Education

Radio Made in Michigan
2:22 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Michigan developing new model for teaching evaluation

The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness is a independent commission made up of education experts.
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Michigan educators and administrators will soon learn more about how their job performances may be evaluated in the future.

Next month, the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) will announce recommendations toward developing a model for “fair and effective” teacher evaluation.

Republican State Senator Phil Pavlov, Chairman of the Senate Education committee and Amber Arellano, Executive Director of the Education Trust Midwest, discuss the commission’s work.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:39 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Rally urges lawmakers to increase funding for early childhood education

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A few thousand supporters of early childhood education are gathering at the State Capitol today.  

Participants in the annual "Star Power" rally will encourage state lawmakers to approve a proposed $130 million increase to the state budget for families-in-need who want to participate in Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program. Currently, the program can afford assistance for only about half of those eligible statewide.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Lansing charter school faces possible closure

Administrators, staff and students of one of Lansing’s newest charter schools got some bad news yesterday.  The Learn, Live, Lead Academy, launched by local banking executive and former Lansing Community College President Paula Cunningham, was told its contract was being revoked.  “L3,” as it’s called,  is nearing the end of its first year of operations.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Researchers defend the value of art and PE in school

Professor Mitch Robinson said he prefers using the acronym STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and math, over just STEM.
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  Recently, the Lansing school district announced that it will cut as many as 87 teachers in an effort to address the district’s budget deficit. Many of the teachers expected to be laid off are certified to teach art, music and physical education to elementary school students. The district says it's not eliminating its arts and physical education programs, but “redesigning” them, using existing teachers and outside programming as  a substitute.

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11:45 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Kids Club Members: Swing into Spring with Curious George

Swing into Spring with Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat.

Kids' Club Member Event! April 19, Fenner Nature Center

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Families
8:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Choosing a Quality Preschool Program for Your Child

Carrie Shrier

This is the fourth in a series of articles on family and education-related issues written by MSU Extension. Today we hear from Carrie Shrier.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Rwandan artist working to build creative economy

Emmanuel Nkuranga's Rwanda based project is called 'Art with a Mission.' While at MSU he'll be visiting classes in The College of Education, the Residential College, and Peace and Justice Studies.

Rwandan based artist Emmanuel Nkuranga moved to Rwanda from Uganda in 1997 at the age of 10. Although he moved after the 1994 genocide, Rwanda was and is a country in transition. Emmanuel’s mission is to help Rwanda continue to heal and grow through art. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:58 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Lansing teachers' union on new contract

Patti Seidl is President of the Lansing Schools Education Association.
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Last Thursday, the Lansing School District and the city teachers’ union reached a new five-year contract agreement.  The deal cuts 87 full-time equivalent positions in art, music and physical education classes.  On Friday we spoke with school board president Guillermo Lopez.  He assured us that those particular curricula would continue in Lansing schools, but that the method of providing that instruction is going to be restructured.  After Mr. Lopez’s interview aired, Current State’s Kevin Lavery caught up with Patti Seidl, the president of the Lansing Schools Education Association, to hear the union’s perspective on the deal.  

Radio Made in Michigan
6:16 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Current State #50 | March 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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WKAR Blog
10:26 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Families!

Denise Walker is WKAR's Teacher Core representative

You may have noticed the new "Family" tab on our web page. We are looking to increase the content we have here on WKAR that is related to families and education.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

State Representative Sam Singh on latest issues before state government

State Representative Sam Singh with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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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.

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Family Fun
11:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Literacy Coalition Event Draws Fans

WKAR's Beany Tomber meets a family at the Ready To Learn booth.
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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!"

Families
4:55 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

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

STEM skills are emphasized on "The Cat in the Hat"

“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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Radio Made in Michigan
6:43 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Current State #40 | March 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. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:26 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

A debate on the merits of 'Common Core' education

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.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Current State #38 | March 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. 

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With Curious George and Clifford
8:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Mar. 17 | Storybook Characters & Performances -- All Free!

Curious George

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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Family Tips
8:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Resources for Michigan's Military Families from Sesame Street and More

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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.

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Education
1:45 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan universities see shift in enrollment trends

Student enrollment at Michigan's public universities like Michigan State has dramatically increased among international and out-of-state students.
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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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Education
1:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

East Lansing schools seek upgrade in technology

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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.

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Education
11:50 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Closing the Digital Gap

Instructors like Sharon Courtland at Closing the Digital Gap help Lansing area residents improve their computer skills.
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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.

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Families
1:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Responsive Parenting: Building a Healthy Relationship in their Early Year

Daniel Tiger and his Mom
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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.

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Families
12:47 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

My Messy Child is a Scientist!

Sid the Science Kid -- always experimenting!
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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. 

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Education
5:35 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing RIF

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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Radio Made in Michigan
4:46 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Current State #11 | January 28, 2013

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the Current State studio on Jan. 25, 2013.
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Today on Current State: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on the state of the city, a breakdown of the Center for Michigan's education report, and farewell tributes to WKAR's Earle Robinson and Lansing City Council gadfly John Pollard. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Current State #7 | January 22, 2013

Last December, Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 520, which empowers the state's Natural Resources Commission to institute a wolf hunting season.
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On today's Current State: A report card for Michigan charter schools, wolf hunting, the Detroit auto show, MSU hockey and the secrets to a happy marriage.

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

National Advocacy Group Ranks Michigan 6th In Nation For Education Policy

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Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for education policy in a report released Monday by a controversial national advocacy group. 

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

State Lawmakers Committed To Passing Education Reforms By End Of The Year

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Republican state lawmakers are not backing down from plans to pass major changes in education by the end of the year. 

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

State Lawmakers Gearing Up For Battle Over Education In Lame Duck

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A battle over some proposed big changes in how Michigan handles education is brewing in the state Legislature. 

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Home for the Holidays!
4:14 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

For Kids: Top Holiday Gifts are Downloadable This Year!

New apps for kids are Super Duper!

In its annual holiday survey of parents of 2 to 10-year-olds, PBS KIDS found that the leading trend in gifts for kids this year will be downloadable such as apps, games, e-books and digital music. Fifty-eight percent  of parents reported that they will “most likely” or “definitely” be purchasing downloadable gifts this season. Of these parents, more than half (55 percent) plan to spend more or the same as last year on downloads.

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