RRARA Community Update: 5/31/16

Next meeting Reminder: Thursday, June 16th from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville

June Meeting Speakers: Learn about and discuss important issues with:

The West County Health Center Innovations team will give a presentation on data they have been compiling and discuss how it might help inform our efforts to improve health in the Russian River area.

Community Activities and Opportunities

First 5 Sonoma County Ready to Learn Survey: Let First 5 know what your priorities are for Sonoma County’s children by completing this Community Feedback survey. The First 5 survey results will be shared with the Board of Supervisors in order for them to gauge the community’s interest in supporting expansion of local services for young children, younger school aged children and their parents. We have collected over 700 hundred in just a couple of weeks but would like to get 2000. English survey here and Spanish survey here. Please share with families, staff and partners that might be interested in giving input.

Health Action Council meeting: This is a public meeting, everyone is encouraged to attend and will feature a discussion with Health Action Chapters including a discussion of community engagement. The agenda from the meeting is attached and will be held on Friday, June 3rd at 7:30 a.m. Also attached are the following items: Notes from the March meeting, ReThink Health – About the Project, ReThink Health – Frequently Asked Questions and Accountable Communities of Health informational page. Also, the Health Action website (www.sonomahealthaction.org) was recently updated. Please visit the Community Initiatives page for an overview of the current Health Action Chapters.

Economic Insight Conference: Northbay Leadership Council- At this conference, find out the future of jobs and how new technologies will impact education, operations, workforce and the economy. When: June 9th, 7:00- 9:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. $75.00 per person or $600 table of 8. Deadline for reservations: June 2nd. Download flyer click HERE. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

First 5 Sonoma County Parent Resource Guide: The programs and services the guide describes will help as you care for young children in these early years. Explore the guide here.

ieSonoma 2016-  Tickets On Sale Now! “ieSonoma is a partnership between public and private educational institutions and the larger community devoted to exploring the research, theory, and practice of 21st Century teaching and learning for the purpose of transforming the way we prepare our youth for success in this rapidly changing world.”  More information about the event can be found at www.iesonoma.org.

Sonoma County Approves $200k for Restorative Practices: the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $200,000 for Restorative Practices initiatives as part of the final funding for the recommendations from the CALLE (Community and Local Law Enforcement) Task Force. The first initiative provides $100K in seed financing for the Sonoma County Office of Education to lead a countywide Restorative Practices program in our county schools.  The second $100,000 CALLE initiative is for Restorative Dialogue circles in 7th and 8th grade classes across Sonoma County. For more information on Restorative Practices and how to bring them to your community, school site, or district, contact SCOE’s Curriculum Coordinator for Student Engagement, Jessica Progulske- jprogulske@scoe.org

June 2 Webinar: Healthier Students Are Better Learners: Join Dr. Charles Basch, Richard March Hoe Professor of Health and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University for the second session in our 2016 Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series. In this free webinar, Dr. Basch will discuss how schools and districts can develop a program that is strategically focused, evidence based, and effectively coordinated to reduce health barriers to learning. Learn more and register here.

Open position: Executive Director Centro Laboral de Graton: Application deadline is June 10, 2016, or until position is filled. Learn more here.

News:

Petaluma schools implementing new approach to work with struggling students: Press Democrat Article-  On a recent school day in Petaluma, 57 students were on a waitlist to see a city schools therapist. The number of students seeking help is growing, but the school district lacks the funding to hire more counselors. Not only school administrators are concerned. An event Thursday night at Boulevard Cinemas focusing on childhood trauma and its impact on students drew more than 200 people. Administrators and the Petaluma Health Care District hosted a screening of the 2015 documentary “Paper Tigers” accompanied by a speakers panel discussing “trauma-informed care,” how to care for struggling students who’ve experienced trauma. The approach focuses on recognizing certain traumas, known as adverse childhood experiences that can lead to toxic stress. There are 10 recognized ACEs falling into three categories: abuse, neglect and household dysfunction. Sonoma County ACES Connection meeting on 6-29-16.

Why American cities are raising the minimum wage: The Economist: In recent years, several American cities have introduced their own minimum-wage increases. In three big ones on the west coast—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle—the minimum wage is set to rise to $15 over the next few years, and Chicago will be phasing in a floor of $13 by 2019. More modest raises are coming soon to dozens of other municipalities across America. These local efforts to boost the earning power of low-wage workers have come in response to foot-dragging on wage policy in state legislatures.

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