K-12 Education

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.
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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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5:29am

Sat June 14, 2014
NPR Ed

The Anatomy Of A Dress Code

Joanna Neborsky for NPR

For principals and administrators, spring means a welcome end to snow days and delayed start times. But as the flowers and trees emerge from their winter slumber, so too do short pants, T-shirts, flip-flops and the inevitable battles over what kids can and can't wear to school.

It might as well be called "dress code" season.

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7:00am

Fri June 13, 2014
NPR Ed

What's In A Label? In Special Ed, Words Matter

Labels matter.
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We're reporting this week on special education, which means inevitably we run up against questions of how we should refer to students with disabilities and to the disabilities themselves.

It's a minefield, comparable to the tensions and complexity of writing about race and ethnicity.

It's important to get it right. As journalists, of course, we want to be accurate. And clear. And we want to avoid perpetuating stereotypes or giving offense.

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2:26pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Education

A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 5:53 pm

Adam Goldberg, the creator of the PS 177 band, conducting at band practice.
Eric Westervelt NPR

(This is Part 2 of a two-part report. Read the full piece here.)

On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.

"I'm Tobi Lakes. I'm 15 years old. I'm in ninth grade. I'm four grades away from college."

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