Ed Buzz LA County

The education landscape is constantly evolving, staying ahead of the trends is essential. Welcome to “Ed Buzz LA County”, the show that explores the groundbreaking initiatives, inspiring stories and innovative practices that are shaping the future of learning right here in Southern California.


From cutting-edge classroom techniques to game-changing educational policies, Ed Buzz LA County will bring you insights from educators, experts and students to showcase the transformative power of education.  

Episode 6: Esports on the Rise

Esports programs are expanding, with school districts setting up their own programs nationwide. In this episode, Dr. Chris Hoang, LACOE’s Interim Assistant Director of Technology Innovation and Outreach, and Alvaro Brito, STEAM Administrator with the Compton Unified School District, discuss how playing video games can help build skills for future careers and how it affects socio-emotional learning.

Episode 5: We Are LACOE

As the nation's largest regional education agency, the Los Angeles County Office of Education supports local school districts with services that are necessary for their operations. In this episode of Ed Buzz, Dr. Debra Duardo explains more about the primary functions of LACOE.

Episode 4: Supporting Vulnerable Student Populations

LACOE serves the county’s most vulnerable student populations including those who have been expelled, as well as justice involved students who are incarcerated or are on probation. When students are kicked out of school, parents' priorities shift to the court proceedings aspects of their youth’s life. However, the students’ education must continue. In this episode, Jael Ovalle shares how the Parent and Family Education and Consultation Program can help support parents, so they in turn can support their teens.

Episode 3: Helping Multilingual Learners Thrive

LA County is home to a large, diverse population of multi-lingual learners. More than 45% of public-school students in LA County speak another language besides English. In this episode of Ed Buzz LA County, we speak with Dr. Soomin Chao about how providing social and emotional learning support can help multilingual learners thrive in the classroom.

Episode 2: Bridging the Digital Divide

It is estimated that 416,000 households in LA County lack access to affordable, reliable broadband service, devices, and the skills to use them. From access to technology and connectivity to digital literacy, this “digital divide” impacts many underserved communities. On this episode of Ed Buzz LA County, Sonia Hooks, Assistant Director of Technology Services, talks about digital equity, and how to ensure all students have access to digital tools, resources, and opportunities.

Episode 1: AI in the Classroom

Machine learning technology like generative artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing. On this episode of Ed Buzz LA County, Jose Gonzalez, LACOE’s Chief Technology Officer, talks about some of the concerns of using AI tools like ChatGPT in the classroom, how teachers can integrate AI in educational settings to enhance teaching and learning, and the importance of preparing students for the future by equipping them with AI literacy.