Education

Code Switch
3:52 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Ladies In The Streets: Before Stonewall, Transgender Uprising Changed Lives

A view of Gene Compton's cafeteria.
Courtesy of Screaming Queens/Frameline

It was after the bars had closed and well into the pre-dawn hours of an August morning in 1966 when San Francisco cops were in Gene Compton's cafeteria again. They were arresting drag queens, trans women, and gay hustlers who'd been sitting for hours, eating and gossiping and coming down from their highs with the help of 60-cent cups of coffee.

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NPR Ed
3:33 am
Tue May 5, 2015

The Civics Teacher Who Turned His Arrest Into A Classroom Lesson

Dennis Henderson teaches at Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh.
Erika Beras/WESA

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:31 am

Geography, history, civics.

At Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh, Dennis Henderson teaches all of these, and a few things more.

"You don't want to sound ghetto when you talk to people," says eighth-grader Malajah Smith, quoting Henderson. "Because people would think, 'Oh, you're one of those black, ghetto kids.' "

"He tells us how to stand up straight and how you shake people's hands," adds student Sharae Blair.

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NPR Ed
12:02 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers

AltSchool's schools are a proving ground for dozens of engineers seeking to build "an operating system for education."
Courtesy of Altschool

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 3:48 pm

At first glance, the warehouse in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood could be the headquarters of any well-funded startup: exposed concrete, natural light, lots of Macbooks. Then you spot the 12- and 13-year-olds doing yoga in a glass-walled conference room.

It's a tech company, but it's also a private, for-profit middle school: a unique, hybrid venture called AltSchool.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:27 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Racial Disparities In School Suspensions Found Across State

Thelma R. Parks Elementary School in Northeast Oklahoma City, which had the highest overall suspension rate in Oklahoma City at 42.1 percent.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Minority students are being suspended at higher rates than their white classmates not only in Oklahoma City Public Schools, which triggered a federal probe, but also in other districts across the state, U.S. Department of Education data show.

The disparity is often greatest between black and white students, but also occurs between white students and American Indian and Hispanic students.

See student suspensions by school and race.

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U.S.
5:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Montana Offers A Boost To Native Language Immersion Programs

At Montana's Nkwusm Salish Language School, teacher Echo Brown works with a student learning Salish words. Luk means "wood" or "stick." Picct means "leaf" and solsi translates to "fire."
Courtesy of Nkwusm Salish Language School

Many Native Americans who attended a recent powwow in Missoula, Mont., remember what it was like to be punished for speaking a tribal language. For about a century, starting in the 1870s, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs ran boarding schools for Native American children, removing them from their families and homes and separating them from their language and culture so they would "assimilate."

Carrie Iron Shirt's father was one of those children. "My dad, being in the boarding school, they were taught not to talk their language," she says.

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NPR Ed
6:33 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Grade-Skippers: Where Are They Now?

LA Johnson / NPR

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 9:16 am

Entering kindergarten early or skipping a grade later on can be great for a lot of reasons. A bored but highly gifted student will be challenged appropriately, may graduate early and could reach other milestones in life faster.

But on the flip side, jumping ahead also means being the youngest in your class. Many people worry it could create problems socially and emotionally.

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Code Switch
10:42 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Beyond The Headlines, There's Much More To West Baltimore

A girl dances to the beat of a drum line during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was burned to the ground on Monday in Baltimore, Md.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:26 pm

The complexities of Baltimore seem largely out of the reach of the media outlets that descend, as usual, only when certain neighborhoods burn.

Birthday parties and backyard barbecues – rituals of daily life and love – seem to never make the headlines. Yet images of overturned cars claim the top spot on the evening news every time.

In West Baltimore, at Pennsylvania and North avenues, media featured a drug store on fire.

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NPR Ed
8:06 am
Fri May 1, 2015

From The White House, A Celebration Of Great Teaching

President Obama escorts 2015 National Teacher of the Year winner Shanna Peeples into the Rose Garden on Wednesday. With them is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Peeples is an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 2:29 pm

No matter how high you climb in life, you never forget your favorite teacher.

This week, President Obama awarded Shanna Peeples, a high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, the title of the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.

We've been exploring great teaching as well, with our 50 Great Teachers Project. We even shared the stories of our own favorite teachers.

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Education
5:24 am
Fri May 1, 2015

White House Honors 2015 Teacher Of The Year: Shanna Peeples

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 10:08 am

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NPR Story
4:02 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Judge Reduces 3 Educators' Sentences In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 10:08 am

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