TV Documentary Counters Mental Health Stigmas

May 10, 2014

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.

Tax Form Option to Aid CA Coast

Mar 4, 2014
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

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.


Global Student Embassy Expands Activities, Participants

Feb 20, 2014

  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.

New Chancellor Shares Vision for CSU Schools

Feb 19, 2014

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.

SSU Tables "Success Fee" Idea

Feb 19, 2014
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

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.

Korean Art Exhibit Brings Controversial History Lesson

Feb 6, 2014

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.

Hands-on Jazz Education

Feb 4, 2014

  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

Coordinating College Credit Transfers

Jan 24, 2014
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.

Convening a Conversation on Race

Jan 23, 2014

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

Shady Characters from Western History

Jan 20, 2014

  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.

Automation Drives Wage Inequality

Jan 15, 2014

  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.

$1M Gift Boosts SSU's Wine Business Institute

Jan 9, 2014
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. 

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.

Teaching Financial Literacy

Dec 1, 2013

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

Child Care Costs Escalating in CA

Nov 11, 2013

  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.

A Freshman Legislator Looks Back

Nov 4, 2013
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 Benefits of Community Schools

Oct 24, 2013

  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.