Education http://tpr.org en iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band http://tpr.org/post/ipads-allow-kids-challenges-play-high-schools-band There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.<p>In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 33198 at http://tpr.org iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors http://tpr.org/post/after-decades-university-and-latinos-will-shut-its-doors The National Hispanic University was created more than 30 years ago to educate first-generation college students from Latino backgrounds. Next year, the only school of its kind west of the Mississippi will close its doors.<p>NHU sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in California's Silicon Valley. All the classrooms and faculty offices fit in one modern three-story building in the heart of a working-class Latino neighborhood. Mon, 05 May 2014 16:43:35 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 31181 at http://tpr.org After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions http://tpr.org/post/when-money-trumps-need-college-admissions At some schools, the admissions process itself can work against low-income students, according to Georgia Nugent, former president of Kenyon College and a senior fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges.<p>Nugent says during her tenure at Kenyon, there were low-income students at the bottom of the admissions list who sometimes weren't accepted so the school could make room for more affluent students.<p>"Approximately 90 percent of the class, we really did try to meet their full financial need," she says. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 NPR Staff 30569 at http://tpr.org When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa http://tpr.org/post/whos-getting-preschool-right-researchers-point-tulsa Many educators say quality early childhood education programs give young children a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.<p>But what does a high-quality preschool program look like? Early childhood education researchers point to Tulsa, Okla., as a school system that gets it right. NPR's education team went to Tulsa to find out what help sets the city's preschool program apart. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/304563233/what-exactly-is-high-quality-preschool">You can read more about what they found — and visit a Tulsa preschool classroom, here</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 30473 at http://tpr.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa Texas Education Agency Considers Adding Class On Mexican-Americans http://tpr.org/post/texas-education-agency-considers-adding-class-mexican-americans The Texas Board of Education heard testimony this afternoon about a proposed Mexican-American studies elective high school class that could be offered state wide.<p><a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/08/texas-proposed-mexican-american-studies-high-school-course-rekindles-past/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fnational+%28Internal+-+US+Latest+-+Text%29">As the AP reports</a>, proponents of the of the program say it will offer students a deeper understanding of the state's history. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:23:43 +0000 Eyder Peralta 29728 at http://tpr.org Texas Education Agency Considers Adding Class On Mexican-Americans For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language http://tpr.org/post/latino-parents-bilingual-classrooms-arent-just-about-language Right now, across the country, parents are in the midst of trying to get their children enrolled in bilingual classrooms for next September.<p>The motivation is usually straightforward. Parents want their kids to learn a foreign language. The thinking is that a second language will bring significant cultural and economic advantages.<p>But for many Latino parents (and others as well) there is something more at play; namely, it can feel like the family language is at stake. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:05:04 +0000 Kelli Korducki 29435 at http://tpr.org For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College http://tpr.org/post/some-common-misconceptions-about-paying-college In reporting on students <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/25/293870089/maze-of-college-costs-and-aid-programs-trap-some-families">navigating the maze</a> of college costs and financial aid, I kept running into misconceptions about paying for a degree. Here are some of the most common ones:<p><strong>Low-income students get most of their college financial aid needs met and rich kids don't have to worry, so it's mainly the middle class that gets squeezed. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:46:43 +0000 Eric Westervelt 28878 at http://tpr.org Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High http://tpr.org/post/how-cost-college-went-affordable-sky-high <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL4PP2kS-fg</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 28448 at http://tpr.org How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High Hispanics Struggle To Graduate: An Issue of School Choice? http://tpr.org/post/hispanics-struggle-graduate-issue-school-choice Angela Barba was the first in her immediate family to graduate from high school. And when the time came for her son Robert to follow in her footsteps, she says, she found herself overwhelmed.<p>"I had no idea how I was going to get him into college," she says.<p>Angela, who had completed a two-year degree herself, says she wanted her son to be the first in the family to complete a four-year program. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:27:18 +0000 Jairo Ramos 27614 at http://tpr.org Hispanics Struggle To Graduate: An Issue of School Choice? The Source: Massive, Intelligent & Free: MOOCs And Education http://tpr.org/post/source-massive-intelligent-free-moocs-and-education <p></p><p>Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe."&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:24:53 +0000 Paul Flahive 27242 at http://tpr.org The Source: Massive, Intelligent & Free: MOOCs And Education