• "Math Talk" With Young Children MP3

    A new study finds that the way teachers interact with young children while they play, can have a powerful impact on toddlers’ mathematical abilities. WNPR visits a pre-school on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University. This toddler is rolling a dice on a board game, trying to figure out how many spaces to get to a pig. Along the way, his teacher is constantly engaging him in “mat...

    21.06.2013

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    21.06.2013

  • Balancing Privacy & Security, Fate of the Office of Early Childhood, and Welcome Rick Perry? MP3

    Today, it’s another edition of “The Wheelhouse” - our weekly Wednesday wade into the news and politics. What’s on tap? Well, your phone for one...Bill Curry and Glenn Sulmasy debate the NSA surveillance program and privacy vs. security. We’ll clean up a few of the messes left behind after the state legislative session, including the spending cap that’s more of a spending â...

    12.06.2013

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    12.06.2013

  • Sen. Beth Bye "Discouraged" By The Blocking Of Early Childhood Legislation MP3

    Senator Beth Bye may be leaving this legislative session more disheartened than any other lawmaker. Despite being funded in the state budget, the Office of Early Childhood was never actually created. One of the bills biggest supporters is Bye, who was honored earlier this month as a 'Child Champion' by the CT Early Childhood Alliance. "This is probably the most discouraging situatio...

    11.06.2013

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  • Gut Check: Befriending Bacteria MP3

    There are more bacteria in our bodies than there are human cells: about 10 microbes for every cell! UConn microbiologist Joerg Graf says “If you took a person and removed all the human cells, you would still see the outline of a human body.” So what are all these bacteria doing? And are they helping or hurting us? Michael Pollan’s most recent exploration in the New York Times Magazi...

    04.06.2013

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    04.06.2013

  • Common Core: Too Much, Too Fast? MP3

    School districts across Connecticut are wrestling with how to implement  the new Common Core state standards, which mean changes to the way teachers teach reading and math along with new computer-based tests.  The transition is expected to take place over the next year and a half. But some districts say that time frame may be hard to meet. The Common Core State Standards are a set of ex...

    03.06.2013

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  • US Education Secretary Arne Duncan In Hartford MP3

     U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Hartford Friday for a town-hall style meeting with high school students. They talked about school safety in the wake of last year's Newtown school shooting. Students had a chance to ask questions of both Secretary Duncan and Governor Malloy.  Shamar Mahan started things off. "In order to ensure the safety of the students at Classical Magnet...

    27.05.2013

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    27.05.2013

  • Faith Middleton Show: Play MP3

    Teaching to the test. Homework in kindergarten. What price are we paying for eliminating play in school? While parents and educators want the best for kids, what is the best? What if countries with high education success rates start those kids on a diet of free play in school? We never hear about that part, but we will in this hour. Edward Miller, an expert in the value of play in child develop...

    13.05.2013

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    13.05.2013

  • Suicide and Mental Health MP3

      Suicide rates have risen dramatically for middle-aged Americans in the last 10 years - the highest jump is for men aged 50-54. In a report released last week, the CDC says that more people aged 35-64 die from suicide than from car accidents, and they have been since 2009. Today, we’ll look at what might be behind this trend - and what resources are available for Connecticut reside...

    09.05.2013

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    09.05.2013

  • New Agreement Reached In The Sheff v. O'Neill Saga MP3

    The Connecticut Department of Education has reached a new agreement with the plaintiffs in the decades long Sheff v. O'Neill case. The lawsuit is meant to ease the racial disparity between students in Hartford Public Schools and neighboring school districts. The latest settlement extends for a year the Phase II agreement hammered out in 2008. Phase II aims to find seats for 80 percent o...

    01.05.2013

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  • Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities MP3

    A group of parents in Darien have filed a complaint against the school district, alleging that their children with learning disabilities have not been getting the services they are supposed to. It’s just one of many examples of parents fighting through a hard-to-navigate system, one where schools say they’re struggling to find the money to pay for learning disabled students. Today...

    01.05.2013

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  • Trial Delayed For Russian Activist With Ties To Yale University MP3

    The trial of a Russian political activist has been delayed for a week. Aleksei Navalny studied in Connecticut as part of a global leadership training program at Yale University. He has been described as “Kremlin’s Public Enemy Number 1” and is famous for coining the phrase “the party of swindlers and thieves” to describe Vladimir Putin’s political party.      In 2010...

    22.04.2013

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  • Attempted Sexual Assault At Fraternity On Wesleyan University Campus MP3

    Middletown Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault at a fraternity on the Wesleyan University campus. A lawsuit is pending over a 2010 rape at the same fraternity. About a week ago, Middletown Police responded to a call at the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wesleyan. Police say an individual was allegedly assaulted, but was able to fend off the attacker and flee during...

    12.04.2013

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  • A Look At Pool Safety MP3

    On Nov. 21, 2012,  Malvrick Donkor, 14, drowned during a swim class at Manchester High School. His death was the second drowning at a Connecticut school last year. In the neighboring town of East Hartford, Freshman Marcum Asiamah  drowned Jan. 11 during P.E. class at East Hartford High School. His family - like Malvrick’s from Ghana - said the boy did not know how to swim. The lessons a...

    09.04.2013

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  • Redefining Disability MP3

    If you take a look at movies or TV, you’d think that having a disability is the worst fate possible-- maybe even worse than death.  Better to not be born at all than struggle through life unable to walk, hear, see or talk. Then there’s the flip side - the media loves to show us the brave, courageous, inspiring stories of disabled people. Those stories meant to teach a lesson of compassion t...

    04.04.2013

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  • Small Business After Hours: Prepping Young People for Jobs MP3

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama issued a challenge: "To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead." So, is Connecticut ready to educate its workforce...or is it poised to fa...

    01.04.2013

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  • Goodwin Targets Manufacturing Training MP3

    Goodwin College in East Hartford has become the first in the Northeast to offer a new manufacturing certification course. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.   Goodwin College has more than 3,000 students, and according to its president, Mark Scheinberg, a simple mission. “We differentiate ourselves insofar as we want to make sure that everything that students are getting will lead to som...

    29.03.2013

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    29.03.2013

  • Improving Sexual Climate On Campus MP3

    Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent. But if you’re at the point where there’s a question about consent, then you already have a communication problem, says Yale student Matt Breuer. He’...

    28.03.2013

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    28.03.2013

  • Retiring Research Chimps, And Our Unique Human Evolution MP3

    We all know the story. Monkeys in a science lab, top secret research, something goes terribly wrong. It’s no surprise that most cinematic attempts to depict research like this ends up focusing on what happens to the humans. But what about the ethics of this research, and what it means for the test subjects? In many cases, chimpanzees have been seen as viable in research because of their clo...

    27.03.2013

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    27.03.2013

  • Hartford Public Schools To Improve Services For ELL Students MP3

    Hartford Public Schools have signed an agreement with federal education authorities to improve supports and services for students who are English Language Learners.   A complaint was filed with U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in 2007 on behalf of Somali-Bantu, Liberian and Spanish-speaking students in the Hartford Public Schools.    "Students did not have appropri...

    27.03.2013

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  • Searching for a Teachable Moment in Torrington MP3

    TV cameras persist in Torrington nearly a week after vicious online comments about an alleged statutory rape victim went viral. Now the town is wrestling with some difficult questions. School district officials say they’re doing their best to protect student confidentiality and to move forward. It was one of the worst days of superintendent Cheryl Kloczko’s career. Last week, police showed...

    27.03.2013

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