Posts Tagged ‘education’

Free Books! Former HEW Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr Speaks About Kids and Drugs September 27th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Joseph A. Califano, Jr wants to give you a copy of his latest book, How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents.

To get it, all you need to do is register and show up to hear him speak on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El up there at 2 Lake Street.

Easy peasy, right? But act now – you need to be among the first 400 to register to be able to claim your tome gratis

Did you know that JAC is “now one of only two living former secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare?” Wiki makes mention of this factoid. Srlsy.

All the deets:

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA* Chairman and Founder, in San Francisco to Discuss His Parenting Book, ‘How to Raise A Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents’

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 — Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Founder and Chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, will discuss his new book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at The Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA.  This is a free community event.  Complimentary books for the first 400 people to register at

Califano will share almost 20 years worth of insight and research on what really prevents children from using drugs and alcohol and will help parents understand that they have the greatest influence on their children’s decision to use drugs and alcohol.

Califano will offer advice on how to discuss many of the most daunting parenting topics like:

 —  When and how to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol.
 —  How to respond when your kid asks, “Did you ever try drugs?”
 —  How to know when your child is most at risk.
 —  How to prepare your teen for the freedoms and perils of college.

Califano will be introduced by Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, D.D., Ph.D.  Following the presentation will be a Q&A session and book signing.

WHAT: Advice driven presentation based on parenting book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents

 WHO: Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA Founder and Chairman

 WHERE: The Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA.

 WHEN:        Monday, September 27, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

*The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University is neither affiliated with, nor sponsored by, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (also known as “CASA”) or any of its member organizations, or any other organizations with the name of “CASA”.

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Japantown Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance 2010 a Huge Success

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Yeasterday’s Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown was well-attended. Here’s some video and  here’s the dragon, courtesy of the SFNoobs.

Now, I didn’t stick around for nightfall, but here’s what things looked like early on, under the pouring sun.

The parade coming…

…and going:

People were encouraged to wave their hands in the air like they just didn’t care. (Note Retail for Lease sign in background.)

And here comes the queen and court for the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program 2010 

Amd here’s what people were carrying:

And here’s the only pol that I saw, Emily Murase. She’s running for the San Francisco Board of Education in November:

All this was taken in by a (mostly) enthusiastic crowd:

Takko, the garlic capital of  Japan, sounds like my kind of town:

People were dusting off their summery yukata to join in:

See you next year!

The SF Flex Academy, a Quasi-Online Public Charter School, Opens – It’s “Bricks and Clicks”

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

If you don’t like the public high school your kids are assigned to, is it too late to get them signed up for the brand-new San Francisco Flex Academy? I don’t know.

In fact, there’s a lot I don’t know about San Francisco’s newest public charter school, the one at 555 Post, the one that’s “expecting to” start classes on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Appears as if you send your kids to Union Square five days a week and then they’ll get learning from a mix of real live teachers and online instruction. It’s called “bricks and clicks,” baby, and it’s ably explained right here.

(And you parents Down South won’t be left out – Flex Academy Silicon Valley is coming online in in San Joser next year.)

All the deets:

San Francisco Flex Academy to Open Downtown This Fall. New Public Charter School Now Accepting Enrollments for Students in Grades 9-12

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 23  — San Francisco Flex Academy  (SF FLEX),  an exciting new public charter high school and one of the state’s first full-time “hybrid” schools, will open this fall in downtown San Francisco.  SF Flex is currently accepting enrollments for students in grades 9-12 and is expecting to start classes on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

The school is conveniently located in downtown San Francisco at 555 Post Street, easily accessible by MUNI and BART.

The school will offer both onsite classroom instruction with highly qualified, credentialed teachers and state-of-the-art online learning provided by K12 Inc., America’s largest provider of online school programs for students in kindergarten through high school. There is no tuition to attend this public charter school.

The school:

So far, they’d been advertising with stuff like this at Alice 97.3 FM and a poster campaign – I saw something on a light pole at McAllister and Van Ness a couple months back.

Anyway, all the deets, after the jump


San Francisco School Board Election 2010 Event: Skating with Emily Murase This Saturday

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Find out here how you can sign up for Emily Murase‘s Family Night Skating Fundraiser in Soma on July 10th.   

July 10, 2010

06:00 PM – 07:30 PM 

Yerba Buena Center, 750 Folsom Street (between 3rd & 4th), San Francisco

“Students First” Neighborhood Schools Policy Signature Drive Enters the Sunset District

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Get up to speed on the Students First Initiative here and here, from “typically snarky” (really?) Melissa Griffin. O.K. then

Seems that the Chinese American Democratic Club is fully aboard this bandwagon. And to prove it, they’re going to have a little get-together out there in the Middle Sunset tomorrow at 11:30 AM.


All the deets about tomorrow’s joint:

CADC Supports Students First”

A Press Conference on the signature gathering in support of Students First will be held on July 2nd 2010, 11:30am at Irving St and 18l Ave (Corner of Jefferson Elementary School).

Students First is a parents’ group formed in response to the proposed Student Assignment System approved by the Board of Education on March 8, 2010. The goal is to place an advisory (not legally binding) ballot measure for the November 2010 San Francisco ballot that will tell the Board of Education, loud and clear, that the voters of San Francisco demand Quality Neighborhood Schools For All.

“We are encouraged to see the support from parents from all community in particular Chinese families joining the Students First signature drive. We look forward to mounting a campaign to send a message to the School Board that neighborhood schools are important” says Michael Chan, President of CADC. “The African American population and Asian American population form the majority of Bayview/Hunter’s Point. It is imperative we stand together to build this community and the foundation of any community is quality neighborhood schools that serves every member of our community.”

“When I was on the School Board, I did not think the School District and the School Superintendent seriously listened and done enough to refine the admission process.” Says Eddie Chin, a former Commissioner to the San Francisco Board of Education.”

Ever more deets about SFSF, after the jump


New Student-Authored Golden Bears Blog Shows What It’s Like to Study at UC Berkeley

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

From BerkeleySi-iiiiide‘s Frannie Dinkelspiel comes word of the new Golden Bears Blog, which will tell you what it’s like to be a student at Cal.


Get all the deets right here.

Can you Picture Yourself at Berkeley?

The founders:

  • Natalie K.
  • Josh E.
  • Ratha
  • Diamond A.
  • Sara C
  • Renee B.
  • Prabh K.
  • Farrah N.
  • Yana P.
  • Trisha R.
  • Stephanie B.
  • Jax H.
  • O.K., check it out.

    Something New Under the Sun: California Watch Joins the New Media Pantheon

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Look out Alta California, ’cause there’s another online media presence in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    On the heels of the relatively new Bay Area Blog from the New York Times and the San Francisco Edition of the Wall Street Journal comes California Watch. It’s a joint from Center for Investigative Reporting and it’s a fully operational mothership as of January 2, 2010.
    They’re promising “bold new journalism.” La declaracion de la mision:

    “California Watch, a nonprofit and independent investigative reporting team, exposes injustice, waste, mismanagement, wrongdoing, questionable practices, and corruption so that those responsible can be held to account and so the public can be armed with the information needed to debate solutions and spark change.”

    O.K. then.

    Question: Will students play a role in the reporting? Oh yes. What will a bunch of college kids from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Sacramento State University (aka CSU Sacramento) come up with?

    Expect good things.

    Bon courage, California Watch!

    PS: Here the people behind CW:

    Advisory Board

    Judith Bell's picture

    Judith Bell

    President, PolicyLink
    Belva Davis's picture

    Belva Davis

    Television Host, KQED
    Bill Deverell's picture

    Bill Deverell

    History Professor, University of Southern California
    Mark DiCamillo's picture

    Mark DiCamillo

    Director, California Field Poll
    Anh Do's picture

    Anh Do

    Vice President, Nguoi Viet Daily News
    Andrew Donohue's picture

    Andrew Donohue

    Gloria Duffy's picture

    Gloria Duffy

    President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club
    Jon Funabiki's picture

    Jon Funabiki

    Journalism Professor, San Francisco State University
    Richard Koci Hernandez's picture

    Richard Koci Hernandez

    Multimedia Producer/Ford Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
    Michael Parks's picture

    Michael Parks

    Journalism Professor, University of Southern California
    Arnold Perkins's picture

    Arnold Perkins

    Public Safety and Community Health Consultant
    John Raess's picture

    John Raess

    Northern California Bureau Chief, Associated Press
    Rick Rodriguez's picture

    Rick Rodriguez

    Journalism Professor, Arizona State University
    Pedro Rojas's picture

    Pedro Rojas

    Executive Editor, La Opinión
    Dan Rosenheim's picture

    Dan Rosenheim

    Vice President of News, KPIX-TV
    Melanie Sill's picture

    Melanie Sill

    Executive Editor, Sacramento Bee
    Alan Snitow's picture

    Alan Snitow

    Independent Filmmaker/President, Snitow-Kaufman Productions
    Jo Anne Wallace's picture

    Jo Anne Wallace

    Vice President and General Manager, KQED
    Steve Weiner's picture

    Steve Weiner

    Co-Chair, Common Sense California
    Leo Wolinsky's picture

    Leo Wolinsky

    Editor, Daily Variety

    A Parent’s Lament: “My Daughter and My Money Go To UCSB”

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

    The owner of this BMW laments, “MY DAUGHTER AND MY MONEY GO TO UCSB.” Oh well.

    Tuition is going up another 9.3% at University of California campuses, such as Santa Barbara, just in time for summer session. Oh well.

    Click to expand.

    JROTC Alternative Explored at San Francisco Board of Education

    Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

    A new program, Student Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV), is being put forth as an alternative to Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) in San Francisco Schools.

    Per Jane Kim, via Fog City Journal:

    “Commissioners [Norman] Yee and I proposed this program so students can create emergency disaster plans for their families. They will learn CPR, first aid, and HAMM radio skills.”

    Per popular District One Supervisorial candidate Eric Mar:

    “This is a great example of real leadership opportunities we can provide to high school students to replace the military-run JROTC program as it is phased out.”

    Eric Mar and Jane Kim speaking out yesterday.

    JROTC remains popular with many parents – maybe they’ll see SERV as a viable alternative?

    Meet Board of Education Candidate Emily Murase

    Sunday, October 19th, 2008

    Well the election is almost here, so it’s time to meet San Francisco Board of Education Candidate Emily Murase. The scene below is from one of her recent events in the Sunset.

    From another event on the same day, per San Francisco FYI Net:

    “Emily Murase talked about addressing the enrollment crisis , closing the achievement gap and ensuring teacher retention and recruitment. Emily is obvious a planner, who researches her issues carefully and wants to help the school system. What a great way to meet a candidate (much more personable than the debate forums). Emily Murase’ house signs say “Kids, first, politics last”.

    Emily Murase with supporter Amy Lauer and a youthful Obama fan at yet another house party meet and greet:

    Emily has the endorsement of the San Francisco Examiner’s Education Examiner, Caroline Grannan as well as a gamut of local pols, including Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senators Leland Yee and Carole Migden, Mayor Gavin Newsom, District Attorney Kamala Harris and Public Defender Jeff Adachi. 

    See you on election day.