Sign Up Today for a Lawn Sign

Lawn signs for the campaign will be available for distribution this week! Here I am, with my daughter Zoe, and Zoe’s friends Max and Claire showing off campaign lawn sign prototypes after a hard day walking the neighborhood, talking to voters, and placing campaign door hangers. Let me know if you’d like to put upRead More »

Join Us at Our Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser and Celebration

When: Friday, September 5th, 6 to 8 PM Where: John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street, Davis Bob Poppenga and family welcome our friends and neighbors to a special evening to support and celebrate his campaign for Davis School Board (election day is November 4th). Sample wines from Yolo County’s Turkovich winery while enjoying the world-classRead More »

Thank You for Your Support

No campaign can be successful without tremendous support from many people. I’d like to thank all those who have supported my campaign to date either financially and through volunteering their time and effort. Thank-you to: Amy Kapatkin, Zoe Poppenga, Mia Poppenga, Fred and Selma Kapatkin, Bruce Wolk, Chian He, Eric Hays, Rong Liu, Phil Kass,Read More »

Always Something New at the Farmers Market!

On Saturday my Farmers’ Market neighbor was Explorit, a Davis institution that specializes in hands-on science discovery for children (and adults). Explorit has an active outreach program that takes their science programs to schools in 16 counties. Last spring I helped with Pioneer Elementary’s Health Sciences Night that featured a variety of health-related exhibits byRead More »

Discovering New Ideas on The Campaign Trail

Campaigning at the Davis Farmer’s Market is a great way to meet and talk to a wide diversity of people. I had the opportunity to talk to two visitors to Davis, Takahiko Nagata from Japan (left) and Stanley Su from Taiwan (right) this past Saturday. I also found out about an interesting collaborative effort calledRead More »

How My Educator Background Will Be An Asset to the DJUSD School Board

My background as a university educator will serve me well as a DJUSD Trustee. Another academic year has come to a close at UCD and I am approaching my 10 year anniversary as a faculty member at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. I have had the privilege of teaching veterinary students for almost 25Read More »

Finding Solutions to Closing the Achievement Gap

Can thoughtful, simple, and cost effective psychological interventions help close the achievement gap? Research results show promise! A recent article in the NY Times Magazine highlighted a significant college “graduation gap” between high achieving students from low income families and those from more affluent families. An accompanying graph indicated that high achieving students, as measuredRead More »

The Kindergarten Readiness Act a Step in the Right Direction

The Achievement Gap begins before children arrive in kindergarten. California Senate Bill 837, The Kindergarten Readiness Act is a step in the right direction. California state pre-school enrollment dropped in 2012-2013 according to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) in its State Preschool Yearbook. The State only meets 4 out of the tenRead More »

Presentation to School Board as Applicant for Open Seat

At the May 1st DJUSD Board of Trustees meeting, candidates for the open board seat were requested to make a three minute presentation about why the applicant should be chosen by the current board members to fill the vacant seat on an interim basis until the fall election. Here is what I said: Good evening,Read More »

Will the real Bob P. please step forward?

I was surprised to see the photograph of me which was initially posted to the Davis Enterprise website today with the announcement of my School Board candidacy (picture on the left). The picture on the right was the one actually submitted to both the Enterprise and the Davis Vanguard to accompany the press release. IRead More »