education

Sausalito’s Homegrown Tall Ship

Dec 30, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

A modern replica of an 18th century sailing ship—built to 80% scale—is taking shape on the edge of Richardson Bay. When it is finished, the new tall ship will mostly host educational trips for Bay Area school kids. 

In the video below, Executive Director Alan Olson explains the Educational Tall Ship project in greater detail, while showing the ship's infrastructure as it appeared this past summer.  https://youtu.be/gI27zoISddo

Better Foster Care Provides a More Typical Life

Dec 14, 2015
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  Children in foster care thrive when they are able to live a more typical life, a new study concludes. We hear more from Suzanne Potter.

Rethinking Single-stream Recycling

Dec 7, 2015
North Bay Corporation

  Expanded recycling programs, such as here in Sonoma County, have succeeded in cutting the waste stream going into the dump. But the economics behind them are not working out as expected. And that is leading to some reconsideration.

Long-time recycling advocate Mike Anderson, the current chair of the Sonoma County Solid Waste Management Task Force, contends that one factor in North Bay Corporation’s higher-than-permitted volume of “residuals” at their Standish Avenue sorting facility is the age of the equipment in use there.

The Toolbox Project Gains Momentum

Nov 8, 2015

  Beyond reading, math, and science, young school kids need to learn to navigate their emotional and social worlds. That’s where the Toolbox Project comes in.

Since Mark Collins defined the 12 tools in his Toolbox Project, they have remained essentially unchanged--basic actions, spelled out in simple terms, that carry powerful ideas.

Students who were introduced to the Toolbox Project early on were recently interviewed about how those lessons had carried forward with them. You can see that video here.

Rick Steves' Lifetime of European Travel

Nov 4, 2015

  After 30 years spent crisscrossing Europe and writing about it, Rick Steves remains an enthusiastic advocate for international travel, and the broader perspectives that result.

Find details on Steves' local appearance this week at this link.

Rick Steve's work takes him back and forth across Europe for four months each year. So what would he like to do for a vacation?  More of the same...sort of.

Sustainability and the Next Generation

Oct 21, 2015

Wednesday was Sustainability Day at Sonoma State, but the keynote speaker for the event warned that attaining “full spectrum sustainability” will require long-term and sweeping changes in all areas of modern life.

There is no question that confronting climate change is a political challenge, says David Orr. But it is less about elections, and more about recreating a way of governance that rests on fairness and balance, rather than dominance and profits.

Activism as a Key to Improving Latinos’ Health

Oct 15, 2015

  Improving community health requires political participation. That was the theme of this year’s Latino Health Conference, which used the Portrait  of Sonoma County as its starting point.

At the Forum, Dr. George Flores from the California Endowment also noted the critical importance of reaching out to the current generation of Latino youth.

  One way to increase such engagement, suggested Oscar Chavez, is to take a cross-generational approach.

Strike Vote Next Week for SSU Faculty

Oct 14, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The California State University system got a 10% boost in its budget this year—a $ 269 million increase—so the faculty statewide are pushing hard for a 5% salary increase. The administration has drawn a line at 2%, leaving the two sides at impasse, and a strike vote set for next week.

SSU professor Andy Merrifield, a member of the CFA’s statewide bargaining team, has been down this road before. But this time he says, the stakes are higher—and he believes the level of public support for the faculty is, too.

Building Bipartisan Collaboration in Sacramento

Sep 1, 2015

A freshman state senator faces a steep learning curve upon arriving in Sacramento. One lesson that former Sonoma County supervisor Mike McGuire has embraced is rooted in the demographics of his district.

  State Senator Mike McGuire has also been in the midst of the long-standing tug-of-war over the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. Changes are overdue at the aging facility, he acknowledges, but the fast-track deadline to relocate the remaining residents at the SDC is a poor way to begin.

Life Behind the School Counselor’s Desk

Aug 17, 2015

  A high school guidance counselor juggles three overlapping roles:  sorting out class scheduled, guiding students toward college or into vocational training, and supporting kids in times of emotional crises. And all with an imposing caseload. 

An 'Opportunity Fair' for Young Workers

Jul 30, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  More than just a summer job, The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corp is grooming its participants for the broader workforce, and providing access to numerous possible future career paths.

Medi-Cal Turns 50

Jul 29, 2015
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  The national health program for children, known in California as Medi-Cal, has now been in place for half a century, and it is continuing to expand. Suzanne Potter has details.

Understanding Dyslexia

Jul 23, 2015

Dyslexia is more common and more complicated than is usually acknowledged. But there are upsides to the condition, too.

  In the classroom, says Susan Barton, founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, teachers should not press students to do things that expose them to embarrassment or ridicule because of their limitations. Instead she offers a series of modest accommodations that can enable those same students to succeed.

Teaching Financial Literacy

Jul 22, 2015

  No matter how much—or how little—money you earn, knowing how to manage it effectively will enable those dollars to reach further.

Learning Empathy in the Barnyard

Jul 19, 2015
Forget Me Not Farm

  Learning how to treat horses, chickens and sheep helps kids from troubled backgrounds develop compassion for more than animals.

  Rathman is fully convinced that the Forget-Me-Not experience is both instructive and healing. And even though it’s hard to quantify their results with hard data, the first-hand stories and other anecdotal evidence is overwhelmingly affirmative.

Forget-Me-Not Farm was also profiled on KRCB-TV's Community Health Connections. You can view the segment below.

Melding Old and New at Lincoln Elementary

Jul 15, 2015
Rhian Miller

  Old, one-room school houses can still be found hidden along rural roads in the north bay, and a few are still active, including three in west Marin. Lincoln Elementary is the oldest, open since 1872. Reporter Rhian Miller takes us on a visit there.

Inside the “Portrait of Sonoma County”

Jun 24, 2015

Since the detailed demographic Portrait of Sonoma County was published this time last year, it has become a key resource in the ongoing efforts to improve the overall health of the local population. In this archival North Bay Report, wen examined the document and talked with its authors at the time it was first released.

Summer Youth Ecology Corps Goes Back to Work

Jun 22, 2015

  Today we look at a triple-win summer job program for youth—they’re working outdoors, helping the community, and gaining experiences beyond job skills that will serve them going forward.

  The youth participating in the Ecology Corps don't just gain land maintenance skills that can be applied in numerous situations. Karen Freis, Assistant Director of Sonoma County's Human Services Department notes that they also learn about the local environment they are working in.

Children’s Museum to Open Indoor Exhibits

Jun 18, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is opening its indoor Science and Imagination Gallery this weekend, with 15 interactive exhibits designed to keep kids busy—and eager to return.

There is a lot to see and do in the new museum space, and while it can be hard to choose, founder Collette Michaud does have a few favorite attractions.

SRJC Opens Dream Center

May 4, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  To address the needs of a growing segment of their student population, Santa Rosa Junior College has created a new “Dream Center” to advise students on immigration issues. It was officially opened at noon on Monday.

Opening the Dream Center on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus is an important move, says SRJC's vice president of Student Services, Ricardo Navarette. But there will be others to follow.

Reto Zingg

Over the weekend, 400 students gathered from around Sonoma County to pit their custom made ‘bots against each other in an annual robotics challenge. KRCB was on hand to witness the joys and challenges of robot battles.

Sustainability in Education

Apr 19, 2015

  

  Most pathways to long-term societal sustainability begin by thinking differently about that objective. So says the San Diego educator who co-wrote the book on Sustainability in Higher Education.

Dr. Chase will be speaking at Santa Rosa Junior College Monday afternoon, April 20 on “Sustainability in Higher Education:  Strategies for Transformation.” His talk is at 12:15 in Newman Auditorium. 

ModMath App Assists Dysgraphic Students

Apr 16, 2015

 

  Mod Math is an app that helps students with disabilities do their arithmetic homework. But it doesn’t add, subtract, multiply or divide.

  Mod Math works to set up any basic arithmetic problems, says co-creator Josh Denberg. But it can be especially helpful for teaching long division.

Almost as soon as they had a working beta version of Mod Math, the Denbergs went public with it. Now, Josh says, they’re trying to add increased functionality that has been frequently requested.

Eco2School Fun Energizes Students to Drive Less

Apr 14, 2015

 A primary goal of the Center for Climate Protection’s high school outreach program, called Eco2School, is encouraging students to drive less. But they’ve found some fun ways to make their serious point.

Focusing outreach toward high school students is a high-impact approach says Paola Alvarado,  program coordinator for the Center for Climate Protection’s Eco2School Challenge Program, because of the demographic middle ground they represent.

Teacher-District Disagreements in Santa Rosa

Mar 27, 2015

Contract negotiations between the Santa Rosa Teachers Association and the Santa Rosa School District are at a standstill. With each side refusing to budge, KRCB speaks to teachers and the district to hear what’s behind the dispute, and what lies ahead.

Teacher-District Disagreements in Santa Rosa

Mar 27, 2015
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Contract negotiations between the Santa Rosa Teachers Association and the Santa Rosa School District are at a standstill. With each side refusing to budge, KRCB speaks to teachers and the district to hear what’s behind the dispute, and what lies ahead.

50th Anniversary Anti-War Teach-Ins

Mar 25, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 

  American involvement in Viet Nam was gearing up 50 years ago, and programs to recall that history are likewise increasing now. At Sonoma State yesterday, that included a series of “teach-ins” that reviewed some of the opposition to that war—and the others that have followed it.

  It was a matter of conscience for many young men to submit to the draft while also opposing it, recalls activist Lee Swenson. These non-violent actions, taken voluntarily by draftees who could have used other resources to avoid conscription, gave moral weight to their stance.

Redistricting Urged for SRJC Trustees

Mar 24, 2015

  Santa Rosa has changed a lot since 1965, but the districts for the city’s SRJC trustees have not. A coalition of activists want to update those lines to make the areas more representative.

  Redistricting advocates are suggesting that the 3-4-5 district be divided into three smaller districts, but Robert Edmonds says it might be useful or necessary to expand the process to include the entire county.

 

Creek restoration group celebrates 500th project

Mar 20, 2015
KRCB

Yesterday STRAW--Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed--celebrated their 500th project, with a day of planning trees at Tolay Ranch. Since Laurette Rogers, Program Director, began STRAW 23 years ago, she's seen 40,000 students help restore more than 35 miles of creek bed, plus uncounted wetlands. 

"We learned that to help animals we should plant trees to give them nice habitat," said Sam, 2nd grader at Loma Vista Elementary in Novato. 

A Pathway to Apprenticeships

Mar 2, 2015
Redwood Empire Joint Apprenticeship & Training Center

  A new partnership between local construction trades and the Sonoma County Office of Education is getting underway this week, a program that will offer at-risk youth a pathway towards a union apprenticeship.

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