Mochila 2Mochila is a Spanish word for backpack – and in Santa Rosa, the annual Mochilada is a giveaway of packs full of school supplies for kids as they start the new school year. Although families were excited to celebrate the end of summer vacation, they were also anxious over immigration raids and the recent violence targeting the Latinx community. KRCB’s Adia White has the story.

(Image: A student's new backpack given away at this year's Mochilada. Credit: Adia White)

Education News

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    August 26, 2019

    Changes in Math Education Cause Anxiety Among Parents

    It’s August and kids in Sonoma County are back in school. But, as students seek help with their math homework, parents are often stumped. Math in the modern age is taught differently, and that makes it harder for adults to help. NPR “Math Guy” Keith Devlin shares his thoughts on this dilemma with…
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    April 19, 2019

    Alegría De La Cruz, Newest Schools Trustee, Aims at Equity

    The newest trustee on the Santa Rosa City Schools Board, Alegría De La Cruz, was chosen April 10 by the board to fill out the term of Evelyn Anderson, who resigned to take the job of interim co-principal at the French-American Charter School. In a freewheeling conversation, De La Cruz, the chief…
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    December 12, 2018

    Sexual Assault Prevention Educator Opposes Title IX Changes

    Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX transformed college sports starting in the 1970s. More recently, student victims of sexual harassment and assault have used Title IX to make sure their stories…
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    December 10, 2018

    Immigration Tied to Benefits? County Schools Head Says No

    Sonoma County's Superintendent of Schools, Steven Herrington, released a strongly-worded letter today, objecting to a government plan to restrict immigration to the United States, or legal status for those already here, based on whether prospective immigrants might become "public charges," that is,…
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    September 18, 2018

    Sebastopol Peace Wall Adds Ellsberg, Huerta, and Two Locals

    On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a crowd of about 200 people gathered in Sebastopol’s town plaza to honor men and women who have worked nonviolently for peace and justice. It was the fourth annual induction ceremony of Sebastopol’s Living Peace Wall. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers…
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    August 20, 2018

    Low-Income Students Face Food Insecurity During Summer Break

    This year, our news team won three awards from the Public Media Journalists Association. Our series on Roseland health, produced in partnership with local bilingual station KBBF, won second place in its division for collaboration. For one of the reports in this series, KRCB’s Adia White visited…
  • Jul 30, 2018

    Sonoma County Launches New Mini-Grants for Educational Innovation

    Do you have a great idea that could improve education in Sonoma County? A new fund will provide grants up to $2,500 "to kick-start efforts to make a…
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    Jul 29, 2018

    Implementing the FAIR Education Act

    A recent state law requires history, as taught in public K-12 schools, to incorporate the roles of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,…
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    Jul 28, 2018

    SRJC Fire Relief Fund Provides Assistance to its Students and Staff

    The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Foundation has created a fire relief fund offering qualified recipients a check of up to $500.All students,…
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    Jul 28, 2018

    Arts Education Survey Highlights Disparities

    Just about everyone involved agrees that arts education is important and valuable. But new survey data reveals that it is far from uniformly…
  • Jul 26, 2018

    The Importance of Arts Education

    KRCB North Bay Public Media explores the importance of arts education in in K-12 education, with a community grant from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.…
  • May 28, 2017

    Arts Education Survey Highlights Disparities

    Just about everyone involved agrees that arts education is important and valuable. But new survey data reveals that it is far from uniformly…
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    Apr 27, 2017

    Water Wise Education

    The Water Wise Education Program utilizes a multifaceted approach to help students learn the value of water as an important natural resource. These…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Water Education Program

    The Sonoma County Water Agency’s Water Education Program reaches thousands of students every year with lessons and materials on water conservation…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Water Wise Education Materials

    Materials are only available to teachers that fall within our service area in Sonoma and Northern Marin counties, as these water providers fund the…
  • Apr 26, 2017

    Download Water Education Activities

    Here you’ll find some teacher favorite activities relating to water and the environment. They are specified by grade level and can be used in a…
  • Mar 23, 2017

    Three Democratic Governor Candidates Debate Education

    Three of the most prominent Democrats running for California governor in 2018 participated in the first debate for that political race.
  • Feb 13, 2017

    Assessing Sonoma County’s Arts Education Needs

    As school budgets shrink and curriculum requirements tighten, are Sonoma County students still getting taught about the arts? Creative Sonoma is…

NorCal News

  • laguna high
    September 19, 2019

    West Sonoma County Teachers May Strike Over Salaries

    The West Sonoma County Teachers Association is currently in negotiations with the West Sonoma County Union High School District over teachers’ salaries. KRCB’s Isabella Bloom talked with Brian Miller, a math teacher at Analy High School and the chair of the teachers’ union bargaining team. She…
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    September 18, 2019

    Roseland Mural Welcomed into the Community

    Martín Zúñiga created a vibrant mural this summer with about a dozen young women from the Santa Rosa community. It's at Roseland Elementary: A Leadership Academy, and it represents the movement of the young people there toward education and giving back. We talk with the artist and Michelle Leisen,…
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    September 17, 2019

    Educators Work To Prevent Chronic Absenteeism After Fires

    Driving to Paradise, you will pass a memorial for the 86 people who died in the Camp Fire. The crosses sit on a small knoll off Skyway, the four-lane road between Paradise and Chico. Almost everyone in town used this road to evacuate last November. The students in Paradise Unified School District,…
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    September 16, 2019

    Paradise Elementary Counselors Support Students Through Loss

    Clinical social worker Laura Besser points to a mural outside the administration office at the new Paradise Elementary School. Two elementary schools in Paradise were destroyed in the Camp Fire and the students were relocated to this campus, which used to be the middle school. In the center of the…
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    Sep 14, 2019

    Educators Use Poetry to Help Kids Talk About Trauma

    Kids at Schaefer Elementary write their poems. Credit: Margo Perin. Third grade teacher, Tracy Henry, points to an American flag hanging in her…
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    Sep 09, 2019

    Sonoma County Leaders Discuss Sexism in Politics During Panel

    Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is tired of being asked: “how can you do your job with kids.” She talked about why this question is problematic during a…
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    Sep 06, 2019

    Study Shows Climate Change Could Threaten Oyster Habitat

    Research from the University of California at Davis published last month shows that climate change could dramatically shrink oyster habitat. KRCB’s…
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    Sep 06, 2019

    Director Ann Shin Examines Intelligence Industry in New Film

    September 7th on KRCB TV 22, we are premiering Reveal TV, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The first documentary episode tells the story…
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    Sep 03, 2019

    Local Jewish Leader Questions Trump's 'Disloyalty' Claim

    In late August, President Donald Trump said this to American Jews: “If you want to vote Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and…
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    Sep 03, 2019

    Housing Insecurity Is Taking a Toll on Youth’s Health

    Miranda Hernandez and her mom, Adelina, stand inside their new home. Credit: Adia White Standing in the Fountaingrove neighborhood, you can see the…
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    Aug 29, 2019

    Three Years In, Legal Cannabis Still Causing Fights

    California voters approved the adult use of cannabis in 2016. But pot remains subject to a crazy quilt of local ordinances and rules. Supervisor…
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    Aug 29, 2019

    Controlled Burns Could Help Prevent California's Megafires

    Over the past two years, California has been devastated by the worst wildfires in its history. As those fires continue to grow in frequency and…
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    Aug 27, 2019

    Rainer Navarro Becomes New Police Chief of Santa Rosa

    On August 1st, Captain Rainer Navarro started his new role as chief of the Santa Rosa Police Department. Navarro replaced former Chief Robert…

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