education

The History of Women’s History Month

Mar 1, 2015

 It is Women’s History Month again, as it has been every March since 1988. But the roots of that national observation reach back even further, to 1977, when they first sprouted here in Sonoma County.

10,000 Degrees Heats Up Educational Opportunities

Feb 26, 2015
10,000 Degrees

  A pro-active college scholarship program in the North Bay is succeeding by starting early and getting involved in their students’ lives. Not only do most of them get their degrees, but many of the graduates return to help perpetuate the upward cycle.

Adjunct Professors Stage 1-Day Walkout

Feb 25, 2015
Photo courtesy of San Jose State University

  Rallies are being held today on college campuses in San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area to push for hiring more full-time, permanent faculty. Lori Abbott of California News Service explains why.

Inspired Forward by LandPaths

Feb 24, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 As the hawk soars, it’s only 13 miles from the west county’s unspoiled Bohemia Ranch to urban Roseland. But for middle school students in an outdoor youth leadership program, it can be a memorable journey. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson tagged along on one such outing last week.

Sonoma County's Economic OUtlook for 2015

Jan 22, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The Great Recession is now safely behind us, with the nest two years expected to be a time of continuing gradual economic growth. That was the forecast presented at the annual State of Sonoma County forum yesterday.

Applying Restorative Justice at School

Dec 16, 2014

  To cut down on student suspensions and expulsions, two Santa Rosa schools have introduced restorative justice programs as an alternative. Today,  the second half of our two-part report explores how that diversionary program works.

While the Santa Rosa City Schools administration is moving to expand the Restorative Justice program to additional campuses, students at Santa Rosa High have already embraced the concept, creating both a Facebook page and the video below to promote it.

Restorative Justice Comes to Santa Rosa Schools

Dec 15, 2014

 

   Santa Rosa City Schools are experimenting with restorative justice, as a disciplinary alternative to widespread suspensions. This first part of a two-day report looks at why the change was made, and how it is being introduced.

The new approach to discipline within the Santa Rosa City School District is being led by Restorative Resources of Santa Rosa. You can find out much more about it on their website

What's lacking in farm workers' health care

Dec 3, 2014

  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.

CSU Faculty Ratify New 3-Year Contract

Nov 12, 2014
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.

Questioning the 'Common Core Standards'

Nov 6, 2014

  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.

Latino Candidates Seek School Board Seats

Oct 31, 2014

 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.

 

SRJC Seeks Voter OK for Construction Bonds

Oct 15, 2014

  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.

State of the Latino Community 2014

Oct 2, 2014

  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.

Implementing the FAIR Education Act

Oct 1, 2014

  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.

An American Graduate from Roseland

Sep 23, 2014

  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.

Decoding Malware at Sonoma State

Jul 10, 2014

  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.

"Teach Your Dog To Read"

Jul 6, 2014

  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.

Boys & Girls Club at Juvenile Hall

Jun 28, 2014
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.

Challanges Face Universal Preschool Goal

Jun 22, 2014

  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. 

A Festival of Conscious Parenting

Jun 17, 2014

  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.

Unusual Speakers at Santa Rosa TEDx Event

Jun 12, 2014
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.

Analyzing the Health of Sonoma County's Population

Jun 8, 2014

  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.

TV Documentary Counters Mental Health Stigmas

May 10, 2014
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 Is Back

May 8, 2014

  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 

National Recognition for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

May 6, 2014

  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.

Students Gear Up for Robotics Challenge

May 2, 2014
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.

Simulating Cuba at the International Model UN

Apr 30, 2014

  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.

Revisiting the Ideas of Rudolph Steiner

Apr 24, 2014

  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 and Social Media

Apr 21, 2014

 

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.

Campaign Seeks More Healthy Choices in Smaller Stores

Mar 5, 2014

  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.

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