Elissa Nadworny

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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A Collection Of Clues To America's Educational Past

Sunday, November 02, 2014

If you walk past Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter robe, ride the elevator up four floors, above the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and a family of four visiting from Cincinnati, Ohio, you'll find yourself in a long hallway that vaguely resembles a hospital walkway.

The fourth floor of ...

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So Who Was Socrates, Anyway? Let's Ask Some Kids

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In part two of our look at the ancient Greek philosopher, we ask students at a California school about the Socratic teaching method and the questions it inspires.

Our yearlong project, 50 Great Teachers, launched this week with this story about how the ancient world's greatest teacher lives on ...

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The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

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The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

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Who Needs Algebra? New Approach To College Math Helps More Pass

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Let's start with a little word problem. Sixty percent of the nation's 12.8 million community college students are required to take at least one course in subject X. Eighty percent of that 60 percent never move on past that requirement.

  1. Let Y = the total percentage of community ...

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How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

Thursday, September 18, 2014

So you finally get the chance to meet one on one with your child's teacher — now what?

Like a good Boy Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference.

The Harvard Family Research Project's Tip Sheet for Parents ...

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'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nestled between Julia Auster's fantasy football app and Facebook Messenger is a relatively new bucket of apps: the education tools she uses in the French classes she teaches at Robert Adams Middle School in Holliston, Mass.

Auster isn't alone.

With more students bringing their own tech into the ...

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