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Retired special educator Bob Scobie at his home in Hanover, N.H., on May 1, 2015. Scobie has written a pair of guidebooks to help parents and educators hold productive meetings about how to help special-needs students. {Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Meeting Expectations: Longtime Educator Bob Scobie Produces Guidebooks Aimed at Improving Special Education Sessions

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bob Scobie has witnessed from all angles the challenges faced by special education students. After decades as a classroom teacher, education researcher, principal and learning specialist, as a parent of two sons with learning issues and as a volunteer advocate for parents of special needs students, he had amassed a deep working knowledge of how parents and schools worked together …

Students Write About a Spooky Photograph and Where They Feel Most Safe

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The Voice. YWP is supported by …

Tucked Away in an Attic, Hidden Stories for Young Writers

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The Voice. YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize …

Young Writers Project: Traveling Space in Search of Stardust

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Colby-Sawyer Offers Tuition Pledge

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New London — Students considering attending or currently attending Colby-Sawyer College can avoid concerns over annual increases in both in tuition and room and board by locking in those current costs under the college’s price and graduation promise program. The program, announced last week, freezes costs for an …

Small Districts Feel the Squeeze: Vermont Bill Pushes Consolidated Schools

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mergers. Consolidation. Realignment. Whatever term is used, the core concept behind a major educational reform bill wending its way through the Vermont Statehouse is the same: The state’s taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for the diminished …

House Speaker Receives Variety Of Proposals on Vt. Education

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In December, Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith asked “taxpayers, stakeholders and policy makers” to submit proposals to improve the quality of education and keep costs down. The speaker’s request opened a floodgate through which a range of Vermonters — school board members and parents, attorneys and college professors, …

Bill Aims to Induce School Mergers

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The bill being considered by the Vermont Legislature, H. 361, recommends 25 distinct changes to state education law. At least five of the proposed changes are a set of carrots and sticks meant to induce the state’s supervisory …

Upper Valley Lawmakers Hold Key Posts

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Upper Valley is well represented on the 11-member House Education Committee, which passed the consolidation bill on a unanimous vote. Rep. Kevin Christie, D-Hartford, is the ranking member of the committee, while Sarah Buxton, D-Tunbridge, is the committee’s clerk. While the 1,100 student minimum the bill proposes …

Dartmouth To Enforce Liquor Ban

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hanover — Stiff sanctions will soon take effect for students and organizations found in violation of Dartmouth College’s new ban on hard liquor, college officials announced last week. After March 28, undergraduates caught drinking or in possession of alcohol over 30 proof, or 15 percent alcohol, likely will …

On School Consolidation, Vermont Could Learn From Maine

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are working on legislation this session that would create a 1,100-student minimum for the state’s school districts. The proposal is an effort to improve educational offerings and to curb property tax rates that have been rising rapidly throughout the state while student enrollment declines. …

School Notes: Rivendell Principal’s Letter Sparks Response From State

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Given a choice, Keri Gelenian would test the will of the Vermont and federal education agencies rather than put his Rivendell Academy students and staff through another high-stakes standardized exam this spring. Given the nearly $500,000 in federal …

Exploring The Fears Of a Child Abandoned

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …