Steve Drummond

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NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Turn An Idea Into Sound — And Win

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Teachers and students in grades five through 12 will have the opportunity to turn their classrooms into production studios and their ideas into sound. Contest entries open on Jan. 1, 2019.


Coloring Books And Worksheets: What's The Value Of 'Staying In The Lines'?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Get ready for those coloring worksheets coming home in your child's backpack. Many kids (and grown-ups) love coloring books. But what's the educational value of staying in the lines?


'Open Schools' Made Noise In The '70s; Now They're Just Noisy

Monday, March 27, 2017

'Open Education' was a big idea half a century ago. Kids were supposed to move around, learning in groups or exploring on their own. But, within a few years, the movement faded. So, what happened?


Hey, Students: 5 Things That Are Wrong With Your Cover Letter

Monday, February 27, 2017

If your resume, your cover letter and your writing samples don't tell a story, we may not be interested.


The People Vs. Coloring Books: The Verdict Is In

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Coloring books are everywhere. Some kids and parents love them. Even grown-ups are getting in on the fun. But do they have any educational value?


The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Escuela Nueva (New School) isn't really new. But it is being praised as a kind of cutting-edge model that can teach the skills needed for jobs that robots can't do.


Across Continents: A Stolen Laptop, An Ominous Email, And A Big Risk

Monday, March 21, 2016

From a traveler's worst nightmare — beaten and robbed in a foreign city — comes a surprising story of education and discovery.


How The Language Of Special Education Is Evolving

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The "r" word is gone, but the ways we refer to people with disabilities shape our perceptions and behavior.


Politics In The Classroom: How Much Is Too Much?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Gun control. Climate change. Donald Trump. Affirmative action.

The first presidential primaries are just weeks away and with all these debates and issues in the headlines, there's no question that students are going to want to talk about them.

But how should teachers handle these discussions?

Do politics belong in ...


Politics In The Classroom: How Much Is Too Much?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The Confederate flag. The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Policing minority communities. Nuclear weapons and Iran. Summer often brings a lull in the news, but not this year. And, come September, students are going to want to talk about these headlines.

But how should teachers navigate our nation's thorny ...


The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe Not

Monday, July 27, 2015

It's been a theory of mine that the assistant principal has the toughest job in education.

I got that idea a long time ago, when I was a student teacher at a middle school.

It seemed the assistant principal's job goes something like this:

She's on duty well before the ...


It All Came Down To 'Nunatak'

Friday, May 29, 2015

I started off wondering whether I might be able to spell a few of the words right. I ended up realizing that most of them I had never even heard of before.

Iridocyclitis. Cibarial. Pyrrhuloxia. And so on.

It was one of the many surprises of an evening spent watching ...


50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching

Friday, October 31, 2014

Anne Sullivan was a great teacher. Famously, she was the "Miracle Worker," who taught a blind and deaf girl named Helen Keller to understand sign language and, eventually, to read and write.

Socrates ... now there was a great teacher. More than 2,000 years after he gave his last ...


The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?


The Secret Lives of Teachers

Saturday, October 18, 2014

So where do they go, all the teachers, when the bell rings at 3 o'clock?

When you're a kid, you don't really think they go anywhere. Except home, maybe, to grade papers and plan lessons and think up pop quizzes.

And when you find out otherwise, it's a strange experience. ...


Take The NPR Ed Visitor Survey

Friday, October 03, 2014

It's been more than four months since we officially launched NPR Ed, and now it's your chance to tell us how we're doing. We set out to avoid the incremental, focus on the big stories and hopefully have some fun along the way.

Want to ...


Thanks For Your Support. We'll Take It From Here

Friday, July 25, 2014

One of the questions we're most frequently asked on the NPR Ed team is, essentially, "Don't you guys get a lot of money from the Gates Foundation?"
The answer is, of course, yes.

What that question is often implying is: "Aren't you guys just a mouthpiece for the Gates Foundation's ...


Is Latin Making A Comeback In Schools? Caveat Lector

Monday, June 30, 2014

Look no further than Hollywood this summer to know that new ideas are often just old ones that have been dragged out of the past and dressed up to look fresh.

It happens in journalism too, and education journalism is no exception. Having covered this stuff for a long ...


What's In A Label? In Special Ed, Words Matter

Friday, June 13, 2014

We're reporting this week on special education, which means inevitably we run up against questions of how we should refer to students with disabilities and to the disabilities themselves.

It's a minefield, comparable to the tensions and complexity of writing about race and ethnicity.

It's important to get it right. ...


The 3 Questions To Ask In Any Classroom

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's a frequent complaint in education journalism: Reporters should spend less time at school board meetings and get into a classroom to find out what's really going on.

For reporters, though, that's a challenge and a risk, because lots of good journalists don't know what to look for in a ...