Imagine a classroom where students dance the lifecycle of a
seed or learn about food production by meeting farmers and eating local
food. Those are activities that are
planned for the state’s first two magnet schools. The schools will focus on arts and
sustainability and will be part of the Burlington
School District in the fall. We talk with one of the school’s principals,
Paula Bowen, and with Vermont’s
Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca about how magnet schools fit into our
education system, and how the model could be spread statewide.
Also, Steele Taylor
is a UVM undergrad in the department of Nutrition and Food Science who’s done
research on "Short-Term Effects of Diet on Cognitive Performance." Basically, he’s been looking at what, when
and how much students should eat to best boost their chances of doing well on
their exams. We talk with Taylor about how he got interested in this kind of
And, we go hunting for fiddlehead ferns with Wild Edibles
experts Nova Kim and Les Hook.