Education http://kuow.org en Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time http://kuow.org/post/saving-lives-south-miami-one-pool-time It's hot out. The usual midday thunderstorm has just passed, and the few kids hanging out on bleachers around the pool at Miami's Ransom Everglades School finally get the go-ahead to jump in and cool off.<p>Eight-year-old Gary Kendrick and the others are all here for swim lessons.<p>"They told us to hold on to the wall and kick our feet and, like, move our arms," Kendrick says. "When I had to swim to one of the counselors, I was really swimming. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:15:34 +0000 Wilson Sayre 38906 at http://kuow.org Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time A Tale Of Two High Schools http://kuow.org/post/tale-two-high-schools <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is high school truly filled with stereotypes?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ahlaam</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ibraahim</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Esa</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tilija</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;investigate the stereotypes of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">their schools:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rainier</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Beach High School, a public school in south Seattle, and University Prep, a private school in north Seattle. </span> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:09:40 +0000 Ahlaam Ibraahim & Esa Tilija 38874 at http://kuow.org A Tale Of Two High Schools High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://kuow.org/post/high-performing-charter-schools-may-improve-students-health Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.<p>Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.<p>They surveyed 521 ninth through 12th-grade students in Los Angeles who attended charter schools, and 409 students who attended local neighborhood schools. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:59:35 +0000 Patti Neighmond 38663 at http://kuow.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention http://kuow.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists <em>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</em><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 38602 at http://kuow.org Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention Seattle School Board Picks Interim Superintendent http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-board-picks-interim-superintendent <p>The Seattle School Board voted unanimously Friday to make Larry Nyland the interim schools chief to replace outgoing Superintendent Jose Banda.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:53:07 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38549 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-sides-boyfriend-school-backpack-shooting <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071714AJ_KidsWithGuns_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday a Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third-degree assault.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:51 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38482 at http://kuow.org Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field http://kuow.org/post/young-scientists-say-theyre-sexually-abused-field Many young scientists dream of their first trip to a remote research site — who wouldn't want to hang out with chimps like Jane Goodall, or sail to the Galapagos like Charles Darwin, exploring the world and advancing science?<p>But for many scientists, field research can endanger their health and safety.<p>In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.<p>Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:58:07 +0000 editor 38417 at http://kuow.org Here Are Washington's New Prospective Charter Schools http://kuow.org/post/here-are-washingtons-new-prospective-charter-schools <p>Seven organizations have filed to open charter schools in Washington in the state’s second-ever round of applications.</p><p>The proposed schools include California-based charter chains… a bilingual school… and a school that would teach partly in sign language.</p><p>Three of the schools would be in Spokane, with the rest in Seattle, Sunnyside, and Pierce and Clark Counties.</p><p>Three of the groups had applied unsuccessfully to open schools last year.</p><p>The state’s charter school authorizers will decide which applications to approve, if any, by mid-October.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:06:17 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38396 at http://kuow.org A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools http://kuow.org/post/push-ethnic-studies-texas-schools Ever since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, many educators, students and activists have pushed for more ethnic studies in public schools.<p>In 1968 at a San Francisco State University, students led the longest student strike in the country&#8217;s history calling for ethnic studies programs that accurately represented the student body and their needs. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:05:48 +0000 editor 38390 at http://kuow.org A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus http://kuow.org/post/colleges-struggle-stop-and-respond-sexual-violence-campus One of the 55 higher education institutions under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases is this week hosting a national summit on the subject.<p>Administrators, students and experts from across the country are at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for the <a href="http://www.dartmouth.edu/sosa/" target="_blank">Summit on Sexual Assault on College Campuses</a>, a conference focused on prevention, education and response.<p>The event takes place amid growing calls for action. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:31:18 +0000 editor 38344 at http://kuow.org Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away http://kuow.org/post/long-babies-talk-theyre-plotting-away <p>A University of Washington <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html">study</a> published Monday in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Science</em> gives clues about how talking to babies from an early age helps them say their first words. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:06:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38204 at http://kuow.org Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better http://kuow.org/post/teaching-4-year-olds-feel-better You're 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that's against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again?<p>According to a <a href="http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/HSCares%20Impact_ExecSummary%20MDRC.pdf">large national study </a>just released, it's possible to teach kids in preschool to give better answers to that question — not only when asked by a researcher, but in real life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 editor 38177 at http://kuow.org Tacoma School District To Apologize For Firing Gay Teacher In 1972 http://kuow.org/post/tacoma-school-district-apologize-firing-gay-teacher-1972 <p>Marcie Sillman&nbsp;talks with former teacher Jim Gaylord, who was fired from&nbsp;Tacoma's Wilson High School in 1972 for being gay. The school district will offer a formal apology this Sunday. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:36:38 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Matthew Streib 38096 at http://kuow.org Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws http://kuow.org/post/childcare-provider-debates-two-possible-preschool-laws <p>Patti Oliver Bailey sat on a sunny wooden deck in Seattle’s Rainier Valley on a recent afternoon, surrounded by toddlers digging through a box of pink sand and bright toys. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:28:11 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38063 at http://kuow.org Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities http://kuow.org/post/math-nerd-or-bookworm-many-same-genes-shape-both-abilities <strong></strong>Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 editor 37957 at http://kuow.org Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities