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An outstanding education series

Dear Editor:I would like to congratulate the Aspen community on another outstanding education series.Where else would a group of dedicated volunteers scour the nation for top-notch speakers, garner the financial support of dozens of businesses and individuals, work in tandem with the school district to create a meaningful in-service for teachers and provide free baby-sitting for busy parents?The two speakers, Jane Nelson and Martha Kaufeldt, spent the day presenting material on brain research and development, as well as positive discipline. They join a growing list of prominent authors/speakers who have graced the stage at the Aspen Education Series, including Mary Pipher, Jim Fay, David Elkind, Michele Borba, Jim Thompson and Bob Bigelow.In addition to the evening workshop for parents (which saw a full house), the afternoon’s teacher in-service included all Aspen School District faculty, as well as faculty from Aspen Community School, Aspen Country Day, Alpine Christian Academy, Basalt schools and many preschool educators.To top it all off, proceeds from the event will help defray costs at the hugely popular Aspen Youth Center!”No Child Left Behind” is a wonderful idea that, sadly, often translates to test scores and lack of individuality, and Colorado continues to rank at the very bottom of educational funding for its students. I feel privileged to live in a community that raises its own bar and places such an emphasis on education – for children and adults.Thank you to all sponsors and attendees, and to the Aspen Youth Center … for just being. Charla BelinskiSnowmass Village


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