New charter school model
Lecturer of Instructional Technologies Patricia Donohue's comments on the San Francisco Flex Academy, a new charter school that mixes online coursework with traditional school settings, appeared in the Sept. 15 issue of the San Francisco Examiner. "Face-to-face is always the preferred method in the long run," she said. "But the practicality and use of [technology] today brings advantages to the student as well."
Romberg Tiburon Center Research Professor Wim Kimmerer was quoted in a Sept. 13 Contra Costa Times story about proposals to mitigate the effects of human activity on the central valley delta. "There are a whole bunch of problems and they are linked together somehow, and there are only some we can work on," Kimmerer said. "I'm skeptical flow (increases) will do what we're hoping."
Retired staff member Bettye Roos was featured in the Sept. 9 issue of j, the Jewish News Weekly for her work as a second-grade tutor in San Mateo. A 10 year volunteer for the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, she has found that reading is something the children look forward to learning. "I walk in the room and their faces light up," Roos said. "It's exciting to me. They run quickly and get a book to read, and they’re very interested in learning." Roos, 82, is one of 41 tutors to be honored at a Sept. 20 event.
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