Young Engineers Seek Support

Feb 11, 2014

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.

A visiting art exhibit from Santa Rosa’s Korean sister city is also making a statement about the US role during and after the Korean War.

The Sonoma County Museum has scheduled a full weekend of special events, including speakers and film showings, about the Jeju Incident ant the Camelia Has Fallen exhibit.  See the schedule of activities here.

  Learning by doing is a time-tested educational technique. It was put into practice for a group of Santa Rosa middle school students Tuesday, in a hands-on master class with the Metta Quintet, a visiting jazz band from New York.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Within tiny subsets of four Santa Rosa high schools, academically struggling student find the personalized support to help them graduate—and more.

At Grace School, on the Piner High School campus, the smaller school-within-a-school is structured to provide a supportive environment where students can quickly make up the credits they need to graduate. Principal Tony Negri outlines the differences.

  There are four Necessary Small schools within the Santa Rosa H9igh School District:

·       Grace School at Piner High

·       Midrose School at Else Allen High

Sonoma County Gazette

  The top leaders of California’s UC System, State Universities and Community Colleges had a rare joint meeting Wednesday, after which they announced some new cooperative measures to ease student transfers. Today on the Exchange, we hear about how that will work, and what it means for students at SRJC.

The Santa Rosa-Sonoma County chapter of the NAACP is convening the first in a series of community Conversations about Race this afternoon. That’s the subject of the Exchange today.

The agenda for free event this afternoon is posted below:

Conversation on Race I: Education

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm - Thursday, January 23, 2014

SRJC Bertolini Student Activity Center

Opening                      Rev. Ann Gray Byrd, President, SR NAACP

  History is dotted with notorious characters, and often know their names and not much more about them. A six week extension class beginning tomorrow night at Santa Rosa Junior College aims to fill that gap, and we get a short preview from the instructor.

You can register online for Bruce Elliott's "Shady Characters in Western History" class  here.

  Beyond the extreme  income inequality that has characterized the US economy over the past decade, there is also a growing gap in the wages earned by workers. The result is further contraction of the American middle class.

Professor Steven Cuellar will talk about the Causes and Consequences of Wage Inequality at tonight’s Science Buzz Café event in Sebastopol.

Wine Business Institute

  Since it was created in 1995, the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State has grown to be a busy part of the University’s Business School. It now has more than 150 full-time students and many more participating in specialized professional development programs. This week, the Institute announced a financial boost that will help it grow further, and that’s the subject of today’s Exchange.  

Study: California is Failing its Children

Jan 8, 2014

  A new study finds California needs to do a better job meeting the health, education and economic needs of its children. The annual 2014 California Children's Report Card from Children Now, looks at advancements made last year as the governor and Legislature begin to plan their agendas for the year. Lori Abbott reports.

Long Awaited Children's Museum Poised to Open in 2014

Jan 5, 2014
courtesy Children's Museum of Sonoma County.

It's time to come and play. The Children's Museum of Sonoma County has been a museum-on-the-go since 2005, but this year the museum will open the doors to a permanent home, near the Charles Schulz Museum, West of Coddingtown Mall.  

Collette Michaud, museum CEO, hopes the museum will become an integral part of the lives of many local children, especially those whose families struggle with affording preschool and daycare. 

  2013 was a good year for Santa Rosa Junior College, which was able to restore a long list of course offerings and resume their Doyle Scholarship program. And as enrollment for the new semester begins, the school has added some expanded financial aid opportunities. We hear more about them today on The Exchange.

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

  Childcare is a bedrock necessity for most households with young children, but it’s also something that is getting more and more expensive. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talked about the impact and the implications of that rising cost with Amy Reisch, Executive Director of First Five, Marin.

San Rafael Patch

  The Top 2 primary vaulted Marc Levine into office last year. Halfway through his first term as the 10th District Assemblyman, he’s pleased by the increased collaboration he found in Sacramento, and proud to have been part of it.

One of the most important tasks of his first year in the state Assembly, says new North Bay representative Levine, was beginning the process of building professional relationships with his colleagues in Sacramento.

  The key to successful schools--and students—in America today lies in fully integrated partnerships with other community organizations and funders. But it’s easier said than done.

The  annual community Dialogue on Poverty, held Oct. 24 in  Santa Rosa,  was convened by Community Action Partnership of  Sonoma County and the county’s new Cradle to Career educational initiative.

  Junior High students across Sonoma County are getting trained in CPR, to boost the number of people prepared to respond when an emergency situation arises.

  The first of more than 40 instruction sessions at Sonoma County Junior High Schools was held Friday, and instructor Lauri McFadden is gearing up for a schedule she expects will intensify as the school year progresses.

  2013 was a hard year for journalists and whistle-blowers, according to the annual assessment of Project Censored. Their new book of media critiques is ready for release, and KRCB’s Bruce Robinson has a preview.

  Throughout its 37 year history, Project Censored has been guided by a broad and inclusive definition of the word censored. But in the past year, notes Associate Director Andy Roth, some instances of journalistic suppression have been brutally direct.


   Two years after opening with a core group of 50 students Credo High has now just reached 100 students, significantly below their projections. That has left the Waldorf-styled charter school struggling to remain open, after surviving cash flow problems so severe they weren’t able to meet payroll six times last year. But there’s still hope, as Bruce Robinson reports.

Forget-Me-Not Farm

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

Even though the program and philosophy at Forget-Me-Not Farm are unusual by almost any standard, executive Director and founder Carol Rathman says that, for the kids, visiting the farm is an infrequent dose of normalcy in their disrupted lives.


August to June

Sep 9, 2013

August to June, a documentary portrait of an open classroom grade school in west Marin, is both a showcase of contemporary alternative education, and an inspiration for public schools elsewhere.

August to June is being shown tonight on  KRCB Television, at 9 pm. You can see a trailer below:

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  As natural science and environmental education is increasing folded into lesson plans for students of all ages, the North Bay’s STRAW Project creates an annual learning opportunity for teachers.

You can find out more about the STRAW Project, and see a video about it's origins ( also featured on KRCB'S Natural Heroes) on their website.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

First it was a dream. Then it was a campaign. Now the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is becoming tangible, with the ground-breaking for an elaborate garden and outdoor learning center held over the weekend.


The new Entrepreneur in Residence at Sonoma State University hasn’t been residing there long, but he’s hoping to make his presence felt in short order. He spoke with KRCB's Bruce Robinson.

  Not everyone thinks they are entrepreneurial, yet Mark Nelson believes the seeds for that approach to life lie in each of us—and is it more necessary now than ever to nurture them.


A key part of the entrepreneurial spirit is a willingness to take chances, says Nelson, and in the new economy, that’s becoming increasingly essential.

SSU School of Nursing

Getting released from a hospitalization is only the first step; then you have to stay out. Care Transitions is a pilot program to help make that happen.

So, what does participation in the Transition Care program involve? Sue Pearce, a Manager of Care Management for Memorial Hospital, outlines the steps.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  First there was MAKE magazine. Then there were the Maker Faires. And there’s still more making on the way. Bruce Robinson has a sampling. 

  Described as "The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," the 8th annual Bay Area Maker Faire will be held at the San Mateo Events Center May 18 & 19, 2013. Get more information here, or click here for tickets.

Students at Santa Rosa Junior College may be headed for a university, training for a career, or simply taking classes for self-improvement. Meeting their disparate needs is just part of the strategic planning process currently underway at the JC. Bruce Robinson takes a closer look. 

  Many SRJC students have had little or no opportunity for foreign travel or exposures, notes college President Frank Chong. So part of the school’s planning involves recruiting students from abroad, to bring more international interactions to the local educational experience.

Living 'Books' Speak Sunday at Day Under the Oaks

May 1, 2013

Since 1978, Santa Rosa Junior College’s ‘Day Under the Oaks’ has attracted Sonoma County residents eager to discover the range of educational and cultural offerings at the college. This year organizers are trying something new, a collection of professionals, acting as "living books," eager to talk about their jobs. 

Hole in the Media Productions

Project Censored publishes a book each year, produces a weekly radio show, maintains an active website, has created several video projects, and is regularly featured in newspaper and magazine articles. Now it’s the subject of a documentary film as well. Bruce Robinson offers a preview.

Project Censored:  The Movie is being shown twice this week at the Sonoma International Film Festival, including a featured Friday evening screening at the Sebastiani Theater.

It's Not Just for Athletes -- Title IX Workshops at SSU

Mar 25, 2013
Image courtesy Sonoma State University

More than 40 years ago, in June 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments Act into law. On March 27, Sonoma State University is dedicating the day to Title IX with workshops and lectures about gender equality. KRCB’s Danielle Venton spoke with visiting lecturer Donna Lopiano for a preview.