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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lessons on Getting Adolescents Excited About Reading

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In conjunction with WNYC’s Being 12 series, celebrated children’s book author Jon Scieszka will talk about getting adolescents to read, and the appeal of writing for this age group.

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The Takeaway

The Changing Definition of a Dictionary

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More than 50 years after it was published, Webster's dictionary is getting a major update. It will no longer be a reference book. Instead, its database will live entirely online.

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The Takeaway

The 30 Million-Word Gap Between Rich and Poor Children

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A marked disparity in the vocabularies of children of low-income and high-income parents has been shown to have lasting effects throughout their lives.

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Specials

Yesterday's Dropouts

Friday, August 15, 2014

Approximately 30 million adults in the U.S. are at the low-end of the literacy spectrum. They struggle to read a menu, a pay stub or a bus schedule, and find it challenging to do the most basic math. And for millions of adults, there’s the added challenge of not being able to speak English. In this special from WAMU's Breaking Ground series, host Kavitha Cardoza explores the challenges of America's education system and talks to people who are trying to change their lives for the better.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 371: Not in Vain

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.

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Schoolbook

Extended Hours Coming to 20 Middle Schools

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sixth graders at still to be selected schools will stay an extra two and a half hours every day for extra work on literacy skills.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Spreading Literacy Around the World

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Former Microsoft executive John Wood tells about leaving his lucrative career at the age of 35 to found the nonprofit Room to Read and build libraries around the world. In Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy he shares stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.

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Schoolbook

Beyond The Basics, Teaching Kids 'Eco-Literacy'

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A psychologist and author argues that schoolchildren need to be "eco-literate" so they understand complex environmental issues and make smart decisions for the future.

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On Being

Mike Rose — The Meaning of Intelligence [remix]

Thursday, August 30, 2012

An expansive reflection on work, education, and civic imagination with an esteemed researcher and teacher at UCLA and a poetic writer. We explore his perspective, through life and scholarship, on hard subjects that drive to the heart of who we are -- l

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On Being

[Unedited] Mike Rose with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 30, 2012

An expansive reflection on work, education, and civic imagination with an esteemed researcher and teacher at UCLA and a poetic writer. We explore his perspective, through life and scholarship, on hard subjects that drive to the heart of who we are -- l

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Schoolbook

To Improve Comprehension, a School Tries Slowing Down

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A reading program developed by a New York University associate professor aims to help all students improve their comprehension and writing skills by forcing them to slow down. That's something kids don't often do as they're constantly bombarded with information, and typing out shortened text messages to each other.

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Schoolbook

State Requires New Screening for Struggling Readers

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A new state screening protocol for elementary schools goes into effect this month. Its stated goals are to catch reading and literacy problems earlier and possibly reduce referrals to special education.

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Schoolbook

Promising Results Found With Core Knowledge Reading Method

Monday, March 12, 2012

Children at 10 schools who were taught reading using a curriculum designed by the education theorist E.D. Hirsch Jr.’s Core Knowledge Foundation have significantly outperformed students taught at other schools under a variety of other methods, most of which fell under the definition of “balanced literacy,” an approach that was promoted citywide by the former schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, beginning in 2003.

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Schoolbook

Putting Their Hands Up for Reading

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Students at Public School 188 in Manhattan had a chance to talk with Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, who paid a visit to stress the importance of reading.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Linda E. Johnson, recently named president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library, discusses how the fifth largest library in the nation is re-imagining itself in the digital age.

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It's A Free Country ®

New Yorkers Aren't Getting A's in Civics

Monday, April 25, 2011

We found that [New Yorkers] thought that they ought to know a lot, they all believed that it was important for the maintenance of democracy to know a lot, but in the end they didn't know very much at all and this is a serious problem.

Eric Lane, senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and distinguished law professor at Hofstra University School of Law, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Teaching the Afghan Army to Read

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The American-led strategy in Afghanistan relies on training local Afghan forces so they’re able to take over their own security. Only 18 percent of those 243,000 Afghans in the army and police have more than a Kindergarten-level ability to read. Noah Shachtman, contributing writer for Wired magazine, discusses the US military’s efforts to teach Afghan security forces to read as well as to fight.

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WNYC News

Immigrants Rally At City Hall

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New York City Immigrants rally to protect services

New York City immigrants outside of City Hall Park

New York City immigrants want federal stimulus money to be used for job training and English language education. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of The New York Immigration Coalition, was one of hundreds gathered in City Hall Park Tuesday, urging government officials to keep immigrant services in next year's budget.

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Radio Rookies

Read a Book

Monday, December 01, 2008

Keith Harris had a secret when he started school in the U.S. for the first time: he didn't know how to read and write. 

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Studio 360

Commentary: Reading, Between the Lines

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Reading fiction is now officially a minority taste in America: less than half of Americans read a work of fiction, poetry or drama in the last year. Kurt wonders what this means, especially for young adults. 

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