Elissa Nadworny

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What Is Fair? High School Students Talk About Affirmative Action

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

However the Supreme Court rules on affirmative action, it will affect the lives of college-bound teens. So we asked them: Should college admissions decisions take race into consideration?


How A School's Attendance Number Hides Big Problems

Monday, December 07, 2015

Every morning, the familiar routine plays out in hundreds of thousands of classrooms: A teacher looks out over the desks, taking note of who's in their seats and who isn't.

On any given day, maybe there are one or two empty chairs. One here, one there. And that all goes ...


Want To Make A School Better? Get Kids To Show Up

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Students who miss 15 or 20 days of school a year may never catch up. The Department of Education is looking for prevention ideas, and one Baltimore school could provide some.


A Galaxy Far, Far Away — Right There On The Ceiling

Monday, November 09, 2015

Our Tools of the Trade series examines the planetarium: a relic of the Space Age that's still found in more than 700 schools around the country.


Keeping Black Men In Front Of The Class

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Of all the teachers in the U.S., only 2 percent are black and male. That news is bad enough. But it gets worse: Many of these men are leaving the profession.

Just last month, a new study found that the number of black teachers in the public schools of ...


For D.C. Second-Graders, It's All About The Bikes

Saturday, October 03, 2015

"What's the first thing we do when we get to our bike?" David Gesualdi asks his second-graders. "Check the air!" they yell back at him.

His 19 students are sitting in a semicircle in the gym at Walker-Jones Education Campus, not far from the U.S. Capitol.

Decked out in blue ...


How Higher Ed Can Up Its Game: 3 Big Ideas

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Take a big room in Manhattan with more than 100 people, all of them fired up about education. Add some dramatic lighting and booming PA announcements, and you've got last week's New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference. And everybody there, from university presidents to ed tech startups, was ...


How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With The Teacher

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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

Like a good 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 suggests reviewing your ...


If These Bones Could Talk: The Stories Human Skeletons Can Tell

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There's an open box of skulls on the floor. A table is covered with pelvis bones. Nearby: a pile of ribs, tied up with a piece of string.

I'm standing in a basement room, underneath the bleachers of the football stadium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Looking at floor-to-ceiling ...


Coding Camp to Baltimore Schools: Bring Us Your Bored!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

On the second floor of Morgan State University's engineering building, Jacob Walker, 12, is putting the finishing touches on a ruler he's just created.

Not yet an actual ruler. One he's designing on the computer. He just needs to add his initials — then it's time to produce it on ...


What The College Kids Are Reading

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I can remember the weeks before starting school at Skidmore College, furiously trying to finish Gregory Howard Williams' memoir, Life on the Color Line. The book had been assigned as our freshman reading assignment — part of the First-Year Experience at the liberal arts school in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Four ...


'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 ...