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Outdoor School At Camp Tadmor: Educators, Volunteers And Kids On Why They Keep Coming Back

May 27, 2016 7:06 p.m.

To the teachers and kids at Harrison Elementary, in Cottage Grove, taking a four-day outdoor school each spring means a year of fundraising, preparation and excited expectation. We went to Camp Tadmor, in Lebanon, and asked why they keep coming back every year.

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Bringing Refugees To Oregon | Soviet Diaspora: Education | Talking Business

June 8, 2016 3:42 p.m.

We'll talk to two faith leaders from Eugene who are working to bring refugees to Oregon. We'll continue our series on this state's Soviet diaspora with a conversation about education. And we'll catch up on the latest regional business news.

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Rethinking Elite Higher Education

Aug. 12, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Portland writer William Deresiewicz argues in his new book, "Excellent Sheep," that America's system of elite colleges is bad for students — and society.

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Professor Yong Zhao On How To Educate Globally Competitive Students

Oct. 1, 2013 7:30 p.m.

We'll talk with University of Oregon education professor, Yong Zhao, about how schools could be educating students to be creative and innovative thinkers.

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Nancy Golden Talks About How To Improve Education In Oregon

Oct. 9, 2013 7:06 p.m.

We talk with Nancy Golden, Oregon's new Chief Education Officer, following Rudy Crew's departure.

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What Can Montessori Teach Public Education?

Aug. 2, 2013 7:35 p.m.

Portland is hosting the 2013 International Montessori Congress this weekend. The Congress is held every four years, but this is the first time in over four decades that it's been held in an American city. Some argue that the Montessori philosophy is incompatible with the way America has structured its public education system, but a handful of schools are trying to make it work. One of the major differences between public education and Montessori schools is Montessori schools don't grade and tend to downplay, or totally avoid, standardized testing. These differences, along with a pressure to conform to state standards can be a point of friction for Montessori schools trying to operate in public districts. But the schools also focus on character education, which is something critics of the American education system point out as a blindspot in how we educate our kids. That approach has led some public districts across the country to try to adopt Montessori systems in their schools.

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Oregon Tech Education

Nov. 18, 2013 8:40 p.m.

A recent survey of Oregon technology industry executives indicates a growing concern over the quality of tech education at the state's universities.

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An Educated State

May 26, 2009 4 p.m.

Eighty-seven percent of Oregonians over the age of 25 have a high school diploma, and only 27 percent of us have graduated from college. For years, educational leaders have pondered ways to grow those percentages, and in 2008, the Post Secondary Quality Education Commission laid the ground work (pdf) for a more educated Oregon with their 40/40/20 goal -- that's 40 percent of Oregonians with a bachelors degree, 40 percent with an associates degree or trade school, and 20 percent with only a high school diploma by the year 2025.

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Finding Solutions: Arts Education

May 28, 2010 4 p.m.

The next in our Finding Solutions series explores arts in education. Watch the Oregon Art Beat special "Teaching Creativity: Is Art the Answer?" on OPB TV Thursday May 27th at 8 pm, or check out the video and a collection of art resources here on the web anytime. Then continue the conversation with Think Out Loud. Public schools in Oregon — and the rest of the nation — have been dealing with shrinking budgets and the simultaneous burden of focusing on government-mandated testing. Many schools have had little choice over time but to cut back or eliminate classes in visual art, music, theatre and dance. Arts education advocates say art is not just extra budget fat, but an integral part of the human experience that helps kids' brains develop, stimulates critical thinking and can be an effective way to help students engage with academic subjects as well. We'll hear about different approaches to getting K-12 students access to arts, and we'd also like to hear your experience.

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TOL Hosts Special Event on Higher Education

Jan. 8, 2009 8 a.m.

What does the future hold for Oregon's public university system?

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