The Hampden Charter School of Science is a top-ranking tuition-free college preparatory school founded in 2009. The mission of the HCSS is to provide a college preparatory-focused education to the youth of every race and ethnic group in Western Massachusetts.

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Polarizing Neutrality, a Historical Discussion

Nov 05, 2021 by wmackinnon

“(h-3) For any social studies course in the required curriculum: A teacher may not be compelled to discuss a particular current event or widely debated and currently controversial issue of public...

Art Education: Incorporating the Arts into the Social Studies Classroom

Nov 05, 2021 by Caroline Forni


The history of art has always been a topic that has fascinated me as a historian.  Art is one of the world’s most ancient tools of communication and it is a form in which we as humans can learn a...

The 6 Academic Writing Assignments - And Assignment Sheets that Make Sense

Nov 04, 2021 by ngodard

Note: The following blog post follows the design elements of Jim Burke's ideal assignment sheets. For examples of assignment sheets written in this format, feel free to email me!  The 6 Academic...

Should we teach Tau instead of Pi?

Jun 16, 2021 by mbabbitt


In the last 20 years, a growing movement has been calling for Pi (π or 3.14…) to be replaced by Tau (τ), which equals 2π or about 6.28. Students should be taught Tau, the argument goes, because it...

Student-Driven Learning in the Modern Classroom

Jun 01, 2021 by wmackinnon

"Anyone... anyone...?" (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) The classroom is changing, evolving and developing in our understanding, curriculum standards, and expectations of both students and teachers. As...

Should we use Textbooks in the History Classroom?

May 25, 2021 by wmackinnon


Should we use Textbooks in the History Classroom? This year we have seen more radical change and adjustment to education than we have in the past 40 years. We've moved towards digital and...