Education

2:42pm

Tue June 17, 2014
NPR Ed

Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:33 pm

Colleges of education spend more than $6 billion every year preparing classroom teachers, but few students graduate ready to teach, according to a new study.
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The nation's teacher-preparation programs have plenty of room for improvement, according to a new report.

A study released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality argues that teaching colleges are too lenient in their admissions criteria and have failed to prepare their students to teach subjects like reading, math and science.

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3:09pm

Mon June 16, 2014
NPR Ed

Can Schools Solve The Tech Industry's Pipeline Problem?

When Google went public with data about the diversity of its workforce, it fueled the ongoing conversation about diversity in the technology industry.
Virginia Mayo AP

It's been only a couple of weeks since Google released the diversity numbers on its workforce, and there's been a lot of talk since then about why the tech giant and others in the industry don't really reflect the American population as a whole.

A well-written piece today in Mother Jones offers some provocative thoughts on what can be done about it — and schools could play a big role.

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7:03am

Mon June 16, 2014
NPR Ed

Starbucks Will Pay For Employees To Complete College

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:22 pm

Part-time barista, full-time student?
Yang Lee Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee Co. today announces an unusually large tuition reimbursement for employees. It's in partnership with Arizona State University's highly ranked online program.

Starbucks employees who sign up for ASU's online courses as freshmen or sophomores will get a partial scholarship plus need-based financial aid; entering juniors and seniors with previous college credits will be able to finish their degrees with the public university for free.

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6:03am

Mon June 16, 2014
NPR Ed

Field Notes: Training Role Models For Young African-Americans

Ricardo Quinn, principal of Chesney Elementary School in Duluth, Ga., helps develop young black male teachers with the "Call Me Mister" program
Claudio Sanchez NPR

This past week was a reminder of how the educational landscape can go from momentous to tragic in a heartbeat. From a high school shooting outside Portland, Oregon to a California ruling that upended teacher tenure laws ... both are symptoms of the difficult challenges public education faces in the U.S. And there are so, so many more.

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7:03am

Sun June 15, 2014
NPR Ed

How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Chronic stress can cause deficiencies in the pre-frontal cortex, which is essential for learning.
John M Flickr

Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress" on student learning.

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