Education News and Notes

Host a Spanish student for just three weeks

BRATTLEBORO — Host families are urgently needed for a group of Spanish students that will be spending three-and-a-half weeks in the area this summer, to improve their English and experience American family life. These boys and girls, who range in age from 15 to 17, arrive June 25 and depart on July 20. They are all from the Basque region of Spain and come with their own spending money and medical insurance.

Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips to Boston and Six Flags. It's fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling, and students have their own spending money and medical insurance. Host family siblings are encouraged to join in on the trips, too.

Hosting a student from another country is a great way to expand your family's horizons, share some summer experiences with a teen who's eager to learn, and to make a lifelong friend from another country. Interested families are encouraged to call Jill Stahl Tyler at 802-254-2879 or email as soon as possible.

WSESU offers publicly funded pre-kindergarten education

BRATTLEBORO — Windham Southeast Supervisory Union announces that school districts in the towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, and Vernon will offer funding for 10 hours per week of pre-kindergarten education for 3 to 5 year olds in community-based preschools that contract with their local school districts.

Pre-kindergarten education is designed to provide young children with developmentally appropriate early learning experiences based on Vermont's Early Learning Standards. In the 2015-16 school year, 182 children in the WSESU towns used public pre-k funding to attend 18 different preschools that have partnership contracts with a WSESU school district.

Applications for this opportunity are available at area preschools, on the WSESU website at, and by calling Janice Stockman at 254-3755.

Forestry scholarships available

BRATTLEBORO — The Windham Regional Woodlands Association is currently seeking scholarship applications from Windham County high school seniors or college students interested in forestry or an allied field (e.g., wildlife management). WRWA will award one $3,000 scholarship for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters ($1,500 per semester) to a Windham County resident attending or about to enroll in a two- or four-year college program in Forest Management or a related major. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.

For more information, email WRWA at or go to, and click on Scholarships.

SIT hosts Lewy Global Education Technology Forum April 25

BRATTLEBORO — The School for International Training specializes in using experiential learning to educate the next generation of global leaders. How does that concept work in an era when technology is changing how we learn, and even what "classroom" means? On April 25, SIT hosts the free Lewy Global Education Technology Forum, where you can join education leaders in exploring the challenges and opportunities of using new technology to enhance education.

Keynote speakers include Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation, Davison Mupinga from Kent State University, and Tom Sayer of Google for Education.

Sessions will explore: Technology for Inclusion: What are the best tools and applications to help students with diverse needs and those who use assistive technology? Technology for Collaboration: How can we best collaborate and communicate more efficiently with colleagues and students? Technology for Administration: What does a cohesive, unified platform for business and student interaction look like? Technology for Learning: What tools will help students apply theory to practice? How can we use technology to enhance focus on social justice, reciprocity, and experiential education?

As a virtual or in-person guest, you'll join students, faculty, and staff from SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad, The Experiment in International Living, and other World Learning departments; representatives from partner institutions; experts in education technology; and leaders from technology companies.

Registration for the free event is required, and is available at education-technology- forum-sit/. Registration deadline is April 15.

Parks and Rec announces chess tournament results

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Department held its 9th Annual Youth Chess Tournament on March 25. Eight students, ranging from kindergarten to 7th grade participated.

After four rounds of play, the event ended with a three-way tie for first place. Employing tie-break methods, which are used by the U.S. Chess

Federation, 6th-grader Solomon Ponzio was awarded first place, 7th-grader Georgia Hornsby took second, and 5th-grader Sam Madow took third.

First-grader Max Madow tied with M. J. Iams, who is in kindergarten, for fourth place.

Also competing were third-graders Tucker Hessel and Varek Tuma, and first grader Jackson Ferraira.

Chess Class Instructor Eric Strickland directed.


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