Education

Education
11:41 am
Tue November 27, 2012

N.H. Conference Tackles Need For More Tech Graduates

Representatives of New Hampshire’s community colleges, public universities and business community are gathering in Manchester Tuesday to discuss how to increase the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM graduates in New Hampshire.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The e-Text Revolution

Credit Alexandre Lemieux via Credit Flikr Creative Commons

With E-book sales outpacing print books, the days of the heavyweight backpack are numbered. In New Hampshire, thirty-three public schools banded together to purchase E-books instead of textbooks. Producer Sam Evans-Brown finds out why public schools are making the switch now, and why the long wait.

Read and Listen to Sam's story here.

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NH News
1:13 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

N.H. Students Graduate With Highest Debt Loads In Nation

New data released today shows New Hampshire students graduating with the highest debt loads in the nation. 

According to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success, the Class of 2011 averaged $32,440 in debt.

It’s the second year in a row New Hampshire has had the highest average load. 

Tara Payne with the NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation says the numbers send a signal to students and parents.

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All Tech Considered
5:49 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Some Schools Actually Want Students To Play With Their Smartphones In Class

In Durham, N.H., Oyster River Middle School seventh-graders Patrick Beary and Morgan Bernier play with StoryKit, a free app that helps middle-schoolers put together simple presentations, and elementary students make storybooks.
Sam Evans-Brown New Hampshire Public Radio

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 6:40 pm

If there is one thing that the mobile-computing era has made clear, it's that kids love touch screens. Because those touch screens — smartphones, iPads, Kindles and the like — are an inevitable added distraction to the classroom, schools across the country are struggling to deal with the growing prevalence of the technology.

But a growing number of schools are embracing these hand-held, Internet-ready devices by creating policies that put them to use in the classroom.

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The Exchange
11:52 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Issue Of The Week – Part 2: Education

Today we find out where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on.. education.
James Sarmiento Flickr

We continue our “Issue of the Week” election series…and today we find out where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on.. education. Though all agree on the importance of strong schools and universities, candidates part ways on how to achieve this aim.  We’ll take a look at how they plan to tackle the many educational challenges, from student debt to funding state universities. 

GUESTS:

Danielle Curtis: Education reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua

Sam Evans-Brown: Education and environment reporter for NHPR

Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Wed October 3, 2012

The Art of Debate...In High School

SanFranAnnie via Flickr Creative Commons

Tonight the country will get a chance to witness a quadrennial spectacle, the first of three presidential debates. There are many examples of debates that have shifted, even defined Presidential campaigns, sometimes, just because of a memorable turn of phrase.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

New Challenges for Charter Schools

The New Hampshire Board of Education recently announced a moratorium on aid to state-approved charter schools, a stunning development for their supporters. The state says there’s just no money there, raising questions about the future of this alternative source of public education in the Granite State. We'll look at what this may mean for the future of charter schools in New Hampshire.

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Word of Mouth
11:14 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Unicorns, Nessie, Big Foot...Oh My!

The Fur Bearing Trout
VeniceVandal via Flickr Creative Commons

A replica of Bigfoot, a display case dedicated to lake monsters, and the “mystery cat corner” are a few of the sights to see at Portland, Maine’s International Cryptozoology Museum. A little bit oddity, a little bit kitsch, it’s the type of place you might find by walking down a random alley... lucky for us, our adventurous producer Zach Nugent took that walk, and brings us this audio field trip.

The famous Patterson-Gimlin film:

Education
9:05 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

School Advocacy Group Holds Rally In Manchester

Parents, teachers, and students gather in Veterans Park
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Concerned parents, teachers, and children held a rally in Manchester Saturday to protest the state of the Manchester school district. At least 200 people showed up to the rally at Veterans Memorial Park.

The event was organized by Citizens for Manchester Schools, a group formed in response to a budget shortfall that prompted the school district to lay off close to 150 teachers.

One of the group’s chief concerns is the burgeoning average class size in Manchester, with some classes reaching over 40 students.

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Top Stories
10:06 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Top Stories: Higher Ed And The Candidates For Governor, Reflecting On A Decade Of N.H. Reporting

Flikr Creative Commons / Herkie

A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Leaving behind the No Child Left Behind Law

New Hampshire is among many states seeking a waiver to the controversial federal education law, No Child Left Behind.  State officials recently submitted their plan to adopt new standards for students as well as teachers, while paying special attention to the lowest-performing schools. We’ll find out what’s being proposed, and what might be next.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Civics for Citizenship

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One goal of our schools is to prepare young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Yet there is growing concern that students are not being prepared to participate in democracy, to learn from the historical actions of American government, or – critically - to understand the U.S. Constitution. We’ll take a look at efforts to address this here in New Hampshire.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
12:00 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

August 11: Taylor Mali - What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World

Matthew Paulson, via Flickr

This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on August 5. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:

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NH News
4:58 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

More NH High School Students Head to College, Leave NH

NH DOE

The New Hampshire Department of Education says that in the past decade there has been a 6 percent increase in the number of high school graduates continuing on to college, but also a five percent increase in the number of high schoolers leaving the state for college.

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Word of Mouth
11:06 am
Tue July 31, 2012

What Makes a Great Science Teacher?

the_exploratorium via Flickr Creative Commons

Produced with Phoebe Axtman and Zach Nugent

Mounting research has shown that the most important factor in a child’s successful education is not his or her socioeconomic status, class size, or even the design of the curriculum…. it’s the teacher.  But teacher dropout rate is high and the highly talented teachers are too few, especially in Science and Math.

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Word of Mouth
10:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Look, Don't Touch: The Problem With Environmental Education

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If you want to learn about the earth, you’re gonna have to get your hands dirty.   That’s the philosophy of environmental educator David Sobel: senior faculty member at Antioch University New England, and author of the book "Beyond Ecophobia".

The Exchange
4:50 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Land-grant Universities, at Crossroads or Precipice?

Gage Skidmore via Flickr

In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Act, which paved the way for our system of public higher education.  We’ll look at how America’s public and land-grant universities are faring today as they face budget cuts, aging resources, and, at times, criticism.

Guest:

Daniel Mark Fogel, professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he also served as president. He is co-editor of Precipice or Crossroads? Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They are Going Midway through their Second Century.

All Things Considered
4:44 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Bringing a Mini-Spacecraft Back to Earth Safely - Without a Parachute

Earth from 105,900 feet, as seen by a camera on the Project SMART craft. The little marks in the photo are pieces of the just-burst weather balloon that lifted the craft into space.
courtesy Louis Broad, via UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space

Time to add another page in the history of space exploration in New Hampshire. This week a team of high school students taking part in the Project SMART summer program at UNH sent a small craft 105,700 feet into the air – that’s over 20 miles up. And it came back down to Earth without a parachute.

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All Things Considered
4:52 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Pianos, Kids and "Organized Chaos" at Famed Music Camp

Rosamond van der Linde calls the Summer Sonatina music camp she founded with her family "organized chaos" - but great fun for participants.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

It’s summer camp season – these days kids can spend a week on almost any activity they like, from sports and the outdoors to computers and robotics. Since the late 1960’s, kids who love music have been heading to Bennington, Vermont, which is home to a piano camp known as Summer Sonatina.

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NH News
5:03 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

School Choice Bill Gets a Veto from Gov. Lynch

Flikr Creative Commons / Mike Willis

Governor John Lynch has vetoed a bill that would create a tax credit for businesses donating to not-for-profit scholarship organizations.

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U.S.
5:34 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Program Teaches Vets How To Survive The Classroom

Jay Blake (left), who served in the Marines, rides the elevator with his fellow students at Sierra Community College in Rocklin, Calif.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 10:55 pm

Most American troops have left Iraq, and many have left Afghanistan. Now more than half a million of them have left the service — and they're going to college. Some vets say the transition is like landing on another planet, but they aren't the only ones struggling: The college staffs are, too.

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All Things Considered
4:40 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Keene State Becoming "More of What It Is," Says Outgoing President

Keene State College is saying farewell to its president of eight years. Helen Giles Gee is leaving the school at the end of the month to become president of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

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NH News
8:38 am
Mon June 11, 2012

New Hampshire Schools Leading the Way in Shift to "Competency"

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At the beginning of this school year, Spaulding High School in Rochester took a big step. They put in a new grading system, got rid of final exams, and reworked how they thought about giving grades in general. The change at Spaulding is part of a bigger change happening all over the Granite State.

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The Exchange
8:06 am
Mon June 11, 2012

International Students and the National Debate They're Bringing to College Campuses (REBROADCAST)

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Recruitment from other countries is a rising trend in Higher Education as a way to diversify campuses and bring in money to financially strapped institutions.  It’s also become a big business, raising questions about the way in which students are brought in.  We take a look at this practice and how it’s evolving here in the Granite State.

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NH News
7:19 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Ed Funding Amendment Faces Big Test In House

N.H. Statehouse
Sara Plourde NHPR

Enacting any constitutional amendment is tough. It requires a three-fifths vote by both House and Senate, and two-thirds support from voters at the polls.  Add to this the fact this amendment deals with school funding and that lawmakers have killed 80-odd  Claremont-inspired amendments over the past 14 years, and the guardedness of even the boldest of lawmakers is understandable.

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Live from the N.H. Statehouse
10:13 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Lawmakers and Governor Lynch Reach Historic Compromise on Education Funding Constitutional Amendment

Legislative leaders and the governor have reached a deal on language for an education funding constitutional amendment.

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NH News
8:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Parents in Manchester hold rally for better school funding

Ryan Lessard NHPR

A group of parents in Manchester are calling for the state to provide more money for their school district.  The newly formed Citizens for Manchester Schools held a rally in downtown Manchester  Tuesday night. 

The organization’s president, Jim O’Connell says the city’s schools are underfunded. He says the money needed to fund an adequate education is relatively small.

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New Hampshire's Immigration Story
1:12 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Teaching Refugee Students: Challenges and Rewards

As part of our year-long series on New Hampshire's Immigration Story, we've looked at what it's like for a refugee to arrive in New Hampshire, speaking a different language, and having to learn new customs.

For young refugees who enroll in New Hampshire schools, the challenges can be even greater - and the same goes for teachers working with them.

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North Country
2:54 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Gallus Joins Four North Country Reps Favoring Private School Tax Credits

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, has joined only four North Country members of the House in supporting a bill that would give a business a tax credit when it donates to a parochial or private school.

As NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein reported the Senate Wednesday passed House Bill 1607.

Advocates of the bill say it gives less wealthy families more choices in where they wish to send their children.

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The Exchange
12:38 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Educating Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

As schools continue to mainstream children with disabilities, students with emotional and behavioral disabilities  may be the toughest to include.  They’re less likely to graduate and more likely to get arrested.  And there are questions about how to approach these kids – whether it’s a matter of more discipline or alternative methods.  We look at this issue and discuss a new documentary that takes a look at the topic through the life of a high school student coping with these disabilities.  

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