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Kerry Benefield covers education for the Press Democrat.

Piner High science teacher presents STEM projects at national conference

Judy Barcelon, a science teacher at Pinter High School, recently presented two sessions at a national conference on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) in Minneapolis, Minn. STEM has become a hot topic for educators around the country seeking to emphasize the sciences and Barcelon has helped Piner create numerous innovative programs [...]

By | May 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Mendocino County teacher wins top teaching honor at state science fair

An Anderson Valley High School teacher took a top honor at the state science fair this week. Math and music teacher James Snyder was been named California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year during ceremonies that took place in Los Angeles at the California State Science Fair. One of [...]

By | May 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Kenilworth teacher Laura Bradley gets national honor for innovation

Kenilworth Junior High teacher Laura Bradley, who brought National Novel Writing Month to the classroom and rebooted the school's morning news program, was just named the winner of a national innovation award. Bradley was one of ten teachers around the country to win a first place Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award [...]

By | May 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Workshops to provide Sonoma County students FAFSA, Dream Act help

Students planning to attend college during the 2015-16 school year can get free, professional help completing their FAFSAs, or applications for federal student aid, at a series of workshops to be held in January. Professionals will also be on hand to help students apply for the California Dream Act, which  allows [...]

By | December 24th, 2014|0 Comments

Windsor ensemble plays holiday jazz to support school music program

The Windsor Jazz Ensemble will be performing a holiday concert at Biella Elementary in Santa Rosa Thursday night in an effort to raise money for the school's music program. The school has struggled to keep its music program alive through years of lean funding, said fourth-grade teacher and Jazz Ensemble [...]

By | December 9th, 2014|0 Comments

Time for Kindergarten registration in Cotati-Rohnert Park

It's almost time for Kindergarten registration in the Cotati-Rohnert Park  Unified School District. Registration for the 2015-16 school year will begin  Jan. 7.  There will be a Kindergarten Fair Jan. 14 where parents can get more information. It will take place at Technology Middle School from 6 to 7 p.m. [...]

By | December 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Interview with an 8th-grade novelist for NaNoWriMo

   " He stumbled around, trying and failing to find Brooke. Trapped in a prison of grey, he tripped on a rock jutting out from the sidewalk and crashed to the concrete. Brooke flicked her hand, and the fog solidified into a blanket of ice, sealing the hired muscle inside." [...]

By | November 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Healdsburg High School career program wins state award

Healdsburg High School is receiving the prestigious Golden Bell award from the California School Boards Association in recognition of its Academic Internship Program. The program, in its fourth year, connects students about 150 students with 80 local businesses, were they work witha  mentor for six days on a project using [...]

By | November 21st, 2014|0 Comments

John Jordan Foundation awards $29,000 in grants to local schools

Eighty-one schools throughout the county received grants of up to $300 this month from the John Jordan Foundation's Teacher's Wishes program. In total, the foundation handed out about $29,000 to fund projects ranging the creation of a rainwater catchment system at a Sebastopol school to a family game night at [...]

By | November 17th, 2014|0 Comments

St. Vincent students team up to thank veterans

First- and eighth-grade students at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School in Petaluma teamed up this Veterans Day to make thank you cards for local vets. They crafted the cards, decorated with American flags, through a partnership called People Engaged in Acts of Kindness, or PALS. Each first-grade student gets [...]

By | November 13th, 2014|0 Comments