Not Your Father’s School: Jan. 23 Speaker Series Panel Includes Sen. Molly Kelly and AUNE Educators

Molly Kelly

Sen. Molly Kelly

Join New Hampshire State Senator Molly Kelly and a panel of educators for Not Your Father’s School, a discussion on innovation in New Hampshire education, at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 23. The panel discussion is part of Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Spring Speaker Series, and will be held in AUNE’s Community Room. The public is warmly welcome to this free event.

Stephen Jones, president of AUNE, will moderate a panel discussion about how educators are forging new ways to teach in an era of federally mandated standardized tests and the adoption of Common Core curriculum by the state. On the panel:

  • Senator Kelly will talk about New Hampshire Scholars, a community-based program that encourages students to take a more rigorous Core Course of Study in high school. It is based on a partnership between a community’s local business leaders and its school district.
  • David Sobel, core faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Education and author of Childhood and Nature, will discuss nature-based early childhood education and forest kindergarten programs.
  • Tom Julius, core faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Education and director of teacher certification programs, will talk about how charter schools contribute to a robust and responsive public education system in New Hampshire, and what distinguishes New Hampshire’s from charter school systems in other states.
  • Laura Thomas, director of the Antioch Center for School Renewal, will present thinking around 21st Century Skills: communication, collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking. How do we help students gain these skills in an era of increasingly high academic standards and over-taxed teachers and schools?

For more information, contact Sean Wiley, 603-283-2431 or email AUNE is located at 40 Avon Street, Keene, New Hampshire.