Education

Reopening Western Mass Schools

Plans for the new school year vary across western Mass. Some communities are sticking with remote learning while others are offering a hybrid model. Leah Hamilton is the Director of Education for the Barr Foundation, which provides grants to school districts across...

Teachers of Color with Principal Joseph Smith

In Massachusetts, while 40% of students are people of color, only 6% of teachers are people of color. Carolee McGrath sat down with Joseph Smith, the co-interim principal of Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School to learn about the disparity between students of color...

Teaching Cursive in a Digital World

During the midterm election, thousands of mail-in ballots from Florida were thrown out because signatures didn’t match the ones on file. As Connecting Point’s Stephanie Leydon reports, it’s a rare example of the relevance of teaching cursive hand-writing at a time...

Sensory Walks Help Students with ADHD

Settling down for a long day at school can be hard for little ones. For children with ADHD and other sensory challenges, a full school day can be particularly difficult. Occupational therapists and educators in Holyoke are experimenting with a new method to help...