Education

Radio Made in Michigan
2:34 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Haslett Robotics Team

Credit Courtesy of the Haslett Robotics Club

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Haslett Robotics Club, which uses robotics to engage youth in the Haslett school district and surrounding areas in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

MSU educator explains growing importance of early childhood education

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Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recommended another increase in government spending on early childhood education in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Mon January 20, 2014

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Dr. Christopher Emdin
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How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

The battles are the brainchild of Dr. Christopher Emdin and Wu Tang Clan member GZA.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Dr. Christopher Emdin
Credit http://chrisemdin.com/

How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Failure:lab invites public to explore mistakes

One of the early Failure:Lab talks was given by Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe.
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Imagine going up on stage and sharing  your greatest failure with the world. Many people would hesitate to tell such personal stories, but that’s what the creators of the event Failure:Lab are asking people to do.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:02 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms

Lisa Posthumus Lyons represents Michigan's 86th district.
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With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.  Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:42 am
Mon December 2, 2013

GED test going digital, aligning with Common Core

The new general educational development, or GED, test will be updated in January with a focus on critical thinking skills
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Tens of millions of American adults have not graduated from high school.  Every year, thousands of these non-graduates take “general educational development” tests – the GED – to be considered proficient at the level of a graduate.  

Every 10 years the GED test is updated to meet with current educational standards.  Time is running out for individuals planning to earn their GED before the new test is put into place this January.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

In Peru, MSU student runs a marathon a day to inspire kids

Abbie Newton and her fellow youth ambassadors ran multiple marathons during their time in Peru.
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One sophomore at Michigan State University spent the last two weeks in Peru on an expedition through rainforests and mountains, with the organization Impossible 2 Possible.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri November 8, 2013

State Rep. Abed on education: 'One size does not fit all'

Rep. Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge)
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The Michigan House Education Committee is looking over a controversial proposal that could hold back thousands of the state’s young learners. A measure introduced last week would require third-graders to repeat that year if they did not score “proficient” on the MEAP standardized test.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Nation eyes 'flipped school' pioneer in Michigan

Clintondale High School principal Greg Green. At his school, failure rates are down and graduation rates and college attendance are up.
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Clintondale High School, about nine miles north of Detroit, is attracting widespread attention for overhauling its approach to teaching.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

MEA responds to Right-to-Work complaints

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 Michigan’s new right-to-work law triggered a dispute last week.  The conservative Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a complaint with the state over what it claims is harassment by the Michigan Education Association toward a member.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Kettering University takes active role in Flint's rebirth

Kettering University in Flint
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There's an interesting public-private partnership happening in Flint. Kettering University, the private science and engineering school, has been taking a more active role in the community.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Local arts orgs seek return of certified teachers in Lansing schools

Teacher layoffs in the Lansing public schools have raised concerns among arts educators across the country.
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Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the Lansing Public School District laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Current State #171 | October 3, 2013

Today on Current State: count day for public schools; Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps; Voices of Experience with Frank Kelley, Part II; and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's second MasterWorks concert.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Count Day crucial for public school funding

There are more than 1.5 million public school children in Michigan, a number that’s been steadily decreasing since 2002.
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School districts across the state of Michigan are doing their arithmetic this week.  Yesterday was the bi-annual “Count Day”.  Districts count the number of students attending school each February and October in order to determine their share of per-pupil state funding.

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Families
4:33 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

WKAR - PBS Kids Day | What Fun!

Anthony Cepak WKAR

It was great to see so many fans and families at WKAR PBS Kids Day this past Sunday when Daniel Tiger, Martha the Dog and Curious George visited the Capital Area District Library for a free day of activities.

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Making Rough Play Safe
7:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Rough Play, Joyful Chaos

Kittie Butcher and Janet Pletcher

This is another in a series of articles for families from Michigan State University Extension.

Would you like to engage your child in a type of play that supports a broad range of physical development skills, language skills and social skills?  Try giving her a chance for rough play. 

Sometimes called rough-and-tumble play or horseplay, rough play used to be looked down on as the “bad boy” of play for young children.  But, researchers are finding that this type of very physical interaction between children can be very beneficial as well as enjoyable.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

MSU board candidate reacts to Penn saga

MSU trustee candidate Melanie Foster says the Professor Penn saga has nothing to do with politics, but about bullying in classroom.
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Melanie Foster has served on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees on two separate occasions.  Last week, the former business owner announced she wants to serve again.

 

We spoke with Foster about her candidacy and her reaction to the recent removal of MSU professor William Penn.

 

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More kitchen science!
7:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Kitchen Chemistry, Part 2

Carrie Shrier

This is the second in a series of Kitchen Chemistry articles with activities you can do with your child at home.

Plant a Seed

Supplies Required: Beans, paper towel, zippered plastic bag, water

Directions: Place damp paper towel in zippered plastic bag, add beans along the side. Zip shut and tape to a window in a sunny spot. Observe!

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Sunday Sept. 22
10:27 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Free Fun for Families!

Martha, Curious George and Daniel Tiger are coming to town!

WKAR PBS Kids Day | Sunday, Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m. | Capital Area District Library in Downtown Lansing

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Current State #148 | August 29, 2013

Today on Current State: August's biggest's stories in review; Chicago-based "Wavelength" trains Lansing teachers using humor; 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice; Michigan railroads; and a film commentary on End of the World films. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Chicago-based group uses humor to train Lansing teachers

  

For over 30 years, a unique troupe of American performers has taken to stages across America—and around the world—targeting a particular audience.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:51 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Evaluating teacher effectiveness in Michigan

Under the new proposal from Michigan's Council for Educator Effectiveness, teachers' jobs will depend on evaluations and test scores.
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In two weeks, Michigan legislators will begin hearings on how to improve teacher evaluations in the state.  They’ll consider a new plan submitted recently by the Michigan Council on Educator Effectiveness.  That's an independent body created by Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature two years ago after the passage of teacher tenure reform in Michigan.

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Science Fun for Young Children
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Kitchen Chemistry, Part 1

Carrie Shrier

This is the first in a series of articles on kitchen activities for kids.

The easiest way to introduce science concepts to children is to answer their questions with “let’s find out” instead of giving them the information they are seeking. Children are naturally curious, with lots of questions about what is happening in the world around them.

Most home kitchens hold the tools to dozens of fun experiments to expand the imagination of the children in your life. Here are three fun experiments to try at home!

Vinegar Volcanoes

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Families
10:13 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Purpose of Play

Carrie Shrier, MSU Extension

Childhood educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is a child’s work,” basing her entire philosophy about preschool education and caring for children around this concept.

In today’s world of full-day Kindergarten, and increased academic expectations for children, parents may wonder, is play still as relevant and important as it once was?

The Case for Play

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Tips for Families Dealing with Grief
4:35 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Helping Children through Grief and Loss

During times of grief and loss it is hard to understand what feelings and thoughts children may experience.  If the loss is significant it may be hard for adults to focus specifically on children because they are trying to cope with their own emotions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Support growing for strengthening preschool education

Governor Snyder says the investment should reduce by half the number of preschoolers from low-income families waiting to get into Michigan’s “Great Start Readiness Program.”
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Governor Rick Snyder recently excited bipartisan backers of stronger early childhood education with his approval of a new state budget.  The budget seeks to increase early childhood funding for next year by $65 million.

Tanya Wright, assistant professor of education at Michigan State University and Kelly Mix, an MSU early childhood learning specialist, discuss what's needed to educate young children in the state.

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It's Math!
1:51 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Matching and Sorting!

Children learn at a WKAR Ready To Learn Workshop.

Adults “match and sort” every time we do laundry. Children start learning this process during infancy, when they begin to notice which sounds they make bring an adult running to them (sounds that aren’t so effective).

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Why Play Matters
11:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

The Purpose of Play

Childhood educator Maria Montessori said, “Play is a child’s work,” basing her entire philosophy about preschool education and caring for children around this concept.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Closing enrollment gap in AP and IB classes a good short-term fix, research shows

AP and IB classes introduce college-level content to high school students.
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Last week, Bridge Magazine highlighted a study conducted by The Education Trust, a Washington D.C.-based education research and policy group, showing Michigan had one of the worst rates in the country for enrollment in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes among low income and minority students. Enrollment in these higher level classes during high school greatly increases a student’s chances for success in college.

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