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Sonoma County Office of Education - Fostering Success in Youth


Sonoma County Office of Education - Fostering Success in Youth

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

SCOE is a strategic partner to the county’s 40 districts and their 185 schools, providing service and support to help them meet legal mandates, operate cost-effectively, and raise student achievement. SCOE provides fiscal oversight to districts through the annual review and approval of their Local Control Accountability Plans. It operates schools for special education and alternative education students who districts cannot serve. SCOE also offers educational support services to districts, including extensive professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators. SCOE’s Career Technical Education (CTE) support services assist districts in their commitment to graduate college- and career-ready students.

SCOE partners with and hosts two additional educational services: School and College Legal Services, which contracts with districts to provide legal expertise; and the North Coast School of Education, a new one-stop-shop for teacher and administrator induction and credentials. 

Steven D. Herrington, Ph.D., is Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools. In this elected position, he serves as a state constitutional officer and an intermediary between local school districts and the state. The Superintendent provides leadership, support, and state-designated fiscal and program oversight of all school districts in the county. This ranges from mentoring new superintendents to identifying countywide educational needs and creating partnerships and initiatives to address them. 

As SCOE’s chief administrative and executive officer Dr. Herrington ensures that SCOE’s resources are concentrated in these key areas and effectively provide support and services for Sonoma County’s schools, students, and communities. He works with SCOE’s department heads to ensure they are providing excellent fiscal oversight, business support, and professional development to districts. As well, Dr. Herrington works with the elected members of the Sonoma County Board of Education, who provide community stewardship of countywide education initiatives. They also hear appeals for expulsions and in situations where a student is trying to transfer from one school district to another and has been refused.

SCOE priorities: 

• Common Core Standards: Facilitate and successfully implement the Common Core State Standards, pre-kindergarten to grade 12

• College and Career Readiness: Support academically rigorous and relevant career and college preparation for all students; promote 21st century teaching and learning 

• School Success for English Learners: Develop and support strategies and professional development to ensure that English learners are successful in school settings

• Assessment and Accountability: Provide technical support, resources, and expertise to help schools and districts measure, monitor, and direct student learning opportunities

• Financial and Economic Stability: Support and facilitate financial decision-making based on sound economic and educational principles and effective fiscal practices

• Service to Youth and Community: Promote activities, events, and community partnerships that support families and help ensure students’ academic success