Author Archives: Yo Ann Martinez

Mind/Shift: 7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

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Katrina Schwartz An infographic can hardly contain enough space to tackle the big, hairy challenges of American education. But the non-profit, Digital Promise, has tried to identify some of the biggest challenges — and ideas for solutions — identified by … Continue reading »

Mind/Shift: To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

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Story by: Luba Vangelova Why haven’t education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Because disaffection with the education system reflects a much deeper societal … Continue reading »

Mind/Shift: Cursive, Print, or Type? The Point is To Keep Writing

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Story: Cory Turner Across the country, many school districts dropped cursive from their curricula years ago. The new Common Core State Standards now being implemented in most states never mention the word “cursive.” Given longhand’s waning popularity, lawmakers in several … Continue reading »

Audio: Perspectives: A Risk Worth Taking

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Story by: Luz Elena Herndandez Listen here. I needed a job after high school to help my family and to be able to pay for college. I opened my computer to fill out job applications and questionnaires from Safeway, Old … Continue reading »

Mind Shift: What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

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Story: Annie Murphy Paul Photo: Marco Nedermeijer In an NPR story earlier this week, Tovia Smith reported on the growing number of schools that are trying to instill “grit”— perseverance in the face of adversity — in their students. Smith … Continue reading »

KQED News Fix: From Fields to Code, College Program Helps Farmworkers Make the Leap

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Story: Ana Tintocalis Photo and Video: Jeremy Raff Rogelio Mendoza mows the front lawn outside his family’s modest home in Salinas. It’s a warm weekday evening, and his wife, Norma, is cooking dinner for their three boys. “Carne, beans and … Continue reading »

Mind Shift: Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

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Story: Katrina Schwartz Photo: DFAT Photo Library Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged — whether because of their … Continue reading »

Mind Shift: What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

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Story by Katrina Schwartz Photo by Erin Scott Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations … Continue reading »

NPR: What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7

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Story by Claudio Sanchez Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science, even though Finnish children don’t start school until age 7. Despite the late start, the vast majority arrive with solid reading … Continue reading »

Mind Shift: Why It’s Important to Talk Math With Kids

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Story by Annie Murphy Paul Do you speak math with your kids? Many of us feel completely comfortable talking about letters, words and sentences with our children—reading to them at night, helping them decode their own books, noting messages on … Continue reading »