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Amherst Regional High School African Scholars substitute fundraiser for exchange trip

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — An exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia planned by members of the Amherst Regional High School African Scholars has been postponed due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. However, the students are channeling their disappointment into action by holding a West African take-out fundraiser to benefit local health organizations working to combat the deadly disease. Meals in microwavable containers will be available for pickup from 3 …

Greenfield Community College teams with area high schools to teach about sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based components into the curriculum. The initiative is called Educational Networks for Growing an Agricultural Economy, and the community college is teaming up with six area …

Barbara Love says discussion of racist incidents part of healing process in Amherst

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — White people have learned a series of reactions to racism, progressing from denial to confusion to concluding that the victim must have done something wrong, Barbara Love told about 130 people at the Unitarian Society of Amherst. Love, professor emeritus of social justice at the University of Massachusetts School of Education, …

Harvard endowment at $36.4B

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University’s largest-in-the-nation endowment grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June on a 15.4 percent return, the university agency that’s oversees the endowment announced. The endowment is now approaching its record high of $36.9 billion reached in 2008, before the worldwide …

$1M study about future of Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst gets state approval

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — A $1 million study to determine whether to renovate the 44-year-old Wildwood Elementary School or construct a new building can begin now that the state has given its approval. School and town officials have been working …

Ebola hits home: PVPA grieves with drum teacher who has lost mother, other relatives to deadly virus

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A beloved Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School drumming and dance teacher is grieving this week after losing his mother and two other relatives in recent days to the Ebola virus in his native …

Preschools latest to take on environmental movement

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever “A Country Music Concert For A Cause” Oct. 4 at Millside Park, where family-friendly festivities will kick off at 5 p.m., and live music start at 6. Easthampton High School’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter has organized …

World War II-era grads celebrate 70th high school reunion

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In 1944, Barberton High School graduating senior Frank Woog coined the class motto: “We stick together.” And, boy, did they ever. On a recent weekday afternoon, nearly 40 surviving members of that World War II-era class met for their 70th class reunion. Although they’re 88 years old now, …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also …

Northampton Superintendent John Provost, curriculumn director Nancy Cheevers: What exactly is differentiated instruction?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Picture this 8th grade English classroom: Four students read an article on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and prepare a guided tour complete with period costumes. Two additional student groups study models and drawings of the Globe Theatre. They also …

CHALK TALK

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I’ve always thought there is something very comforting about the month of September. The heat of the summer is mostly past, although a few well-placed days of above-80 degrees feel like the months we have just had off …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIRECT MAIL: Northampton Superintendent John Provost believes it is important for educators to be engaged in discussions about public education. This is why he has launched his new blog at ourworkinthenorthamptonschools.blogspot.com. “There are important discussions occurring in the public sphere concerning the future of education, and I think …