How ‘personalized learning’ can put college in reach for nontraditional students

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A program in Arizona supports nontraditional students who want to pursue degrees at their own speed. Much like a Netflix subscription, the new program lets students pay a flat fee for a personalized curriculum that works within their schedules. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how Northern Arizona University is putting bachelor's degrees within reach for many.

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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

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Student Kalei Kipp in Cedar Crest High School’s welding program in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, during the 2016-2017 school year. Three percent of welders in the U.S. are women. Photo from PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs series “Outside the Box.”

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Houston School Superintendent Says A Lot Of Work Ahead To Open Schools

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This week was supposed to be the start of a brand-new school year for the 200,000, or so, students in the Houston Independent School District. Instead, kids, teachers and staff are dealing with the fallout from Harvey's record-breaking rainfall and devastating floods.

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Can students return a billion oysters to a New York harbor?

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Oysters were once abundant in New York City, but decades of over-harvesting and pollution led to their near-extinction there. Now, an education initiative called the Billion Oyster Project teaches public school students how to help bring them back to the city’s harbor, with the goal of restoring a billion oysters by 2035. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano has more.

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Resources For Educators To Use In The Wake Of Charlottesville

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How should educators confront bigotry, racism and white supremacy? The incidentsin Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend pushed that question from history to current events.

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This Baltimore school helps girls step up for college

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"Step," a new documentary, follows students from the Baltimore Leadership School for Girls, an institution with the primary goal of 100 percent college acceptance. But that's not their only success. Girls at the school channel their strengths into practicing step, an artform that combines movement, percussion and more. Members of the school explain what the program has meant to them

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New Alliance Report Uncovers Gaps in Access to College- and Career-Ready Diplomas

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WASHINGTON, DC—Of the nearly 100 different types of high school diplomas that are awarded across all fifty states and the District of Columbia, less than half prepare students for success in college and a career, according to a new report released today by the Alliance for Excellent Education

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A Security Guard, a Flyer, and a Second Chance

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Greater Miami Service Corps connects out-of-school youth to education, employment, and a chance to improve their community. This story is part of a series on the innovative ways that 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund community partners, supported by America’s Promise Alliance and the Citi Foundation, are placing low-income young adults on a path to career success.

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Kids Struggling With Addiction Need School, Too, But There Are Few Options

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When young people struggle through addiction or substance abuse, there's also the question of school. Getting behind academically can be detrimental to learning and future success, but traditional school can be tough for kids whose peer groups use drugs or alcohol and where treatment resources can be limited.

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A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According To Science

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​"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?" When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with plenty of encouragement.

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An Investment in Students is an Investment in Communities: Community Leader Spotlight with Nancy Leopold

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Turning dreams of college into reality is the foundation of CollegeTracks’ work, a nonprofit organization that helps students manage the challenges of the college experience so they persist, graduate, and find a path that allows them to achieve independence, support families, and give back to the community.

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Schools are Watching Students’ Social Media, Raising Questions about Free Speech

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As universities have started paying close attention to the internet presence of prospective students, high schools have also begun cracking down, sometimes hiring outside companies to police social media posts for bullying or abusive language. But monitoring raises other problems, and civil rights groups are paying attention. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Educat

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How Media Literacy can Help Students Discern Fake News

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JUDY WOODRUFF: Helping children distinguish between false information and fact-based news, it’s a distinction increasingly a problem for adults. In Washington state, educators and media literacy advocates have joined together wi

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Bodybuilding Builds Pride and Confidence for this Local Teen with Down Syndrome

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We travel to Norfolk, Virginia, to meet Jonathan Atkins, a 19-year-old bodybuilder with down syndrome who competed in the 2017 Body Sculpting Open. The story was produced by Student Reporting Lab at Granby High School.

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AP Test-Takers' Tweets May Not Give Away Answers, But They Raise Questions

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No one likes to take tests. Sitting down to take a standardized test on a beautiful Saturday morning would not, almost certainly, be categorized as a fun weekend activity. Yet, it's a requirement many of us face at one point in life. So we sharpen our No. 2 pencils and get to work.

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