Education

Betsy DeVos photo
Courtesy photo / Betsy DeVos

The confirmation hearing for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has been delayed until next week. But, she’s already working to win support for her nomination and her ideas on school reform.

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WKAR File Photo

We’re celebrating an anniversary here at WKAR and we’re giving you the birthday gift.

 

WKAR-TV turns 63 years old this weekend.  And on Monday, January 16, we’re launching a new project:  “WKAR-PBS Kids 24/7.”


Yvonne Camaal Canul at WKAR radio studio
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

After cutting back on arts programming, Lansing Schools have re-added certified music educators to elementary classrooms.  

District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul says she hopes to put art specialists back into elementary schools soon.

 

A hand writing on a chalkboard.
Denis Labrecque / Flickr Creative Commons

Michigan is experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers.


Two female students smiling at a Flint school event
Courtesy / MSU College of Education

How can you create positive, lasting transformation in a school district? One way is to offer support to its principals.

This has been a key strategy in the ongoing partnership between Michigan State University and Flint Community Schools. The partnership now heads into its second year with a renewal of a 2.1 million dollar grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.


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Courtesy photo / American Heart Association

English and math are graduation requirements. Soon, CPR may be added to that list for students attending Michigan public schools. We speak to a doctor about how many lives this potential requirement could save.


Brigadier General Michael Stone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A unique program in Michigan seeks to teach high school students the techniques of “ethical hacking” to protect online information. We talk with the director of cybersecurity for Pinckney Community Schools, as well as the chief of cybersecurity for the Michigan Army National Guard.


$10m gift to MSU will fuel genetics effort

Dec 12, 2016
Erik Goodman and Wolfgang Banzhaf photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State’s College of Engineering has received its largest individual gift ever, for over $10 million. We learn about the work in genetics the money will be used for and about its extraordinary donor.


Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews and Dr. Terah Venzant Chambers photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

School administrators in DeWitt are moving forward with measures to nurture ethnic toleration and respect following harassment incidents last month after the Presidential election. We hear the perspectives of two MSU faculty members who study race and ethnicity in education.


Betsy DeVos photo
Courtesy photo / Betsy DeVos

President-elect Donald Trump nominated Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. We talk with Rebecca Jacobsen of MSU’s Education Policy Center and Gary Naeyaert of the Great Lakes Education Project about what public education might look like if DeVos is confirmed.


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GO-GIRL is a Wayne State University program designed to help girls build confidence and careers in the STEM fields. The deadline to register for the special program is this week. Current State's Brooke Allen talks with founder Sally K. Roberts.


Michelle Obama with Perfect Fourth String Quartet photo
WhiteHouse.gov

The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which teaches underprivileged youths, recently sent four students to perform at the White House for Michelle Obama. We speak to their director about that performance opportunity of a lifetime.


Dan Kelly photo
Courtesy photo

Meet MSU’s incoming member of the Board of Trustees. Republican Dan Kelly of Clarkston won election last week.


Teacher, students reclaim abandoned MI cemetery

Oct 21, 2016
Cemetery class photo
Darrin Silvester

We talk with a high school teacher whose classes have been exploring an abandoned cemetery for more than a decade.


Manufacturing Day photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Friday is National Manufacturing Day. Current State looks at the events going on in the Lansing area.


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