Eric Westervelt http://news.stlpublicradio.org en A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/high-school-band-where-everyones-voice-can-be-heard <em>(This is Part 2 of a two-part report. Read the full piece <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/06/11/320882414/ipads-allow-kids-with-challenges-to-play-in-high-schools-band">here</a>.)</em><p>On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.<p>"I'm Tobi Lakes. I'm 15 years old. I'm in ninth grade. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 36910 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ipads-allow-kids-challenges-play-high-schools-band There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.<p>In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 36894 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/student-protests-force-string-commencement-speaker-shake-ups Graduation Season? Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 36132 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates? In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tulsa-combining-preschool-help-parents At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents.<p>The program combines Head Start for children with intensive training for their parents, designed to help them find well-paying jobs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 35529 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/backlash-grows-against-common-core-education-standards Supporters of the new Common Core <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/19/169798643/new-reading-standards-aim-to-prep-kids-for-college-but-at-what-cost">education standards</a> adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.<p>But there's growing backlash to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198442307/education-reform-learns-lesson-from-old-standards">Common Core</a>, and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 33302 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/online-education-revolution-drifts-course One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 32681 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/make-science-real-kids-want-more-fun Are American kids<strong> </strong>being adequately prepared in the sciences to compete in a highly competitive, global high-tech workforce? A majority of American parents say no, <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/dec/rwjf_npr_harvard_edpoll.pdf" target="_blank">according to a poll by NPR</a>, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Nearly one-quarter of all parents said their child's school today doesn't put enough emphasis on science curricula. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 32314 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/charter-schools-philadelphia-educating-without-blueprint <em>This is final story in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.</em><p>Shayna Terrell is in a good mood: It's report card night at the Simon Gratz Mastery Charter high school in North Philadelphia, and parents are showing up in good numbers.<strong> </strong><p>Terrell, Mastery's outreach coordinator, welcomes parents. Her goal on this night is to get 40 percent of Gratz parents to come to the school, meet teachers face to face, and get their child's report card. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 31645 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint Duncan Apologizes For 'Clumsy' Common Core Remarks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/duncan-apologizes-clumsy-common-core-remarks Education Secretary Arne Duncan is in some hot water over remarks he made last week suggesting that opposition to Common Core of Standards was coming from "white suburban moms." He has since pulled back from those remarks. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:54:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 31578 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schools-ipad-initiative-brings-optimism-and-skepticism A growing number of school districts across America are trying to weave tablet computers, like the iPad, into the classroom fabric, especially as a tool to help implement the new <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198442307/education-reform-learns-lesson-from-old-standards">Common Core state standards</a> for math and reading.<p>One of California's poorest school districts, the Coachella Valley Unified southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-kindergarten through high school. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 30941 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism