WBEZ | education http://www.wbez.org/tags/education Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Educating girls in Kenya and Sengal http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-educating-girls-kenya-and-sengal-113160 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-WGEP_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b588d21-2976-7d00-8616-dfbc99afabe3">In Africa, the overwhelming majority of girls drop out of school after the 6th grade. Global Activist, Amy Maglio, was living in Senegal and decided she must do something to help more girls get into school and stay there. She created the Women&#39;s Global Education Project (<a href="http://www.womensglobal.org/">WGEP</a>) to support girls&rsquo; education in Senegal and Kenya. Maglio will update us on what WGEP has been doing lately to help girls in those countries escape extreme poverty, through education.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/226484831&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="http://womensglobal.org/events/ndajee-2015-2/"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b588d21-29c9-bca6-697f-169383023063">EVENT: WGEP&rsquo;s Gala: &nbsp;NDAJEE 2015</span></a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b588d21-29c9-bca6-697f-169383023063">Monday October 5th, 2015, 6-9pm</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b588d21-29c9-bca6-697f-169383023063">NellcĂ´te Restaurant</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">833 W Randolph Street, Chicago IL</p><p dir="ltr"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EiLEXpl44S4" width="640"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-educating-girls-kenya-and-sengal-113160 Arne Duncan stepping down as Education Secretary http://www.wbez.org/news/arne-duncan-stepping-down-education-secretary-113150 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/arneduncan.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res445267634" previewtitle="Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to his staff that he will step down to spend more time with his family, who live in Chicago."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to his staff that he will step down to spend more time with his family, who live in Chicago." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/02/gettyimages-466823057_wide-d3d4d0eb6e973c429fe8f15eb6ec37e187dd645a-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 338px; width: 600px;" title="Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a letter to his staff that he will step down to spend more time with his family, who live in Chicago. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)" /></div><div><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div><p><strong>Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET.</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Arne Duncan will step down as President Obama&#39;s education secretary in December, a White House official confirms to NPR.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Obama has selected Deputy Education Secretary John B. King Jr. to replace Duncan. King is a former New York State education commissioner. (President Obama is making a personnel announcement at 3:30 p.m. ET.)</p><p style="text-align: justify;">King is 40 years old, and the White House says that would make him one of the youngest Cabinet members in American history. (Julian Castro, the current secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is 41.)</p><p style="text-align: justify;"><img alt="Before John King Jr., Duncan's expected replacement, came to the Department of Education, he was the New York state education commissioner. He was the first African-American and first Puerto Rican to serve in that post." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/02/ap_441648178176-24379611df7ad75326f4e89b2a5f54d4fe6d68f7-s300-c85.jpg" style="float: right; height: 240px; width: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Before John King Jr., Duncan's expected replacement, came to the Department of Education, he was the New York state education commissioner. He was the first African-American and first Puerto Rican to serve in that post. (Mike Groll/AP)" /></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Duncan has been there since the beginning of Obama&#39;s tenure and is one of only a few members remaining from Obama&#39;s original Cabinet.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">He&#39;s come under fire at times from the right and left because of various initiatives, including Race to the Top, the Common Core educational standards and an embrace of charter schools &mdash; something that has rankled teachers unions.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">The irony of the controversies is that education was one area in which Republicans, early on in Obama&#39;s tenure, would say they agreed with him. They liked his reform agenda and Common Core originated with Republican governors like Louisiana&#39;s Bobby Jindal who have since backed away seeing an uproar from conservatives and even some teachers.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">Duncan is moving back to Chicago, where he said, in a farewell letter to colleagues, that he has been splitting time. Duncan is the former head of Chicago schools.</p><p style="text-align: justify;">In the letter, Duncan called the opportunity to serve as education secretary &quot;the greatest honor of my life.&quot; He endorsed King as his successor and included&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-king/education-the-difference_b_148855.html">this reflection</a>&nbsp;King wrote about his upbringing.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/02/445266796/arne-duncan-stepping-down-as-education-secretary" target="_blank"><em>via NPR&#39;s </em></a><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/02/445266796/arne-duncan-stepping-down-as-education-secretary" target="_blank">It&#39;s</a></em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/02/445266796/arne-duncan-stepping-down-as-education-secretary" target="_blank"><em> All Politics</em></a></p></p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/arne-duncan-stepping-down-education-secretary-113150 Charter schools looking to expand http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-29/charter-schools-looking-expand-113104 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/charter schools Flickr Lucy Gray.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Charter schools in Chicago have been around for nearly two decades and while they continue to expand, some people are still strongly opposed to the education model.</p><p>Chicago Public Schools is holding public hearings Wednesday night about charter schools. Seven charters want to open a dozen new campuses across the city, including the Noble Network, which wants to build its 17th high school on the Southwest Side. Of all the proposals, it&rsquo;s this one from the Noble Network of Charters that has stirred up the most controversy.</p><p>Why is that and what does this mean moving forward? <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZeducation?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">WBEZ Education</a> Reporter Linda Lutton helps us sift through those questions.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-29/charter-schools-looking-expand-113104 Pre-K study shows early gains wear off http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-09-29/pre-k-study-shows-early-gains-wear-113102 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/prek.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 600px;" title="Pictured are children in a pre-kindergarten classroom in San Diego, California, on October 1, 2013. (Robert Benson/Getty Images for Knowledge Universe)" /></div><p>A&nbsp;<a href="https://my.vanderbilt.edu/tnprekevaluation/" target="_blank">new study</a>&nbsp;out of Vanderbilt University has some surprising findings: children from low-income families benefit significantly from Tennessee&rsquo;s pre-kindergarten programs at first, but those gains wear off by the end of third grade. Researchers also found that students who did not attend pre-K quickly caught up to the students who did attend pre-K.</p><p>The study raises questions about the efficacy of Tennessee&rsquo;s pre-K programs, which were widely expanded in 2005.&nbsp;Dale Farran, a professor at Vanderbilt and co-investigator of the study, discusses the findings with&nbsp;Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s Jeremy Hobson.</p><p>&mdash;<em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/09/29/pre-k-study-tennessee" target="_blank"> via Here &amp; Now</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-09-29/pre-k-study-shows-early-gains-wear-113102 Who are the 'gifted and talented' and what do they need? http://www.wbez.org/news/who-are-gifted-and-talented-and-what-do-they-need-113084 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/biggrowth.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px;" title="(LA Johnson/NPR)" /></div><p>Ron Turiello&#39;s daughter, Grace, seemed unusually alert even as a newborn.</p><p>At 7 months or so, she showed an interest in categorizing objects: She&#39;d take a drawing of an elephant in a picture book, say, and match it to a stuffed elephant and a realistic plastic elephant.</p><p>At 5 or 6 years old, when snorkeling with her family in Hawaii, she identified a passing fish correctly as a Heller&#39;s barracuda, then added, &quot;Where are the rest? They usually travel in schools.&quot;</p><p>With a child so bright, some parents might assume that she&#39;d do great in any school setting, and pretty much leave it at that. But Turiello was convinced she needed a special environment, in part because of his own experience. He scored very high on IQ tests as a child, but almost dropped out of high school. He says he was bored, unmotivated, socially isolated.</p><p>&quot;I took a swing at the teacher in second grade because she was making fun of my vocabulary,&quot; he recalls. &quot;I would get bad grades because I never did my homework. I could have ended up a really well-read homeless person.&quot;</p><p>Turiello, now an attorney, and his wife, Margaret Caruso, helped found a private school in Sunnyvale, Calif., exclusively for the gifted. It&#39;s called Helios, and both of their children now attend the school, which uses project-based learning, groups children by ability not age, and creates an individualized learning plan for each student. For Turiello, the biggest benefits to Grace, now 11, and son Marcello, 7, are social and emotional. &quot;They don&#39;t have to pretend to be something they&#39;re not,&quot; says Turiello. &quot;If they can be among peers and be themselves, that can really change their lives.&quot;</p><p>Estimates vary, but many say there are around 3 million students in K-12 classrooms nationwide who could be considered academically gifted and talented. The education they get is the subject of a national debate about what our public schools owe to each child in the post-No Child Left Behind era.</p><p>When it comes to gifted children, there are three big questions: How to define them, how to identify them and how best to serve them.</p><p><strong>1. How do you define giftedness?</strong></p><p>One of the most popular definitions, dating to the early 1990s, is &quot;asynchronous development.&quot; That means, roughly, a student whose mental capacities develop ahead of chronological age. This concept matches the most popular tests of giftedness: IQ tests. Scores are indexed to age, with 100 as the average; a 6-year-old who gives answers characteristic of a 12-year-old would have an IQ of 200.</p><p>But there are problems with this framework. No 6-year-old is truly mentally identical to a 12-year-old. He or she may be brilliant at mathematics but lack background knowledge or impulse control.</p><p>In addition, IQ tests become less useful as children get older because there is less &quot;headroom&quot; on the test, especially for those who are already high scorers. &quot;It&#39;s like measuring a 6-foot person with a 5-foot ruler,&quot; says Linda Silverman, an educational psychologist and founder of the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development.</p><p>Recent intelligence research de-emphasizes IQ alone and focuses on social and emotional factors.</p><p>&quot;There&#39;s research that these other things like motivation and grit can take you to the same exact academic outcomes as someone with a higher IQ but without those things,&quot; says Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist who studies intelligence and creativity at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of the book&nbsp;Ungifted. &quot;That&#39;s a really important finding that is just totally ignored. Our country has a narrow view of what counts as merit.&quot;</p><p>Of course, as the definitions get broader, the measurements get more subjective and thus, perhaps, less useful. Some centers for gifted children put out checklists of &quot;giftedness&quot; so broad that any proud parent would be hard-pressed not to recognize her child. Things like: &quot;Has a vivid imagination.&quot; &quot;Good sense of humor.&quot; &quot;Highly sensitive.&quot;</p><p><strong>1(a). How many students should be designated gifted?</strong></p><p>It can be useful for education policy purposes to think about giftedness as it relates to the rest of the special education spectrum. Silverman argues that just as children with IQ scores two full standard deviations below the norm need special classrooms and extra resources, those who score two standard deviations above the norm need the same. By her lights, the population we should be focusing on is the top 2.5 percent or 3 percent of achievers, not the top 5 or 10 percent.</p><p>Scott Peters disagrees. He&#39;s a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater who prepares teachers for gifted certifications. He says the question that every teacher and every school should be asking is, &quot;How will we serve the students who already know what I&#39;m covering today?&quot;</p><p>In a school where most children are in remediation, he argues, a child who is simply performing on grade level may need special attention.</p><p><strong>2. How do you identify gifted students?</strong></p><p>The most common answer nationwide is: First, by teacher and/or parent nomination. After that come tests.</p><p>Minority and free-reduced lunch students are extremely underrepresented in gifted programs nationwide. The problem starts with that first step. Less-educated or non-English-speaking parents may not be aware of gifted program opportunities. Pre-service teachers, says Peters, typically get one day of training on gifted students, which may not prepare them to recognize giftedness in its many forms.</p><p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/09/22/these-kids-were-geniuses-they-were-just-too-poor-for-anyone-to-discover-them/">Research shows that screening every child</a>, rather than relying on nominations, produces far more equitable outcomes.</p><p>Tests have their problems, too, says Kaufman. IQ and other standardized tests produce results that can be skewed by background cultural knowledge, language learner status and racial and social privilege. Even nonverbal tasks like puzzles are influenced by class and cultural background.</p><p>Using a single test score cutoff as the criteria&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/key%20reports/ELEM%20school%20GT%20Survey%20Report.pdf">is common but</a>&nbsp;not considered best practice.</p><p>In addition, the majority of districts in the U.S. test children for these programs before the third grade. Experts worry that identifying children only at the outset of school can be a problem, because abilities change over time, and the practice favors students who have an enriched environment at home.</p><p>Experts prefer the use of multiple criteria and multiple opportunities. Portfolios or auditions, interviews or narrative profiles may be part of the process.</p><p><strong>3. How do you best serve gifted students?</strong></p><p>This is the biggest controversy in gifted education. Peters says many districts focus their resources on identifying gifted or advanced learners, while offering little or nothing to serve them.</p><p>&quot;There are cases where parents spend years advocating for students, kids get multiple rounds of testing, and at the end of the day they&#39;re provided with a little bit of differentiation or an hour of resource-room time in the course of a week,&quot; he says. &quot;That&#39;s not sufficient for a fourth-grader, say, who needs to take geometry.&quot;</p><p>While this emphasis on diagnosis over treatment might seem paradoxical, it&#39;s compliant with the law:</p><p>In most states the law governs the identification of gifted students. But only 27 percent of districts surveyed in 2013 report a state law about how to group these students, whether in a self-contained program, or pulled out into a resource room for a single subject or offered differentiation within a classroom. And almost no states have laws mandating anything about the curriculum for gifted students.</p><p>In addition to a need to move faster and delve deeper, students whose intellectual abilities or interests don&#39;t match those of their peers often have special social and emotional needs.</p><p>&quot;I believe that every single day in school a gifted child has the right to learn something new &mdash; not to help the teacher,&quot; Silverman says. &quot;And to be protected from bullying, teasing and abuse.&quot;</p><p>Helping gifted students may or may not take many more resources. But it does require a shift in mindset to the idea that &quot;every child deserves to be challenged,&quot; as Ron Turiello says.</p><p>That&#39;s why, paradoxically, many of the gifted education experts I interviewed didn&#39;t like the label &quot;gifted.&quot; &quot;In a perfect world, every student would have an IEP,&quot; says Kaufman.</p><p>As it happens, federal education policy is currently being reconfigured around some version of that idea.</p><p>&quot;The whole NCLB era, and really back to the first Elementary and Secondary Education Act in the 1960s, was about getting kids to grade level, to minimal proficiency,&quot; says Peters. &quot;There seems to be a change in belief now &mdash; That you need to show growth in every student.&quot;</p><p>That means, instead of just focusing on the 50 percent of kids who are below average, teachers should be responsible for the half who are above average, too. &quot;That&#39;s huge. It&#39;s hard to articulate how big of a sea change that is.&quot;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/09/28/443193523/who-are-the-gifted-and-talented-and-what-do-they-need?ft=nprml&amp;f=443193523" target="_blank"><em>via NPR Ed</em></a></p></p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/who-are-gifted-and-talented-and-what-do-they-need-113084 Educating India's disadvantaged children http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-21/educating-indias-disadvantaged-children-113015 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/LIFT2.jpg" title="(Photo courtesy of LIFT Foundation)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/224926609&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">&#39;Our Lift&#39; follows efforts to educate India&#39;s poor youth</span></font></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">LIFT-Foundation works with poor children in India, especially girls and those in lower castes, like the Dalits. They Provide education to orphaned children and the disabled, and work to prevent child marriage. Their work is the subject of a new documentary, &#39;Our Lift: From hardship to Hope&#39;. We talk with LIFT foudner, Fr. Jamels James and the film&#39;s creator, Kathleen Quinn. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guests:</strong> </span></p><ul><li><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Fr. Jamels James is the founder of LIFT-Foundation. </span></li><li><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Kathleen Quinn is a filmmaker and founder of <a href="http://twitter.com/windingroadprod">Winding Road Productions</a>.&nbsp;</span></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/224927025&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">A view from Gaza</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Last July, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered. Their deaths led to a reprisal killing of a Palestinian teen . Events that followed those murders led to Israeli airstrikes and a ground incursion in Hamas-controlled Gaza. The 50-plus days of war between Israel and Hamas left more than 2000 Palestinians dead, at least 500 of whom were children, according to estimates by the U.N. and the IDF. Israel reported its casualties at 66 soldiers and 6 civilians - one being a Thai national. In the aftermath of the war journalist Max Blumenthal went to Gaza to gather testimonies about the conflict. He details his reporting in the book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. Blumenthal joins us to tell us about what Gazans told him about their experience of the war.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal">Max Blumenthal </a>is a journalist. His latest book is author of The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza</em><br />&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-21/educating-indias-disadvantaged-children-113015 One month into hunger strike, Dyett High School activists continue the fight http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-17/one-month-hunger-strike-dyett-high-school-activists-continue-fight <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Dyett strikers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s been a month since a<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/takeaway/2015-09-11/chicago-neighborhood-organizers-go-hunger-strike-%E2%80%94-get-their-school"> hunger strike began</a> over the future of Chicago&rsquo;s Walter H. Dyett High School in Washington Park. Twelve hunger strikers took up the fight to pressure Chicago Public Schools to reopen Dyett. They wanted it to focus on global leadership and green technology. But when CPS announced earlier this month that Dyett would reopen, what they got was an <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-04/hunger-strikers-continue-their-fight-despite-new-dyett-plan-112837">arts school</a>.</p><p>And so, the hunger strike continues as parents, grandparents and community members fight for the school and the curriculum they say will best prepare their children for success.</p><p>Tuesday afternoon on the front lawn of Dyett, a group of about fifteen people sat in a circle on lawn chairs. Cases of bottled water and juice were scattered along the perimeter. People came and went throughout the afternoon, sharing hugs, laughs and conversation.</p><p>We spoke with some of them about how they&#39;re feeling physically after one month without solid food, what their vision for the school would mean for the community and how the Bronzeville-based strike symbolizes struggles for equal-opportunity education across the country. We hear from hunger strikers Jitu Brown, Anna Jones, Irene Robinson, Marc Kaplan, Asif Wilson and Monique Redeaux-Smith.&nbsp;</p><p>Four of the hunger strikers have ended their liquids-only fast. But five more have joined the effort to replace them.</p></p> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-17/one-month-hunger-strike-dyett-high-school-activists-continue-fight Morning Shift: September 15, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/morning-shift-september-15-2015-112939 <p><p>First up, the city is selling vacant lots for a dollar through the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/chicago%E2%80%99s-large-lots-program-sells-vacant-properties-1-112938">Large Lots</a> program. More and more shows are strictly online, and<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/subscribers-streaming-services-sue-city-over-cloud-tax-112937"> a new tax</a> in Chicago could make watching them more expensive. Now Chicago is being sued for it. We talk about whether the arguments against it will hold up in court. Plus, the new school year is underway and no doubt there&rsquo;s still some adjusting for both students and teachers &mdash; especially brand <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/how-train-next-generation-teachers-112933">new teachers</a>. There certainly are lots of ways to train those wanting to enter the profession. We take a look at some of the pros and cons of the various training approaches. We also look at how <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/passing-political-baton-new-crop-pols-112936">longtime politicians</a> groom the next generation of leaders. Plus, a look at a local political website&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/new-wiki-digs-deep-city-state-and-congressional-politicians-112934">latest add-on</a> that should be a boon for political junkies looking for back-stories on politicians.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/morning-shift-september-15-2015-112939 How to train the next generation of teachers http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/how-train-next-generation-teachers-112933 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/US Department of education teacher.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There are a lot of different avenues to becoming a teacher. Some programs throw you right into the mix without much student teaching. Others require a year-long residency. You can get a bachelor&rsquo;s in Education, or add on a Master&rsquo;s. There are fellowships, bootcamps, and intensive summer training sessions. But despite the many roads to the classroom, teacher training isn&rsquo;t easy, and the challenges only intensify when you&rsquo;re in front of your very own class for the first time.</p><p>What are the pros and cons of different ways of training the next generation of educators and what credentials and experience do teachers need to have to be successful? Barbara Radner, associate professor of education at DePaul University, and director of DePaul&rsquo;s <a href="http://teacher.depaul.edu/">Center for Urban Education</a>, joins us to talk about teacher training.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/how-train-next-generation-teachers-112933 New requirement pushes civics class for schools http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-14/new-requirement-pushes-civics-class-schools-112924 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/civics Vox Efx.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For the first time in a decade, Illinois is adding a course required for public high school graduation: civics. Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law a few weeks ago mandating the change. The effort to get a law on the books was pushed in part by the <a href="http://www.mccormickfoundation.org/">McCormick Foundation</a>. We hear from Shawn Healy, the Foundation&rsquo;s Civic Learning Scholar.&nbsp;</p><p>So now there are only nine states in the US that don&rsquo;t have such a law. But what about the rest of us? Are we up on our civics? Do we know what it means to be civically engaged? Ted McConnell, Executive Director of the non-partisan group <a href="http://www.civicmissionofschools.org/">Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools</a>, joins us with with his thoughts on the peaks and valleys of civic learning and engagement in the US.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-14/new-requirement-pushes-civics-class-schools-112924