A source of Latino teachers

Given my recent story about the disparity between the numbers of Latino teachers and Latino students in Sonoma County schools, this grabbed my eye. "Districts facing rising English language learner populations and teacher shortages have turned to Puerto Rico for quality bilingual teachers who don’t need a visa to work [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Tall students, pay attention

Tall college bound seniors, don't miss out on the Tall Club International scholarship opportunity. Yes, indeed. It's available for people who will be attending their first year of college. To qualify: female applicants must be at least 5-foot-10"; male applicants must be at least 6-foot-2. Information can be had here:http://www.tall.org/tci-foundation.html/ [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Oh! ‘Tis the Walmart season

Corporate caroling? A North Carolina elementary school apparently asked students to audition for the chance to sing Walmart-themed Christmas songs outside a local Walmart, according to Vice. A sample from the score: {2 measures rest} 1: Love to shop at Wal-mart, there's food and games and toys. 2: There's something [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Petaluma teacher wins grant

An elementary school teacher in Petaluma has been awarded a $5,000 grant to learn how to design STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lessons to engage students and give them power in their own education. The grant to Kristy Corbett, a fifth grade teacher at La Tercera ELementary School, is [...]

By | December 14th, 2015|0 Comments

New SCOE board member

A United Way of Wine Country official has been appointed to a vacant Sonoma County Board of Education seat. Andrew Leonard, an education program officer with United Way, will represent Area 3, central Sonoma County. One of three candidates, he replaces Khaalid Muttaqi. The other candidates were David Rosas, who [...]

By | December 14th, 2015|0 Comments

El Molino senior competes for national prize

An EL Molino High School senior with an inventive, enterprising nature is one of 10 student entrepreneurs selected nationwide in a national social innovation contest. Anamaria Morales is competing to win $10,000 and a trip to the Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium. Morales' innovation is a project called Trash Bash, [...]

By | November 30th, 2015|2 Comments

Willowside for Middletown

(Click on the photo to enlarge!) Willowside Middle School sixth through eighth graders are coming through in a big way for Middletown students whose lives were upturned by the devastating Valley wildfire. Since the September fire, the Willowside students have been selling t-shirts emblazoned with what became the post-fire Middletown [...]

By | November 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Making students cry

A Washington Post education writer's column about a teacher who resigned because she was tired of "making students cry" due to the emphasis on testing. Thoughts?

By | November 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Santa Rosa schools to pursue charter high school

The Santa Rosa City Schools board agreed a few hours ago to pursue the acquisition of a 7.5-acre West College Avenue property with the goal of locating a charter high school for career and technical education there. Although the board's vote was only to do with the acquisition of the [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

The Village School’s world

The Village School sixth-graders were clustered in a semi-circle in front of a large world map, deciding how they would cover the school's upcoming Multicultural Festival, as reporters or photographers. Pins in the map showed where students and staff at the elementary school were from or could trace their roots [...]

By | October 21st, 2015|0 Comments