Eric Westervelt

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iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences.


California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A judge ruled Tuesday that California's laws deprive students of their constitutional right to an education.


High School Band: There's An App For That

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Join the Band.

Next week we're going to spend a little time with a public school band that rocks, swings, and breaks new musical ground.

This isn't your typical high school group. The members make music by combining traditional instruments with iPad tablet computers and apps. Oh, and all the ...


Rethinking The Commencement Speech Tradition

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Speakers bow out amid protests. Colleges continue their obsession with celebrity speakers. As this year's graduation season churns on, is it time to rethink this once noble tradition that many schools now see as a marketing opportunity?

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Ras Baraka Rises To Mantle Of Newark's New Mayor

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In Newark, the New Jersey city held its first mayoral election since Cory Booker left for the U.S. Senate. Ras Baraka won, and Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC explains how the mayor-elect plans to run Newark.


As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In a string of commencement-speaker dropouts, would-be honorary guests are being pushed out by campus protests. Meanwhile, schools are trying to boost their reputations and promote diverse ideas.


Struggling To Get Out Of Poverty: The 'Two Generation' Approach

Saturday, April 26, 2014

To help low-income families, some think high-quality early education is key; others argue it's support for parents with job training and education. A program called Career Advance is doing both.


In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One nonprofit in Tulsa has flipped the script on preschool. The Community Action Project says its premise simple: To help kids, it says, you often have to help their parents.


Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

San Francisco's library system has hired a full-time social worker to help find housing and other services for the homeless men and women who've set up camp among the stacks.


One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they ...


Some Common Misconceptions About Paying For College

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In reporting on students navigating the maze of college costs and financial aid, I kept running into misconceptions about paying for a degree. Here are some of the most common ones:

Low-income students get most of their college financial aid needs met and rich kids don't have to worry, ...


Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Over 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from $9,000 to $30,000. The percentage of students with debt has shot up from about half to nearly 70 percent.


Parents Say School Security Has Increased Since Newtown Massacre

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Most parents of elementary school-age children say their schools boosted security following last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a poll from NPR in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

The poll was the


These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

It's lunchtime at Oakland High School in Oakland, Calif., and that means fence hoppers. Several kids wear mischievous grins as they speedily scale a 12-foot-high metal perimeter.

In theory, anyway, Oakland High is a "closed campus." That's done in the interest of safety and security and to cut down on ...


Unrelenting Poverty Leads To 'Desperation' In Philly Schools

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This is the second in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.

Philadelphia's Center City area sparkles with new restaurants, jobs and money. After declining for half a century, the city's population grew from 2006 to 2012.

But for people living in concentrated poverty in large swaths of North ...


Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child's Play

Thursday, November 07, 2013

It's recess time at Ruby Bridges Elementary School and a third-grader is pummeling a plastic tetherball with focused intensity. He's playing at one of more than a half-dozen recess play stations on the school's sprawling cement playground — there's also wall ball, basketball, capture the flag, sharks and minnows, a ...


For The Tablet Generation, A Lesson In Digital Citizenship

Friday, November 01, 2013

This week on All Tech, we're exploring kids and technology with posts and radio pieces about raising digital natives. Look back at the stories and share your thoughts and ideas in the comments, by email or tweet.

Parents pack into a gym at Cahuilla Desert Academy, ...


A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

Friday, October 25, 2013

A growing number of school districts across America are trying to weave tablet computers, like the iPad, into the classroom fabric, especially as a tool to help implement the new Common Core state standards for math and reading.

One of California's poorest school districts, the Coachella Valley Unified southeast ...


For New French President, Germany Is First Stop

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have different ideas about how to address Europe's financial turmoil. Their relationship will help set the tone for what happens next in Europe.