ED­I­TOR’S NOTE

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It’s time once again for our an­nual Ed­u­ca­tion Is­sue for (201)

Fam­ily. Changes of lead­er­ship on a na­tional and state level may mean a re-ex­am­i­na­tion of the Amer­i­can ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and changes to stan­dard­ized test­ing and as­sess­ment of our schools.

The Com­mon Core, which has been con­tro­ver­sial to say the least, will most cer­tainly be re­viewed to de­ter­mine its prac­ti­cal­ity and value. Ed­u­ca­tors will also re­view teach­ing method­olo­gies and stu­dent suc­cess rates to de­ter­mine the path for the fu­ture.

In this is­sue, we ex­plore in­quiry based learn­ing and the grow­ing im­por­tance and pop­u­lar­ity of STEM (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing and Math) ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive. We also look at school con­fig­u­ra­tions around the area and dis­cuss what works for each com­mu­nity. In ad­di­tion, we ex­am­ine the im­por­tance of occupational ther­apy in the teach­ing and learn­ing process for chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

So many fam­i­lies in our com­mu­ni­ties have had to cope with loved ones in the mil­i­tary. We check in with a cou­ple of Bergen fam­i­lies to see how they’ve han­dled a spouse, sib­ling or child serv­ing over­seas.

On the lighter side, there’s plenty of out­door fun on the hori­zon, whether it’s ski­ing at Camp­gaw in Mah­wah or some of the other lo­cal slopes, or skat­ing at the Ice House in Hack­en­sack or the Ice Vault in Wayne. We’ve got some fun snow­boards and skates as well as mit­tens to keep tiny fin­gers warm in the cold.

Stay warm! AMELIA DUGGAN

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