Modoc County Office of Education

Children are the highest priority of the Modoc County Office of Education. 

Our professional staff will act to ensure that all children are prepared to learn and all students receive exceptional instruction in a safe and conducive learning environment.

All Staff Gathering - August 2014
Celebrating Gail Eppler's 40 Years of Service

Informative and Useful

  • Marin Voice: Getting children ready for school and for life Every single child deserves the opportunity to be ready for school, and ready to succeed.Perhaps you are reading a story together, or working on a puzzle. Maybe you're playing catch at the park or inspecting a butterfly or roly-poly bug.Or is your child imagining being a super-hero, and acting out a related story with playmates? These are all wonderful ways of preparing your child for school.When I think of being ready for school, it's not getting a new backpack or lunchbox or new clothes. For me, "school readiness" means a child is prepared to leave home, be away from family, participate in a classroom and interact with teachers and peers.Read entire article ...
    Posted by Gary Jones
  • Bill could spell end to secret student social media monitoring Some school districts in California are paying third-party companies to monitor and save students social media posts.A concern is raised because many of these social media posts, including pictures, are stored long term by the third-party companies and parents are not aware.Now a bill, AB 1442, that would put a stop to the long-term storage of the student’s data has passed the legislature and is now on the governor’s desk.Read entire article HERE.
    Posted by Gary Jones
  • Parent portals: helping or hovering? The portals have been embraced in the last several years by districts across the country as a way to boost student performance by increasing parental oversight. But their growing reach has also sparked debate about how much monitoring is too much.Read article HERE.
    Posted Aug 25, 2014, 8:26 AM by Gary Jones
  • Napa preschoolers start year with digital literacy program As 23 public and private preschools open throughout Napa County this year, kids as young as three will be exposed to “digital early literacy” through a free computer program introduced by Footsteps2Brilliance.“Our purpose in doing this is to eliminate the two-year achievement gap that research has shown exists between children from more affluent families and those from less affluent families, particularly English-learners,” said Barbara Nemko, the Napa County Schools Superintendent.Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Aug 19, 2014, 8:16 AM by Gary Jones
  • The States With The Best And Worst School Systems It's nearly back-to-school time, so social finance site WalletHub put together a list of the best and worst school systems in America.They studied the quality of education in the 50 states (plus D.C.) by analyzing 12 factors — "from student-teacher ratios and dropout rates to test scores and bullying incident rates." Their interactive map shows each state's overall rank; with red representing the worst overall school systems, and green the best.Read article and view the interactive maps HERE.
    Posted Aug 7, 2014, 8:20 AM by Gary Jones
  • The 10 Timeless Productivity Hacks Here are the 10 timeless work habits or productivity hacks that will make you more productive today.The slideshow is HERE.
    Posted Jul 31, 2014, 9:00 AM by Gary Jones
  • What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Standards? I suspect one of the reasons conversation about Common Core state standards has gotten so very confusing and inflammatory is because so few articles, commentaries, and discussions ever spell out what standards are, how teachers use them to guide instruction, and why it might be useful to have common standards.Why the lack of specificity? Maybe because talking about actual standards is -- at least to many non-educators -- kind of boring.Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Jul 29, 2014, 1:19 PM by Gary Jones
  • State lawmakers should restore budget control to school boards By: Christine Lizardi Frazier, Kern County SuperintendentIn his 2013 State of the State Address, Gov. Jerry Brown called upon the Legislature to embrace the principle of subsidiarity, stating "it is the idea that a central authority should only perform those tasks which cannot be performed at the more immediate or local level."I could not agree more. This principle was at the heart of the governor's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was enacted a year ago as a means to put more decision-making authority in the hands of local school boards -- which are chosen by voters -- and ensure student needs drive the allocation of resources and development of programs. The educational community applauded the funding overhaul ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2014, 6:45 AM by Gary Jones
  • 10 reasons it's time to move beyond the textbook 1). Paper is getting more and more expensive and textbooks frankly aren't very environmentally friendly.2). Because the typical history book has just a few pages on the Civil War and when I google the 'Civil War' I get 870,000,000 results in .047 seconds.3). I have never seen a textbook that wasn't written with bias or written free of errors. So all the folks who believe that textbooks are 'reliable' and 'unbiased' resources, are sadly mistaken.4). Textbooks can't be adapted and can't be updated once they are printed.5). There are so many relevant and up-to-date resources that are available for free or for very low cost. When it comes ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2014, 8:21 AM by Gary Jones
  • Draft revision of LCAP rules moves forward Members of the State Board of Education uniformly praised the way school districts have created plans to comply with California’s new school improvement and accountability system, but said Thursday that students should have more of a voice in the process. They agreed to move ahead with modest proposed changes in regulations while counseling patience before making more.“Trust the process, be patient and thoughtful, not precipitous,” said board member Patricia Rucker.Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Jul 11, 2014, 8:33 AM by Gary Jones
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