Education

Education news is a priority for WWNO 's expanding local news reporting — providing trusted news for parents, educators and community leaders. 

Support for education reporting on WWNO comes from: Baptist Community Ministries and Entergy Corporation

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11:06 am
Fri November 21, 2014

NASA Partners With UNO To Host 'Space Day' For Middle School Students

Approximately 150 middle school students from five area schools participated in UNO Space Day 2014, which culminated Thursday afternoon with a model rocket launch.
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Seventh and eighth graders participated in the very first UNO Space Day on Thursday. The event was co-hosted by NASA, Boeing Company, the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), and Jacobs Technology.

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6:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

State Superintendent: Learning More Important Than Scores

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:14 pm

The state Dept. of Education has been rolling out all sorts of tests results in the last few weeks – student test scores, teacher evaluations, and school performance calculations.


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Education
7:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

In New Orleans and Across Nation, No-Excuses Schools Face Pushback

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In New Orleans and nationally, many schools have adopted a no-excuses model. They enforce strict rules and suspend students at high rates.

In a new article out this week in the Atlantic and Hechinger Report, reporter Sarah Carr looks at the push back against no-excuses discipline. She profiles several local charter schools, including Carver Collegiate, New Orleans College Prep, and KIPP Renaissance.

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Education
10:47 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Voices From The Classroom: Young Audiences Charter School

Young Audience school leader Folwell Dunbar teaches core subjects using the arts.
Credit Young Audiences Charter School

Editor's note: With Voices from the Classroom: The Arts in Education Reform, NolaVie and cultural partner WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio are teaming up to take a look at how the arts are being used creatively in schools around the city.

Why are the arts an important component for school curricula? And how are we integrating arts into local classrooms? Today, Renee Peck interviews Folwell Dunbar, head of a new kind of school in Jefferson Parish.

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4:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

GradNation Summit Focuses On Youth Services

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Red River Radio
9:43 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Shreveport 5th grader selected for national reporting gig

Samuel Davis of Shreveport proudly displays his press badge, after earning a spot this month on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:57 am

A Shreveport 10-year-old will pen news reports for the  national kid reporting program called Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Samuel Davis is among 32 budding writers selected to be on a news team that’s by kids and for kids. Davis, a fifth grader at A.C. Steere Elementary School, says his New York editor will guide him through the process, along with the other members of the press corps ages 10 to 14.

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6:21 am
Fri November 14, 2014

School in Voucher Program Misses the Mark, Presses On

Headmaster Josh LaSage in Hosanna Christian Academy's in 2012 in "war room" where the student progress is tracked.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:32 am

In 2012, when Louisiana’s taxpayer funded scholarship program was expanded statewide, Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge went all in.

In that first year, the school took on almost 300 voucher students, nearly doubling its enrollment. By the start of this school year, Hosanna had more voucher students than any other school in the state -- about 85 percent of its student are enrolled with a voucher. 

Hosanna's students didn't score well enough on state tests, and it won't be allowed to enroll more voucher students next year. Still, headmaster Josh LaSage says the school isn't giving up. 


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6:54 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Grief Counselors At School Where 3 Students Killed In House Fire

Grief counselors are on hand as students return to the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in Broadmoor today. 

Three of the school's students died in a fire early yesterday that killed five people. They were in their home that’s just steps from the school.

The victims included 12-year-old Jade Anderson, 11-year-old Jason Anderson and 7-year-old Jala Anderson. The adults were 77-year-old Martha Anderson and 33-year-old Christina Squire.

The school is also working on a fundraising drive for the family. Information is available on the school website.

Education
3:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Voices Of Educators: Deborah Richardson

After three decades running the cosmetology program at John McDonogh High School, Deborah Richardson packed up her classroom and teaching salon last spring. Among the supplies: mannequin heads with human hair.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

As New Orleans continues to reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We feature one such educator each month.

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Education
3:51 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Major Changes In Store For Early Childhood Programs

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The education system in Louisiana has undergone a major transformation. But until recently, most of the changes were aimed at grades K-12. Now the focus is turning to early childhood. Thanks to Act 3, or the Early Childhood Education Act, Pre-K and early child care programs across the state are getting revamped this fall.

WWNO's Mallory Falk spoke about the revamp with Melanie Bronfin, Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Children. Bronfin says the changes were partly prompted by new research on child brain development.

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