Teaching and Learning in Times of High Stakes Testing

A week from Thursday (6/25), SWR’s own Rob Verbeck will be one of four speakers at the “Teaching and Learning in Times of High Stakes Testing” forum being held at Hofstra from 6 to 8PM.
Yes, the night before the last day of school is kind of inconvenient. But the featured speaker is Jessie Turner, who will be making his second walk from Connecticut to Washington D.C. “to protest the education malpractice that is demoralizing parents and teachers, and turning our children into human capital” and that’s the night he’ll be in this area.
Also on the bill are Debra Goodman, who will be moderating, Hofstra professor and writer Alan Singer, and teacher Elizabeth Lynch, who was one of the speakers at the Patchogue-Medford Forum on March 10th.
The event is free, but tickets are required. You can get more information and get tickets by clicking here

Kudos to Josh and RampShot

Two years ago, Miller Ave P.E. teacher Josh Bonventre came up with the idea for a new outdoor game – sort of in the vein of  corn hole or Kan Jam, but definitely something unique. Last year, Josh and a partner got the game, called RampShot, into a crowd funding project contest with A&E, where it was selected as startup company to support, and the game has started to take off.

Most recently, RampShot received some fantastic news. The game was named one of the top ten new sporting good products by the National Sporting Goods Association. This is a tremendous honor and we hope you will join us in congratulating Josh on this accomplishment.  

To learn more about the game, you can visit the website

This is not intended as an ad for the game, but it is such a great thing to be able to use the SWRTA website to share positive news about one of own and take a short break from the usual stuff.