K-12 Education http://www.kunc.org en Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time http://www.kunc.org/post/saving-lives-south-miami-one-pool-time 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.<p>Eight-year-old Gary Kendrick and the others are all here for swim lessons.<p>"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. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Wilson Sayre 59048 at http://www.kunc.org Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores http://www.kunc.org/post/charters-money-and-test-scores The University of Arkansas <a href="http://www.uaedreform.org/">today released</a> what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 59004 at http://www.kunc.org Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores The Teacher Dropout Crisis http://www.kunc.org/post/teacher-dropout-crisis Worried about your teenager dropping out of school? You might also want to worry about his teacher.<p>"Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either <a href="http://all4ed.org/reports-factsheets/path-to-equity/" target="_blank">move or leave the profession each year</a>," reads a new report from the <a href="http://all4ed.org/" target="_blank">Alliance for Excellent Education</a>, an advocacy group. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Aly Seidel 58927 at http://www.kunc.org The Teacher Dropout Crisis Q&A: Designing Playful Learning Spaces http://www.kunc.org/post/qa-designing-playful-learning-spaces When we talk about playing and learning, we naturally think of children's museums. Most major cities offer some experience like this, where kids are able to get their hands dirty, and — shocking! — learn something at the same time.<p>The museums — at least the good ones — are always both engaging and interactive in a way that's fun for kids, but they're also fun for grown-ups too. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Juana Summers 58919 at http://www.kunc.org Q&A: Designing Playful Learning Spaces For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last http://www.kunc.org/post/most-kids-nice-finishes-last A new study holds up a mirror to America's parents. A <a href="http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1430903.files//Executive%20Summary.pdf">researcher at Harvard</a> surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students in 33 different schools around the nation about what they thought their folks cared about most: that they achieve at a high level, that they are happy (defined as "feeling good most of the time"), or that they care for others. Almost 80 percent of youth picked high achievement or happiness as their top choice, while about 20 percent selected caring for others. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 58829 at http://www.kunc.org For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last