Developing Western Placer County’s Economic and Educational Areas Progresses

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-07-13

Placer Ranch and the Sunset Area in western Placer County are integral pieces of the county’s economic future. Fully understanding the areas’ importance, the county board of supervisors today approved several items that will allow county staff to proceed with preparation of environmental documents and the review and processing of planning documents for the Placer Ranch project, in addition to an agreement with the Placer Ranch property owner.

In the first action, the board approved a $791,140 contract with Ascent Environmental to prepare the environmental impact report for the Sunset Area Plan update and the Placer Ranch Specific Plan. The two areas are west of highway 65 and situated between the cities of Lincoln to the north, Rocklin to the east and Roseville to the south.

The Sunset Area is an 8,900-acre area in unincorporated western Placer County and Placer Ranch is 2,213 acres of land that is entirely within the Sunset Area Plan. The objective of the Sunset Area Plan update is to implement the county's long-term vision to create a plan that helps drive the county’s economic engine. The environmental impact report is an important piece of the update.

The approval of the second item allows the county to enter into an agreement with the property owners of Placer Ranch to move forward with the specific plan for that site, which will serve as the guiding planning document for the development of the area.

“As many of you know, there was a lot of division and divisiveness over this particular project,” District 1 Supervisor Jack Duran said of Placer Ranch, which borders his district. “That’s been put to rest. It’s now time for everybody in local jurisdictions to come together and figure out the best way to move things forward.”

Placer Ranch includes 300 acres to be dedicated to California State University, Sacramento for a satellite campus that’s expected to develop into an independent CSU campus. At build out, the school is projected to employ 5,000 faculty and staff who will support 25,000 students. Sierra College will also locate a transfer center on the site that serves an additional 5,000 students.

In April, the board took the extraordinary step of authorizing the county to process the plan through the application and environmental analysis process. Typically, a developer would proceed with the tasks undertaken by the county.

A key component of the agreement between the county and the property owners is the dedication of land for the first phase of the Placer Parkway, a critical piece of county infrastructure that will provide a new east to west roadway, relieving traffic congestion on both Highway 65 and Interstate 80.

The board’s actions today will allow county staff to move forward with the processing of the proposed Placer Ranch Specific Plan at the same time as an update of the Sunset Area Plan.

The supervisors, through their actions, recognize that the plan is an integral component in planning for the Sunset Area. Including the Placer Ranch in the Sunset Area update will allow for design of an overall land use plan that balances smart growth, jobs creation, comprehensive infrastructure planning and economic development.

Due to the economic development potential of both Placer Ranch and the Sunset Area, the area is a major center for new employment. Placer Ranch will serve as a major catalyst for both infrastructure and job growth.

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Promoting Literacy Among Youth

Source: Placer Community Foundation  |  2016-06-21

"These sight words and early reading skills are a basic foundation for all future academic success. Everything else builds on the students

Grants provided for the Sight Word Busters Program at the following Auburn and Lincoln elementary schools: Alta Vista Charter, Rock Creek Elementary, Skyridge Elementary and First Street Elementary. Funding allowed for 17 classrooms to receive the program-reaching 510 students this last school year!

Utilizing over 200 community volunteers, the program helps local schools, teachers and K through 1st grade students become successful readers so that every student can meet his or her potential. By providing one-on-one assistance (not always afforded in a classroom setting) trained volunteers help students recognize and master sight words necessary to become fluent readers. Collected data from a participating school in 2015 found 100 percent of program participants were proficient in word fluency at the end of the school year.

"These sight words and early reading skills are a basic foundation for all future academic success. Everything else builds on the students' ability to read and understand. We love that the Sight Word Busters help the children master these words." -Suzanne Flint, Principal, Rock Creek Elementary School.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Child Learning This Summer

Brandpoint  |  2016-04-21

(BPT) - When school dismisses for the summer, parents across the country worry about how much their children will forget over the vacation months. Will all those hours helping them with math and reading dissolve with the carefree hours spent at the pool or playground?

“While a break from the long days of school is needed, studies show that most kids lose up to two months of their math skills between school grades,” says Dominique Ciccarelli, Ed.M., education specialist for Kumon North America. “The brain is like a muscle and needs a regular dose of exercise to stay strong. Connections in your brain multiply when you learn new topics, and through this process, you get smarter.”

Added to this concern is how much time over the summer parents will be able to commit to helping their children retain and reinforce what they learned during the previous school year. While millions of children are eager for the freedom of summer, parents are coming up with plans to keep the learning momentum going.

Here are seven fun ways to keep your child engaged over the summer with enriching experiences.

Have a scavenger hunt at the museum. One way to turn a visit to the museum into a fun and educational experience is to make it a scavenger hunt. If you’re going to an art museum, your list can include things you might see in paintings or sculptures from a certain country. If it’s a natural history museum, you can include dinosaurs and animals.

Find the right learning program. For families with children looking for enrichment activities, the right learning program is invaluable. With nearly 1,500 centers throughout the United States, Kumon uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. To help students continue learning through the summer, Kumon is offering free registration in June at participating centers.

Develop their green thumb. Gardening allows children to not only play and build something - as they might do in a sandbox - but learn about the life cycle of plants and the importance of nutrition. One way to make this more exciting is to try to grow something giant, like a huge squash or zucchini that will provide an end goal to the entire experience.

Let them be your travel agents. Before you set off on your summer vacation, get your children involved in the planning process. Let them help you search for lodging within your budget and in the area you want to stay. Together, you can learn about nearby attractions and plan your visit accordingly. The entire process not only builds confidence, but serves as a finance, geography, history and social studies lesson all wrapped in one.

Have adventures in reading. Reading is one of the most important skills to maintain and develop. Reading to your children each day establishes a positive association in their mind and makes them excited to read on their own. Be sure to stay up to date with the activities at your local library, which provides fun and sociable learning opportunities.

Make something. While there are plenty of kits out there to promote STEM learning skills, you can encourage your children to use their creativity and knowledge to build projects from common household materials. Some classic examples of this would be making a raft out of empty milk cartons or plastic bottles, a homemade volcano using vinegar and baking soda or a homemade electromagnet.

Become a collector. A great way for children to get hands-on knowledge of the natural world is for them to build a collection while discovering the outdoors. Rocks, plants, bugs - these are the things that excite a young mind. Search for different kinds of leaves to press at home, then work with your children to identify their types.

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Placer Community Foundation's 2016 Visiting Artist: Phoebe Toland

Source: Placer Community Foundation  |  2016-04-19

Phoebe Toland.

This May the Placer Community Foundation’s Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program proudly features nationally recognized artist Phoebe Toland.

A prominent printmaker and teacher, Toland will be holding hands-on workshops and presenting her work to the public on the following dates:

Thursday, May 12
Free lecture hosted by Placer Arts - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603, (530)-885-5670

Saturday, May 21
Free lecture hosted by Blue Line Gallery - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
405 Vernon Street, Suite 101, Roseville, CA 95678, (916) 783-4117.

Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15
Prints as Resource I - Workshop at Blue Line Gallery

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22
Prints as Resource II - Workshop at Blue Line Gallery

Description of Workshops
Printmaking allows for the reproduction of images, with variations in color and technique. In this workshop, students will first carve a block of linoleum and make multiple prints, including layering images with each other’s blocks. The following day, students will use their prints as collage material to deconstruct and then reconstruct using decorative papers. Students can then print over these pieces and add areas of depth with shading. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to explore and have fun.

About the Artist

Toland earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York (1975) and an MFA from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana (1983). She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Artist’s Innovation Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2009; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 2005; the Meadowlark Foundation Education Grant in 2001; and the Purchase Award, Equinox at the Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT in 1999. Her art is in permanent collections at the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana; the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana; and private collections across the country.

Toland’s work is closely connected to architecture, responding to urban sprawl and rapid growth in cities - issues that are indicative of community dynamics as an expression of larger systems or networks.

”My work has always been closely connected to architecture. But structure goes beyond buildings and cities. It lies at the heart of all activity, and speaks about patterns and hierarchies within societies. Structures that may seem unique within a culture are often seen elsewhere with slight variations; the teepee circle in Wyoming and an ancient Celtic circle in England. The cultural similarities and differences that unite us as a people provide a link to our history and continue to inform and inspire my work.”

This program is generously funded through the Susan Cooley Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching Program Fund at Placer Community Foundation. Established through an endowed gift by Sue D. Cooley (Susan’s mother) and the Sky View Foundation, the program represents a lasting legacy to the beloved local artist and environmental advocate. The ART program develops and enhances the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally established and highly-reputable artists who create in a range of media.

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Sugar Gliders, Pangolins & Foxes, Oh My! New Novel Entertains for Earth Day

NewsUSA  |  2016-04-19

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Just in time for Earth Day, a new book introduces young readers aged 7 to 11 to a whole new world of unique and compelling endangered species, environmental awareness, teamwork and, best of all, a rollicking, outlandish group of characters that entertain the whole family.

The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, by Tracey Hecht, focuses on a group of animals who form an unlikely team to solve the mystery of why other nocturnal denizens of their forest are disappearing. Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin and Bismark the sugar glider embark on a fantastic adventure that takes them to the depths of the earth and places their survival at stake.

R.L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps children’s series, describes the book as “an enchanting story about a group of animals who band together to protect their friends and find adventure. The characters are delightful, and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected -- because the best stories always take place in the dark!”

The book is aimed not only at children, but at their parents, and is written with an ear toward being read aloud to educate all ages about the importance of protecting animals and the environment. The story combines snappy dialogue with plot twists and action, and slips in education about different types of animals and how they live and behave.

Author Tracey Hecht noted in an interview that the benefits of shared reading aren’t limited to pre-readers.

“I didn’t stop reading aloud to my kids -- I still haven’t -- and it’s the best part of my day,” she said. “I keep books everywhere and I think of reading like a conversation -- just have it. Just pick up a book and have it. You’ll be amazed at how well it bridges the gaps,” she emphasized.

Children, parents and teachers can visit for more information about the book, including a sample chapter that introduces the main characters. In addition, the website offers bonus animated shorts, activities and educational materials, including a Next Generation Science Guide, templates for animal trading cards and library resources including guidelines for middle grade book clubs.

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Adult Education at Nevada County Jewish Community Center

Source: Mya Russell, Nevada County Jewish Community Center  |  2016-04-05

Congregation B’nai Harim at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center (NCJCC) announces the final installment in its adult education series for this Jewish year. The event will be on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 pm at 506 Walsh Street in Grass Valley.

A conversation lead by Daniel Klein, AIPAC’s Area Director discourses the new strategic realities Israel faces.  In light of the recent events both in the Middle East and here in America, many in our community have expressed concern about the current state of the U.S.-Israel relationship.  During this program, Daniel Klein will address recent political developments in Israel and across the Middle East.  In addition to identifying the challenges presented by these developments, he will highlight how the American pro-Israel community can strategically work together to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Daniel Klein has a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a focus in Economics and State and Local Politics from Pepperdine University.  His Bachelor’s degree is in Modern U.S. history from the University of California Santa Cruz.  Prior to joining AIPAC, Mr. Klein interned in the United States Senate and in the House of Representatives in Washington D.C.

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For further information, please call 530.477.0922 or visit the website at

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Nurses Address Global Health Care Concerns Through Virtual Learning

Brandpoint  |  2016-03-29

(BPT) - People are more connected now than ever before thanks to the globalization of technology, international travel, commerce and industry. But this interconnectedness also means that health concerns, which were once limited to a community, can have a global impact. The Zika virus, the outbreak recently declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), is the latest example of a foreign health issue that quickly raised concern within our borders.

Nurses are using the technology that connects us to prepare for this new reality. Through virtual simulation education, they are learning to care for diverse populations and practicing global health scenarios including epidemics, rare illnesses and other infectious diseases.

“Globalization has changed our approach to health care. Viral diseases can spread rapidly, so we have to be ready,” says Dee McGonigle, professor in Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program. “Virtual learning environments provide valuable, interactive education on best practices for patient safety and disease containment in a real-time scenario that mimics real life.”

Dr. McGonigle heads up the college’s 3-D Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, she and several colleagues built the Virtual Ebola Treatment Center (VETC) in Second Life, a virtual world created by its global community of users. In Second Life, users - known as residents - are represented by avatars that can walk, run, sit, stand, fly and interact with other residents.

Chamberlain students learned how to admit and care for Ebola patients by practicing scenarios in the VETC within Second Life. Faculty from the MSN Informatics specialty track facilitated and mentored students through the risk-free virtual learning experience.

Like the Zika virus, the Ebola crisis was a wake-up call that proved how quickly disease can spread and how important it is to be prepared. Seemingly overnight, health care professionals and students nationwide were tasked with developing expertise on a disease that was previously of little concern to U.S. citizens.

“Nurses around the world were looking for answers,” says Dr. McGonigle. “We knew we had the opportunity to build a critical training tool to prepare our students to treat Ebola patients.”

Chamberlain alumna Kellany Cadogan-Noland, now a clinical learning lab specialist at Chamberlain, utilized Second Life for her MSN Informatics Specialty Track nursing project. Second Life nursing projects are designed to help those who cannot complete them in a real-world situation because of geographic or other limitations.

Cadogan-Noland used the VETC to test potential responses to an Ebola outbreak in the United States. She collaborated with mentors around the country to determine which infrastructures and clinical processes - such as clinical dressing locations for hospital staff - were most effective at disease containment. Within weeks of completing her project, the West African outbreak had spread to the United States. Cadogan-Noland and her team adjusted their VETC strategy to implement and test containment plans as they were announced by the WHO.

“I benefitted more from Second Life than I would have through an onsite project because we could adapt the virtual environment to our learning needs so quickly,” Cadogan-Noland says. “I was able to quickly test scenarios through simulations. We couldn’t have accomplished this within such a short timeframe in a brick and mortar facility.”

Chamberlain faculty and students can easily adapt their model of virtual simulation education to address other emerging global health issues like the Zika virus, giving nurses like Cadogan-Noland an extraordinary window to the rest of the world. Dr. McGonigle and other Chamberlain leaders behind the VETC are planning more interprofessional collaboration in the future to explore new innovative applications of the virtual learning experience for their students.

“The quality of virtual learning is continually evolving with enhanced technology and feedback from putting simulation methods into practice,” says Dr. McGonigle. “We have so much more to discover with virtual learning. We are just getting started as we use it this to educate nurses who will go on to transform health care worldwide.”

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