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Registration for the 2023-24 Inside Education Monterey County Cohort is open!

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June 28, 2023 

Dear Community Member:

Attendees on School Bus with Inside Education Logo

I am pleased to announce that the Monterey County Office of Education will once again offer its exciting “Inside Education Monterey County” program. This program is a unique opportunity to learn about the current challenges, intricacies, and the remarkable work educators and school administrators are doing to improve the education and well-being of students in Monterey County. Through a series of informative workshops and field trips that take you into the classrooms of Monterey County schools, community members will gain valuable insights into the fundamentals of public education in Monterey County.

The “Inside Education Monterey County” program provides participants with a first-hand, interactive look at the local educational programs, services, and partnerships made possible through the collaborative effort of the Monterey County Office of Education, our 24 local school districts, eight charter schools, and other experienced professionals and community leaders. Participants will have an opportunity to speak directly with education leaders and visit school sites throughout the county to learn more about what is happening day-to-day in our schools, as well as learn about the most pressing challenges facing educators.

The program consists of six half-day, morning sessions once a month from September through March. Each half-day session will focus on a specific theme/curricular area and will include site visits. The program agenda will begin at 7:45 a.m. with breakfast while participants receive an overview of the curricular focus area of the day. Directly after the overview, participants will board school buses and be transported to the schools and programs on the day’s agenda. Participants will then return to the Monterey County Office of Education for lunch and a debrief/question and answer time. The day will conclude around 12:30 p.m.

Participants will also be invited to attend special events occurring throughout the year such as: Constitution Day, Science and Engineering Fair, Mathletics, Spelling Bee, Speech and Debate, etc.

The program is free to participants, but we do ask that participants commit to attend each scheduled day and complete the entire program. For addition information, please contact Robin Hughes at (831) 755-6463.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Deneen Guss

Dr. Deneen Guss
Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

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Be Informed ● Be Connected ● Be Engaged

Each month, a select group of local community members hop on a bus for a fun and interactive field trip to explore Monterey County's classrooms and programs.

Participants in this September through May, half-day series discover new possibilities in education and become better prepared to discuss, evaluate, and support our local schools.

Inside Education is offered by the Monterey County Office of Education, in partnership with local school districts.


Get Inspired ● Get Informed ● Get Inside Education in Monterey County

Inside Education Monterey County offers community members an up-close and personal look into current challenges and intricacies of public education and the remarkable work educators and administrators are doing in today's classrooms.


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Inside Education Testimonial

Students from the Career Technical Education school show Julia Foster how to control a tractor mower 

Students from the Career Technical Education school show Julia Foster how to control a tractor mower 

"MCOE’s Inside Education tour was truly an eye-opener for me. I learned so much about our educational system, the large selection of courses and schooling options available to our students regardless of whether they plan to go to college or not (flight school, anybody?!) and how educational policies get implemented on a local level. What I enjoyed most about the tour was the ability to connect with teachers and school administrators and the chance to see the education efforts in action. As the administrator of a non-profit in the education field, I found the information I gained invaluable and would recommend this tour to anyone regardless of the field they work in."

Inside Education Monterey County 2022-2023 Highlights

Students writing in their workbooks
Young students reading along with a teacher in a group on the floor
Inside Education participants standing behind the Main Street sign
group of young students posing with Deputy Superintendent, Brett McFadden, making peace signs with their hands
Inside Education participants inside school bus smiling for camera
Inside Education participants touring outdoor facilities
Inside Education participants speaking with students
Young students inside classroom with headsets and laptops
Inside Education participants posing outside of school with Home of the thundercats sign
students working in their workbooks inside classroom
Inside Education participants posing as a group with ocean scenery in the background
multiple students holding a ribbon attached to a pole
school bus outside of the Monterey Bay Charter School k-8 sign
Inside Education participants outside talking


Monterey County Office of Education (Board Room)
901 Blanco Circle
Salinas, CA 93901

Contact: Robin Hughes | 831-755-6463

Program Inspiration Courtesy of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education


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Thank You to Participating Schools!

Thank you to the Monterey County schools for participating in the 2023-24 Inside Education Cohort and being willing to open up their school and classrooms for these important visits. The work done daily by educators in our public school system is to be commended and there is no better way for the public to feel confident about the great work happening than by seeing it first hand!

Topic - Special Education, September 15, 2023

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  • Arthur B. Ingham (ABI) School for the Orthopedically Impaired
  • Toro Elementary Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Next Topic - Visual, Performing, and Industrial Arts - October 20, 2023

  • Schools will be announced after the event.