Education http://kuow.org en Does Higher Education Lack Diversity? Western Pres. Says It's A National Problem http://kuow.org/post/does-higher-education-lack-diversity-western-pres-says-its-national-problem <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard about his <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/president/blog/posts/24.shtml">concerns for the lack of diversity</a> at Western and other schools across the country.</p><p>In a recent convocation speech, Shepard sparked a debate over his statement: "If we are as white in 10 years as we are today, Western will have failed as a university." Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:55:03 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 32732 at http://kuow.org Does Higher Education Lack Diversity? Western Pres. Says It's A National Problem Tacoma Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award http://kuow.org/post/tacoma-teacher-wins-milken-educator-award <p></p><p>A high school social studies teacher in Tacoma was caught off guard when he received a national award for his exceptional work in the classroom. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:19:33 +0000 Lisa Brooks 32672 at http://kuow.org Tacoma Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award SAT Releases Preview Of New Test Questions http://kuow.org/post/sat-releases-preview-new-test-questions High school students planning to take the SAT in 2016 can now look up sample questions to the new version of the college admissions test.<p>The College Board, the company that owns the SAT, announced last month that it was making big changes to the test, which has lost ground to the rival ACT test.<p>Among the key changes:<p><ol> <li>A move away from &#8220;obscure words&#8221; to focus on &#8220;relevant words, the meanings of which depend on how they’re used.&#8221;</li> <li>&#8220;Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Essay sections&#8221; where students will &#8220;be asked to demonstrate Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:41:02 +0000 editor 32662 at http://kuow.org Colorado High School Offers Treatment To Drug Users http://kuow.org/post/colorado-high-school-offers-treatment-drug-users Ever since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in January, some school officials say they&#8217;re seeing more students using it. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:40:33 +0000 editor 32658 at http://kuow.org Colorado High School Offers Treatment To Drug Users Ken Burns On 'The Greatest Speech In American History' http://kuow.org/post/ken-burns-greatest-speech-american-history <p></p><p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary, "<a href="http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-address/home/">The Address</a>."</p><p>The film captures the story of a <a href="http://www.greenwood.org/">school for boys</a> with learning differences and disabilities in Vermont where the students are encouraged to recite <span class="st">President Abraham Lincoln's </span>Gettysburg Address. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:40:04 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Jason Pagano 32622 at http://kuow.org Ken Burns On 'The Greatest Speech In American History' Reforming Punishment In Washington Public Schools http://kuow.org/post/reforming-punishment-washington-public-schools <p></p><p>Steve Scher talks with Katie Mosehauer, executive director of <a href="http://www.waappleseed.org/#!about2/c4nz" target="_blank">Washington Appleseed, </a>about <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/laws/wsr/2014/07/14-07-029.htm" target="_blank">proposed changes</a> to school discipline policies in Washington state public schools. The state government <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5946-S.SL.pdf">passed a law in September</a> that would limit almost all suspensions and expulsions to, at maximum, one year. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:32:33 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich 32516 at http://kuow.org Reforming Punishment In Washington Public Schools Food Pantries On The Rise To Help 'Starving Students' http://kuow.org/post/food-pantries-rise-help-starving-students <p>The expression “starving students” is not just a cliché. It’s real.</p><p>Researchers call this situation “food insecurity,” and it’s a concern that affects schools across the country, including many in the Pacific Northwest. A recent study in the <a href="http://www.jneb.org/article/S1499-4046%2813%2900707-0/abstract">Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior</a> found that 59 percent of students at <a href="http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/45177/PattonLopez_JNEB_foodinsecurity_11414.pdf?sequence=1">Western Oregon University </a>were going hungry.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:17:49 +0000 Ruby de Luna 32419 at http://kuow.org Food Pantries On The Rise To Help 'Starving Students' Common Core State Standards Explained http://kuow.org/post/common-core-state-standards-explained <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld to talk about the <a href="http://kuow.org/post/common-core-good-fit-kindergarten">new changes to learning standards</a> in Washington state public schools. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:29:39 +0000 Ann Dornfeld & Ross Reynolds 32405 at http://kuow.org Common Core State Standards Explained Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten? http://kuow.org/post/common-core-good-fit-kindergarten <p></p><p>As school districts across Washington integrate the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math into their curricula, some kindergarten teachers say the standards are&nbsp;squeezing out other important lessons that young children need to succeed in school – and life. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:30:27 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 32339 at http://kuow.org Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten? Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy http://kuow.org/post/paying-student-loans-puts-dent-wallets-and-economy Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. <em>Morning Edition</em> recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt. Many say they have put off marriage or buying a home because of the financial burden they took on as students.<p>William Elliott, director of the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas, says the burden of student loans isn't just a personal, short-term problem for individuals. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:53:00 +0000 NPR Staff 32341 at http://kuow.org Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy Jared Diamond Aims Evolution Education At Youth http://kuow.org/post/jared-diamond-aims-evolution-education-youth <p></p><p></p><p>Marcie Sillman talks with author and professor <a href="http://www.jareddiamond.org/">Jared Diamond</a> about an adaptation of his book<em>, "</em>The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The adaption targets high school students. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:59:02 +0000 Arwen Nicks, Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 32299 at http://kuow.org Jared Diamond Aims Evolution Education At Youth An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test http://kuow.org/post/education-reporter-puts-himself-standardized-test What are the two most feared — most reviled — words in the English language?<p>"Tax day," maybe? Or "traffic jam"?<p>"Pink slip" still connotes an awful brand of helplessness, even though, I assume, most Americans who get pink-slipped these days never see a pink slip.<p>No, my vote is for "standardized test."<p>That's right. You felt it, didn't you? Shivers up the spine. The stab of a No. 2 pencil. And oh! Those monstrous, monotonous bubbles. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 editor 32165 at http://kuow.org An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test Reinvestigating Class Sizes In Washington State http://kuow.org/post/reinvestigating-class-sizes-washington-state <p></p><p>Steve Scher&nbsp;talks with Sterling Clifford of <a href="http://classsizecountswa.com/" target="_blank">Class Size Counts</a>. The group is currently collecting signatures for an <a href="http://classsizecountswa.com/campaign-news/class-size-counts-files-initiative-for-the-2014-ballot" target="_blank">initiative</a> that would limit class sizes for kindergarten to third grade to 17 students by 2019.</p><p>Then, Steve Scher&nbsp;speaks with <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/chingosm">Brookings Institution fellow Matthew Chingos</a> about the <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2011/05/11-class-size-whitehurst-chingos" target="_blank">research</a> behind class size reduction policies. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:14:33 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich & Hannah Burn 32152 at http://kuow.org Reinvestigating Class Sizes In Washington State Washington Teachers' Union Supports Families Opting Out Of State Testing http://kuow.org/post/washington-teachers-union-supports-families-opting-out-state-testing <p>The state’s largest teachers’ union has passed a motion to support parents and students who opt out of statewide standardized tests. The union also promotes opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium state test coming next school year to align with the new Common Core State Standards. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:10:57 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 32088 at http://kuow.org Washington Teachers' Union Supports Families Opting Out Of State Testing Northwest Students To Test Their Code-Breaking Skills http://kuow.org/post/northwest-students-test-their-code-breaking-skills <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/040714AK_Code_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest university professors have launched a competition to test students’ code breaking skills.<p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:32:33 +0000 Anna King 32110 at http://kuow.org Northwest Students To Test Their Code-Breaking Skills