In case you missed this

There was an important piece of news presented at yesterday’s School Committee meeting. Although the state has asked each school district to prepare three scenarios for school reopening in the fall–in class, hybrid remote and in class, and remote...

Not too remote!

As we consider the high likelihood that at least some portion of the 2020-21 academic year in Newton will be taught via computers, it’s interesting to think about how to make that form of education engaging and effective for the students, and also feasible and...

Another member of the party?

Thus far, with regard to planning for the re-opening of schools in the fall, I had imagined that the key parties would be the Newton Public School administration, the School Committee, and the Newton Teachers Association. After all, these folks have a long history of...

Bypass is not just a highway

With 56 days left before the start of school in September, there’s a lot left to decide. I’m sure the NPS administration, the NTA, and the School Committee are churning through lots of options, and I don’t envy them their jobs. That being said, the...

Students helping teachers?

There’s a lot of negativism about what might happen this coming fall when the schools reopen. Wouldn’t it be great if we could apply our creativity to this situation and come up with ideas that might produce a more positive learning environment for our...

What should be the expectations for the fall?

In the early days of the Covid-19 shutdown, the School Committee and the Newton Teachers Association signed a Memorandum of Agreement concerning the expectations and responsibilities of the teachers and the City. This was a tumultuous time, and it would not be right...

We’ll try to fit it into the day

I’d like to make clear that this post is not a criticism: It’s more a story about the complications and cross-currents in our lives that arise from the COVID-19 virus. A Newton parent related the following story. Concerned about the virus, she’s been...

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