Eric Westervelt

Eric Westervelt appears in the following:

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Saturday, November 05, 2016

The new book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains In A High-Tech World makes the case for managing the tsunami of digital distractions to aid how we learn, absorb information and live.


Freedom To Explore: 2 Schools Where The Students Call The Shots

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

In NPR Ed's latest Long Listen, we explore innovative schools that tap into the power of student-directed learning.


What Trump And Clinton Have To Say About Education

Friday, October 28, 2016

The candidates aren't talking much about education, but the next president faces big challenges: reducing achievement gaps, implementing the new education law, and expanding access and opportunity.


National Science Test Scores Are Out, But What Do They Really Tell Us?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The results are mixed for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders. More than that, though, experts say the nation's report card may be out of step with the latest goals for science learning.


What Are The Main Reasons Teachers Call It Quits?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Teachers in the U.S. flee the profession at rates higher than other developed nations. Often, the reasons have little to do with pay, parents or students.


Can A School District Help Diversify A Fire Department?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

In an effort to boost diversity and interest in firefighting, the Los Angeles fire department created special career-focused programs in local high schools.


Shaken By Economic Change, 'Non-Traditional' Students Are Becoming The New Normal

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The massive growth in the adult student population in America's colleges and universities — one quarter of all college students are over the age of 30 — is changing the higher ed landscape.


Donald Trump's Plan For America's Schools

Sunday, September 25, 2016

More choice, no Common Core, and a gutting of the U.S. Education Department.


Frustration. Burnout. Attrition. It's Time To Address The National Teacher Shortage

Thursday, September 15, 2016

New national reports out today by the Learning Policy Institute look at the widening teacher shortage problem — and offer solutions.


Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Happened

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fifteen years after Sept. 11, some schools are grappling with how to teach the terrorist attacks and their aftermath to a new generation of students.


Surprise! Amid Rising Inequality, One School Gap Is Narrowing

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A new study shows that economic and racial school readiness gaps have narrowed significantly over a 12-year period. Score one for parental engagement and quality pre-K. But huge gaps remain.


L Is For Learning: A New Book On Proven Approaches And How Teachers Can Use Them

Friday, August 12, 2016

We talk with the author of The ABCs of How We Learn. It's based on a popular Stanford course.


3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY Culture Moves Into Schools

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Creative and fun "maker spaces" are popping up in more schools. But administrators and teachers face big hurdles if they want them to be a sustainable part of the curriculum.


'I'm A Student-Debt Slave.' How'd We Get Here?

Monday, July 11, 2016

This election season, the student debt crisis has finally gotten the attention it deserves. A look at how we got here, who has profited and just a few of the lives affected.


From YouTube Pioneer Sal Khan, A School With Real Classrooms

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sal Khan, a pioneer of online tutorials with his successful Khan Academy, has established a private brick-and-mortar laboratory school in Silicon Valley. He plans to share its lessons with educators.


Orlando Gunman Omar Mateen Pledged Allegiance To ISIS

Monday, June 13, 2016

The shooter in the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting was not from the area. He lived about two hours away in Fort Pierce.


Listeners Got Active About Our Active Learning Stories

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Two recent reports on a Stanford Noble Laureate's efforts to change how undergraduate science education struck a nerve with many of you.


A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Stanford physicist Carl Wieman is on a quest to bury the big lecture in favor of evidence-based techniques. But it's not clear higher education is listening.


Stanford Physicist Embarks On Mission To Improve Undergraduate Teaching

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Research shows that some teaching methods are a lot better than others. But why aren't more colleges and universities even bothering to measure teaching effectiveness? Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, a Stanford professor, is on a mission to improve undergraduate teaching and learning.


New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done

Saturday, March 26, 2016

John B. King Jr. talks about his priorities for a tenure that may be short-lived: implementing the new education law, high-quality preschool and college access, to name a few.