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What does it mean to educate the whole child? Ulster BOCES’ writing workshop shows the way

On Board Online • July 21 2014

By Dorothy Slattery
Area 9 Director

To the doctor, the child is a typhoid patient; to the playground supervisor, a first baseman; to the teacher, a learner of arithmetic. At times, he may be different things to each of these specialists, but too rarely is he a whole child to any of them.

The above quotation comes from a report from a White House Conference on Children and Youth. Can you guess what year? It was 1930.

The idea that we ought to be educating the “whole child” is still with us today. While the phrase means different things to different people, one of the core ideas is that every student should be supported by qualified, caring adults who address the student as an individual learner with unique circumstances and challenges.

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Robert Gibson of Questar III BOCES and the Brittonkill Central School Board wins State School Boards’ highest award

FOR RELEASE:  July 30, 2014

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Robert Gibson, president of the Questar III BOCES board and former president and member of the Brittonkill Central School District Board of Education, is the 2014 winner of the Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service. The honor is the New York State School Boards Association’s top award for school board service.


Gibson has served on the Questar III BOCES board for 21 years, including 13 years as the board president.  He previously completed nine years of service with the Brittonkill Central school board, including eight years as president.  Gibson also has served on the Tech Valley High School Operating Board since its inception. 


“I have served with Bob on the Tech Valley board and can attest to his commitment to public education,” said Lynne Lenhardt, NYSSBA president. “He is the consummate school board member and an outstanding role model for others. Bob is a fitting recipient of this award.”

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