UVEI's founder, two-time director and Board member emerita, Barbara Ragle Barnes, died on March 7, 2018 at the age of 94. Barbara Barnes was not only the founder, two-time director, and a Board member emeritus of UVEI, she was a friend and mentor to me -- as I know she was for so many educators around the Upper Valley and well beyond. On behalf of all of us at UVEI, it was an honor to work and learn from Barbara.  Our work will not be the same without her, and we will miss her!

 

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Education is inspiring. There aren’t too many jobs out there that allow us to do intellectually stimulating work, impact young people (sometimes in life-changing ways) and make a decent living. Leadership in schools is even more impactful and inspiring. Leaders have the power to transform teacher-learning, and therefore student learning, affecting thousands of individuals across the lifespan of a career in school leadership.

Now imagine the impact of that work, teaching and leading, times ten. That’s what it’s like to work at UVEI.  

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Masters Cohort is a Learning Community

 

It’s 4:30 on a Thursday afternoon in the middle of October. A group of a dozen educators--new and veteran teachers, UVEI graduates, UVEI teacher interns, teachers with no previous experience with UVEI, some in person and others through video--are gathered to collectively analyze video of each other teaching as part of the UVGSE Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. They share a common goal: to improve their teaching through collaborative inquiry. And feeling connected is key to improvement.

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