Conferences demonstrate personalized learning process in action

Last month we shared with you the core elements of Vermont’s Act 77: Personalization, Proficiency Based Learning, and Flexible Pathways. This month’s letter will highlight a great example of personalized learning for grades 9-11 at Champlain Valley Union High School. March 23 was Personalized Learning Process Conference Day at CVU. It was a worthwhile event… Read More »

Fact-based dialogue needed in ongoing gun debate — Robert Rich South Burlington

Champlain Valley Union High School student Ethan Duncan’s recent contributions to the Shelburne News are commendable. It is heartening to hear from young people who present cogent, reasoned arguments based on critical thought and factual evidence. In formulating his position, Mr. Duncan demonstrated the capacity to reject the hysterical and fearful misinformation so often presented in… Read More »

Veteran suicide is a preventable tragedy

by Dr. Brett D. Rusch Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death. In the United States, over 42,000 people kill themselves every year and 18 percent of them are veterans. On average, 20 veterans a day die from suicide. We know that in 2014, Vermont lost 24 veterans to suicide, making the suicide rate for Vermont veterans more than three times higher than… Read More »

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