary of the legal situation and regulations and general outlook of cannabis in Marin County.  Please see attached for location and time.

    California Classified School Employee Grant - November 28, 2017

    The MCOE is excited to announce we have been granted funding to support up to 30 participants in the California Classified School Employees Teacher Credentialing Program . The grant funding, provided by Commission on Teacher Credentialing, is available to provide financial assistance for current classified staff to become credentialed teachers.

    Program funds are intended to be used for the following activities:

    • college tuition/intern credential tuition
    • books, and fees
    • guidance/support
    • credential program preparation

    At the meeting we will provide more detailed information about this exciting opportunity.  If you have staff that may be interested please share the attached flyer and survey regarding the program.  As we continue to grapple with the teacher shortage across the state and here in our county, we felt this opportunity would be highly beneficial for our school community.  

    Marin Humanitarian Awards - Youth Nominations for 2018 Awards - Deadline: December 1, 2017

    The Marin Human Rights Commission is asking for your assistance in sending out the attached cover letter and nomination forms to all the Marin high schools in hopes of finding a few dedicated "humanitarian" Seniors that should be honored for their work in our community.

    Making Ends Meet in Marin: wage & poverty vs housing & child care - December 4, 2017

    Presented by the Marin Communications Forum First 5 Marin, this meeting will be presented by Robert Eyler, Chief Economist for the Marin Economic Forum.  Mr. Eyler will talk about the economics of "making ends meet in Marin" and the challenge of self-sufficiency in the county with the highest cost of living.

    2017 CA Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program - Application Due December 6, 2017

    The California Department of Education (CDE) has announced application availability for the California Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.  The purpose of this program is to honor excellence in whole-school sustainability while spotlighting replicable best practices.

    Please see the attached letter from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, as well as the CDE website for more details. Interested applicants should first complete the 2017-18 Application Interest Survey.  Upon completion of the survey, applicants will receive an application to complete online.

    The 2017-18 application window opened in September and the application is due December 6, 2017

    Dedication to Special Education Grants Programs - Deadline December 15

    Please see the attached from Dedication to Special Education regarding their 2017-18 Grant Program.  Site Innovation Grant amounts can be up to $75,000.  Submission deadline is December 15, 2017.

    Elks Essay Contest 2017-2018 - Submissions are due December 15, 2017

    The Elks Lodge has selected the theme for their annual essay contest: Why Our Veterans Are America's Heroes.  This essay contest is open to students in grades 5-8.  See the attached for more information.  Essay submissions are due December 15, 2017.

    Student of the Week - 2017-18

    Marin County Office of Education in partnership with the Marin Independent Journal will once again be conducting the Student of the Week program.  This countywide recognition program recognizes two students per week from Marin County public and private schools, and from students who are residents of Marin County.  The selections are based upon criteria identified at the local level.  Below are documents that will be sent to all principals across the districts in Marin as well as private/parochial and independent schools. Please contact Laura Trahan with questions.

    Credential Monitoring

    As a reminder, the Marin County Office of Education is required by Ed Code 44258.9 to administer credential monitoring for each district on a four-year cycle.  For the 2017-18 school year the following districts are scheduled for monitoring: Bolinas-Stinson, Lagunitas, Kentfield and San Rafael

    The MCOE Credential Office sent notification to each district in September.  Please notify the MCOE Credential Office for more information.

    2017-2018 Religious Holiday Calendar

    Attached for your information is a calendar of major religious holidays for 2017-2018.