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Finding Solutions: Arts Education

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

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

World | Education

Global Girls' Education: Breaking Down Barriers

It used to be that, in many parts of the world, educating a girl was not only a low priority but was prevented by social customs or economic pressures. Now, in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, India and war-torn areas such as Syria, girls are beginning to get a secondary school, and sometimes even, a college education. Tonight on America Abroad we look at places in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia to see how girls are making progress. Join us for this episode of America Abroad Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 9pm on OPB.

News | Nation | Think Out Loud

Life In A Town For Sale | Education Goals In The Legislature | Oregon Dept. Of Energy

A small town in Southern Oregon is for sale. What are the legislature's statewide education goals? The state Department of Energy is being overhauled.

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What Can Montessori Teach Public Education?

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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Higher Education Update

The 2011 legislative session is scheduled to wrap on June 30, if not sooner. Before it does, we're looking at the bills affecting higher education that are still on the table. Two bills affecting higher education funding and a new decision-making body are moving through the legislature. The state higher education operating budget is expected to pass without surprises. Static between University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education came to light in a pared down renewal contract for Lariviere. The board will present him a contract that conditionally extends his position for just one year.

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Restructuring Higher Education

Oregon's public universities want to change their relationship with the state and they're hoping the legislature can make it happen in the 2011 session. Presidents of the seven public universities and the state board of education agreed earlier this year that an overhaul should give the schools the power to make key decisions like setting tuition, negotiating benefits for faculty members and allocating funds for capital expenditures. Portland State University president Wim Wiewel has written in favor of these changes, arguing that if the state relinquishes control over the Oregon University System, the schools will be more financially sound. Chair of the Oregon Senate education committee Mark Haas announced with his appointment that he's prioritizing higher ed reform for this legislative session. He co-chaired a task force that came up with a series of ideas to offer public universities "more authority and independence to manage affairs, operations and obligations," according to one bill summary.

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What's Working (and not) in Education

In the last few years, a number of Oregon educators have been recognized on the national stage, including a principal, a superintendent and a teacher. Cathy Carnahan is the principal at Duniway Middle School in McMinnville. She'll be receiving her Middle School Principal of the Year award this week in Washington D.C. Carnahan is credited with focusing on teacher development, helping struggling students improve and boosting overall student attendance and achievement during her time at the school. The last Oregon middle school principal to win the award was Patti Kinney, who was principal at Talent Middle School in southern Oregon when she was recognized in 2003. Krista Parent is the superintendent of the South Lane District in Oregon. In nominating her for the 2007 Superintendent of the Year award, University of Oregon professor Gerald Tindal hailed her as "an instructional leader of the highest caliber." The award also recognized her role in improving math, reading and writing among students in her district. She says she fought hard to avoid being just an administrator, and to stay connected to students and teachers. That, she says, is what the job is all about.

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Bilingual Education

University of Oregon professor Hector Tobar tells us about the role of bilingualism in public education.

News | Education | Teachers

Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap

When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What’s going on? Most people point to failures in the nation’s K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.

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Oregon Gets C-Minus In Education Report

A report evaluating state education practices across the nation gave Oregon a C-minus.

News | Education | Nation

5 Education Stories To Watch In 2017

The election of Donald Trump has changed the landscape for K-12 and higher education. In his annual New Year's predictions, NPR's Claudio Sanchez tells us what he thinks it all means.

World | Arts | Music

A Jazz Pianist Considers Fidel Castro's Music Education Legacy

Harold Lopez-Nussa was trained in the formidable classical music education system set up in Cuba after the revolution. He's among the first of his class to get a deal with a U.S. record label.

Is Education Tied To Conspiracy Theory Belief?

Not all conspiracy theories are harmful, though many have negative effects, says Tania Lombrozo. New research suggests education's consequences can disrupt the processes that draw people to them.

Succeeding In Higher Education

Hispanics rank very low in terms of college enrollment and graduation. Experts discuss the problem.

In Texas, Easing Immigrant Fears Through Education

Recent arrests of undocumented immigrants by federal agents in Austin have raised concerns in many immigrant communities.

American Tech And Education, Behind Trump's Wall

American higher-ed and high tech are looking with dismay at President Trump's view of borders and the world. We'll listen.

Education | Nation

Education Budget Cuts, Student Aid Problems And More

Trump's proposed 13 percent budget cut is the top education story of the week. Also: What's happening with student aid.

News | Education | Nation

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

In a case involving a Colorado school district, the high court finds that schools must ensure students make more than minimal progress.

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