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From APM Reports, the Educate podcast is program about ideas and research in education.

Copyright: Copyright 2017 American Public Media

Is free college free?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

New York's new scholarship promises free college, for a price.(image)

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Kids with dyslexia are not getting what they need in American public schools

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

A mother and her dyslexic daughter tell their story. It's a preview of an upcoming documentary from APM Reports.(image)

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Immigration enforcement has DACA students on edge

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Collision over college dreams for undocumented students.(image)

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Protecting the legacy of HBCUs

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently called HBCUs "real pioneers of school choice." We thought this would be a good time to revisit our documentary, "The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century."

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Improving the odds for young black men

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Can the excitement about My Brother's Keeper last now that Obama's out of office?(image)

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Reforming School Discipline

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:27:01 -0600

If suspensions don't work, what does?(image)

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The great equalizer

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:44:30 -0600

Are we asking too much of America's high-poverty schools?(image)

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'Dick and Jane were not my friends'

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:33:23 -0600

There are proven techniques to help children with learning disabilities, but can affected kids get what they need in public schools?(image)

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The View From Room 205

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

One reporter chronicles a neighborhood school in need of the American dream.(image)

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Chinese students ponder Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:09:16 -0600

How much will anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuade foreigners from studying in the United States?(image)

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What Betsy DeVos might bring to the Department of Education

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:57:17 -0600

The nominee for secretary of education has a long history of funding school-choice efforts and charter schools in Michigan.(image)

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High achievers left behind

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

In a system that prioritizes struggling students, what happens to everybody else?(image)

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Detroit students sue for better school conditions

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:25:32 -0600

The suit claims Michigan is denying Detroit students their fundamental right to literacy.(image)

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School confronts trauma in students' lives

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:06:19 -0600

Adversity isn't destiny at a "trauma-informed" school in Minnesota.(image)

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Offering sanctuary to vulnerable students

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:23:01 -0600

An immigration law scholar says colleges have no business declaring their campuses "sanctuaries" for undocumented students.(image)

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Keeping black teachers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Why African American teachers are leaving the profession faster than they're entering it.(image)

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Fear, uncertainty for undocumented students under Trump administration

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:01:49 -0600

Since 2012, many undocumented young people have been protected from the threat of deportation. With a new president, that may change.(image)

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College-educated and out-of-touch

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:12:49 -0600

Donald Trump's win was a surprise to many in the college-educated elite. Should it have been?(image)

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Election leaves undocumented students in limbo

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:10:00 -0500

The next president could end temporary protections for undocumented college students.(image)

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Clinton and Trump don't talk much about education

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:03:05 -0500

Education has hardly been mentioned in the presidential debates. We look at where the candidates stand.(image)

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The stress of racism may impact learning

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:18:25 -0500

A new study finds that black and Latino students who experience racism have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, and one that is known to impact focus and learning.(image)

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Talking about race in schools

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:57:17 -0500

Can children as young as 4 learn to have meaningful dialogues about race?(image)

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Schools give low-income students a chance to travel abroad

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Some in education think providing travel opportunities can reduce the gap in how well some groups of students perform in school.(image)

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What a flipped classroom looks like

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:32:51 -0500

In a flipped classroom, students watch or listen to lectures on their own, then spend class time working on projects.(image)

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Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A system meant to give college students a better shot at succeeding is actually getting in the way of many, costing them time and money and taking a particular toll on students of color.(image)

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Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0500

A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.(image)

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What it Takes: Chasing Graduation at High-Poverty High Schools

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge. Schools in Miami and Pasadena are trying to do things differently.(image)

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Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners.(image)

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How thousands of kids were denied special education in Texas

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:03:16 -0500

Strap on your cowboy boots: A new investigation by the Houston Chronicle finds that Texas has denied special education services to thousands of kids in the state.(image)

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Hungry hungry students

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:22:48 -0500

With the Hollywood depictions of frat bros chugging beer and hippies snacking on munchies, the starving college student might seem like a […](image)

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What is restorative justice?

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:56:37 -0500

In the United States, three million kids are suspended from school every year. Yet research shows suspension is often ineffective: it doesn’t […](image)

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A homeless student struggles towards graduation

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:39:26 -0500

This week, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines to states and school districts for supporting homeless children. Over one […](image)

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The facts and fictions of student debt

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:33:54 -0500

Stories all over the news have identified a new crisis in the United States: student debt. They say debt is […](image)

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The facts and fiction of student debt

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:33:54 -0500

Stories all over the news have identified a new crisis in the United States: student debt. They say debt is […](image)

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Race in suburban schools

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:29:43 -0500

Picture the suburbs. Before Arcade Fire, there was Leave It to Beaver, the white picket fence, perfectly manicured lawns. You’re […](image)

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Going to college in prison

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:24:11 -0500

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced plans to reinstate federal scholarships for incarcerated prisoners. Through 67 different colleges and universities, […](image)

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Few teachers, little money, low test scores: rural schools in the south

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:55:02 -0500

Rural schools in the United States face an abundance of problems: budget cuts, shrinking enrollments, teacher shortages, poor internet. Nowhere […](image)

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New podcast name!

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:29:06 -0500

Hey! Stephen Smith here. I want to let you know about some changes. American RadioWorks is joining a new long-form […](image)

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Merging small, rural school districts

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:27:54 -0500

Last week we started a series on rural schools by looking at Vermont – a state where more than half of public […](image)

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Fighting for ‘our school’

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:35 -0500

School in Smalltown, USA is changing. Over the past several decades, rural schools have suffered as enrollment has dropped and […](image)

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How do we learn better: digital or print?

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:16:43 -0500

Nowadays, parents are always complaining that their kids are always on their cell phones. “No Snapchat at the dinner table!” they […](image)

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Theological schools feel the squeeze

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:15:31 -0500

Roughly 7 in 10 Americans still identify as part of the Christian faith. But the numbers have been declining over the past […](image)

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The ‘invisible tax’ on teachers of color

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:32:00 -0500

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, US Secretary of Education John King made the case that teachers of color suffer from […](image)

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Should colleges teach men how to be men?

Thu, 05 May 2016 12:16:12 -0500

Today, women are more likely to go to college than men. And they perform better academically once they get there. […](image)

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‘My frain is bried’: shadowing a student

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:36:14 -0500

Recently, more than 1400 educators from all 50 states and 30 different countries took the Shadow a Student Challenge. They […](image)

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High school job prep

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:34:45 -0500

Typically, a student’s education is supposed like this: elementary, middle, high school. College. Job. The idea that high school can […](image)

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How tutoring helps students

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:42:34 -0500

Private tutoring for students can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars per year. But economist Jonathan Guryan co-authored a study that found tutoring […](image)

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Is advanced math necessary?

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:00:24 -0500

Before you devour this week’s episode, listen to last week’s American RadioWorks podcast “Decoding the Math Myth.” Really do it. […](image)

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Featured doc: An Imperfect Revolution

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 21:40:20 -0500

An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era (Sept. 2007) by Kate Ellis and Catherine Winter. Nearly everyone who experienced […](image)

Decoding the math myth

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:07:04 -0500

Politicians and economists say people need advanced math skills to be successful in the highly technical jobs of the 21st century. […](image)

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Writing discipline reform into law

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 07:00:13 -0500

We’re working on a documentary that explores the backlash against harsh school discipline policies across the country. In Minnesota, there’s […](image)

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The science gap starts early

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:23:32 -0500

Before their very first day of kindergarten, white and affluent children already know more about science than children of other […](image)

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Minnesota’s graduation gap

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:02:48 -0600

Minnesota has a reputation for having good schools and strong standardized test scores. And that’s true for white children – […](image)

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A brief history of school discipline

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:00:35 -0600

Research shows suspensions aren’t effective at changing kids’ behavior. And kids of color are more likely to get kicked out […](image)

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Colleges want smart AND nice

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:00:08 -0600

The college application process has come under scrutiny in a new report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The […](image)

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What students in remedial english can teach us about K-12 education

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:52:33 -0600

Nearly two-thirds of all students who enroll in community college are not “college-ready” in math and/or English. And of these, […](image)

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Making sure learning sticks

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:38:29 -0600

Here’s some good news for students out there: if you want to memorize something, put your books down. Research shows […](image)

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When school vouchers are not a leg up

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:00:51 -0600

School voucher programs allow students to use public funds to pay for private school. This concept is very controversial. Supporters […](image)

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Learning financial literacy

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:12:27 -0600

Most teenagers are not learning about personal finance in school, according to an annual survey on financial literacy. Only five […](image)

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Questioning inequalities in higher ed

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:00:16 -0600

College was once considered the path of upward mobility in this country. And, for many people, it still is. But […](image)

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Featured Documentary: King’s Last March

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:53:34 -0600

King’s Last March by Kate Ellis and Stephen Smith Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. More […](image)

Learning as a science

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:24:06 -0600

What does research say about how students learn best? Deans for Impact, a group of deans from schools of education around […](image)

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Where are the student voices in ed reform?

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:00:58 -0600

A growing coalition of young people claims that student voices are largely missing from discussions of education reform. Andrew Brennen […](image)

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Most likely to succeed

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:00:01 -0600

In most modern work places employees are expected to be self-directed and also work collaboratively. But do conventional public schools do […](image)

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Siblings and the education gender gap

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:26:50 -0600

Girls in the United States graduate from high school at higher rates than boys. This gap is much more pronounced […](image)

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Where budding chefs learn philosophy, too

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:39:49 -0600

Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure from taxpayers to prove that graduates will be able to get jobs. According to […](image)

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Letting kids fail

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:06:04 -0600

A few years ago, writer Jessica Lahey started noticing something troubling about many of her students: they were afraid of making mistakes […](image)

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Inside school discipline in mississippi

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:33:55 -0600

Policymakers and community leaders have started to question traditional forms of school discipline like detention, suspension and expulsion because research shows that […](image)

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Building bridges between the Western and Arab worlds

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:00:49 -0600

After terrorist violence like the recent attacks on Paris by the group calling itself ISIS, some chose to blame an entire […](image)

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Inside Oyler: a conversation with Amy Scott

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:00:29 -0600

Amy Scott first visited Oyler School in 2012 as the education correspondent for Marketplace. Oyler was a neighborhood school in Cincinnati, […](image)

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Learning to breathe

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:50:58 -0500

Schools in Rockland County, N.Y. first started daily mindfulness lessons several years ago. Teachers noticed it was a way to […](image)

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Is the growth mindset craze overblown?

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:00:34 -0500

Last week on the podcast, we ran a story about “growth mindset,” a popular term in education that came from […](image)

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Helping students adopt a ‘growth mindset’

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:35:17 -0500

“Growth mindset” is a term coined by Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck. It means that students who view intelligence as pliable – […](image)

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The rising cost of extracurriculars

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:48:04 -0500

It can be pricey to have kids involved in sports or other after-school activities. A recent report from American Express claims […](image)

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Wikipedia’s bum rap

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:25:32 -0500

Wikipedia has gotten a lot of flak over the years for being inaccurate and untrustworthy. But in 2010, Wikimedia, the […](image)

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A visit from the Church Lady

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:00:37 -0500

Back in the 1960s, the Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional for public schools to sponsor organized prayer and bible […](image)

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Our Newest Education Documentaries

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:36:25 -0500

This fall American RadioWorks released four hour-long radio documentaries focused on K-12 and higher education. Visit the links below to listen […](image)

Recent Documentaries

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:36:25 -0500

This fall American RadioWorks released four hour-long radio documentaries focused on K-12 and higher education. Visit the links below to listen […](image)

Teaching black lives matter

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:42 -0500

In November, a new social studies book about the Black Lives Matter movement will be available for middle school and […](image)

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Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

This documentary explores the "Expeditionary Learning" approach, traces the history of ideas that led to its inception, and investigates what American schools could learn from its success.

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From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives.

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Teaching Teachers

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job.

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The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Before the civil rights movement, African Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. And so black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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From the Archives: Early Lessons

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:24:43 -0500

Head Start got its start 50 years ago. Our documentary, “Early Lessons,” by Emily Hanford, profiles the program that inspired […](image)

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Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:42:11 -0500

For the past two years the Obama administration has been working on a way to rate colleges based on their accessibility, […](image)

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Sweet Briar Returns

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:12:22 -0500

Sweet Briar College was about to close its doors after 114 years of operation. But it turns out it won’t […](image)

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The Future of Historically Black Colleges

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:18:06 -0500

This fall we’ll be launching a new documentary about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, also known as HBCUs. They were […](image)

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Talking About Race in Schools

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:35:25 -0500

In 1998, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) published a statement on race. It concluded that race is a social idea, […](image)

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Minorities and Special Ed

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:28:10 -0500

African-American children represent about 14 percent of the school-aged population in the United States. But they make up 19 percent of […](image)

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Learning from Video Games

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:25:40 -0500

A lot of parents worry about whether their kids’ video game habits are harmful – especially when gaming gets in the way […](image)

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Teaching the Birds and the Bees

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:58:23 -0500

For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees […](image)

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What can Japan teach us about teaching?

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:22:58 -0500

Coming up this fall we’ll be releasing a documentary about teacher preparation – how people learn to become teachers and […](image)

Million-Dollar Teacher

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:40:45 -0500

A few months ago Nancie Atwell received the $1-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize in recognition of her decades of teaching English and literacy skills […](image)

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Divestment on Campus

Thu, 28 May 2015 13:00:41 -0500

Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to “divest” from fossil fuels. Divestment is short for dis-investment, a strategy used in […](image)

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Can how you move change how you think?

Wed, 20 May 2015 08:00:48 -0500

Scientists have long thought of the brain as a “control center” for the body – a kind of computer that […](image)

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Forest Schools

Tue, 12 May 2015 19:31:05 -0500

There are places in the world where kids go to school not in classrooms, but in the woods. The Forest […](image)

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Exposing Conditions at Native Schools

Wed, 06 May 2015 05:32:18 -0500

There are 183 federally-run Bureau of Indian Education schools in the nation, and about a third of these are in poor condition. […](image)

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Green Teachers

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:28:25 -0500

A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, you’d likely find a veteran teacher who’d been on the […](image)

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The First Gen Movement

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:21:59 -0500

As we’ve reported, over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there […](image)

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