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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Nov. 20

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Family fun: The annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot will take place at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at Bartholomew park Winery. The event benefits Meals on Wheels. The suggested donation is $25 adults, $10 kids. Cocoa and muffins will be served. Check the event Facebook page early Thursday in case of bad weather.

Disney college: In the Disney College Program, students can apply to earn a paid, semester-long internship and receive course credits from Disney World or Disneyland. Close to 13,000 students are accepted each year. College students are offered more than 20 different work positions across the theme parks, resorts, restaurants and shopping venues, water parks and mini-golf attractions. The jobs range from food service, merchandise sales, character performance, custodial, lifeguard, ride attendant and photographer. While students are employed during their internship, they take their choice of six collegiate courses. Applicants have to be currently enrolled in college, but can be in any major. The application process can take anywhere from one to three months. Apply at disneyeducationconnection.com.

Civics for kids: The “My County Works” activity book is designed to introduce elementary school students to the important role that county governments play in our daily lives. Download a free copy at www.icivics.org/county-activitybook

Maker World: Sonoma State University is hosting a Maker World event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 on campus. Students can check out a project-based learning experience.

Hikes: There is a family hike at Sugarloaf from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 23. Join docent Bob Long to learn about Sugarloaf’s flora and fauna. The “Green Friday Hike” is a free 2-mile hike of 250 feet elevation; hot cocoa after. Parking fees apply.

LGBTQI: The Parent University is sponsoring a talk at El Verano Elementary School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, entitled “Talking to my child about gay and transgender people.” To attend the free workshop, call 935-6050 or email miturri@sonomaschools.org.

Lego Club: The Friday afternoon Lego Club at the Sonoma Valley Library will next take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. The free fun is for ages 5 and up.

Career in health care: High school students interested in learning more about a career in the healthcare field are invited to a one day symposium at Sonoma State on Friday, Jan. 11. Space is limited so sign up early. Details in the SVHS College and Career Center.

Author visit: At 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, Elliott Kalan presents his new book “Horse Meets Dog” at Readers’ Books. See Friday’s Index-Tribune for a profile of Kalan, who is a former head writer for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

Open house: Sonoma Academy is hosting an Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The whole family is welcome to attend. You’ll have an opportunity to meet with head of school Janet Durgin, and to experience mini-classes with SA teachers. Register at www.sonomaacademy.org.

Maker World: Join teachers and student makers for a community-wide family fun night at Sonoma State University on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will feature STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) focused projects. The event will immerse attendees in hands-on, interactive maker demonstrations. The purpose of the event is to promote project-based learning, maker and STEAM education to the public. www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/21c-maker.html.

New grading strategy: There is a new trend for teachers to hand back papers without grades. “What I was finding when I was handing back tests the old way, where I put a grade on it, was kids would look at their grade, decide whether they were good at math or not, and put the test away and never look at it again,” said Leah Alcala, who teaches in Berkeley. Now when she returns tests, Alcala highlights mistakes and hands the tests back to students without a grade. She doesn’t tell them what they did wrong; they have to figure that out. Read more www.kqed.org/mindshift/52456/a-grading-strategy-that-puts-the-focus-on-learning-from-mistakes.

Email tips and resources to ourschools@sonomanews.com.