Education

NPR Ed
5:17 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

From Foster Care To Freshman Year

When Jasmine Uqdah aged out of the foster care system in 2008, she didn't have a job, a checking account or a car. She did have a college acceptance letter — but no money to pay for schooling.
Joshua Lott for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:39 am

By the time she aged out of foster care, Jasmine Uqdah had spent nearly half her life in the system. On a summer day in 2008, Uqdah grabbed her duffel bag and two small garbage bags, and she stuffed everything she owned inside.

It wasn't much — just some clothes and a few stuffed animals. She said her goodbyes to her foster family in Detroit and moved out. She was 18 years old.

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NPR Ed
5:06 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

'Military Children': Coping With The Loss Of A Parent

Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers.
Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 8:55 pm

As part of our series this week on the education of military children, Kavitha Cardoza of member station WAMU visits a special camp that helps these children cope.

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NPR Ed
9:03 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Six Education Stories To Watch in 2015

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 2:39 pm

As the senior member of the NPR Ed team with 25 years on the education beat, here are the top stories that my expert sources and I believe will be ones to watch in 2015. For more predictions, check out our crowdsourced list.

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NPR Ed
5:34 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Kindergarten Entry Tests And More Education Predictions for 2015

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 2:40 pm

In 2014 we've covered education as the world-changing story it is and you've been along for the ride. And so at year's end, NPR Ed reached far and wide to bring you a set of provocative predictions for the education world in 2015:

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Education
4:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Four UNC-Chapel Hill Employees Out In Wake Of Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

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Education
4:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Military's Preschool Program Considered A National Model

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

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Education
5:15 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Peripatetic Students Thrive At Department Of Defense Schools

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 7:48 am

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Book News & Features
3:31 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Vocab Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

The Sesame Workshop app called Big Bird's Words helps children not only learn new vocabulary, but also understand the interconnectedness between words.
Sesame Workshop

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 11:54 am

When the children's television show Sesame Street first hit the air in 1969, many were deeply skeptical that you could use TV to introduce very young children to the basics of reading and math. But the experiment proved to be a remarkable success; Sesame Street has reached several generations of toddlers with its combination of educational content and pure entertainment. And now, Sesame Workshop is using new technology to reach the next generation.

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NPR Ed
3:27 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

Thomas O'Donnell reads about Twiggle the Turtle to his kindergartners at Matthew Henson Elementary School in Baltimore.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 11:03 am

Thomas O'Donnell's kindergarten kids are all hopped up to read about Twiggle the anthropomorphic Turtle.

"Who can tell me why Twiggle here is sad," O'Donnell asks his class at Matthew Henson Elementary School in Baltimore.

"Because he doesn't have no friends," a student pipes up.

And how do people look when they're sad?

"They look down!" the whole class screams out.

Yeah, Twiggle is lonely. But, eventually, he befriends a hedgehog, a duck and a dog. And along the way, he learns how to play, help and share.

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NPR Ed
4:49 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Common Core Repeal, The Day After

Hugo High School, like many public schools in Oklahoma, was a battleground in the fight over Common Core.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:32 pm

What do the Common Core State Standards have in common with congressional Democrats and the Chicago Cubs?

They all had a really rough year.

Of the 45 states that first adopted the academic standards, many spent 2014 talking about repeal. In Oklahoma (as well as Indiana and South Carolina), it wasn't just talk. The Legislature voted to drop the Core in May. And Gov. Mary Fallin, a longtime champion of the Common Core, signed the repeal in June.

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