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Category: Is Our Children Learning

Superintendent Vargas on Putting an End to the Politics, District Improvements, Special Ed, Etc.

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for the final Is Our Children Learning segment.  Rich began by asking the Superintendent why he would like to extend his time as the Superintendent.  They then spoke about areas of improvement in the School District since his appointment, efforts to reach out to sectors in the community and more.  Tune in to get the details! (Hour 3c) As Rich and Superintendent Vargas continued they addressed Special Education, fiscal responsibility and...

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Preparing for Standardized Testing, Revamping the SAT and Social/Emotional Needs of Students

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  Felix began the segment by speaking about work that he’s doing at West High School and in Goffstown to help prepare students to take the SAT.  They then shared about differences between the SAT and the ACT, measuring student progress, and more.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 3c) Rich took a call from former Hooksett School Board member John Lyscars, who inquired about the revamping of the SAT.  Felix then told Rich about an area in the new...

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Oh My Head: Special Ed!

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich talked to Ann Marie Banfield, an unpaid lobbyist at Cornerstone Action, and her guest Jane Ryan for Is Our Children Learning.  Jane shared about her son’s diagnosis of autism before taking a call from John in Hooksett, who asked a question about public information.  Tune in to get all of the details!   (Hour 3b) As the group continued they discussed the purpose of special education.  They talked about vocational rehabilitation, segregated learning, capability to learn and more.  They then took a call from Judy in Manchester, who shared her frustration with what’s happening with vocational...

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An Inverted Educational System and Hands on Learning

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  Felix began by addressing the inverted educational system that is limiting the potential of education in the Granite State.  They then addressed the relationship between Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and the Teacher’s Union, Jon DiPietro’s political event, and more.  Tune in to get all of the details!   (Hour 3c) As Rich and Felix continued the discussion by tackling some of the differences between urban and rural...

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Manchester Superintendent Vargas on Changes to West High and Parker Varney’s System

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Manchester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas for Is Our Children Learning.  Rich started by addressing the Superintendent’s usage of his raise money, before sharing about the attempt to positively alter the educational experience at West High School.  Tune in to get all of the details!   (Hour 3c) As Rich and Superintendent Vargas continued they discussed Parker Varney School’s educational approach.  They then spoke about the Superintendent’s upcoming Coffee and Conversation event, working together for the benefit of children, and...

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Test Prep and Merrimack’s High School Controversy

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  They began the segment by speaking about the efficacy of review preparation.  They then tackled the homework controversy in Merrimack and took a call from Town Councilor Bill Boyd, whose daughter goes to Merrimack High School.   (Hour 3c) As Rich and Felix continued they resumed their discussion about the merits of homework.  Tune in to get all of the...

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Straight “A” Academy Headmaster Discusses Standardized Testing (Part 2)

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Felix Alvarado, Headmaster at Straight “A” Academy, for Is Our Children Learning.  They continued where they left off in last week’s discussion about standardized assessments.  Felix spoke about his plans for advancing schools in the near future, before Rich displayed his frustration in the terminology that testing professionals utilize.  Tune in to get the details!  (Hour 3c) Felix began by answering Rich’s questions about the scoring of the standardized testing.  Rich shared his confusion regarding the Manchester School District’s approach towards standardized assessments and inquired about Felix’s opinions.  They then tackled statistics, individual performance...

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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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