This video* is about the work I did this past school year as a teacher coach with the Sonoma County Office of Education.
I focused on integrating core academic content and career technical education. The goal was to bridge the gap between school and the workplace that so often exists in traditional educational settings. This work was funded by a grant from the Northern California Career Pathways Alliance.
I supported more than 60 teachers at 12 high schools, plus I was our teacher’s union secretary and treasurer. It was fascinating, challenging, and rewarding.
I was quoted in a local paper saying this about my work, “Students aren't sitting in rows, in desks, with their heads down, hoodies on, and their earbuds in. They’re actually engaged. You see their smiles. You see the light in their eyes. School doesn’t suck for them. And that’s the beauty of career technical education."
There’s a lot of good going on in Sonoma County high schools. I’m so glad that I got to be a part of it.
*Thanks to Brent Spirnak [[User:Bspirnak]] for filming me and uploading his video to Wikimedia Commons under a free license: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anna_Koval.webm