Education

Commentary
10:41 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Why A News Organization Is Like A University

University of Missouri - St. Louis at Grand Center
Credit file photo

Forty two years ago this week, St. Louis Public Radio began broadcasting from its home at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Coincidentally, those of us from the St. Louis Beacon, which merged with the station six months ago, are about to complete probation and become full-fledged UMSL employees.

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Summer Learning
5:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Renovated Girls Inc. Center In North County Gives Girls More Opportunities

Mural on the ground floor of the renovated facility.
Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

Just in time for summer vacation, Girls Inc. of St. Louis unveiled its updated north St. Louis County facility today. The goal is expanding education opportunities for poor girls.

The organization, which serves girls ages 5 to 17, provides both summer and after-school classes in subjects ranging from art to economic literacy. The upgraded 44,000-square-foot facility in Northwoods can serve up to 400 girls.

Carole Basile, the dean of the college of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said the programs provided help students stay sharp. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Are You Studying Effectively? What Wash U's 'Science Of Memory' Tells Us About The Best Way To Learn

Credit via Flckr/Caleb Cherry

In an era where high-stakes tests have increased concern over test anxiety and introduced debate over the merits of teaching to the test, it may seem odd to promote a teaching method called “test-enhanced learning.”

But according to research conducted by psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis, the best way to improve learning may be taking more tests, not fewer. The researchers studying memory have found that incorporating quizzes and self-tests into the learning process increase the amount of material students are able to remember long-term.

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Unaccredited School Districts
2:29 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say

A year after the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the student transfer law, unaccredited districts like Normandy are still up in the air about what the fall will bring.
Credit / KWMU Staff

With a veto of the school transfer bill all but certain, Missouri lawmakers who worked on the wide-ranging legislation say they hoped a compromise could still be reached on the question of using public money to pay tuition at nonsectarian private schools.

But they acknowledged that it won’t be easy coming up with terms that will please Republicans and Democrats, urban, suburban and rural lawmakers — and Gov. Jay Nixon.

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School Performance
4:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Appointed Boards Hold Lessons For Normandy: Keep Sense Of Urgency Even When Change Is Slow

Lynn Beckwith
Credit UMSL website

Lynn Beckwith remembers very well what happened on May 20, 2010, and how it set into motion a scramble to get the Riverview Gardens schools ready for the coming year.

That was the day Beckwith was named to head the three-member special administrative board that is running the unaccredited north St. Louis County school district.

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Normandy School District
2:44 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Elected Board Members Criticize State Takeover

Normandy High School.
Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

Updated 2:23 p.m. Friday with DESE response on payment of tuition

Members of the elected Normandy school board may soon be out of a job, but they made clear Thursday night they don’t plan to go quietly.

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Educational Achievement
10:08 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Louis Schools Extend Intensive Tutoring Program To Boost Achievement

Credit St. Louis Public Schools

The Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools has approved funneling $5 million in federal money into an intense tutoring program.

The district hired three outside vendors to give the program a try with 2,174 students at 23 schools this past school year. Based on benchmark exams, students who participated in the program on average made greater academic strides when compared to those who did not get the extra help.

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Arming Teachers
2:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Bill To Allow Armed Missouri Teachers Draws Praise, Potshots

The governor has yet to act on a bill that would allow some teachers to be armed.
Credit (via Flickr/kcds)

A bill sitting on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk that would authorize Missouri school personnel to carry guns has at least one teachers group up in arms.

The sponsor of the provision says it’s designed to help protect schools in areas where police response to a shooting may take too long to be effective.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:42 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

High School To College Transition Center Opens For A Second Summer In St. Louis

A scene from the St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center in the summer of 2013.
Credit via Flickr/STLGraduates

There’s a lot more to going to college than getting an acceptance letter. There’s finding financial aid and housing. There’s paying the first tuition bill and turning in immunization records. And then there is the big picture question of what college makes the most financial sense for your family.

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Education
9:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Accounted For: In Cape Girardeau, Good Attendance Falls On The Parents

Rhonda Dunham is the principal at Franklin Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Jacob McCleland KRCU

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 10:08 am

Rhonda Dunham eases her way through the halls at Franklin Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Back in the day she was a student at Franklin.

Now she is the principal.

It’s quiet as Dunham strolls through the new, two-year-old facility. Very quiet. Most of the students are in their classrooms, studying away. Dunham slides up next to a pair of students who are taking a test in the hallway to see check their progress.

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