Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology

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Imagine a college course that requires students to give up computer and cell-phone technology for a month — and, in fact, to cease speaking entirely for that period.

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Baby's Got Mail: Free Books Boost Early Literacy

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"A busybody." That's how Raven Judd describes her 10-month-old daughter Bailey. "She loves tummy time. She likes to roll over. She'd dive if you let her," says the 27-year-old mother from Washington, D.C. There is one thing, though, that will get her baby girl to stop what she's doing: when her mother reads her favorite book, the aptly named My Busy Book.

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These Colorado preschoolers learn hands-on farming to prevent childhood obesity

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As childhood obesity soars among low-income communities with limited access to fresh produce, some educators in Colorado are combating the problem by joining the farm-to-preschool movement. Now these preschoolers are learning their ABCs while picking veggies from the school garden and preparing healthy meals. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.

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What works to educate kids about the dangers of opioid use?

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PBS NewsHour held a Facebook Live interview on Oct. 11, 2017 to discuss opioid education in schools with guests Capt. Jennifer Fan, policy analyst with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Brian Griffith, curriculum supervisor for secondary health and physical education with Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland

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At an innovative high school, students get support battling their addictions while they learn

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Drug use among teenagers in the U.S. is down, but the mortality rate is rising. As part of our series “America Addicted,” the NewsHour’s Pamela Kirkland visited one so-called recovery school in Indianapolis that is giving new hope to students battling addiction.

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Column: Why we shouldn’t push students to specialize in STEM too early

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Then they take a few classes, join some clubs, look around – and some will realize this is not what they expected and may not be what they want. They’re at a loss. Suddenly, all their preparation to follow a single, narrow path has done them more harm than good.

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Job training and community college put coal miners on a new path

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Coal miners in the heart of Appalachia face unemployment and uncertainty as the expansion of automation and natural gas threatens the industry that’s been an economic bedrock. But a West Virginia nonprofit matches displaced workers to sustainable jobs in agriculture or carpentry while helping them pursue associate degrees. Hari Sreenivasan reports as part of our series, Rethinking College.

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U.S. Schools Brace For An Influx Of Students From Puerto Rico

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Nearly a week after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, students who can't return to school may need to continue their education on the mainland. Some of the largest school districts in Florida, plus major cities like New York City and Chicago, are preparing for the possibility of an influx of students from the island.

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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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