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Earlier this month, the California State University system announced some significant changes in its approach to teaching, to take full effect in the fall semester of 2018.

The focus is on improving outcomes for students who arrive at school with deficits in English or Math. Steve Mencher sat down with one of the administrators at Sonoma State charged with implementing the new direction.

We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar land deals, lawyers threatening to beat up parents, felony criminal charges, and the highest levels of state government. Meanwhile, the students are caught in the middle.

Schoolyard Composting Project Bears Fruit

May 29, 2017
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  One good way to learn about sustainability is by practicing it. That’s what students at a Sebastopol campus are doing, through a hands-on composting project that is ten years old and going strong.

The composting project is also supported by grants from the Sebastopol Rotary Club, and gift certificates from Mary’s Pizza shack. It will continue, on a scaled-back basis, during summer school. 

A scholarship program that works specifically with undocumented students who want to attend college has added Sonoma State University to its list of partner schools in California.

Find out more about the Dream.US scholarship program on their website.

Latina Writer Reyna Grande Shares Her History

Nov 17, 2016

In both novels and a memoir, award-winning writer Reyna Grande examines her own past as an illegal immigrant, arriving,  assimilating and succeeding in modern California. She shared her story in person with students at a Santa Rosa middle school yesterday. 

Students’ Engineering Creativity on Display at SSU

May 4, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Sonoma State is primarily a teaching campus, but many students also engage in research projects, including some innovative inventions, that were on display yesterday in the University's newly combined “Symposium of Research and Creativity."

 The possible applications of a mobile solar-powered generator are almost limitless, says co-developer Jarrett Baglietto, especially since their designed their unit with enough storage to drive even some big, power-hungry equipment.

CSU Faculty Set April Strike Dates

Feb 8, 2016

  With prolonged contract talks apparently headed for impasse, The California Faculty Association is making plans for a state-wide strike in Mid-April.

Confronting Cyberbullying

Oct 27, 2015

As bullying behaviors have moved from the schoolyard to cyberspace, a coordinated response is needed to combat it. But empowering kids on the frontline remains a potent antidote.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

An Opportunity for Children with Autism

Aug 14, 2014

  

  Autism is a mystifying and growing issue for children worldwide. Here in Sonoma County, a unique partnership between the California State University and a local family-oriented non-profit is educating parents, caregivers, and future professionals about the many facets of autism. And they are looking for some additional children to include in the program.

Young Chamber Musicians Gather, Perform at SSU

Jul 6, 2014

 For a seventh consecutive year, young musicians and composers from across the country have convened on the Sonoma State University campus for an intensive three-week session of chamber music study and performance. It’s called California Summer Music, and includes a public invitation to attend their concerts, free of change.

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 

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.

Wine Brand Takes on Student Load Debt

Apr 28, 2014

  Can profit sharing with a worthy cause be an effective way to establish a new brand?  The man behind Terra Fossil wines is betting it is.

  Terra Fossil Wines founder Greg Leib readily admits he is a marketer, not a wine maker. But he’s looking to partner with California vintners to expand his impact—and his profit-sharing.

Brook Haven Students Aim for Zero Waste

Apr 11, 2014

  All this week, students at a Sebastopol elementary school have been seeing how close they can get to generating zero waste. It’s part of a program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with a big emphasis on cutting down the use of plastics. We hear today from the teacher who’s been guiding that effort.

Although many other schools observed Zero Waste Week last month, the actions students are encouraged to take remain the same:

Entreprenoma's Market Day Debuts

Apr 8, 2014

  A first-time event debuts on the Sonoma State campus today. It’s  a showcase for student-developed products, services and businesses, called Market Day. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talks with the man behind the event.

Market Day is being held in the Student Recreation Center on the Sonoma State campus, 10 am to 2 pm today.

Global Student Embassy Expands Activities, Participants

Feb 20, 2014
http://www.globalstudentembassy.org/

  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.

SRJC Adds Scholarships

Dec 29, 2013

  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.

Switch Electric Cars

Dec 16, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  If high school shop classes can assemble bare-bones electric cars from a kit, why not work crews anywhere? Sebastopol’s Switch Vehicles is out to accelerate the future of low cost EVs. 

Reverse Trick or Treating for Fair Trade

Oct 30, 2013

  Halloween is traditionally a night when householders hand out chocolate and other goodies to costumed children. This year, some teens in Santa Rosa will be out to reverse that tradition, for a good cause.

Find out more about the Santa Rosa Fair Trade Town campaign on their website. Below, a video example of reverse trick or treating taken to unusual lengths.

North-South Art Projects

Mar 5, 2013
Sonoma County Museum Foundation

A just-concluded international partnership between high school art students from Santa Rosa and South Korea proved to be creative, educational, and inspirational. Bruce Robinson takes a closer look.

Below, the Korean students are seen with the Peace Tree they constructed from the wreckage of a warship, and adorned with living plants. It is on display at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Gyeonggi-Do, Korea.