education

The Roundtable
11:55 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Listener Essay - Embarrassed

  Julie Evans lives in Woodstock where she spends most of her time trying to figure things out. She is a writer, personal mentor, host of the television program Just Say So and an adjunct instructor for Empire State College. She has just completed her memoir entitled Joy Road.

New York News
12:38 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Report: NY Gets Good Grades For Student Data Tracking

The Data Quality Campaign, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that advocates for high-quality data, has released a paper showing how far states have come in developing and using the data.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu October 10, 2013

M. Night Shyamalan Talks About "I Got Schooled" And Closing America's Education Gap

    In 2008, Oscar-nominated film director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) decided to take an active role in helping fix what’s wrong in American public education.

He learned that there are five keys to closing America’s achievement gap. But just as we must do several things to maintain good health— eat the right foods, exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep—so too must we use all five keys to turn around our lowest-performing schools. These five keys are used by all the schools that are succeeding, and no schools are succeeding without them. He joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010. An extraordinary young woman raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan, Joya became a teacher in secret girls’ schools, hiding her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn’t find them.

She helped establish a free medical clinic and orphanage in her impoverished home province; and at a constitutional assembly in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country’s powerful NATO-backed warlords. She was twenty-five years old.

Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended from Parliament for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons.

Malalai Joya has a pair of events in our region today. She will be speaking tonight at 7:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany on Washington Avenue and at 1:00 pm at the Bush Memorial Auditorium at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY

New England News
6:34 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Gov. Patrick Hears from Pittsfield Students

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the state's Secretary of Education Matthew Malone joined local school and government officials in hearing what Pittsfield High School students had to say about their education.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the state’s Secretary of Education heard concerns from about 15 Pittsfield High School students today.

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New England News
5:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces Manufacturing Investments in Berkshires

Letter press operator Tim Bizony, on right, shows Governor Deval Patrick some of the work being done at Crane Stationary in North Adams.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a cabinet meeting and made stops in the western part of the state today.

Tim Bizony is a letter press operator and one of the workers Governor Patrick spoke with at the Crane & Company Stationary site in North Adams.

“He was genuinely interested in what I do,” Bizony said. “He was fascinated by the machine. He asked a lot of questions and I was glad I was able to answer them for him.”

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Karen Hitchcock: “The Devil Is In The Details: ” President Obama’s Higher Education Plan

In recent weeks, there has been much reaction, both positive and negative, to President Obama’s plan to make college more affordable. The plan involves creating a ratings system for colleges and universities based on access, affordability and a variety of outcome measures and, eventually, linking levels of federal student aid to these measures. In order to implement such a ratings system, accurate data would need to be collected in such areas as tuition levels, graduation rates, student demographics and graduates’  earnings – a tall order, indeed, as one contemplates the extreme diversity of our nation’s system of higher education.

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New England News
1:02 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

MCLA Boasts New Science Center on First Day of Classes

MCLA's new science center's roof has solar panels, plant beds, and a wind turbine will also be added.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

With college students across the country back on campus, those at a western Massachusetts school are heading into brand new classrooms.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Flying Deer Nature Center

    Flying Deer Nature Center is a wilderness school in New Lebanon, NY that has been connecting children and adults to nature and community since 1996. They offer school programs, programming for homeschooled children, adult programs in animal tracking, bird language, women’s retreats and more.

Executive Director Michelle Apland and Programs Director Devin Franklin join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon August 26, 2013

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition

    Today’s children are glued not only to the television set, but to tablets, computers, and other electronic devices. Millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease’s beloved classic to help countless children become avid readers and to improve their language skills.

There is an updated edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook that discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation.

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