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  • Riverside County Education Update

    Riverside County Office of Education, Edwin Gomez, Ed.D., County Superintendent of Schools
    Education Update from the desk of Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin Gomez
    June 2024
    Dr. Edwin Gomez

    Dear Community Members,

    As we enjoy the longer days and start of summer, our families and educators have much to celebrate, including the successful completion of another school year. This time of year also marks the celebration of important cultural and national milestones.

    This month, we honor Juneteenth, a significant day in American history that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It is a time for reflection, education, and the celebration of freedom and justice for all.

    As we look forward to the Fourth of July, we celebrate the values of liberty, equality, and democracy that form the foundation of our nation. This holiday provides an opportunity for our community to come together, enjoy festivities, and appreciate the freedoms we cherish.

    Summer break is also upon us, offering a well-deserved pause from the academic school year. We hope our students and educators take this time to rejuvenate and spend quality moments with loved ones. Whether it’s by exploring new hobbies, traveling, or simply enjoying the summer sun, we encourage everyone to make the most of this break. Through these activities, we can continue to learn and grow in a way that sets our students up for a successful new school year ahead.

    As you settle into a new pace for the summer season, join me in celebrating the freedoms we enjoy and supporting our community in all its diversity and vibrancy. Let’s continue to foster an environment of respect, understanding, and unity.


    Edwin Gomez, Ed.D.
    Riverside County
    Superintendent of Schools


    2024 Excellence Through Equity Conference

    Riverside County Office of Education logo for "Excellence Through Equity Conference 2024." Image of a large, diverse group of people with conference theme, "Breaking Barriers, Takes ALL of Us." Lower banner "Register Today!"

    Thursday & Friday September 19 - 20, 2024  | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Excellence Through Equity Conference flyer thumbnail image

    Equity starts with everyone, and this year’s 11th Annual Excellence Through Equity Conference is expanding to include strands and speakers that will bring important insights and information to educators working in every department in every school district.

    Staff from accounting and health services to human resources and technology, and every role in between, will want to be a part of this year’s Excellence Through Equity Conference to identify and strengthen their roles through the lens of equity.

    This year’s conference will engage, equip, and uplift more educators than ever before through mindset shifting, collaboration, and professional learning.

    Check out the variety of sessions that attendees will have the opportunity to attend, all looking through the lens of equity for those they serve.


    • Suicide Prevention Performance
    • Business Services
    • Empowerment and Access
    • Family and Community Engagement
    • PreK-12 Equitable Instructional Practices
    • Special Education
    • Technology
    • Government Relations
    • Personnel Services
    • Health

    Early bird pricing ends soon!


    RCOE Podcast "The Torch" - Special Summer Series

    The Torch: A Podcast by Riverside County Office of Education featuring Emily Price, Ed.D. Principal Megan Cope Elementary School. Special Summer Series Ep. 1 "No Place Like Cope, Dr. Emily Price Brings OZ to Cope Elementary."

    This week we launched our new Summer Series for RCOE's The Torch podcast. Tune in on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or YouTube for weekly never-before-seen extended interviews with our 2024 Educators of the Year. Episode 1 of the Summer Series kicks off with Principal of the Year, Dr. Emily Price from Megan Cope Elementary School in the San Jacinto Unified School District.

    Principal Price, recognized during the annual Celebrating Educators event in May, saw her highlight video premiered along with ten other awardees.

    In this extended podcast, you will hear more about her quest for making lasting connections at Megan Cope Elementary, addressing the whole child, school culture, and the meaning behind The Wizard of Oz transformation on campus.

    Find all of the first season episodes of "The Torch: A Podcast by Riverside County Office of Education" at www.rcoe.us/torch. The new poscast dives into different topics on education, from family engagement to new laws being put in that effects education, with guests who are knowledgable in these topics. Regular episodes of The Torch, Season 2, will resume in September.


    Footsteps2Brilliance Summer Reading Challenge

    Superintendent's Summer Reading Challenge June 17 -August 2, 2024. The TOP 5 readers will win prizes! Literacy by 5th Grade Initiative logo with QR code to rcoe.us/literacy-by-5th-grade. Four kids of various ages running on beach sand with digital devices in hand, next to the virtual Summer. Summer School sun icon. A young lifeguard using a megaphone "Calling All... #RivCo families with children birth 5th grade, join the County Superintendent Summer Reading Challenge!" Get started by registering for FREE: www.myf2b.com/riverside.

    In support of the Literacy by 5th Grade Initiative, the Footsteps2Brilliance Summer Reading Challenge has officially begun. The Footsteps2Brilliance app is free for all Riverside County kids 0 - 5th grade, and the Virtual Summer School provides daily lessons at grade level for parents and kids to follow.

    All Riverside County parents/caregivers have to do is:

    1. Register for FREE: www.myf2b.com/riverside
    2. Go to: www.footsteps2brilliance.com/virtual-summer-school
    3. Follow the daily lessons for your child's grade level.

    DOWNLOAD the parent/caregiver flyer.


    Meet the Class of 2024 - Stories of RCOE Grads

    Destiny Rodriguez, Adrian Aparicio Torres, Joshua Roiz, and Marcy Palomar, Meet the Class of 2024 with paint splatter colors and blue graduation cap.

    Across Riverside County, more than 30 thousand high school seniors graduated in the past three weeks. From Corona to Blythe, the students from the Class of 2024 overcame a lot to receive their high school diplomas.

    At the Riverside County Office of Education, we also celebrated Class of 2024 graduates in some of our youth alternative and adult education programs. Here are a few of their stories:

    Congratulations to all of the Class of 2024 graduates!


    Superintendent's Initiatives

    Vist our initiative pages linked below for resources and information on the latest updates.

    Literacy by 5th Grade Initiative logo
    Mental Health Initiative logo
    Equity & Inclusive Practices Initiative logo
    Financial Literacy Initiative logo
    Join our team, Riverside County Office of Education is hiring now! Lead, Serve, Innovate.

    RCOE is hiring classified, certificated teaching and non-teaching, full-time, part-time, and substitute positions across Riverside County.

    Apply online at:

    • Teachers/Instructors
      (Career Technical Education, Head Start, Special Education, Alternative Education)
    • Instructional Assistants
      (Head Start/Early Head Start, Special Education, Alternative Education)
    • Clerical
    • Custodial/Building & Grounds
    • Business & Accounting Services
    • Information Technology
    • Substitutes
      (Certificated & Classified)
    RCOE Foundation. Donations to the RCOE Foundation will help provide vital scholarship funding toward our student advancement programs for deserving, disadvantaged high school students in Riverside County. Click to view contribution options.
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