Updating education for new century

Updating education for new century

Three New Hampshire high schools showcased their strategies for teaching in the 21st century at a conference held in Nashua last week.

High School Redesign in Action was held at the Radisson Hotel on Thursday and Friday. Goffstown High School, Timberlane Regional High in Plaistow and the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School were invited to represent New Hampshire at the conference, which included high schools from other New England states.

The focus of the conference was high school innovation. Presenters came from schools that had seen gains in student achievement, graduation rates and college enrollment.

The Virtual Learning Academy offers online courses to high school students across the state free of charge. About two-thirds of the 8,600 course enrollments at the academy are students already enrolled in traditional high schools.

Motivating readers

Elm Street Middle School literacy teacher Beth Iuliano and retired guidance counselor Susan Haas are planning a parent workshop on motivating students to read.

It will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the library loft at Elm Street. It’s free for participants, and is sponsored by the New Hampshire Parent Information and Resource Center.

The goal is to help parents to encourage their children to enjoy reading. Parents will also learn strategies to motivate the reluctant reader and excite their own passion and interest in reading.

For more information, call Haas at 889-1326.

Pawlenty to go around

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be here Thursday to speak to the Nashua Republican City Committee at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The visit will start with a social time with the presumed presidential candidate at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. meeting.

Pawlenty is pronounced almost the same as “plenty,” and that’s fitting. He’s among the plenty of Republicans testing the waters for a 2012 presidential bid.

Accordingly, C-SPAN has confirmed it will cover the visit, city GOP officials said.

Sacco and Vanzetti film

Just a bit outside the city, a documentary film, “The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti,” will be presented by the Italian American Heritage Society at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the American Kenpo Academy meeting room at 150A Nashua Road in Londonderry.

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian immigrants who were executed in 1927 after they were convicted of killing two people during a robbery at a shoe factory in Braintree, Mass.

For more information, call 880-1686 or e-mail Cwpuzzo@comcast.net.

Nashua … From the Inside was compiled by staff writers Michael Brindley and Patrick Meighan.