50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching

Our new series will tell the stories of great teachers, and explore some big questions: What is great teaching? Can it be taught? How do good teachers become great ones?

Morning Edition

LA Schools' Technology Expansion Loses Its Biggest Advocate

With the resignation of Superintendent John Deasy, the future of the Los Angeles Unified School District's troubled iPad program is even more uncertain.

All Things Considered

New Initiative Hopes To Connect Qualified Students With College Know-How

Thousands of qualified students from low-income backgrounds don't attend college because they don't have the information they need to apply. NPR's Melissa Block speaks with former New York City Schools chancellor Harold Levy about a program, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which aims to use the Internet to link high school students to counselors and mentors.

Morning Edition

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar

It's been 2,400 years since he taught his last class, but the teaching method Socrates created, and that bears his name, lives on today.

All Things Considered

Former Band Member On Trial In Florida A&M Hazing Death

Three years after Florida A&M student Robert Champion died after a beating on a bus, a member of the university's marching band is on trial for manslaughter.

All Things Considered

Some St. Louis Teachers Address Ferguson With Lessons On Race

Educators in St. Louis are using events in Ferguson to spark discussions about race and class in a deeply segregated region. Others have found approaching the subject a difficult task.

A Helping Hand To High Achievers

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will invest $10 million over two years to help top students from poor families into college.

The Many, Many Secret Lives Of Teachers

What do teachers do outside the classroom? We've gotten hundreds of responses to that question. To list a few: They officiate at weddings, run nonprofits and Jazzercise.

The Secret Lives Of Teachers: Mei-Ling Uliasz

The second installation of our Secret Lives series continues with a profile of a second-grade teacher with a passion for making "upcycled" jewelry.

Weekend Edition Sunday

A New Orleans Family's Lives Changed In An Instant

A stray bullet took 5-year-old Kyle Romain's sight. His mother fears the violence in her neighborhood will continue: "There's no hope. These little boys are just trigger-happy and gun-crazy."

Thomas Menino, Boston’s Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

October 30, 2014
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall in 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Menino passed away Thursday of cancer that had metastasized and spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

Man Who Talked About Bombing Harvard Gets 2 Years In Jail

October 29, 2014

A Moroccan man living in Connecticut who told people he wanted to fly bombs on remote-controlled planes into a federal building in Hartford and Harvard University was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by deportation.

State Predicts Shortage Of College Grads, Calls For More Funding

October 28, 2014

The report predicts that by 2025 public campuses will graduate roughly 55,000 to 65,000 fewer students than employers will need.

Medical Students Worry About Lengthier MCAT Entrance Exam

October 27, 2014
Students from Sydney Medical School practice their skills. (Sydney Uni/Flickr)

The new exam scheduled to debut in April will be three hours longer and include additional subjects.

Tufts Adjuncts Get Raise In New Deal

October 27, 2014

Part-time professors at Tufts University in Medford have signed off on a new contract with the school, giving them a significant pay raise as well as stronger job security.

MIT Survey Details Sexual Assault On Campus

October 27, 2014

The online survey went into more detail about the nature of possible sexual assaults and sexual harassment than surveys at other schools.

Marysville Mourns Students Who Died In School Shooting

October 27, 2014
Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School bow their heads at a community meeting in the school gymnasium. (Deborah Wang/KUOW)

A 14-year-old girl wounded in the shooting has died, raising the death toll in to three, including the student who opened fire.

What Happens When A School Pays Teachers $125,000 A Year

October 27, 2014
A new study finds that higher teacher salaries may help students do better in school. (bunchesandbits/Flickr)

Higher teacher salaries may help students do better in school, according to a study that looked at a New York City charter school.

Many School Districts Choose PARCC Over MCAS Test

October 25, 2014

54 percent of school districts have opted to administer the English and mathematics PARCC exams to students in grades 3-8 next year, instead of the MCAS exams. This was the first time school systems were given the choice of which test to administer in grades 3-8.

It's Prank Season In Michigan As The Football Rivalry Sparks Up

October 24, 2014

This year, the University of Michigan let its guard down. Kate Wells of Michigan Radio explains.

The 'Whiplash' Of Artistic Success

October 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

Judge: UMass Rape Defendants Can Be Tried Together

October 24, 2014

A judge has ruled that four men charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst dorm room two years ago can be tried together, but with one major restriction.

Investigation Reveals Cheating Scandal At UNC

October 23, 2014
University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, left, and Chancellor Carol Folt listen during a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The board gathered to discuss the results of an independent investigation of past academic irregularities. (Gerry Broome/AP)

The report shows more than 3,000 students, about half of them athletes, enrolled in nonexistant classes for which they received A’s and B’s.

Dorchester’s Mather School Celebrates Its 375th Anniversary

October 22, 2014
A sculpture of a cake in honor of the Mather School's 375th anniversary. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

Founded in 1639, the Mather was the first public elementary school in the U.S.

The 2014 Midterms: What Voters Really Care About

October 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

College Campuses Work To Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

October 20, 2014
Natural lighting, open spaces and chilled beams can be seen at the University of Minnesota, Morris. (Courtesy)

The University of Minnesota, Morris, is among the universities working toward a goal of total carbon neutrality.

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