schools http://wnpr.org en Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock Conduct Dynamic Workshops at Wesleyan University http://wnpr.org/post/members-sweet-honey-rock-conduct-dynamic-workshops-wesleyan-university <p>Three members of the legendary <a href="http://sweethoneyintherock.org/" target="_blank">a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock</a> are finishing up a unique residency at Wesleyan University.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:05:47 +0000 Ray Hardman 20308 at http://wnpr.org Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock Conduct Dynamic Workshops at Wesleyan University Proposal Would Allow Schools to Stock Epinephrine http://wnpr.org/post/proposal-would-allow-schools-stock-epinephrine <p>A bill that would allow schools in Connecticut to stock emergency medication for severe allergic reactions has been referred to the Appropriations Committee.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:33:55 +0000 Diane Orson 20304 at http://wnpr.org Proposal Would Allow Schools to Stock Epinephrine Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' http://wnpr.org/post/ken-burns-tackles-lincoln-education-and-money-address The Ken Burns documentary <em>The Address</em>, premiering on most PBS stations Tuesday night, opens at the Greenwood School in Vermont, where students are being introduced to a longstanding tradition: studying the Gettysburg Address until they can recite it from memory in front of a large audience of students, staff and parents. If they succeed, they receive a special commemorative coin that is only given for this achievement. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:36:04 +0000 Linda Holmes 20180 at http://wnpr.org Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address' Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort http://wnpr.org/post/boston-finds-quality-preschool-worth-effort It's a Wednesday morning at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Teacher Jodi Doyle is working with a small group of preschool students interested in domes.<p>"What do you think the difference is between a dome and an arch?" she asks.<p>The lesson doesn't go exactly as planned. Doyle wants the kids to build their domes with wire, but she wants the children to come up with that idea themselves. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 editor 20083 at http://wnpr.org Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort Early Childhood Autism Treatment Is Key, But Diagnosis Is Difficult http://wnpr.org/post/early-childhood-autism-treatment-key-diagnosis-difficult <p>Most children with autism are well past their fourth birthday by the time they’re diagnosed with the condition, according to new government data.</p><p>Their parents and teachers may have raised red flags earlier, but it takes months or years to confirm suspicions with a formal diagnosis. And therapy rarely starts without one.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:02:54 +0000 Karen Weintraub 20109 at http://wnpr.org Early Childhood Autism Treatment Is Key, But Diagnosis Is Difficult Malloy Announces Funding for Farms; Lawmakers Present Pre-K Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-announces-funding-farms-lawmakers-present-pre-k-proposal <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FjxN7ABFP_w" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Malloy announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow Connecticut to use more than $8 million of federal funding to preserve and protect the state's farms. He says Connecticut has already preserved more than 300 farms and 13,000 acres of farmland and hopes to use the extended funding to protect not only farms, but also jobs.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:14:53 +0000 Teri McCready 19926 at http://wnpr.org The Benefits of Children's Yoga Only Beginning to Be Understood http://wnpr.org/post/benefits-childrens-yoga-only-beginning-be-understood <p>There are many studies out there touting the benefits of yoga, from increasing flexibility and strength, to helping with more debilitating conditions like chronic headaches and pain. More and more children are practicing yoga, and researchers are just beginning to understand how kids can benefit from the ancient discipline.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:52:50 +0000 Ray Hardman 19846 at http://wnpr.org The Benefits of Children's Yoga Only Beginning to Be Understood An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test http://wnpr.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 11:34:00 +0000 editor 19826 at http://wnpr.org An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test Reverse PILOT Proposal Considered Unfair By Some Connecticut Institutions http://wnpr.org/post/reverse-pilot-proposal-considered-unfair-some-connecticut-institutions <p>Some municipal and state leaders would like to see non-profit colleges and hospitals pay taxes to the towns where they reside. One higher education official said the particular idea currently being floated is unfair.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:14:12 +0000 Diane Orson 19705 at http://wnpr.org Reverse PILOT Proposal Considered Unfair By Some Connecticut Institutions Malloy Announces P-Tech School; Two Charter Schools Approved http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-announces-p-tech-school-two-charter-schools-approved <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WLkh_9OksmU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>Governor DannelTech stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The new school will be located at Norwalk High School. By the start of the next academic year there will be about 27 of these schools across the country. The schools integrate high school and college curricula for grades nine through 14. Students who complete the program graduate with both a high school diploma and an associates degree in applied science at no cost.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:00:29 +0000 Teri McCready 19600 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Open First P-TECH School in Norwalk http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-open-first-p-tech-school-norwalk <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are to announce today that Connecticut’s first P-TECH model school will open in September.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, and by the start of the next academic year there will be about 27 of these schools across the country.</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:57:31 +0000 Diane Orson 19586 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut to Open First P-TECH School in Norwalk Connecticut State Board of Education Approves Four New Charter Schools http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-state-board-education-approves-four-new-charter-schools <p>The Connecticut State Board of Education has approved four new charter schools, including two in Bridgeport.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:24:21 +0000 Associated Press 19529 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut State Board of Education Approves Four New Charter Schools UMass Opens Springfield Center Campus Office http://wnpr.org/post/umass-opens-springfield-center-campus-office The University of Massachusetts opened its first satellite campus today.&#160; The university is inviting people to sign up for classes that&#160; start later this year in downtown Springfield.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The welcome center at the UMass satellite campus in Springfield is now open to help enroll students for classes that start at the new campus in September" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/umassspringfieldwelcome.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:30:21 +0000 Paul Tuthill 19375 at http://wnpr.org UMass Opens Springfield Center Campus Office Comparing Law School Rankings? Read The Fine Print http://wnpr.org/post/comparing-law-school-rankings-read-fine-print When students go to law school, they make a bunch of calculations. A big one is cost: top schools charge more than $50,000 a year, and <a href="http://www.newamerica.org/publications/policy/the_graduate_student_debt_review">graduate-student debt is on the rise.</a> Another key calculation: The likelihood of getting a good job after graduation.<p>Each spring, US News & World Report releases its <a href="http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings">ranking of law schools</a>. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:26:00 +0000 editor 19186 at http://wnpr.org Indiana Repeals Common Core, Connecticut Charges Ahead http://wnpr.org/post/indiana-repeals-common-core-connecticut-charges-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, </span><a href="http://in.chalkbeat.org/2014/03/24/pence-signs-bill-voiding-indianas-common-core-adoption/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the governor of Indiana signed a bill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that would repeal the implementation of the Common Core educational standards. Although there are widespread concerns about Common Core in Connecticut, state officials continue to move ahead, but at a slower pace than originally intended.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:03:46 +0000 Tucker Ives 19131 at http://wnpr.org Indiana Repeals Common Core, Connecticut Charges Ahead Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-teach-conversation-connecticuts-teachers-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our teacher panel welcomed educators from across the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We broadcasted live from the </span>CPBN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Learning Lab, </span><a href="http://jma.hartfordschools.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the home of the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet High School</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Satellite Campus and the Institute for Advanced Media.</span></p><p>Are you a teacher? Why did you decide to enter this profession and what keeps you going back to school every day? Find our tweets from the discussion at #WhereWeTeach, and watch our video of the event below.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 19096 at http://wnpr.org Where We Teach: A Conversation With Connecticut's Teachers Connecticut-Based Non-Profit to Build a Children's Village in Tanzania http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-based-non-profit-build-childrens-village-tanzania <p>A Connecticut-based non-profit has received a major grant to start construction on a village for orphaned children in Tanzania. <a href="http://www.thesmallthings.org/" target="_blank">The Small Things, based in East Haven and Africa</a>, partners with the Nkoaranga Orphanage, which cares for youngsters from birth to five years old.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When they age out of the orphanage, some kids are able to move in with family members or live in foster homes, but most are sent away to boarding schools.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:42:46 +0000 Diane Orson 19056 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut-Based Non-Profit to Build a Children's Village in Tanzania The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-legislative-deadlines-money-politics-and-common-core <p>Key deadlines are coming up for some proposed legislation at the state capitol and some have already passed. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we talk about what bills may or may not make it out of committee.</p><p>We also discuss the role of money in this year’s statewide elections. Common Core remains in the national headlines, with Indiana actually dropping the standards.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19011 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core Community Colleges in Connecticut Experiment With Remedial Classes http://wnpr.org/post/community-colleges-connecticut-experiment-remedial-classes <p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">This fall, community college students in Connecticut who take remedial classes will be part of a large and, some say, much-needed experiment.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:34:56 +0000 Alan Yu 18964 at http://wnpr.org Community Colleges in Connecticut Experiment With Remedial Classes Metro-North Braking Upgrade Complete; Bill Considered to Address Absenteeism http://wnpr.org/post/metro-north-braking-upgrade-complete-bill-considered-address-absenteeism <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Lc7N8-GLFKE" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Metro-North has finished upgrading its signal system. That means trains approaching five moveable bridges and two critical curves on the New Haven Line will automatically stop when engineers fail to slow down. The emergency stop provisions were put in place at two curves-- one in Bridgeport, the other in Port Chester, New York. The Federal Railroad Administration issued the order in December after a deadly train derailment in The Bronx.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:44:03 +0000 Teri McCready 18942 at http://wnpr.org President Obama To Speak At Worcester Tech Graduation http://wnpr.org/post/president-obama-speak-worcester-tech-graduation President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at a Massachusetts high school in June.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit The White House" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/obamahighfive.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/03/obamamahs.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160; The President will deliver the main address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation on June 11.&#160; The White House said it is the only high s Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:51:07 +0000 Paul Tuthill 18748 at http://wnpr.org President Obama To Speak At Worcester Tech Graduation Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim http://wnpr.org/post/volunteer-built-playground-hartford-celebrates-sandy-hook-shooting-victim <p><font size="2">A corner of a Hartford's Elizabeth Park became a construction site last weekend, but this wasn't just any ordinary project. </font></p><p><font size="2">Even on a chilly day in March, hundreds of people came to watch. The organizers hope the community will continue to feel a strong connection to the playground that was built.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">A group called the Sandy Ground Project <a href="http://www.thesandygroundproject.org/" target="_blank">is building 26 playgrounds as living memorials</a> to the children who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Alan Yu 18569 at http://wnpr.org Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-agunuah-vaccinations-and-more <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://markoppenheimer.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Oppenheimer&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">writes about religion and a whole bunch of other things. Today, he'll be talking about the difficulty&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/516/stuck-in-the-middle?act=2" style="line-height: 1.5;">Orthodox Jewish women</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;face in obtaining a certain form of cooperation from their husbands and how that difficulty spawned a black market in coercion and violence.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:44:30 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18551 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble on Agunuah, Vaccinations, and More Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? http://wnpr.org/post/does-teaching-kids-get-gritty-help-them-get-ahead It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?"<p>Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.<p>Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that <em>je ne sais quoi</em> that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.<p>"This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that's grit," says Angela Du Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 18540 at http://wnpr.org Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? Sexual Assault at Colleges Gets Local and National Attention http://wnpr.org/post/sexual-assault-colleges-gets-local-and-national-attention <p>On Thursday morning, the Board of Regents governing Connecticut state colleges unanimously passed <a href="http://www.ct.edu/images/uploads/BOR-AgendaPacket-03-13-2014.pdf?83945">a sexual assault policy</a> which would, among other things, require campuses to give victims detailed descriptions of what they can do.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:45:53 +0000 Alan Yu 18382 at http://wnpr.org Sexual Assault at Colleges Gets Local and National Attention Education Officials Urge State Lawmakers to Roll Out Common Core Standards http://wnpr.org/post/education-officials-urge-state-lawmakers-roll-out-common-core-standards <p>Despite complaints from teachers across Connecticut about the rollout of new education standards and guidelines, education officials are urging state lawmakers to oppose efforts to stop it.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:37:19 +0000 Associated Press 18361 at http://wnpr.org Education Officials Urge State Lawmakers to Roll Out Common Core Standards Manhattan Building Collapses; Law Proposes Shrinking Drug-Free Zones http://wnpr.org/post/manhattan-building-collapses-law-proposes-shrinking-drug-free-zones <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/O5wQjSu9jQw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>An explosion tore through an area of Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood early on Wednesday, collapsing two buildings. There were fatalities reported and dozens injured. All Metro-North service was suspended as all Metro-North trains in and out of New York City use the rail lines adjacent to the blast zone.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:06:09 +0000 Teri McCready 18320 at http://wnpr.org Around Schools, a Potential Drawback for "Drug Enforcement" Zones http://wnpr.org/post/around-schools-potential-drawback-drug-enforcement-zones <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new law proposes making drug enforcement zones around schools smaller. It's a measure aimed at giving teeth to a law that's been on the books since 1987. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, if you're convicted of possessing or selling drugs within 1500 feet of a school, you're subject to mandatory jail terms. But in urban areas, especially, that 1500-foot area encompasses vast areas of residential space.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:40:27 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18297 at http://wnpr.org Around Schools, a Potential Drawback for "Drug Enforcement" Zones School Resource Officers and the Safety of Our Students http://wnpr.org/post/school-resource-officers-and-safety-our-students <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, something changed at many schools in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11.5pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">Armed guards started appearing in places they hadn’t before: in elementary and middle schools. Districts have struggled with the questions of whether this kind of increased security is worth the cost, and whether it provides the kind of school environment they want.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:38:41 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18214 at http://wnpr.org School Resource Officers and the Safety of Our Students What It's Like to Be a Teacher in Connecticut Today http://wnpr.org/post/what-its-be-teacher-connecticut-today <p>Why do teachers want to teach? In the era of education reform, teacher evaluations, and standardized testing, it's a question that some teachers are asking themselves.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-teach-conversation-connecticuts-teachers" target="_blank">WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> hosted an evening panel discussion with teachers from across the state</a> in order to accommodate their schedules which don't line up with a live morning call-in show.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We invited educators to join us in the audience and t</span>here was a general sentiment of openness to new evaluation methods and ways of measuring performance. But they also expressed a desire to balance it with support from administrators. The teachers on the panel said they are interested in getting better at teaching, and so they want feedback and support, not a stern visit that comes with a score and an up or down vote.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:42:44 +0000 Tucker Ives 17874 at http://wnpr.org What It's Like to Be a Teacher in Connecticut Today