Elissa Nadworny

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'Mr. Spider' Says Goodbye: An Art Teacher's Final Day At School

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

For nearly a quarter century, Mathias Schergen taught in one of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods. Now, he's moving on.


Students' Reading And Math Skills Are Still All Over The Map

Thursday, July 09, 2015

A federal report out today reinforces the notion that when it comes to state standards, proficiency is still in the eye of the beholder.

A top-scoring student on Arizona's reading test may fall far below average in states with more rigorous exams, like Massachusetts or Wisconsin.

The new report, ...


The Truth Behind Your State's High School Grad Rate

Sunday, June 07, 2015

The national graduation rate is at an all-time high — 81 percent. It was such big news, President Obama touted it in this year's State of the Union address.

That got us thinking: What's the story behind that 81 percent?

Working with a team of reporters in 14 states, we ...


Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Monday, May 25, 2015

Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried, and learn more about their own place in the world.


Words Of Wisdom: Commencement Speeches Are Back

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The commencement speech season is underway and recent grads are soaking up the advice and wisdom from speakers across the country.

Last weekend, Michelle Obama spoke at Tuskegee University in Alabama, one of the nation's premier historically black universities. She spoke openly about being black in America.

"There will be ...


From The White House: A Celebration Of Great Teaching

Friday, May 01, 2015

No matter how high you climb in life, you never forget your favorite teacher.

This week, President Obama awarded Shanna Peeples, a high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, the title of the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.

We've been exploring great teaching as well, with our 50 ...


Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking About Race In The Classroom

Friday, April 24, 2015

Open up the newspaper or turn on the news these days, and you'll find plenty of talk about race and racism. But it's a different story in many classrooms.

Some teachers don't consider race germane to their math or English syllabus. Others strive for colorblindness in the classroom, wanting to ...


Talking About Great Teachers At SXSWedu

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The NPR Ed Team is all about great teaching — so how could we attend the annual SXSW education conference and not ask folks to tell us about their favorite teachers?

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Preventing Suicide With A 'Contagion Of Strength'

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

For Whitney Bischoff, high school was tough. On the first day of her freshman year, a childhood friend committed suicide. Things weren't any better at home — her father died when she was 7 and her mom was an alcoholic with an abusive boyfriend.

She had a hard time making ...


Great Teachers: We Had Our Say, Now It's Your Turn

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Last week we told the stories of our favorite teachers. We hoped that would inspire you, and we weren't disappointed.

We've heard from hundreds of people — on social media, in comments on the blog and via email. Here are a few of our favorites:

Lets start with Facebook. ...


Grief In The Classroom: 'Saying Nothing Says A Lot'

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Deborah Oster Pannell's husband died when her son, Josiah, was 6 years old. That week, Pannell visited Josiah's school and, with his teacher and guidance counselor, explained to his first-grade class what had happened.

"I'll never forget the three of us sitting up there — and all these little shining ...


Sketchucation: #EdPredictions For 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

So what will happen in the education world this year? Last week we brought you some provocative predictions. We were also curious to see what you thought.

With a little magic from our illustrator, LA Johnson, here are a few of our favorites from the #EdPredictions ...


Shaping Wood, Understanding Sound And An Eye For Style

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

Name: Mike Lindstrom

School: Kyffin Elementary School

City, State: Golden, Colo.

Subject: General Ed

Grade: 3

Tell us about your secret life.

I ...


An Update On Screen Time

Friday, December 26, 2014

NPR Ed is updating some of the top stories we've been following in 2014.

This year we took a new look at screen time — and the argument over whether it's good or bad for kids. We explored what the research revealed about screen time, how schools are ...


Why The President Wants To Give Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Toddlers

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why does public school start at age 5?

Neuroscientists say the most important brain development begins at birth. Friedrich Froebel, who coined the term "kindergarten" in Germany in the mid-19th century, was among the first education thinkers to intuit this fact about the brain. His "child-gardens" were mixed-age classrooms of ...


From Grading Tests To Mixing Beats

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Monica Shah opens her classroom door as first period social studies class is about to start. She's barely taller than the middle school students who shuffle down the hallway. "What up, DJ Shah?" a student calls out as he passes.

The call-out catches on. There is clapping and a few ...


Tools Of The Trade: The Presidential Physical Fitness Test

Monday, November 24, 2014

For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short period of time — in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, recorder and Bunsen burner.

Mere mention of today's tool sends shivers ...


Secret Lives Of Teachers: 'Bored Of Education'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

You're a sixth-grader in New York City. Your principal gives you a choice: Get free tickets to a Columbia University football game, or participate in a music video in which your assistant principal is the lead singer.

The 66 fifth- and sixth-graders who chose to sing, dance and act are ...


Toll In Jerusalem Synagogue Attack Rises To 5

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

(This post was last updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.)

Two assailants, armed with a gun, knives and axes, launched an attack on worshippers at a Jerusalem Synagogue on Tuesday. It left five dead and at least six others wounded.

The U.S. State Department said three of the four killed were ...


The Secret Lives Of Teachers: Up, Up And Away!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Above the hum of the propeller, Joshua Weinstein calls my attention to the Boonton Reservoir, which provides water for Jersey City. We're flying about 2,000 feet above the tree-lined streets of northern Jersey, the Manhattan skyline visible through the haze in the distance.

As Weinstein increases our speed to battle ...