BUHSD Trustees honor Project SOL faculty

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Simon Canales receives award

(July 27, 2012, BRAWLEY) – At the July BUHSD board meeting Simon Canales, BUHS principal, was honored for his leadership with Project SOL.Project SOL (Secondary Online Learning) is a demonstration project focused on school interventions and faculty supported, online curriculum to help Spanish-dominant secondary students.  The project provides supplemental instruction via Mexican-developed and California standards-aligned online curricula in Spanish in several core curriculum areas both in class and after school. It also uses online supplemental teachers in Mexico.

The project also will provide a course translation developed by the University of California and the Mexican Department of Education so that students can be given California (or U.S.) credit for courses they have taken in Mexico.

Octavio Alvarez, BUHS Math Instructor, has been nominated to receive the Commitment to Excellence Award as a White House Champion of Change for the work he has done with Project Sol, an intervention program established at BUHS to serve English Learners new to the country.

Following a security vetting, Alvarez will travel to the Eisenhower Executive office of the White House on August 31 for further recognition.

Canales said at the board meeting, “This has been a number of years in the making.  I would like to thank the trustees for all of their support. This started in Mexico City and eventually led us to UCLA. It has been a wonderful experience for the faculty and students. They (Project SOL) have provided resources to the faculty and students and exposed the students to higher education.”

On school discipline matters, Canales reported on the new student rules for the coming school year, one of which allows students to use their smart phones in class to access internet information pertinent to classroom work.  Students also will be able to use their phones for personal use while on campus but not in class.