Education

Education
7:16 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Three N.H. Schools To Take Part In Personalized Learning Program

 

Three New Hampshire schools are taking part in a regional partnership to develop personalized learning experiences.

The Great Bay Charter School, the Pittsfield Middle and High School and the Manchester School of Technology are among 20 New England schools taking part in the initiative coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership and New England Secondary Schools Consortium.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Feds Allow Four N.H. School Districts To Try A New Approach On Standardized Tests

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Last week four New Hampshire districts received federal approval to reduce the number of required standardized tests. This pilot program, the first-of-its-kind in the country, will replace most ‘Smarter Balanced’ tests with assessments written by local teachers. In doing so, the hope is to make testing more representative of what students know, and less of a disruption to day-to-day learning.

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Word of Mouth
1:38 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

3.12.15: Gross Solutions To Serious Problems, Investigating Office Fridge Theft, & Uncommon Core

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Across the world more than 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and at least two billion don’t have proper sanitation. On today’s show, we’ll look at a project aiming to solve both problems by turning waste into drinkable water. And why disgust may prevent it from becoming a reality.

Then, we investigate a problem facing many American workers: food theft. We’ll find out why some people feel it’s ok to steal treats from the office fridge. 

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed March 11, 2015

N.H. House To Debate Several Anti-Common Core Bills

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New Hampshire's Republican-led House is considering bills to gut parts of the Common Core education standards.

The House will debate several measures Wednesday aimed at the standards and tests associated with them. Most have a positive endorsement from the House Education Committee, signaling a strong chance of passage.

One bill says schools don't have to adopt the standards. Opponents of the bill say it's redundant because the state board of education does not force schools to use the standards. Passing the bill will make clear the House's skepticism of the standards.

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Giving Matters
12:23 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Giving Matters: Making Kids Savvy Media Consumers

Mary Jill LaRocca is an elementary school health teacher in Manchester. She helps students navigate the barrage of unhealthy messages that kids are exposed to. She turns to Media Power Youth’s Media Smart curriculum to help her students think critically about messages that promote violence, alcohol use, junk food and more, so they can be wise media consumers. 

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NH News
3:28 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

N.H. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Public Schools To Teach Cursive And Multiplication Tables

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Senators have passed a bill requiring public schools to continue teaching cursive and multiplication tables. The bill is aimed at making sure schools maintain those skills as schools adopt new standards and incorporate more technology in the classroom.

The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Thursday and it will now be sent to the Senate Finance Committee.

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Word of Mouth
1:57 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

2.23.15: Thiel Fellowship, Importance of Touch & College Kids Can't Take A Joke

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To protect children from predators, some schools have rules against physical contact so strict that students can be sent to the principal’s office for holding hands or high-fiving. On today’s show – are schools being too touchy about physical contact?

And a reporter profiles the inaugural class of Thiel fellows – twenty teenagers who were given one-hundred thousand dollars to drop out of higher education and pursue success as young entrepreneurs.

Plus a columnist and comedian argues college kids today can’t take a joke. 

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Giving Matters
12:09 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Giving Matters: SEPIA Brings Art To Kids And The Community

Emilia Ornellas is a student teacher at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She works with middle and high school students in the Student Enrichment Program in the Arts, also known as SEPIA. She explains that the program offers art classes Manchester students grades K-12.

Dhahiro Osman is an outgoing student who participated in the SEPIA program. Her interest? Self-improvement. “I thought that I’d give it a try, because I’m not a good artist; I thought this might be my chance to be good at it.”

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Sound In Focus

Mike Alberici demonstrates the Vortex Cannon

We have a listening problem. One music teacher is out to conquer it.

Mike Alberici is a music teacher at Maple Street School in Hopkinton, who was awarded the 2015/2016 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – an award that grants teachers leave to develop new ideas for classroom teaching, and covers all the costs of doing so.

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NH News
6:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Concern and Confusion Surround Child Restraint Law Change

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Morning Edition speaks with two experts on changes to the child restraint law this month. Scroll down to see our more recent conversation with disability rights advocate Mike Skibbie.

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Some New Hampshire school officials are raising concerns about a newly revised state law meant to limit the use of restraint and seclusion on students.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Legislation To Benefit Growing School Districts Gets Preliminary House Approval

School districts with growing populations could benefit from two pieces of legislation that got preliminary approval today from the New Hampshire House. 

The House voted this morning to move forward a bill that would lift a cap on how much state aid growing school districts can receive, as well as a measure to provide more money for school construction projects. The House Education Committee recommended passage of both. 

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Another Chapter: N.H.'s Education Funding Debate Returns

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New Hampshire has been engaged in a perennial argument about the state’s role in paying for schools. In 2011, a compromise put that debate on hold. But dissatisfaction has been brewing and now a bipartisan bill would tweak the formula, igniting speculation about who would win and who would lose under a new arrangement.

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Education
4:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

UNH Manchester Rethinks Classroom Design Ahead Of Move

One of Mihaela Sabin's pod-style classroom studios.
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  As UNH Manchester prepares to move down the road to the larger Pandora Mill building, it’s going back to the drawing board to modernize its classrooms. The school turned to its faculty and students to help design the classroom that works best for them.

This month, researchers in Manchester, England will publish a report on the impact class environment has on learning. They find factors ranging from furniture to lighting can cause a significant variation on a student’s performance. And UNH Manchester is paying attention.

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Word of Mouth
2:44 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

The Uncommon Core: The American Vacation

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The American Vacation

“Vacations were an important part of the social life of the upper class in the United States throughout the 19th century.   They even had a circuit of vacations that followed the sun in some ways – they went south for the winter, came back north to Newport and other places like that. In fact, they became what  Thorstein Veblen critiqued as ‘the leisure class.’  It’s not until the turn of the 20th century that the middle class begins to see vacations as something that’s possible for them.” 

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Politics
6:14 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

N.H. Lawmakers Grapple Anew Over An Old Issue: Funding Education

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The fraught topic of education funding is again before lawmakers as two bills seek to eliminate a cap aid to local schools that was imposed in 2011. The bills hope to head off a possible lawsuit from school districts that have missed out on millions of dollars because of that cap. 

The push for change has bipartisan support, even though it could result in less funding for many schools.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

New Hampshire Teacher Wins Grammy Music Educator Award

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A high school music teacher in Windham, New Hampshire, has received the 2015 Grammy Music Educator award.

Related: Click here to listen to Rick Ganley's conversation with Cassedy, recorded in December after he was chosen as one of ten finalists.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Standardized Testing: Why It Doesn't Work And How To Fix It

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You hear a lot of grumbling these days that students and teachers are overwhelmed by testing regimes aimed at keeping districts accountable.  We talk with an author who says there are better ways to track of how are kids and educators are doing.

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Word of Mouth
2:51 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

1.22.15: Changing Our Understanding Of Merit, Trapping Bed Bugs, & The Uncommon Core

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For students hoping to get into a competitive college or university, high SAT scores are crucial. On today’s show, law professor and civil rights activist argues that the SAT is a more accurate measurement of family wealth, race and ethnicity than merit. 

Then, The Uncommon Core, our series on offbeat college courses, continues with golf course management. We’ll also hear from a husband and wife research team going to great lengths to end the bedbug epidemic– including offering themselves up as food!

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

As STEM Dominates The Discussion, How Do The Humanities Fit In?

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A new report urges New Hampshire schools to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education. It’s part of a national preoccupation stemming from lackluster scores on these subjects among American students. But some say this emphasis is edging out other, equally important areas from writing skills to civics to the arts.

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Word of Mouth
2:43 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

The Uncommon Core: How To Win A Beauty Pageant

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How to Win a Beauty Pageant: Race, Gender, Culture, and U.S. National Identity

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Word of Mouth
1:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

The Uncommon Core: Invented Languages: Klingon & Beyond

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Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond

“I wanted to start teaching this course because I wanted a way to engage students in linguistics without having to actually teach them linguistics.  I wanted a kind of pop-culture back road into linguistics.  Also I’m a huge Star Trek fan.”

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Word of Mouth
1:20 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

1.8.15: Cuba's Internet, The Uncommon Core, & Sleeper Films Of 2014

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Last month’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will restore diplomatic relations sparked waves of speculation about what the thaw means for diplomacy, trade, and tourism. On today’s show: what normalized relations mean for Cuba’s internet infrastructure.  

And we usher in awards season by going off the red carpet. We’ll celebrate some of the best films of 2014 that were not nominated for a Golden Globe.

Plus, we kick off a new series on offbeat college courses, The Uncommon Core. Today: Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond.

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The Exchange
8:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Best Of 2014 - "The Teacher Wars: A History Of America’s Most Embattled Profession"

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A new book explores the tumultuous history of public education: from racial integration, to unions and teacher-tenure, to standardized tests and charter schools. We’re sitting down with writer Dana Goldstein to discuss why the profession has long been so fraught, and how it’s affected the schooling of our kids. 

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Giving Matters
12:56 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Giving Matters: Providing Space For Kids To Succeed

Lyssa Jackson, graduate of Kurn Hattin School for Children.

The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children was established in 1894 for children whose families are not able to care for them. Lyssa Jackson was such a child, born to parents with mental illness. “I lived with my mother until I was about eight and at that point, I wasn’t going to school very often. My mother was keeping out of school because she was not feeling secure with my teachers because of her own internal issues.”

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Education
5:30 am
Tue December 23, 2014

The Data Is Tricky To Parse, But Online Charter VLACS Seems To Work For Students

Pauline Landrigan (left) and Lisa Kent demonstrate what it's like to be a teacher for VLACS
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This is the second of two stories about  New Hampshire’s Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, (VLACS) New Hampshire’s statewide online charter school. To read the first, click here.

Pauline Landrigan, an English teacher with VLACS, is touching base with one of her students, Siri Condike.

“Are you going to be together with family in a couple of days?” asks Landrigan.

“No actually I’m going to be working,” Condike responds.

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Education
3:49 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

VLACS By The Numbers

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Word of Mouth
1:04 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Good Gig: Professional Science Geek Howard Eglowstein

Good Gig is a series of conversations with individuals who have landed their dream job.

Howard Eglowstein’s Good Gig involves working to encourage girls in the computer science and math areas for a company called Science Buddies.  They give kids ideas and guidance for science fair projects that deviate from the well-trod robotics and erupting volcano paths. Howard’s background in tinkering started with toy making, but he's always been a creator.

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NH News
1:40 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Manchester School Board Members Quit Panel Over Handling Of Student's Return

Three Manchester school board members have resigned from the board’s student conduct committee, protesting a decision by school officials to allow a student accused of assault back into school.

The five-member subcommittee was in the process of deciding whether to expel the student.

That’s when committee member Art Beaudry says district administrators circumvented the process, recommending to the full board last month the student be allowed to return.

The board approved that recommendation, leading Beaudry and two others to step down from the committee on Monday.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Higher Ed In Crisis? A New Book Unpacks What You Need To Know

We’re talking with author Goldie Blumenstyk about her new book on the so-called “crisis” in American Higher Education. Blumenstyk  says given rising costs, student debt, and doubts about the value of a degree, crisis is a fair description -- but she also sees some exciting examples of campus innovations that may get us out of our College conundrum.

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Giving Matters
12:45 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Giving Matters: Certifying Teachers In The North Country

NCTCP graduate Amelia Alton.

The North Country Teacher Certification Program is a collaboration between Plymouth State University and White Mountains Community College. The program aims to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the North Country. 

Amelia Alton was a pre-school teacher with more than 20 years of experience, who wanted to be a classroom teacher, “I always wanted to try my hand at the first and second grade level. But, I needed a different certification.” In 2010, with the help of the NCTCP, Alton went back to college and received her certification.

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