Member Stories

November 12-19
Here's what we're reading by EWA members.


Faculty Animus, not Student Protests, Led to Former Mizzou Chancellor’s Demise

Koran Addo of the St. Louis Dispatch provides fine reporting in this story that shows the chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia who resigned following student protests did so because of long-simmering tension with key faculty and staff. 


Seattle Hopes Students Catching More Zs at Home Yields More Learning at School

Kyle Stokes of KPLU reports that Seattle school officials are pushing back the start of the school day by about an hour, pointing to science that shows high school kids need the rest to do better at school. 


Who Pays for Debt-Free College?

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan for college would provide free public college for all, including students from wealthy families. In paying for it, he’d largely tax the rich, but students from all economic stripes would be eligible for his comprehensive plan, explains Emmanuel Felton of The Hechinger Report.


Teaching Teachers to Relate to Diverse Classrooms

A program in Pittsburgh pairs a local college with schools that serve largely low-income students to educate future teachers on relating to a diverse student body, reports Rebecca Nuttall. Teacher candidates receive a stipend to teach as they earn a master’s degree at zero cost, and earn a starting salary $40,000 if they agree to stay at the partnering schools for three years. 


Improving Academics by Closing the “Belief Gap” 

A California effort to improve the self-esteem of traditionally underserved students and educate teachers on how to relate to those kids is taking root in some of the state’s largest districts, reports Jane Meredith Adams.


International Students Eye Both Public and Private U.S. Colleges

Nearly 1 million international students study at U.S. colleges and universities, the latest data show, a figure that’s been climbing for some time, reports Cory Turner of NPR. The reasons are manifold: U.S. schools are highly desirable to foreign learners, and some countries have standardized tests that virtually cut off students from good schools if they test poorly. 


Why Motivation Matters in Education

Think student motivation is a feel-good squishy topic? Nan Austin of the Modesto Bee writes about a slew of studies in education and psychology that explain how to craft lesson plans that embolden kids to try harder, and how at times the normal school structure gets in the way. 


Shorter Schools Days Also Short on Data in Idaho

Roughly a tenth of Idaho students is enrolled in schools where the week was shortened to four days, but the state has done little to determine whether the truncated work week has benefited students, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Ed News in this thorough package.


Technology Enables U.S. Kids to Learn from Foreign Peers

A movement in K-12 schools has students connect with kids from other countries as a way to increase studies abroad in college and educate U.S. learners about an increasingly globalized economic and cultural landscape, reports Jamaal Abdul-Alim

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