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Clarkson’s Beacon Institute Is Moving to Its New Home at Dennings Point This Month

For over a decade, Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute has been a mainstay of downtown Beacon. From its location on Main Street, the Institute has become a leading voice in research into healthy water solutions in the region and has been an important local resource for STEM-driven educational programs for K-12 students, families, and the public alike. This June marks a major milestone for the growth of the Institute, as it officially relocates just a few miles south to Dennings Point—a scenic 64-acre peninsula that juts into the Hudson River and is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park.


The Homestead School Announces Expansion into High School

The move will make Homestead the first Montessori school in the region to offer education for grades PreK-12
In the 42 years since the Homestead School was founded in Glen Spey, its nature-based, humanitarian Montessori education has nourished thousands of self-motivated students and instilled a greater sense of responsibility to community and to the Earth. Originally only offering grades PreK-2, the school has thoughtfully expanded to grade 8 over the years to meet the needs of its growing families and students. This year, the school is making another transformative leap forward into high school. The move will make Homestead the first Montessori school in the region to offer the educational model for grades PreK-12.


Swept Downstream: On A Year Of Education During The Pandemic

Onteora junior Sophie Frank has had a tough year battling the isolating and often times frustrating task of attending high school from behind a screen.


Kingston Catholic School’s In-Person Reopening Plan Has Been a Success

When schools shut down last March, many educators were left wondering how they could possibly adapt to the pandemic’s new normal. But the Catholic Archdiocese of New York lost no time, immediately setting to work designing reopening plans for its more than 150 New York schools, in consultation with a team of architects, healthcare consultants, school leaders, and staff. The large-scale, proactive effort has played a vital role in allowing Kingston Catholic Schoo. to remain open for all five days a week since last fall.


Making Private School Education More Affordable

The Tuition Reset Model at Stoneleigh-Burnham School
The pandemic has driven many schools to take a long hard look at what affordability in education really means for students and families. At Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS), a private girls school serving grades 7-12 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, it’s a conversation that has been years in the making. In 2019, the school announced it was reducing tuition for its local day school students by more than 40 percent. This year, the school is extending its “tuition reset” to its boarding students—reducing tuition by 16 percent for the 2021-2022 academic year.


Hands-On Environmental Programming at the Beacon Institute

Clarkson University is committed to engaging K-12 students in STEM during the pandemic
With the introduction of full-time remote learning and limited in-person classes, creating meaningful educational experiences for students has never been more challenging. Families and schools in the Hudson Valley have a resource in Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute, which remains committed to providing inspiring and educational programming for students and school systems that help ignite interest in science in kids of all ages.


The Kids Are Online

Jennier Strodl of Liberi School Speaks to her Institution's Transition to All-Virtual Learning
Jennifer Strodl, founder of Hudson’s Liberi School, explains her decision to take her school to an all-virtual educational environment.


What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in the Age of the Coronavirus

A Q&A with Dr. David Wells, Upper School Biology Teacher at the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer
With so many different approaches to this academic year among schools in New York State, teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike are navigating unprecedented changes to pedagogy in real-time.  To get a teacher's perspective on one school's hybrid approach, we interviewed Dr. David Wells, who teaches Biology at the Doane Stuart in Rensselaer, on how his students are adjusting to being back in school in-person and the work of the school's Covid Response Team.


A Student's Perspective on Going Back to School During a Pandemic

A Q&A with Doane Stuart rising senior Olakunsi Peters
With the diverse array of in-person, remote, and hybrid programs necessitated by the pandemic, the experiences of teachers, parents, and students alike are bound to play an important role in charting the success of another unprecedented semester. For a student’s perspective, we interviewed Olakunsi Peters, a rising senior at the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer, on her experience with online learning, what it's like to return to the school this fall, and how it feels to be a graduating senior during a pandemic.


How This Independent School for Girls Built a Robust Distance Learning Program

Inside Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Approach for the Fall
For many schools, the choice of an in-person, remote, or hybrid fall semester was a complex equation influenced by the school’s size, digital learning resources, and more. For Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts the need to equitably serve both its local and international students alike became a driving force behind the school's new distance learning program, Meet Our Remote Experience (MORE).


A Map of Hudson Valley Waldorf Schools

A guide to all the Waldorf schools in the Hudson Valley region.


Academic Adaptability: The Doane Stuart School Rolls Out Hybrid Approach for the Fall

Despite all the challenges schools face this year, the Doane Stuart School's new Director of Enrollment Management, Karen Teich, knows that the Rensselaer independent college preparatory school has the right team and approach to navigate the upcoming academic year.


Arts Education in COVID-19: Chronogram Conversations Recap

On June 30, Chronogram hosted a virtual conversation on Zoom with educators from across the region about the challenges and opportunities of teaching art during a pandemic. The conversation was sponsored by Cornell Creative Arts Center.


Pandemic Pivot: Educators Re-Examine Long-Held Assumptions

Schools across the region—from kindergarten to higher ed—are questioning long-held assumptions.


Going the Distance: This Capital Region School Has Embraced the Remote Learning Challenge

With their curriculum safe in hand, Doane Stuart is sharing educational resources with the public
Doane Stuart has made a successful pivot to online learning as their students continue their usual 8am to 3pm schedule from home. Eager to share their educational modules with the public, the capital region school has also created a Google Drive folder with short mini lessons that are open for anyone to view.



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