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Category: Is Our Children Learning

Straight “A” Academy Headmaster Discusses Standardized Testing

(Hours 3b,c) Rich started by taking a call from Dave in Bedford, who commented on Sanctuary Cities.  Rich then spoke to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  Felix began the conversation by wondering about the concept of statewide testing.  They shared about the process of the testing and addressed what is being taught.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 3c) Rich and Felix continued in their assessment of standardized testing, commenting on the push to get everyone to go to college.  They wondered if the SAT should the standard test...

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Superintendent Vargas Looks Back on First Year and Shares Plans for the Future

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for Is Our Children Learning.  Rich asked Dr. Vargas about what he identified as the big issues in the Queen City since he took the office.  They spoke about class sizes, addressing high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, and the Superintendent discussed improving student achievement.  Finally, Superintendent Vargas shared his plans for Manchester to be the best urban district in New England and in the country.  Tune in to get the details!   (Hour 3c) Rich opened the final segment of the day by asking Superintendent Vargas if the efforts...

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A Political Witch Hunt and Discussing House Bill 103

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield of Cornerstone Action for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie began by talking about Chris Pappas and Andru Volinsky’s editorial against Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut.  They then tackled waste in the school system, struggling volunteer groups, Common Core and more. (Hour 3c) Ann Marie continued to display her feelings regarding the op ed piece.  They tackled a potential run for the position of Governor and a lack of wanting to improve the quality of schools.  Ann Marie then brought House Bill 103 to the attention of the listeners, speaking about...

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Diocese of Manchester Discusses Distinctions Found at Catholic Schools

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Allison Mueller, Director of Enrollment Management at the Diocese of Manchester, for Is Our Children Learning.  After inquiring about her title, Rich wondered about how dioceses work and what their influence is within the school district.  They then shared about the structure of the diocese, uniqueness within Catholic schools, enrollment decline and more.  Tune in to get the details!   (Hour 3c) “What is the mission of each and every Catholic school,” Rich asked as he opened up the final segment of the show.  They discussed the academics, affordability, religious leaning, Common Core and...

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Superintendent Vargas Discusses New School Year, Transportation, Etc.

(Hour 3b) Guest hosts BJ Perry and Tyler Clark talked to Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for Is Our Children Learning.  They started the segment by asking Superintendent Vargas question related to food, before talking speaking about the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.  They then discussed registration and whether videotaping committee meetings helps or hinders the process.  Finally, Ward 6 School Board candidate Jon DiPietro called in to inquire about the payment of transportation to schools and about aspects of the Manchester School District that surprised him.  Tune in to get all of the details! ...

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Raising up Young Adults and Discussing Standardized Testing

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  Felix continued in the topic that was inspired by West High School’s cooperative work with CMC.  He and Rich then discussed the system of apprenticeship and the expectation that’s placed on young adults.  Tune in to get the details! (Hour 3c) As Rich and Felix continued for a final segment they talked about Felix’s work with Rich’s son in the area of testing.  They then spoke about rivalries, before discussing standardized testing in lower grades.  Finally, they made comparisons to Finland’s educational...

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Ann Marie Banfield on Technology in the Classroom and the Demise of Math Education

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison at Cornerstone Action, for Is Our Children Learning.  Ann Marie began the segment by addressing the claims of declining teaching jobs in the Granite State.  They discussed the compliance of Charter Schools to the Common Core standards, before tackling technology in the classroom.  Tune in to get all of the details! Click here for Ann Marie’s mentioned blog post.   (Hour 3b) Rich and Ann Marie continued where they left off in their discussion about technology in the classroom.  “Who benefits from technology in the classroom,” Ann Marie wondered....

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School Choice: Implementation in Public Schools

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  Felix discussed the idea of school choice, sharing about the accomplishment of Success Charter Academies in New York, and they tackled the perceived effects of educational Unions.  Tune in to hear more! (Hour 3c) Rich and Felix continued in their assessment about the reach of school choice.  They started by addressing the idea of allowing parents to pick their children’s teachers and discussed how politics have invaded the school system....

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Straight “A” Academy Headmaster on Culture, Sports, and Project Based Learning

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  They started by making comparisons to the SAT and ACT testing, before discussing the concept of culture.  They spoke about the different aspects of culture and shared about the involvement of government.  Tune in for the details!   (Hour 3c) Felix pointed out that that school has become so much of a replacement for the family.  He then continued with the thread of conversation from his last appearance and discussed the involvement of sports in education.  Finally, they tackled project based learning. ...

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Superintendent Vargas on the Rape Case and Changes to West High School

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for Is Our Children Learning.  Rich started by inquiring about the communication surrounding the rape case at West High School and sharing his opinion that an investigation into the now infamous hall at West is warranted.  They then talked about the community effort that Superintendent Vargas is pulling together for West.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 3c) Rich and Superintendent Vargas finished with their discussion about potential changes to West High School and the Manchester School District.  They then spoke about steps to change...

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