Education

School Disruption
4:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Superintendents Ask McCulloch Not To Announce Grand Jury’s Decision During School Hours

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A grand jury could be weeks away from deciding whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be indicted for fatally shooting Brown on Aug. 9 — an event that has sparked ongoing protests in Ferguson and the St. Louis area. Now the superintendents for seven school districts are asking St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch to consider the timing of when the decision is made public.  

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State Learning Standards
9:15 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Common Core Groups Begin Finding Common Ground

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As Missouri’s state board of education gets ready to hold the first of three mandated hearings on new standards for public schools, members of the groups charged with writing the standards say politics is starting to take a back seat to education.

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Normandy Collaborative
10:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Normandy Teacher To DESE: We Need More Help

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The new Normandy Schools Collaborative has completed one quarter of its first academic year, but if the experience of one teacher is any indication, conditions in the beleaguered district have not gotten any better under the control of a state-appointed board.

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Education Commissioner
4:43 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Broader Search Urged For New Missouri Schools Chief

Peter Herschend
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Updated 1:25 p.m. Wednesday with letter from MNEA president:

Amid indications that the Missouri state board of education may choose a new commissioner next week, school officials throughout the state have urged it to open up the process and consider a wider range of candidates.

The state board already has discussed in closed session the process to replace Chris Nicastro, who has announced her retirement as of the end of December. And the board has several more hours of closed session talks set for its meeting Monday and Tuesday in Jefferson City.

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Teaching Race
11:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Teachable Moment: In Riverview Gardens, Training Ambassadors For Nonviolence

Bernice King speaks with students at Riverview Gardens High School about nonviolence on Sept. 18, 2014
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is the third part of A Teachable Moment, a three-part series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson are being discussed in classrooms across the St. Louis region. 

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch has said that a grand jury could decide next month if Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for fatally shooting Michael Brown. From elected officials to teachers to parents, many have expressed considerable concern about what the reaction to the grand jury's decision will be.

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Nontraditional Students
10:53 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Vets Centers Ease Path From Military To College

Ryan Barrett
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For the typical college freshman, heading for campus means a welcome chance to leave behind all those pesky rules that had to be followed at home and to enter a new environment of freedom and choice.

For the military veteran trying to re-enter civilian society and signing up for college classes, that lack of structure may be far less attractive and more than a little intimidating.

Ryan Barrett, who is studying for his doctorate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, went through that tough transition when he left the Air Force after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Diversity
11:55 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

New Center Aims To Make Washington U. More Inclusive

LaTanya Buck
Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

Given the angry images and actions out of Ferguson and south St. Louis in recent weeks, you might not think that being too nice would be a problem in dealing with diversity.

Yet in recent discussions about Washington University’s new Center for Diversity and Inclusion – why it is needed, what it hopes to accomplish – the four-letter word that came up repeatedly was “nice.”

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Teaching Race
11:48 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

A Teachable Moment: For Some, Ferguson Is A Matter Of Faith

Chaminade High School Theology Teacher Dan Stout talks with students about protests in Ferguson.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is the second part of A Teachable Moment, a three-part series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson are being discussed in classrooms across the St. Louis region. 

From pulpits to protests, a wide cross section of St. Louis’ religious leaders has been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9. And for some teachers at religious schools in St. Louis, talking with students about the protests in Ferguson and Brown’s death is about more than education -- it’s a matter of faith.

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Student Achievement
12:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

College Prep Program Expands in St. Louis Schools

AT&T awards $300,000 to St. Louis Public Schools to expand the AVID tutoring program.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

A program designed to push poor and minority students toward high school graduation and college and career readiness will expand in the St. Louis Public Schools.

Fueled by a $300,000 grant from AT&T, the Advancement Via Individual Determination  (AVID) program will go from serving around 300 students to 3,400 students at Cleveland Jr. Naval Academy, Gateway STEM High School, Roosevelt High School, Soldan International Studies High School, Sumner High School and Vashon High School. 

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Teaching Race
10:06 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

A Teachable Moment: ‘Adults, We Have Such A Hard Time Having These Conversations’

Vincent Flewellen leads a lesson on Ferguson during his eighth-grade multicultural studies course at Ladue Middle School.
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This story is the first part of A Teachable Moment, a three-part series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson are being discussed in schools and classrooms across the St. Louis region.

Students were enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation when mass demonstrations erupted in Ferguson following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown on Aug 9.

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