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Education As A Way To Find Freedom In Prison

Jan 28, 2019

This is the first in a year-long monthly series of stories called Lessons Learned, exploring personal moments in education.

José Bou considers himself a lucky man. Today, he’s doing what he calls his life’s work at the Holyoke Public School system, bringing family and school leaders closer together and working to reduce chronic student absences.

“I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be,” said Bou.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, Massachusetts.
CAROL LOLLIS / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech has gained a global reputation as a leader in deaf education.

Tenth-grader Sarah Fisher's take on Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," at a recent night of "bad art" in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

For many middle and high school students, the bar is set high for getting good grades, making the team, and landing the lead role in a play. Recognizing that, a library in western Massachusetts recently set the bar really low, offering a carefree event of making bad art.

Nearly 9,000 children and teens have died from opioid poisonings since the epidemic began in the late 1990s, according to Yale epidemiologist Dr. Julie Gaither. An earlier Yale study found that about 30 kids a year died in hospitals, but this time her team analyzed data on deaths in all settings.

Writer Grace Lin recommends some multicultural kids' books families might enjoy this winter season.
NEPR

It's that time of year again: when we turn to author and illustrator Grace Lin for her list of the year's best children's books. 

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