Education

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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New England Snapshot
3:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

In The NEK, Climate Change Education Gets Down To Earth

Kristi LaFleur and Katrina McCullough build an anemometer at a teacher training workshop held by the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:03 pm

New federal science education standards adopted in Vermont require that students learn about climate change. So teachers are starting to create lesson plans with hands-on activities about weather patterns.

Some are getting that training deep in the woods of the Northeast Kingdom.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Is There An Upside To Screen Time? The Research And Reality Of Setting Limits

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As laptops, iPads, and smartphones become commonplace in kids’ lives at home and school, parents are increasingly uneasy about where to set limits, or even what counts as 'screen time.' We’ll talk about that, and then also another conundrum of the digital age: whether taking time to teach kids handwriting and cursive in school still has value.

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All Things Considered
5:09 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

A Snapshot Of Manchester's Changing Schools

Manchester Central High School
Credit Geoff Forester, NHPR (file photo)

There's been no shortage of high-profile debates over the school system in New Hampshire's largest city.

In recent years there have been concerns about class sizes, academic standards and funding, to name just a few. And this week the Manchester Education Association voted against a proposed four year labor contract with the city.

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The Exchange
9:11 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Why Do So Few Americans Learn A Second Language?

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Even as the world becomes more globalized, and most Americans agree that learning a second language is desirable, the majority never do learn a second language beyond the requisite couple years of high school. Today we’ll look at some of the arguments for moving toward a more multilingual society, and some of the barriers to achieving that.

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From the Archives
12:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

From The Archives: Civics in Schools

We’re back in school again, and back at the polls. Seemed like a good time to listen back to this conversation on the Exchange from 2009. Laura spoke with a few members of a newly appointed task force to examine the state of civics education in NH.

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Education
5:19 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

State To Manchester: 'Smarter Balanced' Test Is Not Optional

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The New Hampshire Department of Education has rejected the Manchester School District’s request to opt-out of a new standardized test to be given this spring. In a letter to the school district, Education Commissioner Virginia Barry writes that if Manchester doesn’t administer the Smarter Balanced exam, it could lose nearly $17 million in federal education funds.

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Education
3:23 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Portland Public Schools Planning Online Program

The exterior of Portland High School in December 2012.
Tom Porter MPBN

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:34 pm

The Portland Public School Department plans to launch an online program this year. The district is trying to get a slice of the virtual school pie as it faces competition for students — and funding. But some educators remain skeptical of yet another online option. Portland officials say it's an important — and innovative — option for students.

The first day of school is a busy one for Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk. He rides his bike to district schools to personally welcome students back.

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Word of Mouth
1:44 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

9.2.14: The Downside Of An Elite Education, A Wikipedia Prank & Best New Reads for September

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As college kids move back to campus, one Ivy League insider says that elite universities aren’t producing independent thinkers, but high functioning sheep. On today’s show: the downside of being among the best and the brightest. Then, we’ll find out what happens when an innocent college prank turns into a full-blown Wikipedia hoax five years later. Plus, a look at some of the best books coming out this month.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Michael Roth's "Beyond The University: Why Liberal Education Matters"

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As college costs soar, many see a more vocational higher education as the best way to make the price tag worth it. Others, though, argue in favor of a broad-based education based on critical thinking and intellectual inquiry, rather than strict job preparation. We’re sitting down with Wesleyan University President Michael Roth about his new book "Beyond the University: Why A Liberal Education Matters."

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Education
3:27 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Four New Charter Schools Set To Open In New Hampshire

A new student scrambles trough the woods.
Credit Mountain Village Charter School

Most students across New Hampshire return to school this week, including students at Mountain Village Charter School in Plymouth. The school is one of the state’s four new charter schools opening this fall.

The actual building for Mountain Village Charter School is still under construction. So for the first week, the school’s 38 elementary students will be outside.

Teachers lead the students through a Swahili song and have them bark like dogs - mostly as a way to start the school year on a fun note.

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Education
5:15 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Plymouth State Drops SAT And ACT Scores For Applicants

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Students applying to Plymouth State University will no longer be required to submit SAT and ACT scores.

The University has decided to step away from the standardized tests, and put more emphasis on a student's high school GPA. Andrew Palumbo, Plymouth's Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, says the GPA is simply a better measure of how prepared a student is for college.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

What's Next For Common Core In N.H.?

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We look at the Common Core and how these new education standards are being met with enthusiasm, confusion, and protest. While some states have rejected the Common Core, others are moving forward. We will get an update on this issue, including in New Hampshire, where several districts may take their own approach.

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Word of Mouth
2:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Beethoven To Beyonce: Can Music Really Make Babies Smarter?

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For years, the fact that classical music helps little brains grow and develop has been common knowledge. It appears in books about raising kids, comes from other parents, and spurs sales of CDs with names like “Bach For Babies.” But is it actually solid advice? We spoke with Jayson Greene who wrote the article “Mozart Makes You Smarter…And Other Dubious Musical Theories." He says no, it isn’t.

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Word of Mouth
2:13 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

7.17.14: Nipsters, Yoyos On The Rise, And Raising Readers In A Digital World

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With their shaven heads, combat boots and bomber jackets, neo-Nazis used to be pretty easy to pick out of a crowd. Today, not so much. We explore why Europe’s young hyper-nationalists are opting for a more hipster look. Plus, common sense tells us that reading to children is good for them, but it’s more powerful than you might imagine. We’ll look into the practice of interactive reading and share tricks for bringing up book worms in the age of screens and digital devices. And, not all princesses are polite and demure. We remember some princesses for their bad behavior.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Why Law Schools Are Facing An Enrollment Problem

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After years of a so-called “lawyer bubble”, with firms expanding rapidly – these days, many new graduates struggle to get a job in the legal profession.  In response, law school enrollment numbers are plummeting, leading some to scale back their operations and many to re-think the best way to deliver that juris doctorate.

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Giving Matters
12:22 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Giving Matters: Kurn Hattin Provides Space For Kids

Lyssa Jackson, graduate of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children.

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 me out of school because she was not feeling secure with my teachers because of her own internal issues.”

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NH News
2:11 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

With No Federal Funding, Nashua After School Program Forced To Close

A group of students work on their homework at the after school program at Pennichuck Middle School. The program is shutting down after the state rejected the district's application to renew its federal funding.
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The end of the school year in Nashua marks the end of the line for an after school program that organizers say was vital for the city’s middle school students.

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NH News
6:58 am
Tue June 3, 2014

UNH Preparing For Largest Incoming Class Ever

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The University of New Hampshire says close to 3,400 first-year students are entering the school this fall — its largest incoming class ever.

This year's first-year class saw an increase of 7 percent in the number of in-state students over last year, up to over 1,400. President Mark Huddleston says UNH attributes that at least partially to the restoration of state funding that allowed the school to freeze in-state tuition for two years.

Previously, the largest class to enter the university was in 2006 with 3,079 students.

The first day of classes is Sept. 2.

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Education
10:28 am
Fri May 30, 2014

New Hampshire Technical Institute Names New President

The community college in Concord, New Hampshire, has a new president.

Susan Dunton's experience in college administration, academic affairs and student services spans three decades at Lesley College, the Harvard Divinity School and Fisher College in the Boston area; Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee; and Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

She has worked on forming partnerships between community college and four-year research and technical institutions and developed academic programs for workforce needs.

New England News
4:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Vermont Governor Signs Universal Early Education Bill

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Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill calling for every 3- and 4-year-old in Vermont to have access to at least 10 hours a week of publicly funded, pre-kindergarten education.

Backers of the bill say it will add about $10 million a year in costs to the state's Education Fund by 2021. But they say the measure will save much more in the long run because many of the children will be given a good enough educational start that special education and corrections costs will be reduced.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

N.H. Charter Schools Continue to Grow And Attract Debate

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The original legislation to allow charters schools in New Hampshire passed way back in 1995, but it would take another ten years before the first of these publically funded independent learning facilities was opened.  Since then charter school have had their ups and downs in the state: many had a hard time getting off the ground, a few had to close their doors, some have been criticized for not being alternative enough from their public school counterparts. There was even a moratorium on new facilities for two years.

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Giving Matters
12:43 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Empowering Kids At The Boys And Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club is more than a place to simply do homework or hang out with friends. Brittany Wheeler joined the Concord chapter four years ago, during her first year of high school. The club fosters a sense of community among the participants of its after-school program. As Wheeler says, it’s a place where kids “can feel safe after school and not get into trouble.”

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New England Snapshot
1:43 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Vermont Legislature Gives Green Light To Pre-Kindergarten

Chase Robinson and Cayden Blodgett, preschoolers, at Lyndonville, VT's Head Start Program.
Credit Charlotte Albright for VPR

Every three, four, and five-year-old  in Vermont will be eligible for state-subsidized preschool, under new legislation  that Governor Shumlin has promised to sign into law. Many school districts already offer early education programs, but they vary widely in structure and quality. So a lot of details have to be worked out as the state sews together what is now a patchwork of programs.  

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Word of Mouth
1:37 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

5.6.14: Human Behavior In Bonobos & The Commencement Speech Heard Round The World

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Have a taste for variety? From human-like bonobos to beauty pageants, we offer the variety you crave. Join us for our Tuesday show and share comments and suggestions on Twitter and Facebook! (Praise also welcome).

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Morning Edition
5:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Behind The Trend: An Increasing Number Of Foreign Students Attending N.H. Colleges

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A 2013 report says 3,095 international students pursued higher education in New Hampshire; that was up 6.3 percent from the previous year. That report also estimates the foreign student expenditure in the state at $103 million dollars. To get an idea about the trend and what it means for schools both here and nationally, I spoke with Karin Fischer, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She covers international education issues.  

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NH News
7:37 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Long-Delayed School To Open In Unity

A construction company and school officials say the new elementary school in Unity, New Hampshire, is expected to open Sept. 2.

The project had been delayed due to various problems. Earlier this year, residents approved a $2.75 million bond to complete it.

The Eagle Times reports Ron Bauer, executive vice president of Trumbull-Nelson, the construction company, said things are on track. He said most of the dry wall is now up, framing changes have been completed and installation of windows should be done at the end of the week.

Giving Matters
12:08 am
Sat April 19, 2014

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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NH News
2:22 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Belmont Students Aim To Change 'Red Raider' Mascot

Belmont High School's "Red Raider" logo, as it appears on the school's website.

Three Belmont High School students are taking on an issue few adults would tackle these days.

Student Council members Andre Bragg, Taylor Becker and Ashley Fenimore led a forum Wednesday night where they asked the community to consider whether the school’s mascot – “Red Raider” – was offensive to Native Americans.

The issue came up recently in a Social Studies class and the Council thought the question was significant enough to begin a public dialog.

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