education

Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Education Issues With The OEA President

Credit U.S. Census Bureau

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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Southern Oregon U.'s "Inspire Academy"

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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
7:30 am
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.
Credit Taylor Winkle/Northwest News Network

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
10:10 am
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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Students Plan Walk-Out
5:53 am
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
10:10 am
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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Some Students Join Picket Lines
8:31 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Attendance Drops In Medford Schools

North Medford High

Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.

48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports.  That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.

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No New Talks Scheduled
6:23 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Strike Talks Break Down

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Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.

The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.

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Labor/Employment
6:10 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Mediator To Meet Today With Medford Educators

Oregon State mediators will meet separately with bargaining teams from the Medford School District and its teachers union this afternoon in the hopes of settling contract disputes before a Feb. 6 strike.

The Medford Education Association notified the district yesterday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union's bargaining team walked away from negotiations Friday, saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:38 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Oregon Rank In Education Falls

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A recent report from a national group should give Oregon educators pause. 

The report shows the state ranking 40th in student achievement, which is not welcome news.   California came in 33rd in the same list.

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Wages And Benefits Under Discussion
6:14 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Medford Teachers Hold Strike Vote

Medford's Jackson Elementary School
Credit Medford School District

After nearly a year of contract negotiations, Medford teachers will vote tonight (January 23) on whether to strike.

The Mail Tribune reports that bargaining teams from the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association have met three times this month, totaling about 30 hours, to negotiate the remaining articles of a new contract.

The district implemented the contract in late December without support of the teachers' union.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:41 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Learning The Ropes In The World Of Arts

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland. OSF is part of the "World of Work" program.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

We want our students to do better in school, but budget cuts in recent years fell hard on offerings like art and music. 

And those offerings can be critical to the success of some students. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2013
10:58 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Learning Oregon's New School Rating System

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You can be forgiven if you have trouble keeping up with all of the changes taking place in public schools. 

Methods for testing students, teachers and entire schools continue to evolve. 

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Redesigned System In Use
6:40 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Oregon Schools Get Report Cards

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Oregon has released its redesigned report cards for the state's public schools and districts.

The new cards track more information than in the past about student performance, school curricula, and college readiness.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2013
10:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Oregon Universities And Constant Change

Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.
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The Oregon University System (OUS) is starting to look very different.  On organizational charts, anyway.

Last summer's legislative session produced a law allowing the big three schools, Oregon, Oregon State, and Portland State, to form their own governing boards.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tuition Equity Law Now In Use At Oregon State Universities

Oregon State University
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The terminology has changed a bit, and so have some of the approaches. 

The people once called "illegal aliens" are now generally called "undocumented immigrants," and laws are being written to accommodate the ones who came to the United States as children. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:22 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Teacher Behind The Success of "Drama High"

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Think of it as "Friday Night Lights" with stage lighting. 

A high school theater in economically depressed Levittown, Pennsylvania cranked out highly polished hits, and careers in theater for some of its participants, under the direction of Lou Volpe. 

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