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Community Cabinet meetings underway to help students achieve goals

coltonjointunifiedAn article in Inland Empire Community Newspapers highlights the Community Cabinet meetings being held by the Colton Joint Unified School District to help achieve the Cradle to Career goal set forth in the Countywide Vision.

During the meetings, parents, educators and members of the community come together to discuss initiatives in helping students move forward, not just academically, but mentally and physically. They also form ideas on helping students gain the kind of work and educational experience they need to attain jobs. Some of the topics discussed are early preparation, literacy, mental and physical health awareness and academic and career readiness.

The Community Cabinet meetings are open to the public who are interested in participating. Read about the Community Cabinet meetings here:

County schools success highlighted at State of Education Address

drgarythomasCalifornia’s educational system is undergoing tremendous change as it transitions to new state standards, as well as new ways public schools receive funding and have to account to their communities. Those were highlights of San Bernardino County Superintendent Gary Thomas’ annual State of Education Address on Tuesday.

Thomas delivered his address at the California Theatre for the Performing Arts before a crowd of hundreds of educators, as well as elected officials and dignitaries.

“We are not strangers to change in education,” Thomas said. “For years, even decades, we’ve responded to educational trends, special legislation and the latest in school reform.”

Among the big changes in California are adoption of the new Common Core State Standards that will be implemented statewide for the 2014-15 academic year, as well as a new funding model from the state called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Along with the funding model, schools and districts have to be more accountable for how they are spending their money through the adoption of Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP).

“For the first time in California’s history, we have a funding model that provides supplemental funds for our most disenfranchised students, and it allows local control so districts can assure the needs of their student populations are met,” Thomas said.

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New medical manufacturing lab opens at Indian Springs High in San Bernardino

manufacturingThe San Bernardino Sun newspaper reported that Indian Springs High School opened a new medical manufacturing lab on February 5 for students to learn crucial skills they can apply at new high-paying jobs when they graduate.

To read more about the high-tech manufacturing curriculum in the San Bernardino City Unified School District, read the story here:

Cradle to career roadmap adopted, translated into Spanish

your careerThe San Bernardino County Board of Education adopted a roadmap on Monday for achieving a regional goal of the Countywide Vision  – to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career. The roadmap identifies key milestones in a child’s personal, social, academic and career readiness. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools will assist with the implementation of the strategies in each of the county’s 33 school districts and post-secondary educational institutions.

Here is a copy of the Cradle to Career Roadmap in English and Spanish.


The Victorville Daily Press provided coverage of the Cradle to Career Roadmap here.

New website helps strengthen nonprofit organizations in the Inland Empire


A new website designed to help strengthen the ability of nonprofits to serve people in the Inland Empire launched today at
The Inland Empire United Way in partnership with the San Bernardino County Capacity Building Consortium and the Funders Alliance of San Bernardino and Riverside counties collaborated on the website to provide essential resources to nonprofits.
The new site offers a training center, a job board, a directory of consultants and a variety of other services.
Here is a link to the website:
Here is a link to Inland Empire Capaciteria’s video:

High Desert nonprofit promoting STEM education

Battery Operated Toy RobotMillionaire Mind Kids and Victor Valley Community College joined forces to hold a regional robotics competition on the campus to help promote STEM learning.

The U.S. First Tech Challenge involves high school students competing in teams with robots they have programmed. The event will be held on February 8 on the campus.

For more information on the event, read about it at the Victorville Daily Press or visit the nonprofit Millionaire Mind Kids at



Support a child’s future at the Challenge for Children Winter Benefit

cfc2The Inland Empire United Way and the Ontario Reign’s Hope Reigns Foundation are teaming up to host the 2014 Challenge for Children Winter Benefit to help low-income children in the Inland Empire.
The Winter Benefit is on January 30 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The night begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction and continues with dinner and entertainment at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Proceeds from the benefit will fund a variety of programs and initiatives to help low-income children improve academic performance, health, reduce negative behaviors and help them reach future self-sufficiency.
For more information about the Winter Benefit, visit

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