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Education

  • A recipe for success

    By Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    MORA — The interior of the Joseph Montoya gymnasium at Mora High School is filled with athletic banners celebrating state championships and other athletic achievements. On Thursday afternoon, another banner was unveiled in front of hundreds of students at the “Home of the Champions.”

    This time, however, the banner celebrates the school’s academic success.

  • Dear Teacher - Jan. 17, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler
    Readers: With the school year reaching its halfway point, it’s a good time to think about the standardized tests looming ahead. For some students there is a lot of anxiety surrounding these tests. Being successful in school certainly rests on students being good test-takers. Fortunately, there are a few things that parents can do to help their children approach these tests with more confidence.

    First of all, you need to know that standardized tests are prepared by testing companies, not by the classroom teacher.

  • English professor to lead Shakespeare reading group

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An upcoming Shakespeare reading group at Highlands University will explore works like Hamlet while marking the 400-year anniversary of the English playwright’s death. 

    “A Comedy, A Tragedy and an Adaptation: A Shakespeare Reading and Discussion Group” will be led by Highlands University English professor and Shakespeare scholar Donna Woodford-Gormley.

  • Student refurbishes, donates pianos

    By Amy Bounds
    Daily Camera

    BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder High senior Jack Gaffney painted his first piano a couple of years ago, spattering a 1956 spinet piano that he found on Craigslist with multiple colors beforehand, painting the keys.

    A musician, he used the lightweight piano — tuned and refurbished by his piano technician, Ryan Elison — to perform on Pearl Street Mall over the past three summers.

    “I love performing on Pearl Street Mall,” he said. “It might be my favorite place to play.”

  • Students of the month - Jan. 17, 2016
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  • Another Perspective: Holiday visits for long-term care residents

    Holidays can be a challenging time for residents of long-term care facilities, and their families. Two questions are often asked: Can I bring my loved one home, or to a holiday celebration, and what can I do to ensure a successful visit that doesn’t feel awkward?  

  • Indiana teacher-soldier excels at balancing duties

    By Michelle Sokol
    The Elkhart Truth

    When Jordan Willsey traded the battlefield for the classroom, he brought with him a global perspective that he tries to impress on his students.

    Willsey, now a teacher at Goshen High School, was compelled by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2002. After two deployments to Iraq, Willsey arrived back home in South Bend in 2009 and decided he wanted to “stop being a doofus and grow up.”

  • Deaf Santa brings joy to children

    By Dave Lavender
    The Herald-Dispatch

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Four-year-old Steshka Snyder could not sit, she could not wait.

    With her dolly wrapped tight and her mom’s hand in tow, she briskly walked around waiting on someone she has never seen in person - Santa.

    Snyder had something to tell him in American Sign Language — “I want My Little Pony.”

    And this Santa, played by 21-year-old deaf college student Bradley Walker, understood every signed word and made that wish come true.