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  To better meet the health needs of migrant farm workers, health care professionals will need to expand their training to include background in the social issues and conditions that affect those patients.

Health care services for migrant farm workers in California, says Seth Holmes, are sparse, overburdened and underfunded. All of which is a natural outcome from the way our for-profit medical system is structured.

CFA

  The California Faculty Association, the union that represents professors and instructors for all the California State University campuses, has approved a new contract, following ratification vote by their members last week. That capped a bargaining process that was far less contentious than others over the past decade. Today we take a closer look at the process, and what resulted from it.

The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to also ratify the agreement at their meeting in Long Beach.

  The new set of public education benchmarks known as the Common Core Standards are being implemented across the county, including here in California.  But Common Core is also being met with some questions and criticisms, some of which is being organized by a group called “Unveiling Common Core.” They are hosting a panel discussion on the education standards tonight, and in today’s segment we hear from one of the participants.

 Regardless of the results in this year’s election, the modest increase in Latino candidates in local school board races this fall is seen as an encouraging development by Latino community leaders in Sonoma County.

   Demographic diversity is helpful among the elected members of local school boards, says Laura Gonzalez, a second-term trustee for Santa Rosa City Schools. But she places an even higher value on cultural sensitivity.

 

  There are just two county-wide measures that all Sonoma County voters will decide in the current election. One is funding for libraries, the other is Measure H, a construction bond for Santa Rosa Junior College. We get details on that one in today’s segment. Here’s Bruce.

  Los Cien, an emerging Sonoma County Latino leadership group, held its first “State of the Latino Community” forum yesterday, where the main topics were poverty, education and health. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson was there, and has this summary.

  You can hear David Grusky’s full keynote talk from the Los Cien gathering Thursday morning. It’s posted below.

  A recent state law requires history, as taught in public K-12 schools, to incorporate the roles of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or disabled. A Sonoma State professor is leading the effort to suggest just how that could be done.

  For many students in California today, says Don Romesburg, a professor of Women and Gender Studies at SSU, a wider teaching of inclusion may simply reflect their world back to them, even at a young age.

  Ten years ago, the first freshmen entered Roseland University Prep, a charter high school to boost academic achievement for youth from a disadvantaged Santa Rosa neighborhood. Now the school has a wealth of success stories to point to. On the next North Bay Report, we examine one of them.

KRCB Television has also created video profiles of three local education champions, associated with Roseland University Prep as part of American Graduate Day. You can see them here.

  To combat computer viruses and other malware, computer science students learn to make their own as part of a rare and controversial class at Sonoma State. We get a peek inside in this archival North Bay Report from May 2007.

  We know that dogs are intelligent, but the extent of their cognitive capabilities is still being explored. One of the people doing that is Dr. Bonnie Bergin. In 2007, she published a book documenting some of her experiences in training and teaching dogs, and talked about it in this archival North Bay Report, first broadcast on April 11 of that year.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  There’s a place in Sonoma County where even rival gang members can enjoy sharing a nutrition class or a game of Foosball. It takes some effort to get into—but it can be even harder to get out.  

  Marty Mitchell, a veteran youth probation officer who is now Director of the Los Gulicos facility, observes that the Boys & Girls Club program incorporates teaching social skills, which he has seen take root in some improbable ways.

Boys and Girls Club administrator Michelle Edwards adds a further example.

  Making preschool available to all Sonoma County’s 3 and 4 year olds is a noble goal, but getting there will be both expensive and complicated. 

  There’s a new event coming up this weekend and it’s not just new to Sonoma County—this will be the first time there has been a Festival of Conscious Parenting.. anywhere. To find out what that includes, all you need to do is listen.

You can find a full schedule for the new Festival of Conscious Parenting here.

Eric Larsen

  TED talks have become a big deal. There are hundreds of them online now, and of course KRCB airs NPR’s weekly TED Radio Hour on Sunday mornings at 9. And there is also a local Ted-type event in Santa Rosa which is happening on Saturday.

That local TED-x event is coming up on Saturday afternoon, June 14th, starting at 1 pm in the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School. For a full list of the presenters, click here.

  A detailed demographic Portrait of Sonoma County shows where residents are healthy and where they are not, and, more importantly, identifies the reasons underlying those differences.

A summary of the report can be found here. Or click here to access a PDF of the entire document.

NAMI

Fears and stigmas deter many people from seeking help with mental health problems. A public television documentary is working to help counter that. Bruce Robinson spoke with some of the people who made it.

Among the vignettes featured in A New State of Mind, says producer Stephanie Locher, are two contrasting stories of returning war veterans.

A New State of Mind, Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness will be shown on KRCB-TV  on Monday, May 12 at 9 pm. Watch the trailer for the program below.

  Public Schools Week, a public display of local student’s projects and activities, gets underway tomorrow. Today, we get a preview.

The kick-off for Public Schools Week will be held from 4-5:30 Fridayt afternoon at Coddingtown Mall. See below for a full schedule of events—which continue through next Tuesday.

Friday, May 9 

  It was a very good week for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County at their organization’s national gathering last week, as they came home with some impressive recognition.

Sonoma County Office of Education

  Students as young as fourth graders will be competing in the annual Sonoma County Robotics Challenge, which is being held in Santa Rosa tomorrow. The machines are built from Lego kits, but they’re designed to do some fairly sophisticated things. Here’s a preview.

The robotics competition is open to the public, held at Elsie Allen High school, starting at 8:45 Saturday morning. Pictures on this page are from last year's competition.

  Every spring, a group of students from Sonoma State take part in a global simulation of the United Nations, but representing a country very different from their own. The 26 delegates have just returned, bringing back a few honors with them. To get a debriefing on their trip, we hear today from their faculty advisor.

  Rudolph Steiner is known for founding Waldorf schools and developing the concept of biodynamic farming, but that’s not all. A one-day class taught by a local activist and student of the German innovator will be offered in Santa Rosa on Saturday. Here’s a preview.

 

Bad behavior, online or via social media, leaves a “digital legacy” which can come back to create problems years later. And the only way to avoid that is not to misbehave in the first place.

  Just as privacy and the ability to completely delete social media postings do not truly exist in the cyberworld, Richard Guerry says the idea that one can participate there in genuine anonymity is also an illusion.

  A county-by county survey has listed the stores where tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks are sold, which ones are close to schools, and which ones offer healthy alternatives. The next step is encouraging them to make changes, for the good of their customers.

California Coastal Commission

Love the California coast? A check box on your state tax return this year can help it out. Here’s how it works.

Find out more about the Coastal Commission's  Whale Tail grants program here.

"Mousetrap" style machines teach critical thinking

Feb 23, 2014
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Sick of the classic model volcano science project? Students in Healdsburg are creating Rube Goldberg machines -- wondrously complicated contraptions, built to accomplish mundane tasks. KRCB stops by the annual Healdsburg Science Fair and Technology Day to take a look.

 

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  Global Student Embassy began five years ago as a senior project at Sebastopol’s Analy High school, launched by brothers Lucas and Jasper Oshun. Since then, it has grown impressively, expanding around the bay area, and into three countries in Latin America. With an update on their recent activities, here’s News Director Bruce Robinson.

The new head of the California State University system is out to boost access for students, and increase the number of degrees conferred, but he isn’t counting on a big surge in additional funding from the state to do so.

Despite the jump in tuition costs for CSU schools over the past few years, Chancellor Timothy White says it remains a highly affordable avenue of higher education for many students and their families.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Sonoma State University’s top administrators have dropped a proposal to charge students a new, $500 per year “Success Fee.” The decision was announced by SSU President Ruben Armiñana in a memo to the University’s student, faculty and staff this afternoon which stated that the idea would not be pursued “at this time.” [See the full memo text below]

Beginning farmers taught business savvy

Feb 16, 2014
Image courtesy Vince Trotter

Farmers love working the land, but often need help learning to plan and market their business. A local program is teaching aspiring farmers the business skills they need for success. 

The program, called the Sonoma County Agropreneurship's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Training Program, is looking for aspiring farmers with 1-10 years of experience. The training teaches them to formulate business plans, market products and connects trainees with experienced mentors. 

Young Engineers Seek Support

Feb 11, 2014
KRCB

Update Mar. 26, 2014 -- The project reports they are about $5,000 away from their fundraising goal.

To raise the remainder they're holding a live comedy show called "Comics Stripped" on April 3, at Lawrence E. Jones Middle School, feature Johnny Steel and Geoff Bolt. Or, donors can contribute to a crowdgiving campaign.

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