Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary &Family Guide for January 27th & 28th, 2018
Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!
Peruse our list of Weekly Suggested Events for January 27th – February 2nd, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.
Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.
And, this weekend, we have a very special announcement: Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!
Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development.
Over twelve years later, Hilltown Families is an award-winning non-profit with a Board of Directors consisting of educators, technology experts, and business people. With over 2.2 million visits to our website, we have 6,000 plus subscribers who receive our free eNewsletter every week, and hundreds of participating institutions who partner with us to reach new audiences, contributing to Wildfield’s vision to create a culture of intentional learning. Hilltown Families began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.
As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. She began mentoring and training organizers in locations as different as Honolulu and Mid-Coast Maine and is talking to others. In addition to developing a framework other communities in the country can follow to create their own networks, Wildfield is also working on a book about her innovative ideas for community-based education.
As Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.
Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/jobs. Please spread the word!
LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 27th – February 2nd, 2018
- Hilltown Families Steps Out as National Model, Seeks New Executive Director
- Suggested Events for January 27th – February 2nd, 2018
- African American History: Learning through the Lens of the Season
- YA Book Reviews for the Seasons: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Weekdays in Western MA: January 22 – 26, 2018
- HFVS New Beginnings Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Podcast/Radio Show)
- Ice Harvesting: Learning through the Lens of the Season
- Saturday Morning Music Party with Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective, Feb. 10th!
- Let Them Grow: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
- Learning Landscape for January: Tracking to Learn Winter Habits
- HFVS with Guest DJ, Gina Ferragame (Podcast/Radio Show)
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