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NPR Ed
9:44 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Brains At Play

Play is crucial to social development.
Xaver Xylophon NPR

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:15 am

This week at NPR Ed, our series Playing To Learn will explore questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

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Code Switch
2:04 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Forgoing School To Pay The Bills

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:12 am

Starting a career in a struggling economy is difficult, no matter what your background. But for young people in Langley Park, Md., a predominantly immigrant community near Washington, D.C., it is fraught with additional economic and family pressures.

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Education
4:04 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

In Louisville, Ky., Minecraft Teaches Math

Originally published on Sun August 3, 2014 5:52 pm

Copyright 2014 Louisville Public Media. To see more, visit http://www.louisvillepublicmedia.org/.

Education
4:04 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:11 am

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ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST:

I'm joined now by my colleague on the NPR Ed Team, Cory Turner. He's done most of our Common Core reporting, and he edited this postcard series. Cory, thanks for coming in.

CORY TURNER, BYLINE: Thanks for having me, Eric.

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Sat August 2, 2014

'You Don't Really Know Us,' Chicago Kids Tell News Media

Fifth-graders from the Bradwell School of Excellence in Chicago's South Shore area wrote an op-ed piece for The Chicago Tribune this week, explaining how they see their neighborhood.
Google

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:53 am

Tired of seeing their neighborhood portrayed in news reports as a desolate and violent place, fifth-graders in Chicago's South Shore area wrote what their teacher calls a "counternarrative." Their op-ed for The Chicago Tribune includes this line: "This isn't Chi-raq. This is home. This is us."

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Education
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Encouraging Kids To Do Dangerous Things

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:49 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

A lot of parents these days can be protective of their children - maybe, even overprotective. They weren't always.

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Education
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Amid Criticism, States Gear Up For Common Core

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:49 am

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NPR Ed
7:34 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Postcards From The Common Core Classroom

Normally, nail polish on a desk would be a sign of distraction. Not in this Common Core classroom.
Becky Vevea WBEZ

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:23 pm

The Common Core State Standards have become a political hot potato. In some cases, a punching bag. (Pick your cliche.) But the fact remains that, in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the standards are being used — and big changes in what we expect of young students mean many teachers are also having to rethink what and how they teach.

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TED Radio Hour
8:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

"As the boundaries of what we determine as the safety zone grow ever smaller, we cut off our children from valuable opportunities to learn how to interact with the world around them." — Gever Tulley
TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Gever Tulley's TEDTalk

Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.

About Gever Tulley

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Shots - Health News
11:36 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

Chief Medical Resident Dr. Julia Vermylen (right) critiques interns during an "intern boot camp," held at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital in June.
Stacy Thacker AP

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 4:10 pm

An influential report that urges sweeping changes in how the federal government subsidizes the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately affected.

The reaction also raises questions about the sensitive politics involved in redistributing a large pot of money –mostly from Medicare — that now goes disproportionately to teaching hospitals in the U.S. Northeast. All of the changes recommended would have to be made by Congress.

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NPR Ed
8:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety

Circle of 6 was born out of the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, a partnership between the Office of the Vice President, Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Technology – and particularly smartphones – could reshape safety efforts on college campuses. At least that's the hope of some developers.

Several new apps offer quick ways for college students facing unsafe or uncomfortable situations to reach out to their peers, connect with resources on campus and in their communities, or notify law enforcement.

These apps for the most part target sexual assault and rape, amid growing national concern about the prevalence of incidents and criticism of the ways colleges and universities are handling them.

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U.S.
4:33 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New Bill Aims To Hold Colleges Accountable For Campus Sex Crimes

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:12 am

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Education
3:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 pm

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 pm

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:48 pm

Eighteen-year-old Anna went off to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York last year, where she says she was raped several weeks into her freshman year.

A medical examiner's report found blunt-force trauma, possibly from multiple men, and found she had high alcohol levels. A witness described seeing her in the back of a dance hall being raped by a football player while others watched or took photos.

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Education
11:49 am
Wed July 30, 2014

When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:21 pm

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges

StudentsFirst Founder and CEO Michelle Rhee.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:20 pm

In Vergara v. California, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that the state's teacher tenure system hurts poor, minority students because they are more likely to end up with "grossly ineffective" teachers. The case focused on three areas: tenure, cumbersome dismissal policies and seniority-based layoffs. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled that several relevant state laws violated students' right to an education as spelled out in California's Constitution. Teachers unions have appealed.

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Shots - Health News
1:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

Proposed changes in medical training would shift money away from big teaching hospitals to clinics.
Erikona/iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:38 pm

The way American doctors are trained needs to be overhauled, an expert panel recommended Tuesday, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.

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Education
3:09 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

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NPR Ed
3:09 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York

Campbell Brown of the Partnership for Educational Justice, with plaintiffs in their New York teacher tenure lawsuit.
Gwynne Hogan WNYC

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.?

That question is at the center of the heated debate about teacher tenure. In New York today, a group of parents and advocates, led by former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown, filed a suit challenging state laws that govern when teachers can be given tenure and how they can be fired once they have it.

As WNYC reported, Brown announced the suit on the steps of City Hall:

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Higher Ed
3:10 am
Mon July 28, 2014

UIS Enforcing Campus Housing Requirement

Credit Kaitie Devlin/WUIS

A closer look from student reporter Kaitie Devlin: 

About two years ago, the University of Illinois Springfield decided on a new mandate for student housing. The rule entailed that students must live on campus for their 1st and 2nd years of schooling. Even though the rule was made two years ago, the regulation was not implemented on campus, until now.

With the cost of housing along with more incoming students and their parents wanting to save money, could this requirement really be worth it in the long run?

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Men In America
4:17 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

At East Bay School for Boys, sometimes the sparks of inspiration result in, well, actual sparks.
Courtesy East Bay School for Boys

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 6:22 pm

This summer, All Things Considered has been taking a look at the changing lives of men in America. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.

In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. In some ways, the school's different approach starts with directing, not stifling, boys' frenetic energy.

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Education
4:14 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 5:52 pm

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NPR Ed
8:08 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:40 pm

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Education
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Thanks For Your Support. We'll Take It From Here

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 2:33 pm

One of the questions we're most frequently asked on the NPR Ed team is, essentially, "Don't you guys get a lot of money from the Gates Foundation?"

The answer is, of course, yes.

What that question is often implying is: "Aren't you guys just a mouthpiece for the Gates Foundation's agenda?"

The answer is, of course, no.

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Education
6:13 am
Fri July 25, 2014

What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

Copyright 2014 Chicago Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.wbez.org.

StoryCorps
4:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

Roger Alvarez (left) did not graduate from high school, despite the efforts of former teacher Antero Garcia. "I just wanted you to know," Alvarez tells him, "I always respected you. ... You looked at me and you paid attention."
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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NPR Ed
1:31 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time

Gary Kendrick, 8, works on his freestyle stroke with help from a counselor at Ransom Everglades School. Kendrick did not know how to swim before he started lessons at the school.
Wilson Sayre WLRN

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 12:52 pm

It's hot out. The usual midday thunderstorm has just passed, and the few kids hanging out on bleachers around the pool at Miami's Ransom Everglades School finally get the go-ahead to jump in and cool off.

Eight-year-old Gary Kendrick and the others are all here for swim lessons.

"They told us to hold on to the wall and kick our feet and, like, move our arms," Kendrick says. "When I had to swim to one of the counselors, I was really swimming. I ain't even know I was moving."

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