Education

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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6:21am

Wed July 16, 2014
NPR Ed

Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:49 am

Everest Institute in Boston.
Mallory Noe-Payne WGBH

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After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes.

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4:54pm

Tue July 15, 2014
NPR Ed

Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 7:50 am

Tuition and fees at most community colleges these days are pretty reasonable but according to a new report, students in a fifth of these schools do not have access to federal student loans.
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Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. But, according to the Institute for College Access and Success, a non-profit advocacy group based in California, nearly a million community college students who do need help paying for school don't have access to federal student loans.

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