August 28, 2019 - An MPR News Presents broadcast of the APM Reports education documentary “At a Loss for Words - What's wrong with how schools teach reading.” A look at how a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers.
September 13, 2018 - An APM Reports documentary, titled “Hard Words: Why aren't our kids being taught to read?,” which looks at the science of teaching children to read, and the disconnect of that science with educators. It’s a battle between phonics and whole language theory…leaving millions of children unable to read.
September 11, 2018 - An MPR News Presents broadcast of the APM Reports education documentary “Still Rising - First Generation College Students a Decade Later.” A look back at two students ten years after their initial efforts to gain a higher education.
September 14, 2017 - An MPR News Presents broadcast of the APM Reports education documentary “Hard to Read - How American Schools Fail Kids with Dyslexia.” 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.
September 10, 2014 - Midday presents an American RadioWorks documentary titled “Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core,” which looks at how the United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school.
October 4, 2011 - Midday presents an American RadioWorks documentary titled “Don't Lecture Me,” which looks at how some are rethinking the way college students learn.
October 6, 2010 - Midday presents an American RadioWorks documentary titled “Testing Teachers.” Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Politicians and education reformers are calling for big changes in how teachers are trained and evaluated - and in the way teachers are hired and fired too.
October 30, 2009 - Midday presents an American RadioWorks documentary titled “Early Lessons,” which explores the history of preschool.
September 7, 2007 - Midday presents an American RadioWorks documentary, produced in association with North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, titled “Put to the Test.” The documentary follows students, teachers, and administrators from Western Guilford High School as they navigate the requirements of No Child Left Behind.