Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Jan. 26

News, tips and resources for Sonoma Valley families and teachers.|

Former student makes the news: Kudos to journalist Luke Mogelson, Sonoma Valley High’s class of 2001. As part of a long-term assignment for the New Yorker, in which he followed former-President Trump’s most fanatical supporters, Mogelson was inside the Capitol during the riot earlier this month and the video he took has now been viewed more than two million times.

Fun for families: Sonoma Valley Library is hosting a “Community Coffee with Clare” at 11 a.m. Children’s librarian Clare O’Brien will host the coffee and children are welcome to attend. To receive the Zoom link for the event, participants must register at

Virtual field trips: Sonoma Regional Parks provides environmental education to elementary school students throughout Sonoma County. While no in-person lessons are being offered right now, students can learn about nature in new virtual field trips. The programs are designed to encourage students to engage with their classmates, reinforce Next Generation Science Standards and connect families with outdoor spaces in their communities. Teachers and parents can learn more at

Get involved: The County of Sonoma Commission on the Status of Women is seeking applicants for the Junior Commissioner Project for the 2021-2022 school year. The commission is particularly interested in encouraging diversity and is seeking youth to help broaden participation in the project. Deadline for applications is March 5. Learn more at

TTC spring internship: Transcendence Theatre Company is looking for interns for its Education Apprentice Program for the spring season, with the potential of expanding into the summer season. Participants can gain practical experience in a variety of departments, from the creative to the administrative providing valuable mentorship and training. A weekly stipend and bi-weekly artist advancement workshops are available for all apprentices. Applications are being accepted online until March at

SEC spring internship: Sonoma Ecology Center is taking applications for its Spring Enviroleaders program. Work Wednesday and Friday afternoons 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. from Feb. 17 to May 5 on environmental projects and get paid for it. Applications are due by Jan. 31 at

Great job for grads: Young adults who are interested in politics, government and law should consider applying to the (paid) California Capital Fellows Program in Sacramento. The year-long program offers Assembly, Executive, Judicial and Senate fellowships for recent college graduates. The application is online at and due on Feb. 1.

Best jobs: US News and World Report analyzed the top jobs in the country that pay more than $100,000. For the first time in three years, software developer did not make the No. 1 spot in the annual ranking. Dentists were also knocked out of the top five this year and rated No. 9 on the list. No. 1 was physician assistant (median salary of $112,260 a year; the required education is a master’s degree); followed by software developer ($107,510 a year, requiring a bachelor’s degree); nurse practitioner ($110,700 a year, requiring a master’s degree); medical and health services manager ($100,980 a year, requiring a bachelor’s); and physician ($206,500 a year, requiring a doctorate). The researchers look at stress levels, future career prospects, unemployment rate and a projected 10-year growth in number of those jobs. Read more at

Catching up with: Former Woodland Star Administrator Sheila Reilly is celebrating her five year anniversary as head of school of Star Academy in San Rafael. Star Academy educates students with learning differences from third grade through post-high school.

SRJC news: Beginning in spring 2021, Santa Rosa Junior College students have more options for enrolling and completing SRJC’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. The program is now entirely virtual, which expands access to students outside SRJC's normal geographic service area.

More SRJC news: The SRJC Foundation scholarship application closes on March 2. Many scholarships are specifically awarded by major and there are many available. Learn more at

Bike safety: The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will host a series of virtual Family Bike Workshops this winter. Several different workshops are offered for free to all residents of Sonoma County. Pre-registration is required at

Health care careers: Students can apply to be selected to participate in the "Future Faces of Family Medicine" program this spring. The program provides avenues to careers in medicine for high school students. It is an entirely virtual format this year. More information and application at

Teen needed: Are you looking to offer your time or talents to a local nonprofit or agency that needs volunteers? Connect at

Teens and cannabis: At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, Impact Sonoma is hosting a program on cannabis and teens sponsored by County of Sonoma Behavioral Health. The presentation includes forms of use, potency, vaping, impacts on adolescent brain development, brain functioning, mental health and life outcomes, and strategies for prevention conversations at home at various developmental stages. Visit the Sonoma County Department of Health Services for more info.

Application season: St. Francis Solano School is now accepting applications for 2021-2022. Private, socially distanced school tours are available by appointment. Visit

Open house: Woodland Star Charter School is hosting a (remote) kindergarten open house at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Visit to sign up.

Financial support: Teen Services Sonoma recently received grant funding from the Jonas Family Foundation, Miranda Lux Foundation, Rose Marie Piper Foundation, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors and Exchange Bank in support of its teen programs.

Congratulations: Kaliyah Hensic McGowan of Sonoma made the Dean's List for the fall semester at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee.

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