Education

1:38pm

Tue July 22, 2014
NPR Ed

Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:30 pm

Putting charter school research under a microscope.
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The University of Arkansas today released what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement.

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6:03am

Tue July 22, 2014
NPR Ed

In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 6:33 pm

Haziz Self says that he's learned "what it means to live up to your principles."
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Imagine a school where classes are organized not by subject but by project — a school created not by administrators, but by teachers fed up with the status quo. A school where kids from a city's toughest neighborhoods are given the opportunity to experiment and the freedom to fail.

In West Philadelphia, that school is a reality. It's called The Workshop School.

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3:27am

Mon July 21, 2014
NPR Ed

In Asheville, N.C., Summer Vacation Lasts Just A Few Weeks

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 7:48 am

It's the first day of school at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, N.C. Principal Gordon Grant stands outside in a white suit and bow tie, greeting students. The kids arrive sporting fresh haircuts and new shoes. One even wears a tutu.

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3:03pm

Fri July 18, 2014
NPR Ed

The Teacher Dropout Crisis

A new report suggest there's a dropout crisis among the nation's teachers.
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Worried about your teenager dropping out of school? You might also want to worry about his teacher.

"Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year," reads a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group. And this kind of turnover comes at a steep cost, not only to students but to districts: up to $2.2 billion a year.

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8:33am

Fri July 18, 2014
NPR Ed

Q&A: Designing Playful Learning Spaces

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 12:40 pm

Margaret Middleton, Boston Children's Museum
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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.

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. As we've been reporting for our series on play next month, it got me wondering: What goes into creating great museum experiences, and how do designers go about them?

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