12:50 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Robot Competition Powers Up In St. Louis

Peter Prombo Cates (left) and Chirag Doshi, students at Gateway Institute of Technology in St. Louis, carry their team’s robot off the playing field during the FIRST Robotics Competition regional round in St. Louis in 2011.
(VĂ©ronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Ready...Set... Go build a robot that can go play a game that looks a little like disc golf meets American Gladiators! 

Oh, we're going to need a website with that, too, and you have around two months to get everything ready to go. 

Sound daunting?

That’s the challenge that was set before nearly 40 teams of high school students from across the region that assembled at the St. Louis Science Center on Saturday for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. 

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9:46 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Report: Number Of Postsecondary Degrees On The Rise, More Work To Do

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Overall things are going in the right direction, but there’s a lot of work left to do. 

That’s the big takeaway from a new report issued by St. Louis Graduates, a coalition of local stakeholders with the goal of increasing access to education opportunities after high school.

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charter schools
5:19 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Three New Charter Schools To Open In St. Louis

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced Thursday that three new charter schools will open next fall.

That will bring to 18 the number of schools that have gone through the screening process put in place by the mayor's office.

The mayor says quality education is critical to keeping families in the city.

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Charter Schools
12:56 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

State: 4 of 5 'Financially Stressed' Mo. Charter Schools Are In St. Louis

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The state says five Missouri charter schools are financially stressed.

Four of the schools are in St. Louis - Carondolet Leadership Academy, Grand Center Arts Academy, South City Preparatory Academy and Jamaa Learning Center. The fifth is Pathway Academy in Kansas City.

This is the first time the state has declared schools financially stressed under a new state law that requires more supervision of the publicly funded but independently run schools. The designation is based on ending balances in two key funds.

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St. Louis Public Schools
12:01 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

St. Louis Public Schools Get Provisional Accreditation After Unanimous Board Vote

Mo. State Board of Education members on Oct. 16th, 2012, listen to a presentation on the St. Louis City School District before voting to restore provisional accreditation.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:57 p.m. with comments from DESE's Margie Vandeven; Peter Herschend, State Board of Education President; and Chris Nicastro, Mo. Education Commissioner.

St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education. The struggling district, which has been under state control for five years, will now have provisional, but not full, accreditation.

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SAT Scores
2:27 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Missouri Scores Drop On SAT College-Entrance Exam

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Missouri high school student performances on the SAT college entrance exam are down slightly this year, according to a report released today by the not-for-profit group The College Board.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:44 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform

Teachers interact differently with students expected to succeed. But they can be trained to change those classroom behaviors.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:52 am

In my Morning Edition story today, I look at expectations — specifically, how teacher expectations can affect the performance of the children they teach.

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2:23 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

What's at stake for U.S. teachers

Chicago Teachers Union members picket the CPS headquarters in Chicago on Thursday, the fourth day of their strike.
John Gress Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 3:46 pm

The intractable issues that led to the teachers' strike in Chicago are being argued about in states and school districts across the country.

The past decade has been a time of enormous ferment in education policy, with numerous new ideas and approaches being promoted by everyone from conservative think tanks to the well-heeled Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Obama administration officials.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Can You Learn While You're Asleep?

Research suggests basic forms of learning are possible while snoozing.

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:44 am

If you're a student, you may have harbored the fantasy of learning lessons while you sleep. Who wouldn't want to stick on a pair of headphones, grab some shut-eye with a lesson about, say, Chinese history playing in his ears — and wake up with newly acquired knowledge of the Ming Dynasty?

Sadly, it doesn't work. The history lesson either keeps you from going to sleep, or it doesn't — in which case you don't learn it.

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2:37 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

St. Louis-area educator named Missouri Teacher of the Year

Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier has been named Missouri's Teacher of the Year.
(via Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier can now add "Missouri Teacher of the Year" award recipient to her resume.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Cartier came to teaching later in life, following a career in social work. She also then served as a substitute teacher in the school district where she now works.

"I know that when I build relationships with my students I can aim high," Cartier said. "They will always amaze me."

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