Education

Boston Science Teacher Wins $25,000 Teaching Award

May 28, 2015
Interim Boston Public Schools Superintendent John McDonough with 2015 Fishman Prize winner Erin Dukeshire, who teaches sixth grade science at the Orchard Gardens school. (Courtesy BPS)

Sixth grade Orchard Gardens school science teacher Erin Dukeshire is one of four teachers in the country awarded this year’s Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.

A ‘DREAMer’ Goes To College

May 28, 2015
Barbara Olochea just graduated from Alhambra High School in Phoenix. (Courtesy)

An Arizona high school senior tells us in her own words how growing up in two cultures helped her prepare for college.

New UMass President Meehan Receives Yearly Perks In Contract

May 22, 2015
Incoming UMass President Marty Meehan (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Marty Meehan will be paid $525,000 in the first year of a five-year contract that could be bumped to more than $750,000 with perks.

Mother Of Student Informant Who Overdosed Wants Dealer Charged

May 21, 2015
Students walk through the UMass Amherst campus. (Andrew Phelps/WBUR)

Francesca Sinacori says police know the identity of the dealer, but no charges have been filed, 19 months after her son’s death.

Study: Suicide Rate Doubles For Black Children 5–11 Years Old

May 21, 2015
Empty swings (Stuart Herbert/Flickr)

The suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as it declined for white children.

Marty Meehan: State Leaders Need To Know Mass. Economy ‘Runs Through’ UMass

May 21, 2015
Incoming UMass President Marty Meehan talks about his plans for the five-campus system during an interview at WBUR. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The incoming UMass president discusses the challenges he believes the university system faces and shares some of his strategies for overcoming them.

Carlos Santiago Named Mass. Higher Ed Commissioner

May 20, 2015

Santiago is currently the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education senior deputy commissioner for academic affairs.

Judge Denies Request To Join Trials In UMass Rape Case

May 20, 2015

A judge has ruled that the three remaining defendants charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in 2012 will be tried separately.

Turn It Down: Berklee And Spotify Team Up To Save Our Ears

May 19, 2015
The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.(Emily Orpin/Flickr)

The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.

How – And How Well – Would Free College Work?

May 18, 2015
In this May 31, 2014 file photo, graduates throw their caps in the air in triumph at the University of Delaware's commencement ceremony in Newark, Del. It turns out their majors might matter more than they think in their future earnings. (Emily Varisco/AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is proposing legislation that would make tuition at four-year public colleges free.

Tufts Students Keep Commencement Protests Muted

May 17, 2015
Students hold signs in support of janitorial staff at Tufts University's commencement on May 17, 2015.(Peter Balonon-Rosen/WBUR)

Protests on Sunday at Tufts University’s commencement over plans to cut school cleaning staff were mostly muted — despite larger protests Saturday.

No Resume, No Interview, No Problem At Yonkers Bakery

May 14, 2015
Bakers pose for a photo at Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y. (Courtesy of Greyston)

Greyston Bakery invites people to apply, regardless of immigration status, criminal records or work experience.

The Fellowship Of The Raga

May 14, 2015
From left: 2014 IndianRaga fellows Sharada Krishnan and Ashwin Srikant, IndianRaga founder and CEO Sriram Emani, mbira player Kevin Nathaniel, IndianRaga head of marketing Amrit Chavada, and 2014 IndianRaga fellow Hrishikesh Chary. (Vladimir Weinstein Photography)

Each year, the IndianRaga Fellowship brings together young musicians and heavyweights in Indian classical music.

New Boston School Chief: District Should Partner With Private Organizations

May 14, 2015
Incoming Superintendent Tommy Chang listens to the Boston International High School headmaster Nicole Bahnam on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Incoming Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang joined WBUR Thursday morning to talk about his vision.

South Boston High School Hosts Frank, Positive Discussion On Race

May 14, 2015

Excel High School in South Boston devoted a class period Wednesday to an all-school conversation about race.

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