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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning of the American Right, by renowned Berkeley sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild and a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award, is the 2018 One Book One Marin selection. It is a compelling read, exploring the division between the political left and right in the United States. Who are the members of the Tea Party in Louisiana? Why do they continue to vote for policies that ultimately harm them? Arlie Hochschild left her liberal enclave, traveled to Louisiana, talked to members of the Tea Party and listened to their stories. This is her report back. 

Join us as we dig in and attempt to understand and empathize.

The One Book One Marin Launch Party will take place at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, to kick off the celebration and introduce the author.

Supporting events at our branch libraries include:

  • Discussions led by Dominican University faculty about the political divide in our country and the influence of Christian evangelical groups on the environment
  • Screenings of The Big Fix, a documentary investigating the BP oil spill and illustrating the ongoing situation of corporate apathy and lax political enforcement of environmental regulations affecting the region
  • And lots of book group meetings for you to explore the ideas in the book, including a Skype conversation with a book club in New Orleans!

And--make sure to attend one of the performances of Cajun and old-time Creole music. Share the culture and lift your spirits. For a complete listing of events visit: www.onebookonemarin.org

One Book One Marin is a community-wide book club. It is a partnership of the Marin County Free Library, city and college libraries of Marin, Book Passage, and the Institute for Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California.

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2018-2019 School Calendar

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Research on Screens In Classrooms

The following information was collected and published by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras at http://drkardaras.com/glow-kids/

  • A 2016 study published by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics showed that grades improved when phones were removed from the classroom. The comprehensive study covered 130,000 pupils at 91 schools, and the researchers found that following a ban on phone use, the schools’ test scores improved by 6.4 percent. The impact on underachieving students – mostly poor and special education – was even more significant: their average test scores rose by 14 percent.
  • An exhaustive 2012 meta-analysis, in systematically reviewing 48 studies that examined technology’s impact on learning, found that “technology-based interventions tend to produce just slightly lower levels of improvement when compared with other researched interventions and approaches.” The researchers concluded: “Taken together, the correlational and experimental evidence does not offer a convincing case for the general impact of digital technology on learning outcomes.”
  • Dr. Kentaro Toyama, an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center of Ethics and Transformation Values at MIT, discusses the limitations of tech in the classroom in a commentary called, “Why Technology Will Never Fix Education,” for theChronicle of Higher Education. “Unfortunately, there is no technological fix, and that is perhaps the hardest lesson of amplification. More technology only magnifies socioeconomic disparities, and the only way to avoid that is non-technological.”
  • Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent. In 2010, when a reporter suggested that his children must love the just-released iPad, he replied: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” (New York Times September 10, 2014).
  • In a 1996 interview for Wired magazine, Steve Jobs expressed a very clear anti-tech-in-the-classroom opinion: “I’ve probably spearheaded giving away more computer equipment to schools than anybody on the planet. But I’ve come to the conclusion that the problem is not one that technology can hope to solve. What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. No amount of technology will make a dent.”
  • Education psychologist and author of Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds, Dr. Jane Healy spent years doing research into computer use in schools and had expected to find that computers in the classroom would be beneficial for learning; yet she found exactly the opposite and was dismayed by the lack of research indicating any benefit. She now feels strongly that “time on the computer might interfere with development of everything from the young child’s motor skills to his or her ability to think logically and distinguish between reality and fantasy.”
  • Many tech execs and engineers in Silicon Valley put their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools (The New York Times October 22, 2011).
  • The Los Angeles School District spent $1.3 billion on tablets for every one of their 640, 000 kindergarten through twelfth grade students; the project is now being investigated by the FBI and the SEC for improper bidding, and the district is asking for a refund from Apple and Pearson as the devices were easily hacked by students and the software woefully incomplete.
  • Dr. John Vallance is headmaster of the top school in Australia, Sydney Grammar, and has removed technology from his prestigious school – which has produced three prime ministers. Dr. Vallance said that the $2.4 billion spent by Australia on education technology was a “really scandalous situation” … where Australia was “spending more on education than ever before and the results are gradually getting worse and worse.” He concluded by saying: “I think when people come to write the history of this period in education … this investment in classroom technology is going to be seen as a huge fraud.”
  • In a study published in January 2013 in the International Journal of Educational Research, Professor Anne Mangen of the University of Stavanger in Norway found that students who read text on computers performed worse on comprehension tests than students who read the same text on paper.
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Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'

Read Southern Poverty Law Center's new report about the challenges of teaching children about the evils of slavery and resources for teachers.

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My community work 12/7/17-1/16/18

December 8 Attended Vallecito music concert
December 11 Attended Dixie Elementary music concert
December 12 Joint Legislative Action Committee meeting
December 15 Volunteered for Miller Creek Environmental Ambassadors
December 16 Attended Miller Creek Orchestra concert
December 18 Parcel tax proposal meeting
December 21 Chaperoned two Miller Creek Orchestra parties
January 10 Presented parcel tax proposal information to MES Home and School Club
January 10 Attended parcel tax meeting
January 12 Presented parcel tax proposal information to MC Home and School Club
January 16 Presented parcel tax proposal information to Dixie Site Council
January 16 Board of Trustees meeting

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Wellness Policy

Here's our current district wellness policy. Please share your questions, concerns and ideas for how to improve it. 

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Speak Out

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Screens at school

Let's think more carefully about screens at school. Gaming addiction disorder is now officially a mental health condition, according to the World Health Organization. https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/who-gaming-disorder/

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Our plan for 2018-2019

Here's an infographic which shows how we plan for the upcoming school year. In school board world, we call our plan the LCAP. LCAP stands for Local Control Accountability Plan. Our LCAP development occurs simultaneous with our budget development. Here is the detailed timeline for budget planning. I encourage you to ask questions and participate.

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Go Deep Green

This fall I served as a community mentor to freshman at Marin School of Environmental Leadership in San Rafael. They are lobbying the Dixie Board of Trustees to buy 100% renewable energy from My Clean Energy. More than 300 people have signed their petition. I support the move to Deep Green. Do you?

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