education

Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 8:00
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Thu October 30, 2014

Ideas To Paper: Studio To School

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A teacher can stand in front of a class and teach writing, but some students can use a little extra help in visualizing story construction. 

Enter the Studio to School Project, in place in just a few Oregon school districts, courtesy of grants from the Oregon Community Foundation

The students at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction are among the lucky participants. 

They spent this week in a murder mystery involving their teacher. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 9:00
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Thu October 30, 2014

Reading To Open Up A "World Of Possible"

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A lot of us grew up reading "The Weekly Reader" and similar publications in elementary school. 

And the company that brought us that and more is still in the game, encouraging young people to read. 

Scholastic is the company, and the creator of the initiative "Open a World of Possible." 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 9, 2014 | 9:00
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Thu October 9, 2014

Going Back To Class And "Getting Schooled"

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Like the rest of us, Garret Keizer heard plenty about the problems of American public schools. 

His interest may have been a bit more acute, given his background as a teacher. 

In his book Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher, Keizer tells the story of going back to the Vermont high school where he once taught, to see for himself the changes in that school and education in general. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 29, 2014 | 8:30
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Mon September 29, 2014

Bringing The "Imagination Library" To Kids

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A few simple steps early in life can make a big difference in a child's eventual success. 

Like reading: getting kids interested in reading while they're very young pays dividends in educational performance throughout their lives. 

The Eugene Public Library just started up its own version of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

It not only encourages reading, it gives out free books. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2014 | 8:00
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Tue September 16, 2014

Language Immersion Arrives in Central Point

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"Immersion" programs in schools do not involve throwing students in actual water. 

But they do end up in a pool of students who speak either English or another language, and the class is taught in both languages. 

Language immersion programs are fairly common, but brand new in the Central Point school district. 

Jewett Elementary is home to a first-grade class taught primarily in Spanish, with a mix of English- and Spanish-speaking children. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 11, 2014 | 8:00
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Thu September 11, 2014

Teaching The Students Who Don't Show Up

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The endless discussions of how to make better schools, and therefore better students, focus largely on what happens within the school walls. 

And that could present a particular problem for Oregon, since many of its students are frequently not there. 

Nationwide studies of school attendance show Oregon among the worst in absenteeism... kids miss a lot of school. 

The pro-attendance group Attendance Works keeps an eye on the situation, which comes down to a clear formula: less school=less achievement in reading and math. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 28, 2014 | 8:00
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Thu August 28, 2014

iPads In Kindergarten In Eagle Point

iPad actual size. Child somewhat smaller than kindergartner (18 months).
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Welcome to kindergarten, kid; here's your iPad. 

We suspect the wording will be somewhat different, but that is the essence of what will happen this year in the Eagle Point School District. 

The district is moving to full-day kindergarten when classes start next week. 

And all 300 or so kindergartners will have regular access to iPads and similar devices as part of the learning process. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 13, 2014 | 8:00
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Wed August 13, 2014

There IS A Free Lunch, For G.P. Schools

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The story of schools in our times is that many of them have to do without SOMETHING because of budget cuts. 

But no student in Grants Pass schools will have to go without lunch in the coming school year. 

The Grants Pass district just announced free meals for all students this year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 6, 2014 | 8:00
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Wed August 6, 2014

Tracking English Language Learners

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Plenty of evidence suggests that students who enter school speaking a language other than English can face some long-term educational challenges. 

But in Oregon, the records are incomplete. 

English language learners are reclassified as English-proficient students once they've mastered the language. 

And the federal government only requires tracking for two years after reclassification. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 29, 2014 | 9:00
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Tue July 29, 2014

Education: Asia And America

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By many measures, Asian countries lead the world in the overall quality of public education. 

The United States is much farther down the list, despite ongoing efforts to improve schooling here. 

David Scott Clegg is familiar with education in both places. 

He's an educator and the Managing Director of The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based education think tank. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:30
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Fri July 18, 2014

Rewarding A Drive For Science

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Do you love science?  Or at least like it a lot? 

We keep working as a society to engender interest in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and math. 

And an Oregon student, Rachel Lertora from Astoria, is a finalist in a national science competition climaxing on 4-H National Youth Science Day. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 9:00
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Fri July 11, 2014

Education Issues With The OEA President

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School is out for most kids and teachers, but the work of education goes on. 

And so do the debates about how best to make the American public education system better. 

The existing system has been overlaid with more standardized testing in recent years, and the implementation of the national Common Core Standards. 

The Oregon Education Association represents the teachers who carry out the work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 8:30
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Tue July 1, 2014

Teacher Education Lags In Oregon

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The ongoing focus on raising the quality of American public education generally falls on teachers. 

And a recent report rated more than 2,000 teacher training programs across the country. 

None of the top 100 are located in Oregon. 

Oregon's Chalkboard Project is dedicated to improving education, including raising the level of teacher education. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 16, 2014 | 8:00
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Fri May 16, 2014

High Marks For High Schools

Ashland High School and the district administration building.
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Several high schools in our region gained some bragging rights recently, as U.S. News & World Report issued its annual rankings of American high schools. 

Ashland High School, South Medford and South Eugene all ranked highly, along with Central Point's Crater Renaissance Academy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 5, 2014 | 9:00
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Mon May 5, 2014

The Promise Of A Pencil

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Just a few years ago, Adam Braun looked down the road to a rich life, in the monetary sense. 

He'd been working at hedge funds since he was 16, and a Wall Street career seemed pre-ordained. 

Then Adam traveled through India, and met a boy who wanted a pencil.  Just a pencil. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 24, 2014 | 8:00
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Thu April 24, 2014

Southern Oregon U.'s "Inspire Academy"

When school is out for the summer, getting more education is the last thing on many kids' minds.

Maybe that's why Southern Oregon University left the words "school" and "education" out of its summer program: Inspire Academy. 

The academy offers middle school-aged kids an "experience" in many realms, from chess strategy to stage combat to monster anatomy. 

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New Hope
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Tue March 25, 2014

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

Fifth grader Simya Gantt is doing better in school thanks to a unique program in Tacoma, Wash.
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Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Oregon, there are more than 20,000 homeless students, in California, nearly a quarter million. And for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems.

Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 3, 2014 | 8:00
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Mon March 3, 2014

Teachers TELL Of Their Working Conditions

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Oregon teachers and principals have more paperwork to fill out, but the latest addition is voluntary. 

The TELL Oregon survey takes information from the teachers and principals about their working conditions, and it's quite detailed. 

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Thu February 20, 2014

Strike Talks Continue

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Talks between striking Medford teachers and the Medford School District continued yesterday and both sides say they are intent on settling a contract as quickly as possible. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of their proposals.

The Mail Tribune reports that talks were continuing late into the night.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 18, 2014 | 8:30
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Tue February 18, 2014

Oregon Students Missing Out On AP Chances

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College-bound high school students can get a leg up on their post-secondary education by taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and classes. 

But a recent national report shows many Oregon students do not take advantage of the AP offerings. 

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