Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn. From APM Reports.
Black at Mizzou: Confronting race on campus
Lauren Brown says college was "culture shock." Most of the students at her high school were Black, but most of the students at the University of Missouri were white. And she got to the university in the fall of 2015, when Black students led protests in response to a string of racist incidents. The protests put Mizzou in the national news.
But the news stories didn't match what Lauren saw. They made it seem like racism on campus was an aberration. And they made it seem like Black student organizing was new at Mizzou. What Lauren saw was "Black Mizzou," a thriving campus-within-a-campus that Black students have built over decades to make the university a more welcoming place.
What the Words Say
Everyone agrees that the goal of reading instruction is for children to understand what they read. The question is: how does a little kid get there? Emily Hanford explores what reading scientists have figured out about how reading comprehension works and why poverty and race can affect a child’s reading development. Read the full story.
Covid on Campus
The coronavirus pandemic represents the greatest challenge to American higher education in decades. Some small regional colleges that were already struggling won’t survive. Other schools, large and small, are rethinking how to offer an education while keeping people safe.
This program explores how institutions are handling the crisis, and how students are trying to navigate a major disruption in their college years.
Colleges on the brink
The long tradition of students attending small, residential liberal arts colleges around the country was already shaky before the pandemic. Students are choosing less expensive options and more practical degrees. Experts warn that 10 percent of American colleges — about 200 or more institutions — are on the verge of going under. The pandemic is accelerating that trend.
A digital divide
The pandemic is making getting through college harder for students on the wrong side of the digital divide. In rural Arizona, when campuses closed, some students couldn’t log on from home, because they had no access to the internet. A local sheriff flew laptops and hotspots to community college students on the Navajo Nation.
Reopening in a virus hotspot
Colleges and universities are under pressure to reopen, but bringing students back on campus safely means dealing with dizzying logistics. As the virus surges in Miami, a large commuter campus gets ready.
Same Pandemic, Unequal Education (from Us & Them podcast)
The coronavirus pandemic has left West Virginia schools particularly hard hit. The Us & Them podcast from West Virginia Public Radio brings us stories of teachers grappling with virtual classes for students who don't have access to the internet and how schools are trying, still, to keep kids fed.
Facing uncertain futures, high school seniors weigh tough college options and alternate paths
Editor-in-chief of The Hechinger Report, Liz Willen, shares what she's heard from high school seniors who are feeling anxious and overwhelmed as they face pandemic-fueled challenges.
Listeners tell us how they're adapting to at-home education
Teachers, students and families talk about how they've adapted while schools and campuses stay closed.
Really hope this pod returns. Seems like a missed opportunity in this year of all years. Very good research and reporting. I particularly enjoyed the series on the science of early reading.
Incident Command System 4 Schools
Hi there! I’m impressed with how your group is getting the word out and sharing about all things safety at schools. I’m a Retired Fire Captain who owns a business called ICS4Schools. We have been working with school districts in California for the last 13 years. If you accept guest speakers, I would love to share in the narrative of school safety. Thank you!
The episode covering the reading wars is sponsored by a phonics program.