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March 16 2017

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The concert will make Matthew the world’s youngest ever conductor!

Matthew’s performance will form part of NSO’s ‘Animal Magic!’ show which will also feature Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky and Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev.

Neil Bennison, music programme manager at the Royal Concert Hall, said young conductors like Matthew are rare.

Successful conductors have to be team managers, leaders, motivators and diplomats, and these people skills take time to develop and require a level of maturity that only comes with years of experience.Orchestras can be pretty merciless to conductors for whom they have no respect, so you’d have to be a supremely confident young maestro to win over a lot of hardened professional musicians.

Derek Williams, NSO conductor and Matthew’s music teacher, added: 

I spotted Matthew’s musical talent very early on in his musical tuition as I’ve been teaching him violin for five years. There aren’t many children who have the ability to conduct a 75-strong orchestra from memory and it’s a really incredible thing to witness.

Can we be honest for a moment and say that it’s rare to hear anything positive on the news, especially when it comes to black children? Matthew Smith is definitely making history. This young man is talented. I hope he does well and goes far.


March 12 2017

District Chief Is Targeted for Comment About Trump - Education Week

Maine's Republican Party is accusing a school superintendent of pushing a political agenda after he suggested an attack on several black students was the result of President Donald Trump's stance on immigrants and minorities.

Tool Aims to Help Schools Better Identify English-Language Learners

A new Regional Education Laboratory tool aims to take some of the guesswork out of the home-language survey process used to identify students who need extra support to learn English.

March 03 2017

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February 26 2017

February 19 2017

Steep Learning Curve on K-12 as State Leaders Take New Seats - Education Week

At a pivotal time for education policy, half the nation's state legislatures have at least one new education committee chairperson, and a quarter of schools chiefs are less than a year into the job.

AFT President Urges Big-City Mayors to Shield Immigrant Students, Families

The American Federation of Teachers is concerned about recent federal immigration raids that swept up hundreds of undocumented immigrants, President Randi Weingarten said.

February 12 2017

New Podcast Focuses on English-Language-Learner Education

The podcast host wants to "ensure that all English-language learners are able to get an equitable education and really succeed in school."

February 05 2017

Comment on moroccan-spiced spaghetti squash by Holly Keyes

Made this with a small spaghetti squash tonight and it was excellent. I made the butter mixture but didn't pour it all on as there was only about 2 cups of “spaghetti”. We used the leftover butter for the roasted cauliflower – that stuff will rescue any veggie. My housemate tried it and loved it and he is not keen on squash. Roasted in the oven for 45-50 minutes to perfection.

January 29 2017

Comment on potato chip cookies by Sarah

Smashtacular. Had no need of chocolate additions whatsoever. Crispy-crumbly-buttery-fabulous all by itself.

January 25 2017

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