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About jeremyhay

Enterprise writer Jeremy Hay has been with The Press Democrat since 2001 and has covered government, gangs, aging, an Indian tribe and casino and social issues. Now he’s covering education. He will be posting about education and related issues here and welcomes suggestions and submissions about relevant topics and events. But he also wants to hear from the community about what they are interested in about education in the North Bay and what they would like him to look into on this fascinating beat.

Accountability for 5th and 6th graders

Here's the story I mentioned in the live chat earlier today about the restorative justice program that is just getting underway in 28 Sonoma County elementary schools. The program is called Somos Circles and is intended to intervene with 5th and 6th graders who are exhibiting behaviors that could lead [...]

By | October 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Stand up straight!

Here's a fun and interesting story from CBS about a San Rafael school adopting standing desks for students. They're all the rage in workplaces, what with sitting being the new smoking. And a few weeks ago I wrote a story about Healdsburg Junior High which as part of its total [...]

By | October 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Live chat Tuesday Oct 13 about student achievement gap

Really enjoyed the live chat (transcript below) about education, schools and the achievement gap this morning. Thank you for dropping in and taking part. We had about 40 people watching or participating. The subject will obviously continue to unfold and remain a hot one -- and I'll continue to focus [...]

By | October 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Piner and SSU collaboration continues

Piner High School’s collaboration with Sonoma State University in STEM education continues apace, with several programs underway that join students from both institutions in mentoring and learning projects. The high school and university kicked off this year’s partnership Sept. 30 with a showcase of student projects and research held Piner’s [...]

By | October 8th, 2015|0 Comments

How proficient are SR students?

For the sake of conversation, I mapped Santa Rosa schools to look at their proficiency levels in English and math by location. The proficiency scores were recorded in the Smarter Balanced tests that replaced the old STAR tests. The results were released in September. While test scores are by no [...]

By | October 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Second graders hit the pads

The Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs football team was out at Proctor Terrace Elementary School today, running Ms. Leslie Gude-Dunbar's second grade class through drills. It was part of an effort to get involved in the community that coaches are encouraging. And it was quite a sight.

By | October 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Designing a school

I was out at Healdsburg Junior High the other day reporting a story about how the school has been redesigned with the goal of making teaching and learning better -- more effective, more collaborative, more creative and so on.  In a lot of ways the idea was to align the [...]

By | October 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

ArtQuest shows its stuff

The 22nd annual ArtQuest Fall Showcase will be held Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa High School. The free event is open to the public and is a lively -- and always crowded -- display of student talents nurtured in the eight specialty disciplines of the Santa [...]

By | September 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Thinking about grades

I was in a Montgomery High School classroom this week, talking to the seniors about their exercise in design thinking, which was being taught them by three classmates.  Their challenge was to see if there is a more effective way to approach grading.  The approach they are using -- the [...]

By | September 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Let’s talk Common Core. Yowzer!

So, who wants to talk about Common Core, upon which is built our new regime of standardized testing? I'm very interested in reporting/exploring over time how it is unfolding and working -- for teacher and students and parents, too.   As I reported earlier this month on the release of [...]

By | September 18th, 2015|0 Comments