Eric Westervelt http://northernpublicradio.org en Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lessons-manhood-boys-school-turns-work-wonders This summer, <em>All Things Considered </em>has been taking a look at the changing lives of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">men in America</a>. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.<p>In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 51311 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand http://northernpublicradio.org/post/violence-spikes-anew-iraq-islamic-state-looks-expand <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Violence+Spikes+Anew+In+Iraq%2C+As+Islamic+State+Looks+To+Expand&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 51306 at http://northernpublicradio.org Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core http://northernpublicradio.org/post/qa-union-leader-tenure-testing-and-common-core The American Federation of Teachers <a href="http://aft.org/index.cfm">(AFT)</a> is holding its <a href="http://www.aft.org/convention/">annual convention</a> in Los Angeles through this weekend. For the AFT's more than 3,500 national delegates descending on LA, there is a lot on their plate and big challenges ahead for the nation's second-largest teachers union: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">the Common Core</a>, tenure and fierce debate about testing, to name a few. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:34:29 +0000 Eric Westervelt 50475 at http://northernpublicradio.org Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core From Calif. Teachers, More Nuanced Views On Tenure http://northernpublicradio.org/post/calif-teachers-more-nuanced-views-tenure In the weeks since a California judge overturned the state's rules governing teacher tenure, the political noise has only grown louder. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:27:12 +0000 Eric Westervelt 50409 at http://northernpublicradio.org From Calif. Teachers, More Nuanced Views On Tenure Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox http://northernpublicradio.org/post/giving-boys-bigger-emotional-tool-box <em>This story is part of the </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men In America</a>"<em> series on All Things Considered.</em><p>Is America's dominant "man up" ethos a hypermasculine cultural construct, a tenet rooted in biological gender difference or something in between?<p>Educator Ashanti Branch doesn't much care or, more accurately, doesn't have time to care.<p>He's too busy trying to make a difference in boys' lives.<p>Boys in American public schools are suspended from and drop out of school at higher rates than girls. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 49676 at http://northernpublicradio.org Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard http://northernpublicradio.org/post/high-school-band-where-everyones-voice-can-be-heard <em>(This is Part 2 of a two-part report. Read the full piece <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/06/11/320882414/ipads-allow-kids-with-challenges-to-play-in-high-schools-band">here</a>.)</em><p>On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.<p>"I'm Tobi Lakes. I'm 15 years old. I'm in ninth grade. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 48910 at http://northernpublicradio.org A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School Band http://northernpublicradio.org/post/ipads-allow-kids-challenges-play-high-school-band Tablet computers and a creative teacher have helped open doors for some kids with serious learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The P.S. 177 Technology Band is in Queens, N.Y. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=iPads+Allow+Kids+With+Challenges+To+Play+In+High+School+Band&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:10:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 48882 at http://northernpublicradio.org iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band http://northernpublicradio.org/post/ipads-allow-kids-challenges-play-high-schools-band There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.<p>In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 48876 at http://northernpublicradio.org iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional http://northernpublicradio.org/post/california-teacher-tenure-ruled-unconstitutional A California judge today ruled the state's laws governing teacher tenure and the firing of public school teachers unconstitutional, saying they interfere with the state's obligation to provide every child with access to a good education.<p>The plaintiffs in the case, <em>Vergara v. California</em>, argued that the tenure system for public school teachers in California verges on the absurd, and that those laws disproportionately harm poor and minority students. In his ruling, Judge Rolf M. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 48836 at http://northernpublicradio.org California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/student-protests-force-string-commencement-speaker-shake-ups Graduation Season? Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 47499 at http://northernpublicradio.org As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates?