Thu September 4, 2014

Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 7:06 am

LA Johnson/NPR

Glenn Peters knew he would be in the minority when he started training to teach preschool as part of New York City's rollout of universal pre-K, the largest such initiative in the country. But he didn't realize just how rare men are in the profession until he attended a resume-building workshop for aspiring pre-K teachers.

"They couldn't find the bathroom code for the men's bathroom, so I actually had to go to the women's room while someone stood guard outside the bathroom," Peters says. "I knew at that moment that I was a bit of a unicorn."

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Wed September 3, 2014

Q&A: National Education Association President On Obama, Duncan

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 2:59 pm

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia
Scott Iskowitz/RA Today Courtesy of NEA Public Relations

A former elementary school teacher from Utah took the reins of the nation's largest teachers union this week.

As president of the National Education Association, Lily Eskelsen Garcia represents nearly 3 million teachers. Her No. 1 one priority? As she puts it: "Roll back standardized testing before it does more damage than good."

The NEA has been critical of the Obama administration, especially its support of using test scores to evaluate teachers.

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Tue September 2, 2014

Sounds From The First Day Of School

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

LA Johnson/NPR

The day after Labor Day is traditionally the end of summer break and the start of the school year. But for students in many parts of the country, the school year has already started.

Whether you're struggling to find your classroom or remember your locker combination, the first day is a big one for students, teachers and families.

With millions of children headed back to school, we asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds of that first day:

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Mon September 1, 2014

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 3:26 pm

There aren't mass layoffs of librarians; they're just doing different jobs.
Robyn Mackenzie iStockphoto

Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago's more than 600 public schools.

It's not that there's a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it's not mass layoffs. The librarians are being reassigned.

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Thu August 28, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 1:46 pm

LA Johnson NPR

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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