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Passion for history lands teacher on YouTube, new H2 TV network

On Board Online • September 1, 2014

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Buffalo social studies teacher Keith Hughes calls his video camera his “second classroom.”

Tens of thousands of viewers have seen one or more of the 200-plus videos posted on his YouTube channel, HipHughesHistory, over the last five years or so.

“Learning should be fun, focused and free,” Hughes declares in a video invitation to students, life-long learners and other prospective viewers he playfully refers to as “the cray-cray on the Internets.” (Cray-cray is slang for “crazies.”)

With his black-framed hipster eyeglasses and whacky-yet-intense presentation style, Hughes could inspire comparisons to comedians Drew Carey and Lewis Black. Exclamations of “Giddyup!” punctuate his remarks, and an oft-repeated catchphrase – “Where attention goes, energy flows” – doubles as a slogan for his educational philosophy.

Hughes, 42, began reaching a new audience this year through his participation in a nationally televised program called United Stuff of America. The show is produced for the H2 network, an affiliate of the History Channel, by Leftfield Pictures, best known for the popular show Pawn Stars.

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Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on grades 3-8 test scores

FOR RELEASE:  August 14, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Today’s test results for students in grades 3-8 are encouraging. More students than last year were deemed proficient in math and English/language arts.  

That said, too many students in our schools still are not reaching the mark. The state’s “matched students” approach is a promising tool that could help schools better understand individual student growth and needs in specific subject areas. 


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