Education

Chion Wolf

How is science serving us? And how do we keep kids interested in the field? Those are the big questions we’re tackling today on the program with a panel of scientists and educators.

Microbiologist Arturo Casadevall says “all the major problems facing humanity are scientific problems” -- problems like climate change, pandemics, meteors. He says we need good scientists to deal with these problems. But how do we train the next generation of scientists?

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Middletown Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault at a fraternity on the Wesleyan University campus. A lawsuit is pending over a 2010 rape at the same fraternity.

About a week ago, Middletown Police responded to a call at the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wesleyan. Police say an individual was allegedly assaulted, but was able to fend off the attacker and flee during an attempted sexual assault. The name and sex of the victim have not been released and its not clear if it was a Wesleyan student. 

Living the Dream

Apr 11, 2013

Conventional career wisdom dictates that kids choose a solid profession where jobs are plentiful and paychecks are large. But certainty doesn't appeal to everyone. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan meets some young people who instead, are following their dreams.

“Dance has the ability to take you places that being, you know an accountant or working a retail job just couldn’t take you.”

College Readiness

Apr 10, 2013

Last week, we talked about what can be done to get students ready to work - and then get into a job. But here’s something holding them back:

About two-thirds of students entering community colleges and 20 percent of those entering state universities are placed in remedial and developmental math and English courses.

The December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has led to calls for increased police presence in Connecticut schools.  Lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a measure concerning school-based arrests.

The bill aims to reduce the number of students arrested at school for low-level, non-violent offenses.  Schools would be required to report the number of arrests, and boards of ed would have to have written agreements with local police departments detailing the role of law enforcement in their schools. 

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CPBN Education is establishing a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at America’s Choice at SAND School in Hartford. There is only one other elementary school and only three middle schools in this nationwide program, which includes over 40 schools, with teams from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah, Texas and California.

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CPBN Education is establishing a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at America’s Choice at SAND School in Hartford. There is only one other elementary school and only three middle schools in this nationwide program, which includes over 40 schools, with teams from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah, Texas and California.

Chion Wolf

In his State of the Union address, President Obama issued a challenge:

"To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead."

Goodwin College in East Hartford has become the first in the Northeast to offer a new manufacturing certification course. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

 

Goodwin College has more than 3,000 students, and according to its president, Mark Scheinberg, a simple mission.

“We differentiate ourselves insofar as we want to make sure that everything that students are getting will lead to some career when they finish.”

Goodwin Targets Manufacturing Training

Mar 29, 2013

Goodwin College in East Hartford has become the first in the Northeast to offer a new manufacturing certification course. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

 

Goodwin College has more than 3,000 students, and according to its president, Mark Scheinberg, a simple mission.

“We differentiate ourselves insofar as we want to make sure that everything that students are getting will lead to some career when they finish.”

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It's an unusual time to be the president of a state university in Connecticut.

The Malloy administration has been trying to overhaul the system of state colleges and universities, the legislature is trying to reign in spending by the Board of Regents which oversees that system. A tuition increase is going into effect, which has drawn protests from students and even some faculty, who feel that the University of Connecticut is getting preferential treatment to the State Universities and Community colleges.

Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent.

But if you’re at the point where there’s a question about consent, then you already have a communication problem, says Yale student Matt Breuer. He’s a Communication and Consent educator at the university. He says Yale’s workshops begin with conversation about sexual pressure.  

Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent.

But if you’re at the point where there’s a question about consent, then you already have a communication problem, says Yale student Matt Breuer. He’s a Communication and Consent educator at the university. He says Yale’s workshops begin with conversation about sexual pressure.  

Hartford Public Schools have signed an agreement with federal education authorities to improve supports and services for students who are English Language Learners.  

A complaint was filed with U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in 2007 on behalf of Somali-Bantu, Liberian and Spanish-speaking students in the Hartford Public Schools.   

"Students did not have appropriate amounts of supports, accommodations and services so they could understand what was being asked of them."

Hartford Public Schools have signed an agreement with federal education authorities to improve supports and services for students who are English Language Learners.  

A complaint was filed with U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in 2007 on behalf of Somali-Bantu, Liberian and Spanish-speaking students in the Hartford Public Schools.   

"Students did not have appropriate amounts of supports, accommodations and services so they could understand what was being asked of them."

Many service members join the military because they’re eligible for tuition assistance and the GI Bill. But service members are losing these educational benefits because of federal budget cuts.

Michael Sanzo signed up in 2004 as an Army infantryman. 

"I knew when I was 18, 19 years old that I wasn’t ready for college. I had no way to pay for it. So I made a decision. Cause I knew how important it was to have a degree."

Chion Wolf

Many students aren’t getting the help they need, but could flourish with a little help.

"Every student needs to know there’s some adult out there who’s looking out for them. Even if it’s not a biological parent. It makes a huge difference in outcomes."

That was leading education reform scholar Pedro Noguera on Where We Live.

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Over 50,000 students world wide will participate in the First Robotics Competition this year, and forty five teams are based here in Connecticut. WNPR's J Holt brings us the story of one of those teams.

In early January, teams of students gathered in high school auditoriums nationwide, for the kick off of an annual competition geared toward engaging young people with science and technology. 

MC- "So who's excited for the 2013 game?"

Crowd- "WOOHOOO!"

The University of Connecticut has been in the spotlight of late, with a series of high profile announcements about the expansion of bioscience and STEM disciplines at the school. Faculty and students were at the legislature this week, supporting funding for the Next Generation Connecticut initiative. But where, in all of this, is the university’s School of Business? WNPR’s Harriet Jones sat down recently with business school dean, John Elliott.

 

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Good teaching is the single biggest indicator for student success, and while we spend more money to teach our students than in any other country, we achieve at lower levels than our foreign counterparts.

So, what makes for a good teacher, and how do we know it when we see it?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked that question of 3,000 students and their teachers in a recently released study that took 3 years and cost $45 million dollars to complete. 

What they learned is what most kids already know, students are the best judge of what works. 

A new report looks at the experiences of undocumented students at 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the US.  The study calls on institutions of higher education to improve policies that affect undocumented students.

Of the 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from high school each year, only about 5 to 10% go on to higher education. A new report finds inconsistency in the way colleges and universities manage undocumented students.

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A Connecticut museum has been selected to contribute to an upcoming NASA mission. 

Bridgeport's The Discovery Museum and Planetarium will join 18 other organizations in the latest round of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

Local municipalities open their charters for revision at least once every ten years. New Haven is in the midst of a charter revision process, and the issue getting the most attention, is whether the school board should remain appointed by the mayor.

In New Haven, the mayor appoints the entire school board and is also a member. 

Connecticut’s Education Committee will hear testimony Friday on a proposal that would raise the minimum enrollment age for kindergarten.

Supporters of the idea say it would improve teaching and learning because the age range in kindergarten is too wide. But critics say it would make things worse for low-income kids whose families may not be able to afford an extra year of preschool.

State Senator Andrea Stillman says children need to be mature enough to enter kindergarten.  

As families struggle to keep up with skyrocketing higher education costs, the Obama Administration has unveiled a new website, which shows what most families end up paying for college: school-by-school.  

In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced the release of the new College Scorecard, "... that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria – where you can get the most bang for your educational buck."

An investigation is underway into the abrupt closure several weeks ago of three career training schools in Connecticut. Displaced students had a chance Thursday to start to figure out what happens next.

Melissa Butler spent nearly a year training to be a medical assistant at the Sawyer School in Hamden. 

Advocates have been saying for years, that the needs of young children get lost inside Connecticut’s larger school system. 

Governor Malloy has just proposed a new Office of Early Childhood, focused exclusively on children ages zero to five years old.

Multiple state agencies have administered Connecticut’s early childhood programs, and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman says its been hard for parents to figure out.  

"To get through the bureaucratic mess in government was terrible. Because you’d have to go from one department to the other department."

Chion Wolf

School “reform” is a loaded term that divides many teachers and parents - and pits many well-intentioned educators against one another. 

Dr. Pedro Noguera is a leading national voice on education, education reform and the achievement gap. He’s a professor of education at NYU, author of City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education, and co-founder of an effort called a “Broader, Bolder approach to Education." He’s also a former classroom teacher in Providence and Oakland. 

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School safety and the evaluation of teachers are on the minds of state lawmakers.

After the Newtown shootings, people across the country - and especially in Connecticut - are asking how we can keep students from harm.

The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention, school security and mental health is taking up the topic and we’ll talk with State Representative Andy Fleischmann who is chair of the education committee.

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