Education

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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.

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Tomorrow, East Lansing voters will decide on a school bond issue to upgrade outdated equipment.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.

Courtesy of Closing the Digital Gap

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
Jim Henson Company

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. 

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.

Current State #11 | January 28, 2013

Jan 28, 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. 

Current State #7 | January 22, 2013

Jan 22, 2013
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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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Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for education policy in a report released Monday by a controversial national advocacy group. 

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

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.

WKAR and Willow Elementary Host Family Fun Workshop

Nov 19, 2012

WKAR and Willow Elementary School in Lansing will host a Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Tuesday, November 27. Registration and light supper will be from 6-6:20 p.m. The program will follow at 6:20 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m.

Raising Readers workshops offer parents the opportunity to have fun with their children while learning new ways to build reading skills. Workshops are targeted to families and children 4-6 years, but siblings are welcome to attend also.

Ready To Learn Receives GM Grant

Oct 28, 2012

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service was presented with a $5,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation with the help of GM Lansing Plants.

The gift was accepted by Deb Dunham of WKAR from Greg Pratt, assistant plant manager and Bill Reed, UAW Local 602 president at General Motors’ Delta Township Assembly Plant.

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University of Phoenix plans to close eight of its 10 Michigan locations as part of a broader effort to phase out some of its campuses and learning centers.

Wild Kratts Offers New Online Content

Oct 16, 2012

PBS KIDS series Wild Kratts will feature new science-focused episodes and online content this month. The popular series will feature new episodes this week, followed by four more premieres during “Weird Kratts Week,” October 22-26, and a new spidery Halloween episode on October 31. Wild Kratts airs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.

Nov. 8 | Raising Readers Workshop

Oct 15, 2012

WKAR hosts a Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Thursday, November 8, at Sycamore Elementary in Holt.

Families will learn new ways to build children's reading skills while interacting with their child. Although the workshop is targeted to families and children 4-6 years old, siblings are welcome to attend also. Each child will receive a free book to take home.

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Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan and the rest of the country lost sight of the value of vocational training as young people were encouraged to get four-year college degrees.

Courtesy / Michigan House Democrats

Several key Lansing-area Democrats say almost a billion dollars in state education funding should be restored to Michigan schools.

Tens of thousands of Michigan State University students are a few days into the new academic year.  

At the university's engineering school, administrators contend with one of MSU's highest transfer and dropout rates.  But they're hoping a program that combines class work with non-curricular activities will help more students stick with the major.

Mark Bashore / WKAR

Tens of thousands of school teachers are preparing to make their way back to Michigan classrooms. A growing number of them are adding something new to their skill sets. Advocates of “formative assessment” say it’s important to continually track whether students are learning material—not just at test time.

Mark Bashore / WKAR

Lansing Public School students return to class on September 4 and many will be looking at significant changes.  A system-wide reorganization plan alters how students are grouped together in an effort to boost academic performance in the face of low test scores and declining enrollment.

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Michigan will change how it grades schools and teachers when students return to classrooms this fall. The state Department of Education has a waiver from federal rules that will let Michigan try some new things.

'Peep' Visits Lansing JazzFest!

Jul 30, 2012

WKAR heads to Lansing JazzFest on August 3-4 in Lansing's Old Town.  "Peep," the enchanting title character of the children's series Peep and the Big Wide World, will be on hand to greet the kids near the Kidz Beat tent and the MICA stage.

"Peep" will appear on Friday, August 3 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 4, "Peep" will appear from 2-5 p.m.

Look for our Street Team and have them take your child's photo with Peep! We'll be posting them on our WKAR Facebook page!

Susi's Station Notes: Free Educational Offer!

Jul 18, 2012

One of the programming services we take great pride in sharing with you at WKAR is our educational programming. Our children's shows teach so many things — science and math concepts, life skills like sharing and cooperating and literacy skills.
 
I have two kids of my own and I know that our children's programming is not only educational, but it's lots of fun, too. Kids learn best when they are having fun and our programs do exactly that — teach valuable lessons in a delightful way.
 

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The state’s education chief says money for early childhood education and community colleges needs to be part of fixing Michigan’s school funding system.

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Today marks the 150th anniversary of a landmark law that revolutionized American education.  As WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports, the Morrill Act traces its roots to mid-Michigan.

I have two kids – they’re 8 and 11, and like every kid, they want to watch TV. You’d think, given that both my husband and I have spent our careers in television, that this would be fine with us, but that’s not always the case.

Courtesy Davenport University

Davenport University is announcing plans to create a new campus in downtown Lansing.  The private non-profit school will renovate a nine-story building on Grand Avenue.

Davenport University will remodel the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building in Lansing to accommodate up to two thousand students.  The new space will house a number of medical and IT programs and will include hi-tech classrooms and labs. 

President Richard Pappas says the location is ideal for its plans to be part of a downtown educational corridor.

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