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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...


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.
Apr 4, 2014 — Officials here adopted the education standards early and could make Oklahoma the second state to repeal them. The battle pits allies against each other: Conservative Republicans and business leaders.
Mar 29, 2014 — Prisoners in China's re-education-through-labor camps make everything from electronics to shoes, which find their way into U.S. homes. U.S. efforts to stop their export have met with limited success.

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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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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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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.

People: Jill Vaughan, home literacy educator

David Sommerstein talks with Jill Vaughan, the home educator with Even Start in Franklin County, about how poverty and class issues figure into literacy and school success.  Go to full article

Teaching First Graders to Read in Heuvelton

Todd Moe profiles a first grade class in Heuvelton, just on the verge of literacy, where a combination of phonics and whole-language is used to motivate kids to read, and the divide between fast learners and problem readers begins.  Go to full article

Learning to Read Late in Life

Coming out of the illiteracy closet. David Sommerstein profiles two people who have learned to read late in life with the help of Literacy Volunteers in Jefferson and Lewis counties.  Go to full article

Commentary: Cracking the Code for Reading

As part of our literacy series, commentator Betsy Kepes tells us about her youngest son just learning to read, being a literacy volunteer and being functionally illiterate...  Go to full article

Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country, pt. 2

Looking at the two dominant methods of teaching reading, phonics and whole language, how they work, and how they don't. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

The 25 Books Campaign: Reading Immersion at Clifton-Fine

A small St. Lawrence County school does its part to improve literacy and motivate readers. Students at Clifton-Fine are given books as rewards for reading. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

People: Gail Gotham, School District Superintendent

Martha Foley talks by phone with Clifton-Fine Superintendent Gail Gotham.  Go to full article

People: Carol Nuebert, Reading Specialist

Martha Foley talks with Carol Neubert, assistant superintendent and reading specialist at Canton Central School.  Go to full article

Literacy and Illiteracy in the North Country, pt. 1

The first in our series on literacy and illiteracy in the North Country. Today--a look at the latest research into what literacy is. How do people learn to read? Why is it...  Go to full article

The Alexander String Quartet at St. Lawrence University

Chamber music and talk with the Alexander String Quartet, from a visit to our studios last fall. The quartet played a little Mozart and Shostakovich for Todd Moe when they...  Go to full article

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