• September 28, 2012  

    How does violence affect students’ ability to learn? That’s what eighth-grader De’Qonton Davis and his classmates set out to investigate as part of the NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs project in partnership with PBS station WEDU in Tampa. The students produced a unique video report that they hope President Obama will see. Continue reading

  • September 27, 2012   BY April Brown  

    Principal Steven Guglich (right) of Williston, North Dakota’s New School District 8 directs a student to his bus. Photo by Mike Fritz/PBS NewsHour. Editor’s Note: Our latest report, Educating a Boom, investigates how schools in Williston, N.D. are coping with … Continue reading

  • September 27, 2012   BY Mike Fritz  

    The schools in Williston, N.D., are facing a set of unique challenges. A rapidly expanding oil boom has created widespread prosperity in the region, but it has also given rise to a whole host of problems. Continue reading

  • September 27, 2012  

    As people flock to Williston, N.D., for jobs in the booming oil industry, the public systems struggle to keep up, converting one-room school houses to accommodate the rapid rise in student enrollment. Like much of Williston’s infrastructure, there are financial hurdles to meet needs of teachers and students. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • September 26, 2012   BY April Brown  

    President Barack Obama honors the 2012 Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Mieliwocki, at the White House in April. Courtesy of Council of Chief State School Officers. Listening to Rebecca Mieliwocki describe what goes on in her 7th-grade English classroom sounds … Continue reading

  • September 26, 2012  

    Ray Suarez talks to Council of Chief State School Officers 2012 Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki, about the learning curve for teachers in helping students succeed and graduate from middle school and high school. Mieliwocki believes that teachers are ‘seekers’ who uplift the natural talents of each individual student. Continue reading

  • September 25, 2012   BY News Desk  

    Tuesday’s FRONTLINE profiles four at-risk students at Sharpstown High School, one of Houston’s worst performing schools. The two-hour special follows the teachers, counselors and principal on a rescue mission to get their students to graduation. Watch Dropout Nation on PBS. … Continue reading

  • September 25, 2012  

    Many parents and teachers have looked to SAT scores as a measure for the quality of education students receive. This year, national average scores on SAT reading and writing tests edged down while math scores remained stagnant. Ray Suarez talks to College Board’s Jim Montoya and University of Oregon’s Roger Thompson for more. Continue reading

  • September 24, 2012   BY Ray Suarez  

    American Graduate Day was observed on Sept. 22 with a multi-platform event featuring a live television broadcast, radio playlist and participation from more than 20 national organizations, celebrities and athletes to spotlight solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis. Again and … Continue reading

  • September 24, 2012   BY Kelly Chen  

    This week, the PBS NewsHour will be featuring voices of and potential solutions to the high school dropout crisis. This comes on the heels of American Graduate Day, during which more than 20 national partners joined forces to provide compelling … Continue reading