4:18 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat

These books for daily, independent reading have been sorted by difficulty and labeled with letters. Popular writers, including Dahl and Rowling, get their own bins.
LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:20 pm

The last in our four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.

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5:34 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Board Decision Revives Discussion About Religion In Public Schools

One of the largest public school systems in the United States is dropping all mention of religious affiliations for days off on its official calendar.

That means students in Montgomery County, Md., in suburban Washington, D.C., will still be getting Christmas, Easter and Jewish holidays off, but officially the ones in December will now be called winter break and time off around Easter will be spring break. Other holidays will just be days off.

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3:28 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Why These Kids Love Kale

Cory Turner NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:25 pm

A question for all you parents out there: Are your kids still working their way through a pile of Halloween candy?

Maybe you've even confiscated some, to give back as a reward for eating the healthy, green things they don't like. Things like ... kale.

Well, imagine an alternate universe, where kids talk about kale as if it is candy.

Welcome to Watkins Elementary in Washington, D.C.

"All I know is that I like to eat kale," says 9-year-old Alex Edwards. "I like it, I like it, I like it!"

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TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

"I think that we think that language is something neutral and not at all political" — Jamila Lyiscott
courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Jamila Lyiscott's TED Talk

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

About Jamila Lyiscott

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6:03 am
Fri November 14, 2014

A Botched Study Raises Bigger Questions

John Ayers, executive director of the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University, will resign at the end of November.
Paula Burch-Celentano Tulane University

New Orleans, where nine of 10 children attend charter schools, has perhaps the most scrutinized public school system in the country.

And since Hurricane Katrina, a major source of information about the city's schools has been the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, a research group connected with Tulane University. The institute has been widely cited by political leaders and in the news media, including our reporting.

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3:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:16 pm

The third in our four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.

Every set of academic standards has a soul.

Yes, a soul. It's made of varied stuff: part research, part practice, part conviction of its authors.

To find the soul, follow the words that turn up again and again in the winding backwaters and byways of the standards themselves.

A search of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards turns up one remarkable word 105 times. It is "complex" (or "complexity").

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UWM Today
2:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

A Chat With Professor Fred Helmstetter on How The Brain Works

Tom Luljak and Fred Helmstetter
Credit Jon Strelecki

One of the most amazing functions of our brain may be the ability to form a memory and then recall it later.

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2:46 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:29 pm

Part 2 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.

Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards.

She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to the process.

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The Two-Way
10:50 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

John Doar Remembered As A Civil Rights Pioneer

John Doar in Oxford, Miss., in 1966.

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 9:59 am

The news of attorney John Doar's death at 92 on Tuesday sent a wave of solemnity through the country, prompting multiple obituaries detailing his extensive work fighting discrimination and working for racial equality during the 1960s and '70s.

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Around the Nation
4:46 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Communities Struggle To Reach Homeless Students Living In The Shadows

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:24 pm

It's late afternoon and the day has just ended at a Los Angeles school. Students are making their way toward the parking lot, where a dusty 2001 Ford Taurus stands out among the shiny SUVs filled with waiting parents.

Kids walk by and stare. In the back seat of the Taurus, James, a tall 14-year-old in a checkered shirt, smiles. He is familiar with the stares.

He never told anyone that he was once homeless, but they knew. It's hard to hide homelessness from other kids, he says. They want to know why you're wearing the same shirt and why you look tired.

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