Education

Current State #50 | March 22, 2013

Mar 22, 2013

Today on Current State: contracts for Lansing teachers; a look at the new Financial Empowerment Center; East Lansing high school's theater fundraiser; Michigan's 20-20 plan and reform options; sports check-in; Lansing's historic Albert Kahn building.

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Democratic State Representative Sam Singh of East Lansing sits on the House appropriations committee and education appropriation subcommittees.  We welcome the first-termer back to Current State to get his thoughts on what’s happening at the state capitol, including a last-minute bill that would make major cuts to universities that do not meet the new union contract rules.

Literacy Coalition Event Draws Fans

Mar 18, 2013
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Combine Curious George, Clifford, storytelling, a stage show and lots of opportunities to pick up information about childhood literacy. These ingredients made the Early Childhood Literacy Event a hit with mid-Michigan families. The event was held Sunday, March 17, at East Lansing's Hannah Community Center.

WKAR was on hand for the well-attended event. Beany Tomber, WKAR's education services coordinator said "People loved the performances, the storytellers, the characters and all the activities. They thought it was an awesome event for families!"

PBS Kids Math Learning Tools -- It All Adds Up!

Mar 11, 2013

“It All Adds Up,” is an effort to help WKAR-area families build kids’ math skills. Through this effort, WKAR aims to boost math learning at home – and everywhere – by providing PBS KIDS resources for parents.

“It All Adds Up” is an awareness effort designed to expand the impact of Ready To Learn, a cooperative initiative between CPB and PBS, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, to support the development of early math and literacy skills in children ages 2-8 from low-income families.

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Current State #40 | March 8, 2013

Mar 8, 2013

Today on Current State: Gay marriage in Michigan; a debate on the merits of "Common Core" education; MSU men's basketball with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; the new realities of the publishing world; Ann Arbor teen named to inagural Carnegie Hall youth orchestra; MSU hockey playoffs; Interlochen Radio at Elderly Instruments this weekend. 

A debate on the merits of 'Common Core' education

Mar 8, 2013

Since 2010, Michigan and most other states have been moving toward what are called "Common Core" state standards.  It’s a movement that aims to create consistent learning goals for school kids across the United States.  

Current State #38 | March 6, 2013

Mar 6, 2013

Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020"  plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing. 

1pm-3:30pm Sunday, March 17  - East Lansing Hannah Community Center |  Meet Curious George and Clifford in person at the annual Early Childhood Literacy Coalition Event.

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This is the third in a series of articles from MSU Extension.

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 military children and youth in the state of Michigan? All branches of the military both active, guard and reserves are represented among Michigan’s military families. Chances are there is a military child or youth in the community or school where you live.

Michigan universities see shift in enrollment trends

Feb 25, 2013
Courtesy of MSU

A new story from Bridge Magazine poses a provocative question for the parents of Michigan’s high schoolers: “Is a student from China taking my kid’s college slot?”  The story explores recent trends in freshmen enrollment at the state’s public universities. Many have seen dramatic increases in the number of international and out-of-state students. Senior editor  Ron French compiled the story and discusses its findings.

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Tomorrow, East Lansing voters will decide on a school bond issue to upgrade outdated equipment.  Officials say hundreds of phones, computers, cameras and clocks in the city’s schools are becoming obsolete.  The district is asking residents to approve a millage that would not exceed 1.26 mils over the next five years. The measure would raise more than $5 million for the upgrade.  

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery visited East Lansing High School to talk with the district’s director of technology, Christian Palasty, who says there’s a sizable amount of equipment to replace.

Neighbors in Action: Closing the Digital Gap

Feb 20, 2013
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For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we feature Closing the Digital Gap, a Lansing-based non-profit that provides computers and computer training to low-income adults and families.

Executive Director Marcus Jefferson explains how his organization helps bridge the technical divide between rich and poor.

Responsive Parenting: Building a Healthy Relationship in their Early Year

Feb 19, 2013
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Early childhood specialists suggest that a building a healthy relationship with your child can help your child grow in all areas of development. This is part of a series of article from MSU Extension staff Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher.

My Messy Child is a Scientist!

Feb 8, 2013
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This is the first in a series of articles for WKAR parents on early childhood development, by Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher, MSU Extension.

We can’t tell you how many times we were told, as children “What a mess you’re making! Stop fooling around with that and clean up this mess.”  Our parents must have been neat-niks or something, because they were always putting a stop to our investigations. 

Neighbors in Action: Lansing RIF

Feb 6, 2013

Each Wednesday on our Neighbors in Action segment, we feature a person or an organization that is working to make our community a better place.  This is a listener-generated segment, meaning that each week, the person or organization we highlight will be nominated by you.

This week we look more closely at the Lansing chapter of Reading is Fundamental, or RIF. RIF is a national program that encourages children around the country to read. Jennifer Otto, the director of Lansing RIF, shares what it's like to open a child's mind with a book.

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