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Amherst Regional High School teacher Carolyn Gardner speaks during a vigil held for her last April on the Amherst Common.

Complaint details threats endured by former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — A complaint submitted to the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner offers more detail on the racist graffiti, threatening notes and other apparent attacks that led up to her departure from the school system. The 14-page document was made public Thursday night. In it, Gardner, who has not …

Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee features 30 teams Thursday night

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — A friendly competition to see how well people know arcane trivia, in particular about elections, will help raise money to support local educational initiatives. The 20th annual Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee, featuring 30 teams competing for the top prize, will be held at the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Last year, the event, which …

Area briefs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easthampton APPLE A DAY 5K: The second annual “Apple A Day 5k” to benefit city elementary schools is Sunday at Easthampton High School. The event begins with a quarter-mile fun run around the school at 12:15 p.m., and a two-mile walk through Nonotuck Park at 12:30 p.m. The 5k — or 3.1-mile — run through Nonotuck Park starts at 1 p.m. Registration on …

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 …


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 …

NHS teacher makes a splash

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ALL WET : Northampton High School science teacher Dan Moylan started his school year off with a splash. On the first day of school, Moylan asked his biology and environmental science classes to take part in the Ice …

NY school district investigating photos of students wearing ‘rape’ T-shirts

Friday, September 19, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Commack school officials said Friday that they are investigating two photographs on social media depicting five district high school seniors in T-shirts spelling out “rape” and could take “disciplinary and legal action if applicable.” The district, located in Suffolk County, N.Y., said in two separate …

New White House campaign targets campus sex assaults

Friday, September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Friday launched a new public awareness campaign at campuses across America to prevent sexual assaults. Called “It’s on Us,” the new campaign will try to get students and others on college and university campuses to play a …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or …

Winners of MacArthur ‘genius grants’ unveiled

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s …