Anya Kamenetz


Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt(Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

Anya Kamenetz appears in the following:

A Look Inside a Polycule

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Listeners share how they practice polyamory in their homes in 2024.

$1 million teacher prize goes to Sister Zeph. Her philosophy: 'Love is the language'

Friday, November 17, 2023

The Pakistani educator has won the largest annual prize for teachers from the Varkey Foundation. She says her teaching reflects her belief that "Love is the language that everybody can understand."


How 2020 Was A 'Stolen Year' For Students

Monday, August 29, 2022

Why 2020 was a stolen year for kids in the education system.

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Why keeping girls in school is a good strategy to cope with climate change

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Education for girls brings numerous benefits when it comes to addressing the climate crisis. Oh, and it works for boys, too!


The new book 'The Stolen Year' details how the pandemic disrupted children's lives

Monday, August 22, 2022

Extended school closings during the pandemic were a calamity for education. NPR's Anya Kamenetz writes about how COVID changed children's lives in her new book: The Stolen Year.


Russia is disappearing Ukrainian civilians. Their families want answers

Friday, June 24, 2022

Ukrainians who were held in Russia detail their detention, hoping to help find a teacher still missing. She is one of more than 200 civilians that U.N. human rights workers say Russia has disappeared.


An estimated two thirds of Ukrainian children have had to leave their homes

Sunday, May 29, 2022

On the outskirts of Lviv, 31 evacuated children from Eastern Ukraine are staying with just two caregivers, waiting week after week to return home.


Cómo hablar con los niños cuando las noticias dan miedo. Una guía bilingüe

Friday, May 27, 2022

Cuando ocurren tiroteos u otras tragedias, ¿cómo podemos hablar con los niños sobre lo que ha pasado? Tenemos consejos de expertos sobre cómo apoyar emocionalmente a los pequeñitos.


Experts say we can prevent school shootings. Here's what the research says

Thursday, May 26, 2022

School safety experts have coalesced around a handful of important measures communities and politicians can take to protect students.


To fend off food insecurity, Ukrainians look to their own backyards

Saturday, May 21, 2022

One in 3 Ukrainians are now food insecure, and the war could bring a food crisis all over the world. One thing that can help? Planting backyard gardens.


How a Ukrainian teacher helped students escape Russia's invasion, and still graduate

Saturday, May 21, 2022

As residents return to a liberated town near Kyiv, a teacher and her high school students recount what it took to survive the war.


Shelter.Lviv started on Instagram. It's now helped house 4,000 women and children

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

More than 14 million people have been displaced by the war in Ukraine. One shelter in the western city of Lviv has helped thousands of women and children. It now has only about 100 occupants left.


The war has worsened disparities for women in Ukraine

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Ukrainian feminists say their country came a long way, legally and culturally, in the past decade. Now advocates are trying to address sexual assault, economic hardship and other effects of the war.


The education culture war is raging. But for most parents, it's background noise

Friday, April 29, 2022

By wide margins, parents across the political spectrum are satisfied with how their children's schools teach about race, gender and history. That's according to a new national poll by NPR and Ipsos.


In an effort to make schools greener, the White House is offering billions of dollars

Friday, April 22, 2022

From solar panels to electric buses — the Biden Administration wants to make it easier for schools to tap more than $5.5 billion for climate-friendly upgrades.


Millions of Ukrainian children are still in school despite the war

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Ukraine's focus on maintaining education during a war is in line with an emerging philosophy of disaster response.


This school wasn't built for the new climate reality. Yours may not be either

Monday, March 21, 2022

Hurricanes, wildfires and floods: Across the country, climate change is driving more severe weather, and many schools are not prepared.


Research from the American Psychological Association examined school violence

Thursday, March 17, 2022

A new survey of teachers, administrators, school social workers, school psychologists and school staff looks at incidents of violence and harassment toward school personnel.


Two years ago schools shut down around the world. These are the biggest impacts

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

In March 2020, we asked experts in school disruptions what the long-range effects might be as COVID-19 closed schools. How did those predictions pan out?


How schools and students have changed after 2 years of the pandemic

Sunday, March 13, 2022

It's been two years since schools shut down around the world, and now masks are coming off in a move back to normalcy. What effect has the pandemic had on students' learning and development?