January 27, 2012
Podcast Friday: Teaching Online

This week we go inside the world of virtual education. Kristin Kipp was voted 2011 National Online Teacher of the Year and she tells us what it’s like to teach high school English from her living room.

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January 19, 2012
Podcast Friday: King’s Last March encore

As a belated tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the podcast this week is an encore presentation of our 2008 documentary, “King’s Last March” by Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis. Over 40 years after Dr. King’s assassination, he remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that’s not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life. For more on this doc, visit http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/king/

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January 12, 2012
Podcast Friday: The State of Online Education

Online coursework was once considered an experimental alternative to on-ground classes, but it’s quickly becoming a part of the mainstream. Online courses make it possible for colleges and universities to stay within their shrinking budgets, and for busy working adults to go to school anywhere, anytime. As of last fall, about a third of all American college students were enrolled in at least one course online.

Guest: John Bourne, Executive Director, The Sloan Consortium.

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December 30, 2011
Podcast: The Education Year in Review

What were the top education stories of 2011? The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Banchero joins us to discuss the stories she thinks had the biggest impact this year.

Guest: Stephanie Banchero, National Education Reporter, Wall Steet Journal and President, Education Writers Association.

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December 23, 2011
Podcast Friday: Excellent Community Colleges

In the coming decade, most new jobs will require a college education. Community colleges are expected to play a big role in helping Americans get those jobs. Nearly half of all college students go to community colleges but only a third of them graduate.

Guest: Josh Wyner, Executive Director, Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.

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December 9, 2011
Podcast: Organizing Schools to Help Students

When it comes to education reform, the most controversial ideas usually generate the most attention, but these flashy efforts are often hard to measure and expensive to do. The authors of a new report argue that there are less glamorous, more common-sense school reforms that benefit students by changing the way schools are organized.

Guest: Jonah Rockoff, Sidney Taurel Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School.

More on the report, "Organizing Schools to Improve Student Achievement: Start Times, Grade Configurations, and Teacher Assignments"

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December 2, 2011
Podcast Friday: Saving Cooper Union

Going to college for free may sound like a fantasy, but Cooper Union in New York City has offered free tuition to its students since its founding in 1859. Now Cooper Union is facing a serious budget deficit and its trustees are considering charging tuition to keep the institution solvent.

Guest: Jamshed Bharucha, President, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

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November 23, 2011
Podcast Friday: Kindergarten Tech

The kindergarten classroom is traditionally a place where youngsters get to experiment with hands-on learning tools like finger paints and building blocks. But with budget-cutting at public schools forcing teachers to take on larger class sizes, more schools are experimenting with adding computer-enhanced lessons for early learners.

American RadioWorks host Stephen Smith talks to the Hechinger Report’s Jill Barshay, who recently visited a charter school in Los Angeles that’s piloting a blended-learning approach in its kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.

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November 17, 2011
Podcast Friday: Importing Chinese Students to American Colleges

In contrast to the United States and Europe, China’s economy is thriving. As the competition gets tougher for entrance into China’s universities, more middle-class families are sending their children to college out of the country, which has led to a booming college placement industry in China. Recent investigations revealed a pattern of fraud and financial kickbacks at one such agency.

Guest: Amy Scott, Education Correspondent, Marketplace.

Guest: Rob Schmitz, China Bureau Chief, Marketplace.

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November 10, 2011
Podcast Friday: Occupy Wall Street & Student Debt

The Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading to college campuses, where students are protesting rising tuition costs and poor job prospects in today’s economy. One expert suggests cutting costs and streamlining college course offerings might produce graduates with more earning potential in the long term.

Guest: Anne Neal, President, American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

Visit WhatWillTheyLearn.com for more on the college ranking system Anne discusses in this podcast.

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