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Radio Made in Michigan
11:11 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Final MEAP scores show mixed results at best

In spring of 2015, Michigan will switch to an online testing system that will have more rigorous standards than the MEAP.
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Last Friday, the state released the results of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, better known as the MEAP. The statewide tests were administered to Michigan students in grades 3-9 last fall for the final time, as the state will move to an online assessment, which is likely to be more aligned with the Common Core standards in the spring of 2015.

Sarah Lenhoff, the director of policy and research for the Education Trust – Midwest, breaks down some of the numbers and outlines how the new test will work. 

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Stage Show and Activities
12:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Literacy Celebration - Everyday Moments are Learning Moments

March 16, 1-3:30pm | Enjoy children's activities, storytelling, and meet your favorite storybook characters: Curious George, Splat the Cat, Library Mouse, Ladybug Girl and Froggy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:15 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Changes at Holt schools stir opposition

Holt High School. Under 'the plan', seniors would move across the street to the current 9th grade campus next academic year.
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In the Holt School District, students, families and other stakeholders have been embroiled in a debate over changes in the district.  Recently, a dispute over a district reinvention plan has intensified.  Opponents of the plan now threaten to replace members of the Holt school board, which approved it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Michigan School Board President: EAA not ready for expansion

John Austin says that the EAA is making headway in some schools, but there has been a host of problems in other schools.
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Michigan’s failing schools will be expanding future turnaround efforts by collaborating with various partners, not just the state’s Education Achievement Authority.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Survey finds Americans' interest in science remains strong

Prof. John Besley says the science community is making sure there are good quality, credible science resources available online.
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Despite all those studies that show America’s education system lagging further behind in the world, it turns out all is not lost when it comes our collective knowledge about science and technology.

A portion of a big national survey released late last week measured the public perceptions of science and technology and compared the data to similar studies around the world.  The results show that while Americans, like much of the rest of the world, still have some basic things to learn, there is a keen interest in the latest scientific and technological discoveries.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Chancellor, House Ed chair defend proposed EAA expansion

Rep. Lisa Postumus-Lyons says the education system status quo is not working, and children are being left behind.
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Michigan legislators could vote this week on a controversial proposal that would expand the state’s Education Achievement Authority.  That’s the state-run district comprised of 15 of the most challenged schools in the state, all in Detroit.

EAA administrators, Gov. Rick Snyder and other supporters say the initiative, now in its second year, is beginning to turn those schools around. They say test scores are rising due to a student-centric teaching model, a longer school year, and grouping students by ability instead of age.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lack of transparency, data drive opposition to EAA expansion

State Representative Brandon Dillon
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In 2011, the state created a school reform district called the Education Achievement Authority, or EAA, to turn around the state’s lowest ranking schools. In its first year in operation during the 2012-13 school year, the EAA took control of 15 priority schools in Detroit. The results have been mixed at best, as the EAA has been plagued with declining enrollment, insufficient funding, and accusations of ineffectiveness and unsafe conditions.

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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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