UPDATE | Dec. 3, 2013
THE RUNDOWN BLOG | April 26, 2013
The Journal of Pediatrics recently released results of a study conducted in the United Kingdom that indicated celebrity endorsement of a food product increased a child's consumption of it. In other words, celebrities seem to have an effect on the choices children make -- which may not come as any big surprise.
REPORT | April 11, 2013
Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on what accounts for a national rise in high school graduation rates and why the increase has raised some questions about inflation in how schools report their data. He also explores new tactics educators are using to inspire students to succeed.
REPORT | April 3, 2013
THE RUNDOWN BLOG | April 2, 2013
Some 400 years after the first recorded performance of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," thousands of Colorado students are seeing an adaptation of the famous play created especially for them. Their version is relatively short, and has a very specific goal: reducing violence among teens and pre-teens.
REPORT | March 28, 2013
A recent study found that schools with high levels of teasing and bullying had dropout rates above the national average. In Seattle, a program called Roots of Empathy is using an unconventional method to stop bullying -- bringing infants into the classroom to demonstrate the importance of listening and caring for other people.
THE RUNDOWN BLOG | March 28, 2013
Incidents of bullying in schools across the U.S. not only have an effect on students' emotional state, they can also have school wide ramifications. PBS NewsHour's American Graduate team recently traveled to Seattle to profile one program that works on curbing aggressive behavior early on by bringing babies into the classroom.
REPORT | March 11, 2013
Currently implemented in 44 U.S. schools, a data-driven dropout prevention program called Diplomas Now targets students who start to fall behind in middle school, and offers them nurturing, mentoring relationships. Ray Suarez reports on how a Baton Rouge middle school was able to turn itself around by adopting this approach.
CONVERSATION | March 5, 2013
Natalie Randolph is one of the first women to head a high school football team, but to her students she is more than a coach. At Coolidge High School in Washington, Coach Randolph prioritizes academics by ensuring athletes attend study hall before practice. Jeffrey Brown talks to Randolph about success on and off the field.
THE RUNDOWN BLOG | Feb. 25, 2013