Black at Mizzou: Confronting race on campus

Lauren Brown says college was "culture shock." Most of the students at her high school were Black, but most of the students at the University of Missouri were white. And she got to the university in the fall of 2015, when Black students led protests in response to a string of racist incidents. The protests put Mizzou in the national news. But the news stories didn't match what Lauren saw. They made it seem like racism on campus was an aberration. And they made it seem like Black student organizing was new at Mizzou. What Lauren saw was "Black Mizzou," a thriving campus-within-a-campus that Black students have built over decades to make the university a more welcoming place.

What the Words Say

Everyone agrees that the goal of reading instruction is for children to understand what they read. The question is: how does a little kid get there? Emily Hanford explores what reading scientists have figured out about how reading comprehension works and why poverty and race can affect a child's reading development. Read the full story.

Covid on Campus

The coronavirus pandemic represents the greatest challenge to American higher education in decades. Some small regional colleges that were already struggling won't survive. Other schools, large and small, are rethinking how to offer an education while keeping people safe. This program explores how institutions are handling the crisis, and how students are trying to navigate a major disruption in their college years. Colleges on the brink The long tradition of students attending small, residential liberal arts colleges around the country was already shaky before the pandemic. Students are choosing less expensive options and more practical degrees. Experts warn that 10 percent of American colleges — about 200 or more institutions — are on the verge of going under. The pandemic is accelerating that trend. A digital divide The pandemic is making getting through college harder for students on the wrong side of the digital divide. In rural Arizona, when campuses closed, some students couldn't log on from home, because they had no access to the internet. A local sheriff flew laptops and hotspots to community college students on the Navajo Nation. Reopening in a virus hotspot Colleges and universities are under pressure to reopen, but bringing students back on campus safely means dealing with dizzying logistics. As the virus surges in Miami, a large commuter campus gets ready.

Same Pandemic, Unequal Education (from Us & Them podcast)

The coronavirus pandemic has left West Virginia schools particularly hard hit. The Us & Them podcast from West Virginia Public Radio brings us stories of teachers grappling with virtual classes for students who don't have access to the internet and how schools are trying, still, to keep kids fed.

Facing uncertain futures, high school seniors weigh tough college options and alternate paths

Editor-in-chief of The Hechinger Report, Liz Willen, shares what she's heard from high school seniors who are feeling anxious and overwhelmed as they face pandemic-fueled challenges.

Facing uncertain futures, high school seniors weigh tough college options and alternate paths

Listeners tell us how they're adapting to at-home education

Teachers, students and families talk about how they've adapted while schools and campuses stay closed.

Is learning to read a constitutional right?

A federal court recently ruled that underfunded schools in Detroit violated students' right to a basic education. Advocates hope the case is the beginning of a trend.

A few silver linings emerge in a dark time of closed schools

Delece Smith-Barrow of The Hechinger Report shares some hopeful stories about education during the pandemic.

'Everything has changed': A look at K-12 education under coronavirus

Sarah Garland of The Hechinger Report on how (and whether) education carries on while schools are closed.

College in the time of coronavirus

A conversation with Hechinger Report higher education editor Jon Marcus on how learning and the college experience are changing, and what's yet to come.

What good is a history major?

As fewer college students opt to major in history, there's an effort by history departments to prove the practical value of their discipline.

Graduation rate for Native students surges at the University of Minnesota

The percentage of Native students graduating from the U of M has doubled in the past decade.

Graduation rate for Native students surges at the University of Minnesota

Black girl, white college

When it was time for me to enroll in a four-year college, I chose North Dakota State, a school that's mostly white, conservative and insular — everything I wasn't. It was the hardest year of my life.

College administrators struggle with whether to close their classrooms in response to COVID-19

Some students say they want campuses to remain open.

College administrators struggle with whether to close their classrooms in response to COVID-19

A conundrum for student advocates: change their school or change society?

Unlike protesters at many universities, activists at Harvard seek social justice reforms beyond campus.

A conundrum for student advocates: change their school or change society?

At some HBCUs, enrollment rises from surprising applicants

After decades of declining enrollment, HBCUs are seeing an uptick in new applicants, especially among Latino and international students.

With more students demanding action on climate change, teachers try to keep up

Most states and districts have adopted science standards that require teaching climate change. Teachers are left to get up to speed and help students understand the impacts.

With more students demanding action on climate change, teachers try to keep up

Reading update: Experts say widely used reading curriculum is failing kids

A first of its kind review finds Lucy Calkins' materials don't align with the science of reading.

Reading update: Experts say widely used reading curriculum is failing kids

New salvos in the battles over reading instruction

Several powerful people and organizations have weighed in on the national conversation prompted by APM Reports' podcast episodes.

National assessment shows more K-12 students struggling to read

Correspondent Emily Hanford talks about the latest NAEP results and what they say about the state of reading instruction in the U.S.

A conversation with Emily Hanford on reading instruction in the U.S.

Hanford talks about her reporting on what's wrong with how schools teach reading.

Ditching the lecture for active learning

There's a growing movement at colleges and universities to create classrooms where students take the lead.

How colleges are mishandling racial tensions on campus

As administrators navigate issues of inclusion and free speech, students of color have been left to find their own way.

As colleges navigate inclusion and free speech, students of color work to find their own way

Do administrators have to choose between protecting free speech and creating a civil climate on campus?

As colleges navigate inclusion and free speech, students of color work to find their own way