Education

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WKAR celebrated International Migratory Bird Day at Potter Park Zoo on Saturday, June 2, as part of the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Town event.

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A coalition of business leaders says Michigan’s economic future depends on preschool accessibility for children at risk.

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More online charter schools will be allowed in Michigan under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Some state lawmakers want to give returning veterans a break on tuition at public universities and community colleges if they settle in Michigan.

WKAR-TV will begin airing episodes of "LRN 101," Saturdays at 11 a.m. on WKAR-TV, beginning May 12. The new series highlights the varied educational resources available throughout the Greater Lansing region. "LRN 101" is produced in Lansing as part of the Keep Learning initiative, a non-profit organization committed to promoting education in mid-Michigan.

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Milennials. Digital natives. Generation Z.  Many terms describe the young adults who’ve grown up with technology.  They carry pocket devices that contain more computational power than was used to put a man on the moon.  From kindergarten through college, educators are re-tooling their classes to prepare students for a quickly evolving media world.

Michigan State University is no exception.  All semester, five student teams have been competing to design a multimedia campaign that explains the university’s new communications strategy, the “Media Sandbox.”  On Saturday,  one of those teams will be announced the winner.

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Michigan State University often boasts of its status as America’s “pioneer land grant university.”  In 1855, MSU was chartered under state law as an agricultural college.  The deal included 14,000 acres of state owned land.  Seven years later, the Morrill Act granted federally-owned land to the states to build new universities. 

The act marked a major shift in American education.  Up till then, colleges mainly emphasized the liberal arts.  Land grant universities still taught the classics, but also included agriculture, science and engineering. 

A Michigan State University researcher says improving the writing skills of America's K-12 students may be harder than anticipated.

Tougher graduation requirements for Michigan's high school class of 2011 did not result in a sharp rise in the number of dropouts.

"Picturing America" Conference for Teachers

Apr 6, 2012

The Lansing School District and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to invite area teachers to apply for participation in a NEH Picturing America Conference entitled “Mid-Michigan’s Legacy as the Arsenal of Democracy” in May, 2012.    

Facilitated by the Lansing School District, this second conference (the first identical conference in March was fully enrolled) will be hosted by WKAR at the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University, May 10 through May 12, 2012.

WKAR Sponsors “Raising Readers” Workshop

Apr 2, 2012

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free “Raising Readers” Family Fun Workshops on Thursday, April 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will take place at Cumberland Elementary School, 2801 Cumberland Road, Lansing.

The workshop is targeted to families and children ages 4-6, although siblings are welcome to attend. Participants will learn activities that are fun but also offer a new way to build reading skills.

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free “Raising Readers” Family Fun Workshops on Thursday, March 29, 6-7:30 p.m. The event will take place at North Elementary School, 333 E. Miller Rd., Lansing.

The workshop is targeted to families and children ages 4-6, although siblings are welcome to attend. Participants will learn activities that are fun but also offer a new way to build reading skills.

Curious George Dance Contest!

Mar 6, 2012

Calling all parents! Does your child love Curious George? Do they love to dance? Have them show off their best monkey moves and exercise their creativity in the first‐ever Curious George Dance Contest!

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After months of intense debate, voters in East Lansing have turned down a $53 million school bond proposal. 

Storybook characters, performers, authors and storytelling are combined in a way to help kids learn to love reading at a free special event on Sunday, March 18, from 1-4 p.m. The event will take place at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m., at Gier Park Elementary School in Lansing.

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host the third in a series of free Raising Readers Family Fun Workshops on Thursday, March 22, 6-7:30 p.m. The event takes place at Sycamore Elementary School, 4429 Sycamore, Holt.

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State Senator Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing has a plan that she says would make Michigan’s young people the best educated in the world.  She says her “Michigan 2020” proposal would send every high school graduate in Michigan on to college without raising taxes.  

To fund the initiative, her proposed bill would eliminate at least $1.8 billion in what she labels “special interest kickbacks.”   WKAR’s Mark Bashore asked her to cite some examples of the “tax breaks and loopholes” that would pay for the plan.

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