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Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn. From APM Reports.

    Under Pressure: The College Mental Health Crisis

    Under Pressure: The College Mental Health Crisis

    Even before the pandemic, campus counselling services were reporting a marked uptick in the number of students with anxiety, clinical depression and other serious psychiatric problems. What is a college’s responsibility for helping students navigate mental health challenges, and how well are colleges rising to the task?

    Read more: Inside the college mental health crisis

    • 51 min
    Fading Beacon: Why America is Losing International Students

    Fading Beacon: Why America is Losing International Students

    Colleges and universities in the United States attract more than a million international students a year. Higher education is one of America’s top service exports, generating $42 billion in revenue. But the money spigot is closing. The pandemic, visa restrictions, rising tuition and a perception of poor safety in America have driven new international student enrollment down by a jaw-dropping 72 percent.

    Read more: The U.S. may never regain its dominance as a destination for international students. Here's why that matters.

    • 51 min
    Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 4: This very leaky pipeline

    Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 4: This very leaky pipeline

    Today, more Black and Hispanic teachers enter the classroom through alternative pathways than through traditional teacher degree programs. The number of teachers of color in the United States has more than doubled since the 1980s in large part due to the growing number of preparation and certification pathways and recruitment efforts from the federal level down. But there's a catch: Many of these teachers won’t stay for long, further undermining efforts to get diversity in the teacher labor force to reflect the diversity of students in the United States.

    Learn more: Who wants to be a teacher?

    • 20 min
    Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 3: The trouble with grading teachers

    Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 3: The trouble with grading teachers

    Critics of the rise in alternative and for-profit programs will claim teacher quality, and student learning, suffers when people are fast-tracked into the classroom without comprehensive training. But it’s hard to know for certain whether that’s true. The problem is, despite decades of trying, we haven’t agreed on how to measure teacher quality. There’s a lot of research that shows having a good teacher makes a huge difference in the outcomes of students, but it’s much less clear what makes a teacher good.

    Learn more: Who wants to be a teacher?

    • 21 min
    Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 2: The rise of the for-profit teacher training industry

    Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 2: The rise of the for-profit teacher training industry

    Beginning in the early 1980s, a lot of states began to open up the pathways to becoming a teacher. People who already had a bachelor’s degree in something else didn’t need to go back to college to get trained in teaching. Policymakers hoped this would solve teacher shortages by getting more people into the profession, but it’s also opened up a whole new business model in educator preparation: Online for-profit teacher training programs have proliferated, and they’re growing fast. One program in Texas has become the single largest educator preparation program in the United States by enrollment, and it’s expanding into other states.

    Learn more: Who wants to be a teacher?

    • 34 min
    Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 1: The teacher emergency

    Who wants to be a teacher? Episode 1: The teacher emergency

    Every president since Eisenhower has talked about the need for more teachers, especially in certain rural and urban schools, and in subjects such as math and science. For decades, policies have been made and laws changed in order to recruit and train more and more teachers. But research shows we’ve been looking at the problem wrong, and that these efforts haven’t solved teacher shortages at all, but have created an oversize labor force with less training, less experience and high rates of turnover.

    Learn more: Who wants to be a teacher?

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
353 Ratings

353 Ratings

gewald ,

Well reported and engaging

When we started at a charter school nine years ago in nyc we were encouraged to get engaged in the debate over how schools operate so some of this material is familiar. We have been fortunate to attend Success Academy which has tackled many of the issues plaguing other schools. It’s still a work in progress but they are trying everyday with luxury of being a small and focused operation. This year we start with a city school that promises to be better than average. Fingers crossed. Also enjoyed the international student episode. They hinted at a looming college for colleges on the horizon. Looking forward to report on the coming drought of students

RachelWarren89 ,

The findings are validating but not shocking

The findings are validating but not shocking. When I graduated in 2011, I was one of the only graduates to find a teaching job—most of my friends had to do clerical work and food service. At my first interview, I was told there had been 600 applications, and they selected ten of us to interview—I didn’t get the job. Ultimately, I applied to 265 teaching jobs. I only got interviews with 8 of them. I only advanced to the second round of interviews with 2 of those. After that, I received 1 offer. Ten years later, you have 265 districts vying for 8 candidates.

goatgal01233456788 ,

Great Podcast

Emily Hanford’s reports are excellent.

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