Hayward teacher wins international award

A Hayward educator is one of 24 worldwide being recognized for his commitment to teaching entrepreneurship.

Richard Charles will be honored along with the other teachers and several students April 24 at a gala in Washington, D.C. In his business economics class at Hayward High, Charles uses instructional material from a national entrepreneurship nonprofit group that targets low-income students.

In the class, students develop business plans for their enterprises and present them during a competition in May, Charles said.

"It's similar to the TV show 'Shark Tank.' We have professional business people that come in, listen to the presentations and score them," he said.

The winners advance to regional and national competition, with a prize of $25,000 seed money.

Charles teaches the class through the Eden Area Regional Occupation Program, which has some of its programs at area high schools. The curriculum comes from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and students who complete the yearlong program receive three units of college credit, he said.

"It really is a great program," he said.

Charles will be recognized at the Global Enterprising Educator Awards.

Fremont schools presenting student art show

Fremont Unified will turn the district office into a gallery next week, featuring student art work and live musical and theater performances.

Presented by arts teachers and students at Fremont's elementary, middle and high schools, the 2014 Student Art Show will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

It will be held at the Fremont Unified School District office, 4210 Technology Dr., near Auto Mall Parkway.

The office's first floor hallway will be covered with student paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and other piece of art work.

Also, music pupils will play choral and instrumental compositions, and drama students will present a brief theatrical performance, district leaders said.

Food and refreshments will be made available for purchase by the Fremont Eats Food Truck Mafia.

Homeroom is a roundup of news from schools in Alameda County.