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It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!

Upton Sinclair

the height of irony

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The Magic Wand

As a physicist, I am frequently asked about global warming and climate change. Global warming has been on again, and off again, for the last 160 years coming out of the Little Ice Age. The increase in temperature has been largely beneficial allowing for greater food production and more livable land.

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Region 1 Search Committee

At the Region 1 Board of Education meeting this evening [1/09/17], the Board accepted a Leadership Profile to guide the selection of a new assistant superintendent of schools. This action completes the first phase of the search process to fill the vacancy that will be created when Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain retires in June and Assistant Superintendent Pam Vogel becomes Region 1’s next superintendent. Mary Broderick, our consultant with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Search Services, presented the Leadership Profile to the Search Committee (comprised of Region 1 Board and ABC Committee members), last week. The report is based on conversations with over 60 individuals and 111responses to an online survey. The Search Committee deeply appreciates the time and commitment staff and community members demonstrated by participating in this process. The Leadership Profile will be posted on the Region 1 website on Tuesday, January 10. The website is located at: http://www.region1schools.org/. The Search Committee will conduct semi-finalist interviews later this month.

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Dishonest State Government Strikes

The governor of Connecticut, bless his heart, has cut the Educational Cost sharing funds to our towns at year end, long after the budgets are in motion.  The cuts for each town, with Salisbury taking most of the hit in Region 1.

Town ECS Cuts
Canaan ($9,421)
Cornwall ($16,523)
Kent ($25,634)
North Canaan ($19,984)
Salisbury ($49,305)
Sharon ($32,143)
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Merry Christmas

… and a happy new year

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The Boojum

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;    They pursued it with forks and hope;   They threatened its life with a railway share;    They charmed it with smiles and soap.

Such runs Lewis Carroll’s description of the Hunting of the Snark. His imaginary images of people and prey ring as true today as they did over a century ago. And presidential elections are hunts of the first kind, where the prey is demonized in order to allow all sorts of ridiculous analogies. But the hunt must end, even if the delusions it created go on.

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Old Moose

Due to illness, I will no longer be able to follow the educational process in Region 1. I wish to thank all of you who came to this site for news. God bless you all. Please continue to help our children get the best education possible.

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Two Questions

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The Kent Board of Education faces two very urgent questions. First, how does Kent Center School change to better prepare their students for high school? Second, what is the staffing plan for Kent Center School when enrollment falls to 180-190 students in three to four years? At their regular meeting this week, Assistant Superintendent Pam Vogel asked them to understand the changes taking place at the high school and what that implied for Kent Center School. They also heard from a high school student from Kent who outlined the perceptive differences of the education in each elementary school as viewed in high school classes. The Board responded by verbally attacking Vogel while demanding local autonomy and input from local teachers.

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Toxic Grading Practices

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What Makes a Scientist?

Credit: LIGO Laboratory

Credit: LIGO Laboratory

A significant part of the education of children is the inclusion of technical subjects, starting at an early age. Because the United States has fewer American students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) than the projected need, education organizations have promoted increased emphasis in these areas. Further, these areas would appear to be perfect incubators for personalized learning because each student comes to science from a different direction. For example, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides grants for such efforts as well as other personalized learning directions. Perhaps, in taking a step back, science education should first encourage the characteristics of science exploration. But just what makes a scientist?

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Region 1 Search Committee

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The Region 1 Board of Education and ABC Committee have named a search committee to seek a new Assistant Superintendent of Schools. They invite the communities that make up Region 1 to participate in the process.

On December 7, Dr. Mary Broderick, CABE Search Services consultant working with the Region 1 Search Committee, will conduct a series of focus groups to hear from the community on the qualities, experiences, and characteristics desired in a new leader. Town officials, teachers, administrators, other staff, parents, students, and community members will participate in focus groups. Members of the general public are invited to participate on December 7, 2016 at HVRHS, Room 133, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or December 13, 2016 at Kent Center School, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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