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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FOCUS by Mike Schmoker

May 12, 2022 by Caroline Forni


In his book FOCUS, Mike Schmoker argues that focusing on what is essential (instead of continuing to adopt new methods for school improvement) will decrease the achievement gap. He argues that...

Art Education: Incorporating the Arts into the Social Studies Classroom Post #3

May 10, 2022 by Caroline Forni


Lesson Plan Samples: Through my research on Art Education, I have become a strong proponent of incorporating the arts into the classroom, and have tried to do so whenever possible in my History...

Grading Smarter, Not Harder

Apr 14, 2022 by Michael Guenette


The book Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn by Myron Dueck contains lots of great ideas about grading. Some of these ideas may work well in...

Origami in Mathematics

Mar 23, 2022 by Michael Guenette


All of mathematics is built upon a solid foundation of fundamental mathematical facts. These building blocks allow subsequent ideas to be hypothesized and in many cases proven, adding to the never...

Art Education: Incorporating the Arts into the Social Studies Classroom Post #2

Mar 16, 2022 by Caroline Forni


Research and Literature Review Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE) is a theory that developed out of the 1960’s when educators and writers began to see art education as its own distinct...

A Cultural Approach to Class Analysis in ELA

Mar 15, 2022 by ngodard

Last year, in a writing conference conducted over Zoom, a student confessed in her college essay draft that she’s “always been afraid to tell people about where [she] lives.” She went on to reveal...