The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is to foster student success through service to students, schools, and the community.

The Sonoma County Office of Education is proud to be hosting the 8th annual SCOE Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is a multi-day professional development opportunity for local school district teams. It supports educators in learning about, designing, and implementing strategies that prepare young people for the demands of the 21st century.

Over the past seven years, nearly 500 teachers and administrators from schools and districts throughout Sonoma County have participated in this innovative program. They have been challenged to consider new ideas about education through interactive learning activities and presentations by thought-provoking speakers, including:

•    Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned author and advisor on creativity in education

•    Sugata Mitra, educational researcher and 2013 TED Prize winner

•    Emily Pilloton, educator and founder of  the nonprofit Project H Design and its sister program, Girls Garage

•    Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO, Maker Media, Inc.
•    Ken Kay, founder and CEO, EdLeader21

•    Ainissa Ramirez, author and noted science evangelist

•    Todd Rose, co-founder and president, Center for Individual Opportunity and Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

This year’s Summer Institute will take on a new focus—Tools for Transformation—and provide opportunities for participants to explore tools, processes, and protocols to foster a culture of continuous improvement in their schools and districts.  I encourage you to participate in the 2019 Summer Institute by forming a district team and completing the application process. Participants will receive a stipend for their involvement in the Institute.


Through initiatives like this, we are working together to improve and enhance education for all of Sonoma County’s students.   


Steven D. Herrington, Ph.D.
Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools


Sarah Lundy: 707-522-3069 |

Dan Blake: 707-524-2780 |

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