education

Education
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

How Stereotypes Keep Women From Computer Science

Flickr Photo/European Parliament (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with University of Washington professor Sapna Cheryan about how the nerd stereotype is keeping women away from the field of computer science.

Hunger
8:07 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Sen. Murray Proposes Summer Food Benefits For Low-Income Kids

Many families depend on lunch and breakfast provided by schools, making the summer months a struggle.
Flickr Photo/USDAgov (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Nearly half of public school students in Washington state receive free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school – about half a million children. But when school’s out for summer, it can be a struggle for low-income families to make their food budgets stretch.

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Student Privacy
9:57 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Proposed Sale Of Seattle Student Data Site Worries Officials

Student data is increasingly being stored on cloud computing services, raising new security and privacy concerns.
Kjetil Korslien Flickr

The potential bankruptcy sale of a company that stores online student data – including personally identifiable information for about 20,000 Seattle middle and high school students – has concerned the Federal Trade Commission and Seattle Public Schools. 

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Education
3:13 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Competency-Based Education As A Faster Path To Associate's Degrees

A student reads on campus at Seattle Central Community College.
Flickr Photo/javacolleen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Connie Broughton with the Board for Community & Technical Colleges about competency-based education. Students with prior work experience or college credit could potentially earn an associate's degree in business in only 18 months.

New Math
9:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Get Schooled: A Fourth Grader Teaches You 'Box Method' Multiplication

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:14 am

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Education
3:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Like Seattle, Boston Pushes For Universal Preschool

A member of a Seattle delegation, King County Executive Dow Constanine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray visited Boston and New Jersey this year to learn about their universal preschool models.
Flickr Photo/Dow Constantine (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to WBUR reporter David Scharfenberg about Boston's efforts to expand its preschool system. Here in Seattle, the City Council is considering a property tax levy to fund universal preschool.

Music Education
3:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Quinton Morris: Teaching The Next Generation Of Musicians

Violinist Quinton Morris with a young student.
Credit Courtesy of Quinton Morris

He's only 36 years old, but violinist Quinton Morris has the kind of resume that would make anybody a little jealous.

Solo performance at Carnegie Hall? Check.

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Sakura Celebration
11:06 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Japan Gifts UW With 18 Cherry Trees

Members of Seattle Kokon Taiko perform at a dedication ceremony for 18 new cherry trees given to the University of Washington from Japan.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

One of the first signs of spring is when the cherry trees bloom at the University of Washington. The iconic trees on the quad have become a symbol of the University’s ties to Japan. Yesterday, the University celebrated a gift from Japan — 18 new cherry trees to add to the campus.

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Injury Research
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

As Risks Come Out, School Sports Are Changing

Flickr Photo/Wrote (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to John Miller, assistant executive director at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, about how research into risks associated with school sports is changing attitudes and activities in Washington state and beyond.

College Ranking
10:45 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Is This Any Way To Pick A College?

This dog went to a top-ten college...for dogs.
Martha T Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 12:31 pm

There are more than 7,000 colleges in the U.S., and 21.8 million students enrolled in them. That's potentially 21.8 million opinions about what makes a school "the best."

The penalty for a bad choice can be huge. The cost of a degree continues to soar, graduation rates vary widely from college to college, and a growing body of evidence suggests that picking a supposedly "top" school doesn't necessarily pay off later in life.

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Radke In The Morning
12:31 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Getting Kids Interested In Math (Without Their Knowing)

One sheep with six legs, or two sheep with eight legs? What about the poor sheep laying on the grass?
Credit Flickr Photo/Robbie Veldwijk

Cats have four legs. Dogs have four legs. So obviously, all animals have four legs.

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Early Childhood Education
3:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Preschool For All, A Sliding Scale For Most: The Plan For Pre-K In Seattle

A member of a Seattle delegation, King County Executive Dow Constanine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray visited Boston and New Jersey this year to learn about their universal preschool models.
Flickr Photo/Dow Constantine (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess about the recently unveiled proposal to fund universal pre-K in Seattle. The proposal was announced today by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Burgess, and Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda. If approved by the City Council, the proposal will be forwarded to the November ballot.

No Time For Play
8:05 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Recess, Once Free Time, Gets An Overhaul

The nonprofit organization Playworks has trained several dozen schools in Washington -- including Bellevue Public Schools -- how to turn recess from the traditional free time into an organized activity period.
Credit Photo Credit Playworks

The recess for the youngest students at Ardmore Elementary School in Bellevue doesn’t look like your typical recess.

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Work And Play
3:43 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Researcher: More Recess Improves Student Attention

Flickr Photo/drpavloff

Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Anthony Pellegrini, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota, about the role of recess in schools. Dr. Pellegrini has been researching the importance of recess since the early 1980s.

Commencement
1:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates?

Several high-profile commencement speakers have resigned in the wake of student protests this graduation season.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:59 pm

Graduation Season? More like Disinvitation Season.

As students across the country prepare for pomp and circumstance, college and university administrators are grappling with a series of commencement speech boondoggles.

This year alone, nearly a dozen big-name commencement speakers — including the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — have been invited to speak at graduation ceremonies, only to withdraw or have their invitations rescinded in the wake of campus protests.

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