Education Watch: Monday, December 18, 2017
18 December 2017
The McCormick Civil War Institute of Shenandoah University was reported on Thursday, December 14, 2017, to have recently published a new journal. The director of the institute, Jonathan Noyalas, has said that previously there were only two articles in Civil War journals devoted to the Shenandoah Valley. This latest effort by the institute, a publication titled “Journal of the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War,” seeks to shed more light on what was an important tactical region for the Confederate Army.
Shenandoah County Public Schools is proposing adjusting its course offerings for next year, according to reports Thursday. Changes could include renaming the arts program to fine arts in order to incorporate the music department and theater. In an effort to teach students more marketable job skills, the school district would also add a communications system class that teaches imaging technology, graphic productions, video and media technical design and various ways to communicate information through the use of data. These are just a few of the changes proposed. According to the Director of Middle and Secondary Education at Shenandoah County Schools, David Hinegardner, courses are evaluated every year and sometimes changed based on state curriculum changes, endorsement requirements for teachers, or to enhance the course itself.