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4:00 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Science Standards Draw Climate Change Debate Back Into Wyo. Classrooms

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:05 pm

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10:30 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Ritz Supporters To Rally Monday At Statehouse

Following a social media campaign last week, a group of parents and educators plan to rally at the Statehouse in Indianapolis Monday afternoon in support of state superintendent Glenda Ritz.
Following a social media campaign last week, a group of parents and educators plan to rally at the Statehouse in Indianapolis Monday afternoon in support of state superintendent Glenda Ritz. The event, organized by the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, is slated to feature speakers including House minority leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), Rep.
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3:46 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Fitting In On Campus: Challenges For First-Generation Students

Danielle Boshers, Anna Garcia and Chris Reynolds say the University of Michigan could do a better job welcoming first-generation students to campus.
Jen Guerra Michigan Radio

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 2:26 pm

Chris Reynolds will never forget his first day at the University of Michigan. He and his dad got up superearly and drove nine and a half hours from Sellersville, a blue-collar factory town in Pennsylvania, to Ann Arbor.

"My father literally just dropped me off and then left," Reynolds says.

His dad couldn't afford a hotel, so they took about an hour to unpack the car, said their goodbyes, and his dad drove off.

Chris Reynolds was officially on his own.

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9:34 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Q&A: Exit Interview With A Nationally Known School Leader

Joshua Starr
Skip Brown

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 12:49 pm

Joshua Starr, a nationally prominent superintendent with the Montgomery County schools in Rockville, Md., this month was granted early release from his contract after 3 1/2 years.

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NPR Ed
9:08 am
Sat February 14, 2015

More Tales Of Great Teachers

LA Johnson/NPR

A French teacher who made the language come alive ... a drama teacher standing on his desk proclaiming, "I love you" ... the gift of reading through Shakespeare and Harry Potter. All week you've been sending in stories of your inspiring teachers.

Here's another installment:

Let's start with Meghan Sickmeier on Facebook:

Harriet Dickens-Plimmswood remembers a history teacher who taught her the value of tolerance:

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NPR Ed
2:02 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

When A School Gets A Bad Report Card

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:29 pm

Students aren't the only ones getting report cards these days. More than a dozen states now grade their public schools using the traditional A through F system. North Carolina is the latest to try it, and most of its high-poverty schools received D's and F's from the state education agency last week.

At Allen Middle School in Greensboro, N.C., nearly every student gets free or reduced-price meals. Between classes, preteens roam the bright hallways that are lined with inspirational quotes.

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6:40 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Q&A: Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind

Courtesy of Bing Nursery School

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:03 pm

Our "Tools of the Trade" series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I'm reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools: simple wooden blocks.

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NPR Ed
10:16 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Tiptoeing Along A Balance Beam: Writing And Illustrating A Children's Book

E.B. Lewis/Viking Juvenile

She gazed at the picture and then asked, "What's an ugly stepsister?"

The concept just didn't translate. In Mali, polygamy is commonplace but divorce is not.

Robert McCloskey's Blueberries for Sal caused trouble too. The kids seemed unsure whether blueberries were real or the stuff of fantasy. Same with the bear Sal stumbles upon.

And then there was the whole question of Madeline's clothes. Why is she showing her knees? Everyone in this West African country knows knees are a private body part. We fixed the illustrations.

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Education
4:54 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Tech May Get In The Way Of Good Culture Shock While Studying Abroad

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

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7:03 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Great Teachers: We Had Our Say, Now It's Your Turn

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 9:34 am

Last week we told the stories of our favorite teachers. We hoped that would inspire you, and we weren't disappointed.

We've heard from hundreds of people — on social media, in comments on the blog and via email. Here are a few of our favorites:

Lets start with Facebook. Here's Felix Flauta Jr. in a comment on the NPR page:

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