New website, The 101, created to help families solve complex education problems – OECD Newsroom

Want to better understand how program decisions are made? Need an overview of the vaccines required to go to school? Or maybe you would like to learn more about health education or ethnic studies in California.

These are some of the topics explained in a new website developed specifically by the Orange County Department of Education to help parents solve complex education problems. It’s called The 101and it is accessible to 101.oecd.us.

The 101 – the name refers to core university courses – was launched last fall as a companion site to the OECD Newsroom, which provides news and information about OECD schools and of Orange County since 2015.

With a mobile-friendly design and the ability to translate messages into multiple languages, The 101 goes beyond headlines to break down complex school-related topics and explain who’s in control in messages that can be read quickly. and shared easily.

Current focus areas include school district governance, curriculum and instruction, health education, ethnic studies, and COVID-19 protocols. New posts will be added over time, and there’s even a form for readers to submit their topic suggestions.

Although the site was created with busy parents in mind, there are also links to primary sources for those wishing to learn more.

The OECD exists to serve our county’s most vulnerable student populations and to support 28 local districts with the services necessary for their operations. Although much of our work takes place behind the scenes, we have worked in recent years to improve communication by generating and sharing stories and videos that meet the criteria of credibility, relevance and usefulness. .

As stewards of this department, we want families and community members to know about the systems that define and shape education in California public schools. We want parents to know how important decisions are made within their local schools and districts – and how they can get more involved. We want all stakeholders to be aware of the resources available to support student academic success and social-emotional well-being.

Ultimately, it’s about lending our voice and hopefully adding some clarity to the ongoing dialogue about public education, our schools and the students they serve.

We hope you too will continue to be part of the conversation.

Sherry J. Basler