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  • After Graduation: Meeting Special Needs

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    • By Alyne Ellis
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Alyne Ellis
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    Many learning disabled students are finding that they learn more readily with a variety of technology assistance and human support in their classrooms. But what happens once they leave school? Whether moving into the workforce, or on to higher education, most high school graduates discover they must adjust to new environments on their own and learn to advocate for themselves.

  • Arc of Crisis: Bringing Context to Journalism

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    • By William Drummond
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, William Drummond
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    To William Drummond, a veteran reporter and a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and subsequent war in Afghanistan exposed a weakness in the way news media had been presenting the world to the American public. Drummond had served as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in New Delhi and Jerusalem in the seventies and visited Afghanistan on many occasions.

  • Classroom Cool: Training Teachers on Using Technology

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    • By William Drummond
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, William Drummond
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    When educators approached the digital age at the turn of this century, they did so with some fear and trepidation. Producer Bill Drummond, himself a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, took the plunge for his own coursework, and discovered the many settings where education was beginning to shift.

  • Islands of Genius

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    • By Stephen ` Smith
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Stephen Smith
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    How can a 20-year-old man who is blind, autistic and still believes in Santa Claus play the most sophisticated improvisational jazz piano? How can a child who appears withdrawn and mentally disabled gaze at a building for only a minute then draw an exact reproduction on paper? Producer Stephen Smith explores the mysterious powers of savants — people with profound mental disabilities who develop an island of genius in music, mathematics or art.

  • Game Over

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    • By Chris Brookes
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Chris Brookes
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    Our story begins within a video game. Producer Chris Brookes takes us on an adventure that explores what video games can tell us about teaching children in school.

    A psychologist looks at students who play video games and whether they then learn new technologies faster in school. How can video games be structured towards improving knowledge of math, science and social studies? That is what some video game developers and educators are working on.

  • People and Software

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    • By Richard Paul
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogave, Richard Paul
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    When computers entered the classroom, hundreds of software programs were pitched to teachers and administrators. Yet few actually made the cut and became part of everyday use. What did become ubiquitous was software designed for the office such as Word, PowerPoint and email. What were the roadblocks that kept innovative software out of the classroom?

  • High Stakes of Today's Testing

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    • By Katie Gott
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Katie Gott
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    Standardized tests have been around for years in the United States. What's different now is that schools and teachers are being held accountable for the results of these tests. Add to that new federal legislation, and the stakes are raised even higher, with threats of federal funding being cut off to underachieving school districts. Then there is the question of how and what the children are being tested on.

  • Mosaic: South Boston High School

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    • By Adina Bec
    • Narrated By John Hockenberry, Adina Bec
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    With its student mix of Irish-Catholic, Vietnamese, Cambodian, African-American and African-Caribbean heritages, South Boston High School offered a unique opportunity for multi-ethnic understanding. That was not always the case. South Boston High was once the scene of such violent racial confrontations that the National Guard had to patrol its halls. Producer Adina Back takes us to South Boston High, now closed, to let us hear from students as they address their differences.

  • Sunshine and Darkness

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Marti Covington
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Marti Covington
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    Xeroderma Pigmentosum, commonly known as XP, is a genetic mutation with a number of implications. People with XP can't tolerate sunlight. It diminishes the body's resistance to UV waves. It can be life threatening. People with XP have to be completely covered up before they go out, and even inside they live with curtains drawn. The disorder also creates a bubble around the person with XP, their family and friends.

  • Home Schools

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    • By Heather Gattucio
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Heather Gattucio
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    Imagine that your parent is your teacher, your siblings are your classmates, and your kitchen is your classroom. Plus, you get to study outside, choose your areas of interest, and do your classwork online. The image of the home-school is changing from detached and reclusive, to engaged and mainstream. And not all home-school education is alike. Home school parent and producer Heather Gattucio examines very different approaches to this alternative education.

  • Sneak Out

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    • By Kathy Baron
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Kathy Baron
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    In the 1960s, in California, African American parents set up an elaborate ruse to get their children a better education. Restricted to poor schools in low income East Palo Alto, outside of San Francisco, parents looked across the freeway and devised a way to send their children to wealthy Palo Alto schools. A young mother, barely educated herself, organized the Sneak Out program. Working with white parents, the program was a modern day Underground Railroad.

  • Magic Box

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    • By Richard Paul
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Richard Paul
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    Today, the computer in the classroom is ubiquitous. But how did it get there? Was it an organic process, or was it driven by manufacturers looking for a new place to push their machines? Turns out it was a little of both — altruism and profit. Hear from some of the people who started it all. Two teachers in the 1960s and 70s were among the very first to use computers in the American classroom: Dale LaFrenz in Minneapolis and Sylvia Charp in Philadelphia.

  • One More Chance for PS 123

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    • By Steve Mencher
    • Narrated By Dennis Bartel, Steve Mencher
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    A principal, parents and students who believe in themselves and their New York City middle school are determined to raise it from a grade "F" and threatened closure to its new motto, "Superior in Every Way." Producer Steven Mencher returns to his childhood school to look at the effect of 20 years of social changes in the neighborhood on the spirit and student body there.

  • Journey to the Other Side: Adolescent Rites of Passage

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    • By Njemile Rollins
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Njemile Rollins, Bobby Hill
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    Producer Njemile Rollins follows two teens coming of age in two different African-American communities. We meet Camilla, a vivacious and head-strong African-American 13-year-old, and follow her through a church-led retreat and a naming ceremony. Rodney, a thoughtful 16–year-old single father, is in a first time offenders program where he’s getting direction and support.

  • Equity in Education

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    • By Kathy Baron
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Kathy Baron
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    Brown vs. the Board of Education was the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared the old "separate but equal" policies of many school boards unconstitutional. The Brown case triggered numerous court mediated desegregation policies around the country, all designed to get equal education to all students. Producer Kathy Baron looks at school districts in California, fifty years after the Brown decision. What, in fact, does an equal education look like?

  • Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students

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    • By Norman Eng
    • Narrated By Joseph Brookhouse
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    Your students aren't reading. They aren't engaged in class. Getting them to talk is like pulling teeth. Whatever the situation, your reality is not meeting your expectations. Change is needed. But who's got the time? Or maybe you're just starting out, and you want to get it right the first time. If so, Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students is the blueprint. Find out how to hack the world of higher education instruction and have your course become the standard.

    Christine Newton says: "Good advice for post-secondary educators"