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This week is Agricultural Literacy week in New York State, organized by Cornell's Agriculture in the Classroom program. Every year, Cornell extension agents and other volunteers head in to the classroom to read an Ag-related children's book. This...
  Wednesday morning I turned on CBC's Ottawa Morning to check the all-important weather report. The host said next up was a story on Kemptville College, so I stayed tuned. I thought it would be about some celebration or new program at Eastern...
Sometimes it takes fresh eyes to appreciate things one might take for granted. Take “Blues in the Schools“, in which real blues musicians drench kids in that genre and its thematic principles. A program in Ottawa has been doing that with...
Education is always a huge issue in the news, for the simple reason that most, if not all, of us start out as children. Many of us also have or have had school-age kids. Education has particularly been in the news recently in our region because of...
When it comes to delivering content, sometimes presentation is crucial. We’ve seen this firsthand. Already-good food tastes even better when presented with visual flair. The right teacher, lit up with knowledge and passion, makes practically...


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Apr 18, 2014 — The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.
Apr 17, 2014 — Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?
Apr 9, 2014 — New Common Core teaching standards mean new standardized exams. NPR's Cory Turner took one himself and reports on what's changed.
Apr 9, 2014 — Proponents of online education say it's flexible and economical. But skeptics say "college by Internet" is a pale substitute for real-world exchanges with instructors and peers inside the classroom.
Apr 9, 2014 — The Kalamazoo Promise pays for the higher education of students in the Michigan school district's public education system. It's the latest chapter in Tell Me More's series about paying for college.

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Indian Lake Central School, a small k-12 school in the heart of the Adirondacks, documents the 2008-2009 school year in daily photos.
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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
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Inside the Amish schools
They use textbooks that are thirty, sometimes a hundred years old. And their methods are very different. Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam, has been visiting Amish schools; she talks with Gregory Warner .
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Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country
In this special series, North Country Public Radio examines what literacy is, how it’s achieved, why it isn’t, and the impact illiteracy has on our region and people.
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Alcohol on Campus
This award-winning series of four pieces examines alcohol abuse among college students: what students say about how and why they drink, how colleges in our region respond, and the latest research and theories on alcohol abuse and prevention.

North Country Consortium Puts Technology Into Schools and Libraries

Five years ago, with help from a federal grant, the North Country Consortium began installing new computers and Internet access in more than a dozen schools and libraries in Jefferson and Lewis counties. This year, the Consortium received the final portion of the million-dollar grant. As Jody Tosti reports, the money will provide training to help teachers and librarians make the most of the new technology.  Go to full article

Joan Weill Adirondack Library Opens at Paul Smith's College with Reading by Publisher Tom Hughes

In the Adirondacks, the local library is often the most vital place in town. In many hamlets and villages, the library serves as a meeting place, a center for culture and community, as well as a place to borrow books. Those little libraries were joined by a major colleague this week, as Paul Smiths College opened its new Joan Weill Adirondack Library. At a ceremony to mark the opening, writer Tom Hughes read an essay about his own love for books. Hughes now publishes Adirondack Life magazine, but he says his romance with literature and libraries bloomed late in life.  Go to full article

People: Barbara Kearns, Newcomb Central School Superintendent (and Hero of the Planet) Retires

Martha Foley talks with Newcomb Central School Superintendent Barbara Kearns, who's retiring after 14 years on the job. Kearns was honored by Time magazine and CNN three years ago when she was chosen a Hero of the Planet for using the six-million-acre Adirondack Park as a learning experience for her students.  Go to full article

New NYC Mayor Testifies at Albany Budget Hearing

New York City's new mayor Michael Bloomberg lead off testimony at budget hearings held by the state legislature. Bloomberg took issue with some of Goverbor Pataki's...  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam Cuts Deep in Response to Budget Woes

The state and national economic challenges are coming home to roost at some of the North Country's colleges. Officials at SUNY Potsdam last week unveiled a five-year plan in...  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam President Talks about the Cuts

Marth Foley talks with SUNY Potsdam President John Fallon.  Go to full article

Mohawk Nation Radio Keeps the Language Alive

David Sommerstein profiles CKON-FM, Mohawk Nation Radio at Akwesasne. Last year, CKON began broadcasting Mohawk language classes over the air.  Go to full article

Job Skills: Math, Science and Computer Literacy

Literacy is the ability to read and write at a certain level of proficiency. But, increasingly it has become common to attach the word to the subjects of math, science and...  Go to full article

People: Mike Coffey?On Poetry and Language

Our literacy series continues as poet Michael Coffey reads his poem "Marie" and talks about language. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Even Start Program Helps Franklin County Families Learn to Read

Traditional research says that a child's ability to succeed in school is strongly related to his or her parent's—and especially mother's—level of education. If a...  Go to full article

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