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"What, you want me to explain?"
The older I become the less I know and that’s good because I like learning... ideas, the real history, making things, new archeological discoveries, tiny forest creatures, authors who take me into new worlds, twists that change my perspective and expand my knowledge.

We parents, teachers, leaders, citizens are all concerned about education. We’re in the midst of an upheaval and concerned for our children. 

Will someone out there bring clarity!

How about some sci-fi stories? Those authors always have great imaginations, and some of their ideas have come true.  I’ll do a search for science fiction and education . Hmmmm… I could spend an afternoon going down that rabbit hole.

Maybe some futurists can give me a glimpse into the future of education. Aha! That field is rich with ideas. I'll share with you. Scroll down.

Wait, let’s check in with our local friend, educator, writer, musician and parent, Suki Wessling . What does she have to say about education: "What, you want me to explain?" Scroll down.

In the week before the 4th of July, History.com is a source for the history of one of our favorite holidays. The 4th will be different this year. What will you be doing to make it special for your family?

Yeah! Roaring Camps Redwood Forest Steam Train trips are starting tomorrow!

Have a good time getting ready for the 4th! Parmalee
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The Future of Education
Suki: How do I make sure there are no gaps in my child’s learning?

Give up. There will be gaps. What, you want me to explain?

The world is too big to learn it all

This is a given. Maybe in the distant past some men of letters believed that they knew all of humanity’s learning. They were wrong. Even then, it was impossible to know and understand it all.

Now, it’s even harder because we know how much we don’t know. It’s easy to feel unlettered if your metric of being educated is “knowing everything.”

Kids today have enormous amounts of knowledge that you didn’t have. Adults watch in awe as a child navigates a new electronic device, finds what they’re looking for in their first web search, and explains the limitless, arcane knowledge they have about a fandom.

Yet adults are worried that their children will graduate from school with these ill-defined “gaps in learning.” Recently the newspapers have teemed with articles about how children who distance-schooled this past semester will be “behind.”
Navigating the Future of Learning is KnowledgeWorks’ fifth comprehensive forecast on the future of learning. A new era is unfolding in which exponential advances in digital technologies are causing us to reevaluate our relationships with one another, with our institutions and with ourselves. As part of this shift, we have identified five drivers of change that will impact learning over the next decade and imagine what those drivers of change could mean for education. How these forces combine and interact will present a new context for education and a new landscape of choices for transforming teaching and learning. Read more>>
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Netflix’s Billionaire Founder is Secretly Building a Luxury Retreat for Teachers in Rural Colorado
Reed Hastings, the billionaire founder of Netflix, is quietly building a mysterious 2,100-acre luxury retreat ranch nestled in the elk-filled foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Recode has learned.

Hastings has been one of the country’s biggest donors to the education reform movement that’s trying to reshape America’s struggling school system . And now public records reveal that Hastings is personally financing a new foundation that will operate this training ground for American public school teachers, a passion project shrouded in secrecy that will expand the billionaire’s political influence. Read more>>>
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5 Trends in Education to Watch out for in 2020
Society and the professional world continue to evolve and change with the growth of technology and the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This, in turn, has had a tremendous impact on the educational sphere, leading to a number of growing trends in the world of education. For educators to properly engage their students, they must remain abreast of these latest changes and key factors that affect learning in the classroom. Their understanding of these trends can help them create more effective learning environments.

As teachers prepare themselves to implement these latest education developments, here are the five most important trends with which they should familiarize themselves. Read more>>
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4 ways COVID-19 could change how we educate future generations
Not since World War II have so many countries around the world seen schools and educational institutions go into lockdown at around the same time and for the same reason. While we know that the impact of this virus will be far-reaching, what might it mean in the longer term for education?

For a while now, educators around the world have been talking about the need to rethink how we educate future generations. This might just be the disruption that the sector needed to get us all to rethink how we educate, and question what we need to teach and what we are preparing our students for. So, as we educators grapple with the new ways of communicating with our students away from our classrooms and lecture theatres, it is a good time to reflect on how this disruptive crisis can help us define what learning should look like for Generations Z, Alpha and beyond. Read more >>>
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The future of education: A lesson from COVID-19
For the past year, I have wanted to write about technology in education. When I first arrived at the University, I was surprised that at an institution whose endowment lies multiple orders of magnitude beyond any amount of money I could imagine, I found classrooms containing no technology more recent than electric lights or plastic chairs. Read more >>>
School Reopening Documents



CDE Reopening Schools Document: www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/strongertogether.asp

CDPH Interim School Guidance: covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf

CDPH updated guidance for childcare programs and providers: covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-childcare.pdf
Family Events
Teacher to Teacher Talk with LitWits Founders, Becky & Jenny
June 26, 10am. Want to inspire kids to read great books? In this free get-together on Zoom, we'll share how we've been doing just that since 2010. Details
Exploring Homeschooling Free Workshop
July 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Find out more about the legal ways to homeschool, the various styles of homeschooling, and the area resources and programs for homeschooling. Details
Kids Create: STEAM video series
Tuesdays , 3:30pm - 4pm & Fridays 10am through July. Series of STEAM programs through the summer for kids of all ages, Details
Minecraft Club at the Discovery Learning Center
Mondays , 3pm - 4:30pm, The DLC Minecraft Club is a club where we play and build things together in Minecraft, online. Details
Get free of thought-traps that cause reactions and mess up relationships! New Series to Get Out of Thought Traps!
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Tuesdays & Thursdays (See all) Details
Triple P Workshop: Parenting in Uncertain Times (part 3)
June 26, 11am - 12:30pm (part 4) Details
Lego Building Challenge
July 22, Join our 8 week summer Lego Building Challenge. Details
LIBRARIES 2020 SUMMER READING PROGRAM: IMAGINE YOUR STORY
June - August, An Events & Reading Program for Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, and Adults! Details
Mike the Magician
Wednesday, June 24, 11am-12pm; Tuesday, July 7, 1 – 2pm. You are invited to a virtual magic show with Mike the Magician Details
More Library Summer Entertainment Our librarians have been busy lining up entertainers for us. Sign up now to reserve your spot, and put it on your calendar. Details
Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) Monday’s and Thursdays 3-4:30pm, Rotating topics for all ages and parents. Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties welcome to join FREE! Details
Tales to Tails goes virtual!
Wednesdays, 10-11am, How will this work? Join us!
Redwood Forest Steam Train, Roaring Camp, 11 am, 12:30pm, 2pm, masks required. Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp , the railroad and the forest. Opening June 26 Details
Join SCPL for a weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Fridays, 1-4pm, Details
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Voices
To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit - Morning Edition Read the article>>>
 
Get A Comfortable Chair: Permanent Work From Home Is Coming - All Things Considered
"If I were to have it my way, I would probably work from home three days and go into the office two," Read the article>>>>
 
Will Bay Area schools reopen in-class this fall? by Andrew Chamings  
When will my kids be back in class? It's the question on many Bay Area parents' lips right now. After a tough slog through months of home learning, virtual tutoring and Zoom play dates, kids are really missing their friends, and parents are missing their time alone. Read more>>>
 
Why my Autistic Son Thrived During the Pandemic School Closures - by Jackie Spinner
"It worked because my son isn’t overstimulated the way he can be at a school, with hundreds of kids, loud bells, a smelly lunchroom, whistles on the playground and rules, so many rules." Read the opinion>>>>

News From the Non-Lockdown States , Per-capita Covid fatalities were 75% lower in open states. Read the article>>>
 
Current Status of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County
Required hospitalizations: 38; Covid Deaths Santa Cruz County: 2 See statistics details>>>>