Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn.
What we're interested in
We're all about education. We care about equity and opportunity and how people learn. We dig deep into education research. We're curious about how research translates into policy — or not. We think good teaching is hard. We think history has a lot to tell us about why things are the way they are. We believe in vivid storytelling.
What we produce
We're a podcast, produced in collaboration with education reporters at The Hechinger Report. (Subscribe below for a new episode every two weeks.) We also produce an annual season of radio documentaries that air on public radio stations nationwide. You'll get the documentaries in the Educate podcast, or we have podcast feeds dedicated solely to documentaries.
We're a team of audio producers from APM Reports. Our host is Stephen Smith. Our producer is Alex Baumhardt. Our editor is Chris Julin. And our senior producer is Emily Hanford. We also have research fellows. Get in touch with us if you want information on how to apply.
Did going to college change your social class?
APM Reports is producing an audio documentary about the role of college in promoting social and economic mobility. We want to know what people gain (and what they lose) when they change social classes, and what higher education has to do with it.
Most American students practice "active shooter" drills in school. Fewer than one in a million of them will need it.
A growing number of colleges and universities are guaranteeing a job after graduation.
Almost a third of Americans who take out loans to pay for college don't get a degree.
Charter schools cut football to win minds. Now to win hearts, they're bringing it back.
Struggling to juggle school, work and child care, most of them won't make it to graduation.
Despite efforts to require lessons on civil rights, outdated textbooks indicate little has changed.
They're being ignored as the nation tries to ramp up degree completion.
The doors are locked at this special ed school in Minneapolis so no one runs away. It's a surprising place to find kids doing breathing exercises.
It's one of the best defenses against recidivism, but investment is lacking.
Teachers with DACA serving low-income, immigrant communities could be tough to replace.
When predominantly white cities secede from larger districts, it has a segregating effect.
As small private colleges struggle to survive, we look at one that almost didn't make it.
There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that's supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.
President Trump is ending DACA, which allowed some 800,000 undocumented young people to stay and work in the United States. For some, that may mean the end of a dream of going to college. This program profiles DACA students and their opponents and examines a key court case and political forces that led to this moment.
A growing number of colleges and universities in the eastern United States are confronting their historic ties to the slave trade. Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. In many southern states, enslaved people built and maintained college campuses.
There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, the teachers most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers.
A descendant of slaves sold to save Georgetown University in 1838 will be a member of this year's freshman class — at age 63.
People who lived through the desegregation era see their former schools fall back into segregation.
There are millions of kids in America who the USDA considers "food insecure" — they live in households without regular access to nutritious food. For them, school feeding programs are essential.
A state law says Maine high school students have to prove they have mastered specific skills to get a diploma.
At a public charter school in Boston, students spend years preparing to go to college. But paying for it is another story.
Thirty-five years ago, four immigrant families won a landmark Supreme Court case that protects the rights of children in the United States to attend public schools, whether they have papers or not.
A new study shows selective colleges could bring in many more talented low-income students. So why don't they?
English learners are the least likely to graduate from high school when compared to other groups of students. There's a new high school in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that's trying to help new immigrant students beat the odds.
New York's new scholarship promises free college, for a price.
A mother and her dyslexic daughter tell their story. It's a preview of an upcoming documentary from APM Reports.
Collision over college dreams for undocumented students.
Can the excitement about My Brother's Keeper last now that Obama's out of office?
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently called HBCUs "real pioneers of school choice." We thought this would be a good time to revisit our documentary, "The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century."
If suspensions don't work, what does?
Are we asking too much of America's inner city schools?
There are proven techniques for children with learning disabilities, but can affected kids get what they need in public schools?
One reporter chronicles a neighborhood school in need of the American dream.
How much will anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuade foreigners from studying in the United States?
The nominee for secretary of education has a long history of funding school-choice efforts and charter schools in Michigan.
In a system that prioritizes struggling students, what happens to everybody else?
The suit claims Michigan is denying Detroit students their fundamental right to literacy.
Adversity isn't destiny at a "trauma-informed" school in Minnesota.
An immigration law scholar says colleges have no business declaring their campuses "sanctuaries" for undocumented students.
Why African American teachers are leaving the profession faster than they're entering it.
Since 2012, many undocumented young people have been protected from the threat of deportation. With a new president, that may change.
Donald Trump's win was a surprise to many in the college-educated elite. Should it have been?
The next president could end temporary protections for undocumented college students.
Education has hardly been mentioned in the presidential debates. We look at where the candidates stand.
A new study finds that black and Latino students who experience racism have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, and one that is known to impact focus and learning.
Can children as young as 4 learn to have meaningful dialogues about race?
Some in education think providing travel opportunities can reduce the gap in how well some groups of students perform in school.
In a flipped classroom, students watch or listen to lectures on their own, then spend class time working on projects.
What does it look like to be ready for school?
Strap on your cowboy boots: A new investigation by the Houston Chronicle finds that Texas has denied special education services to thousands of kids in the state.
SEPT. 8, 2016
One of the best, most cost-effective ways to reduce recidivism is to offer inmates a college education. But, as the nation prepares for an increase in the number of released prisoners, there is very little being invested in prison higher ed.
SEPT. 1, 2016
Nearly half of all black and Hispanic students in the United States go to a high-poverty school, where graduation rates lag far behind schools in higher-income areas. Schools in Miami and Pasadena are trying to help students overcome the effects of poverty and segregation.
AUG. 25, 2016
Kids who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to drop out and wind up in prison. Schools are struggling to reduce suspensions and to find other ways to make sure classrooms are calm and safe.
AUG. 18, 2016
When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But nearly half end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority never get a college degree.
When was the last time you ate? In one survey, 7 percent of college students said they went an entire day without eating.
Students of color are twice as likely to be suspended as white kids. So schools are turning to an alternative called restorative justice.
We follow a homeless student as she fights to graduate from high school.
A student debt crisis in America? We break down the myths and realities of student debt.
The suburbs are no longer just white picket fences and green manicured lawns. They're diversifying. So what does that mean for suburban schools?
A prison education advocate shares his experience in prison and talks about his work spreading college to others.
The South is famous for its bayous, BBQ, and bourbon. It's less well known for its rural education. Our guest tells us why.
Small, rural schools around the country are closing. Our guest says that could actually be a good thing.
What's the role of a school in a rural town? We begin our series on rural schools by looking at a state where the fight has been particularly fierce: Vermont.
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