Modoc County Office of Education

Modoc's schools through the years


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

  • 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
  • Schools expanding social media use to reach parents Ninety-five percent of local and state education agencies nationwide are on Facebook and/or Twitter, according to a recent survey by the Reform Support Network.Eighty percent are or plan to be active on YouTube, and over 50 percent are or intend to start blogging.The survey is included in a four-part tip sheet released by the U.S. Department of Education urging LEAs and SEAs to continue to embrace social media as a communication tool between them and students, parents and the community as a whole.Read more HERE.
    Posted Jul 8, 2014, 7:38 AM by Gary Jones
  • Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching" "Q & A teaching" is a practice that I was sometimes guilty of, and one that I've frequently seen throw off a lesson in many other teachers' classrooms. This occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson -- the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation.Read this short article HERE.
    Posted Jun 29, 2014, 1:33 PM by Gary Jones
  • California teacher tenure and seniority system is struck down The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide.U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the ruling a nationwide "mandate" to change similar "laws, practices and systems that fail to identify and support our best teachers and match them with our neediest students." He said the welfare of "millions of young people" is at stake.Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Jun 14, 2014, 8:50 AM by Gary Jones
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