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MCLA Alumni to Present at Creative Writing Event
04:34PM / Monday, November 07, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The MCLA English & Communications Department will host 15 alumni for a creative writing reading and showcase event to learn more about their post-graduate paths on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in Murdock Hall 218.     Alumni will read poetry and prose, and present visual art and graphic design projects. The event will also showcase possible career paths after graduating with a liberal arts degree.    For participating alumni, their work ranges from small business operations to social justice work, from the publishing industry to graduate work at various universities. Some still reside in Berkshire County, but others will travel from the

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BArT Students Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
08:24AM / Monday, November 07, 2022
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ADAMS, Mass. —The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a merit-based program that provides credit towards tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university.

For this scholarship, merit is based on student scores on the 10th-grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test.

This year's recipients at Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School are Sheldon Alexander, Jacob Brown, Ivan Chen, Felee Davis, Isaac Huberdeau, Riley Jowett, Matthew Lizzo, Ranger McGinnis, Sawyer Moser, Ruby Pullaro-Clark, Ndey Touray, Matthew Weiskotten, and Giordan Zavatter.

To be eligible for the scholarship,

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Former North Adams School Committee Member Honored for Service
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:38PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Heather Putnam Boulger spent 24 years as a member of the School Committee until stepping down from last year's election.    But her long service hasn't been forgotten: Boulger is being honored with a Massachusetts Association of School Committees' Life Member Award.    The award will be presented at the MASC annual conference in Hyannis on Friday but the School Committee, friends and family celebrated the honor with cake after Tuesday's meeting. She is one of only two North Adams committee members honored as life members, the other being John Hockridge in 2017.   "Heather has demonstrated a passion for quality

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MCLA's Education Department Launches Professional Development Project for Paraeducators
08:28AM / Wednesday, November 02, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the annual county-wide professional development (PD) day this November, the Massachucetts Colleg of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Education Department will present a new series curated for paraprofessional educators in Berkshire County.     According to a press release, the Professional Development for Paraprofessionals Project will seek to grow and strengthen the corps of educational professionals in Berkshire County through in-person and online training opportunities and through collaborative activities centered on the care of self, colleagues, students, and families as whole persons and as vital members of the pre-kindergarten through high school

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BArT First Quarter Honor Roll
04:00PM / Monday, October 31, 2022
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced the students who made the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2022-2023 school year.     Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors".  Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."   Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.   Students in

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MCLA Information Sessions for Continuing Education, Graduate Programs
08:25AM / Monday, October 31, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Division of Graduate & Continuing Education (DGCE) will host information sessions for those interested in completing a Bachelor's Degree or pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).    The 30-minute information sessions will be available in person and online in North Adams and Pittsfield.    The community is invited to the Nov. 1 information session at 5 p.m. remotely online only, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. in Pittsfield at 66 Allen St., and Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. in North Adams, MCLA Eldridge Hall room 206, with optional remote registration for the latter two sessions.    MCLA's

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MCLA Education Department Offers MTEL Prep Courses
12:00PM / Tuesday, October 25, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Those interested in obtaining teacher licensure in Massachusetts are invited to register for the Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) preparation courses.     The courses will be held online on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 & 13, and cover Communication and Literacy and Foundations of Reading.   Communications and Literacy: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.   Foundations of Reading: 1 to 4 p.m.   Each semester the College's Education Department offers classes to prepare students for the MTEL. Each class will focus on a specific test and be taught by instructors

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Tap for Joy Workshops at MCLA Art Lab this Fall
10:44AM / Friday, October 21, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This Fall MCLA Arts & Culture (MAC) is offering free tap dancing workshops by teacher Jenny Herzog at the MCLA Art Lab.     From October to November, all ages and skill levels can learn how to "Tap for Joy."    Featured on NPR and in the Boston Globe, Herzog started the community workshop during the pandemic to bring people together.     The workshops are free and open to the public and will occur on Saturday afternoons. Shoes and boards will be provided.    Oct 29, 12:00-1:15 p.m.  Nov 5, 12:00-1:15 p.m.  Nov 12, 12:00-1:15 p.m.  Nov 19, 12:00-1:15 p.m.    Herzog is a

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MCLA Returning to Pre-pandemic Patterns, In-class Instruction
By Brian Rhodes,
05:07AM / Tuesday, October 18, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA president James Birge said students are mostly doing well to start the new school year, after two-and-a-half years of remote or hybrid instruction.   "I think all of us know that the pandemic hasn't disappeared. It's in an endemic stage, and so there's a little bit of disease, but generally, the people that I've encountered seem really excited to be back," he said. "Really happy to be sitting with people and not necessarily online."   Birge updated the school's Board of Trustees on the beginning of the semester at its meeting on Thursday. He said the college is starting to return to more familiar patterns,

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MCLA Welcomes Seven New Faculty Members
02:01PM / Sunday, October 16, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is pleased to announce that seven new faculty members will be joining the Trailblazer community for the College’s fall semester: Eunice Uhm, Mariah Hepworth, Omotara Adeeko, Carter J. Carter, Darren Johnson, Amy Shapiro, and Kara Corlew.    New faculty members include:    joins MCLA's Fine and Performing Arts Department as an assistant professor of art history and museum studies. She specializes in modern and contemporary art, with a transnational focus on the United States and East Asia. Her work examines the conditions of migration and the diasporic aesthetic subjectivities in the works

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