50 Great Teachers
3:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Among Dartmouth's Lathes And Saws, Lessons In Creativity

Dudley P. Whitney

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 3:21 pm

NPR Ed this year is celebrating great teachers and exploring issues around great teaching.

When I think of really fantastic teachers in my own life, one place and one person always leaps to mind.

He's in a basement room full of sawdust and loud machines. He's standing at one of the long workbenches, explaining complex operations with remarkable ease.

"There are a couple of adjustments that you always want to make with a band saw," Dudley P. Whitney tells a girl who's trying to cut a plank of wood into a circle.

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4:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

St. Louis Schools To Reopen After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:24 am

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4:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Teach For America At 25: With Maturity, New Pressure To Change

TFA at 25 years (from left): Matt Kramer, current co-CEO; Wendy Kopp, founder; Elisa Villanueva Beard, current co-CEO.
Courtesy of TFA

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:52 pm

This story was reported for the radio by Eric Westervelt and for online by Anya Kamenetz.

"We, the Committee of Public Safety, find Jean Valjean guilty. The sentence is death by guillotine!"

Molly McPherson, a redhead with glasses, is dressed in a blue bathrobe — in costume as Robespierre. Her seventh-graders are re-enacting the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, with a little assist from Les Miserables.

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7:07 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Why Colleges Adjudicate Their Own Campus Crimes

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 11:44 am

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7:03 am
Sun November 30, 2014

The History of Campus Sexual Assault

A University of Virginia student looks over postings on the door of Peabody Hall related to the Phi Kappa Psi gang rape allegations at the school in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 11:34 am

"Male sex aggression on a university campus" was the title of one of the first studies published about a topic now very much in the news. Way back in 1957, sociologist Eugene Kanin posited a model where men used secrecy and stigma to pressure and exploit women.

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4:36 am
Sat November 29, 2014

What Every School Can Learn From Preschools

Preschool students from Nikki Jones' class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa line up in the hallway on their way back from outside play.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 7:49 am

Listening. Sharing. Following directions. Making friends. Managing big emotions. Planning for the future.

A high-quality preschool program helps children develop in all these ways. But, a new report argues, such matters of the heart shouldn't be left behind just as students are learning to tie their shoes.

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6:03 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Talking (Very Frankly) About Sex On Campus

Organizers of the campus Sex Week event at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Courtesy of Nicky Hackenbrack

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 10:05 am

"Losing Your (Concept of) Virginity." "Negotiating Successful Threesomes." "Vagina 101." These aren't your parents' college classes.

Consider this a syllabus for Sex Week, a series of workshops, discussions and screenings dedicated to, well, you know what, that are becoming popular — and controversial — on campuses around the country.

Yale University held one in 2002 and since then there have been at least 20, including at the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland and Harvard University.

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UWM Today
2:00 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Is It Better to Refurbish An Item Or Build An Entirely New One?

Tom Luljak and Anthony Ross

Anyone involved in manufacturing knows how complicated the process of designing, building and shipping a product can be.

At UW-Milwaukee, a great deal of thought and expertise is devoted to the study of those supply chains between a customer and the manufacturer.

On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak talks with Anthony Ross, who is the Rockwell Automation Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management in the Lubar School of Business.

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3:10 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Report: Stunning Level of Truancy Among MPS Students

According to the state Department of Public Instruction, more than 70 percent of MPS high school students were considered truant in the 2012-2013 school year.
Credit Seth Sawyers / Flickr

There has been a lot of effort spent in recent years to improve the dropout rate in the state’s largest school district.

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3:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

Woodley Elementary third grade students write their names into newly donated dictionaries at the school.
Eric J. Shelton Hattiesburg American

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:15 am

In Taneka Hawkins' classroom, 20 kindergarteners wiggle through a mid-morning dance break, waving their arms and jumping around to a guided dance video. It's busy, to be sure, and a bit crowded.

"The children are so small, and a lot of things that we do have to be so hands on, and it's kind of hard when it is more than 20," Hawkins says. A class size of 15, she adds, would be ideal. "I think we could reach more students with that smaller class size."

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