Youth & Education http://kplu.org en Seattle's Teen Poets To Face Off In Biggest 'Slam' Of The Year http://kplu.org/post/seattles-teen-poets-face-biggest-slam-year <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144273064&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The night before Seattle's biggest competition of the year for the city's young slam&nbsp;poets, Koha Farr was understandably anxious.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Ridiculously&nbsp;nervous," the 19-year-old competitive slam poet admitted after his Thursday evening practice. "But I'm ready. I'm ready for tomorrow."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farr is performing at Town Hall Seattle in Friday night's "<a href="http://www.artscorps.org/2014/04/youth-speaks-seattle-grand-slam-2014/" target="_blank">Grand Slam</a>," in which teens who've qualified for this final competition will vie for a chance to represent the city at a national slam poetry festival.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:49:42 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15943 at http://kplu.org Seattle's Teen Poets To Face Off In Biggest 'Slam' Of The Year Teacher Who Collected 7,000 Nerdy Science Songs Studying Their Teaching Power http://kplu.org/post/teacher-who-collected-7000-nerdy-science-songs-studying-their-teaching-power <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143719804&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Remember that biology chapter on how muscles contract? Probably not. But what if your professor had rapped it to you, or belted out the lesson to the tune of a popular song?&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:13:25 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 15795 at http://kplu.org Teacher Who Collected 7,000 Nerdy Science Songs Studying Their Teaching Power Contest Challenges Northwest College Students To Break Secret Code http://kplu.org/post/contest-challenges-northwest-college-students-break-secret-code <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143742375&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest professors have launched a competition to test students’ code-breaking skills.</p><p>Called <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/math/kryptos" target="_blank">Kryptos</a>, the competition is geared toward undergraduate students all around the Northwest. But the region’s high school students are also encouraged to try and break the codes.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:11:33 +0000 Anna King 15800 at http://kplu.org Contest Challenges Northwest College Students To Break Secret Code With No NBA Team In Sight, Investor Hansen Lends Arena Space To Nonprofit For Kids http://kplu.org/post/no-nba-team-sight-investor-hansen-lends-arena-space-nonprofit-kids <p>The space where billionaire investor Chris Hansen hoped to house Seattle's next NBA team will go to the kids, for now.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hansen will temporarily hand over the Sodo warehouse space to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.aplusyouthprogram.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the A PLUS Youth Program</a>,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a nonprofit organization that offers athletic programming and after-school mentorship.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:27:15 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15629 at http://kplu.org With No NBA Team In Sight, Investor Hansen Lends Arena Space To Nonprofit For Kids UW To Offer New Online Degree In Social Sciences http://kplu.org/post/uw-offer-new-online-degree-social-sciences <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142575959&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The University of Washington is launching a new online degree in integrated social sciences aimed at people who want to complete their education.</p><p>The move is the university’s latest push into the competitive world of online education.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:23:14 +0000 Jennifer Wing 15572 at http://kplu.org UW To Offer New Online Degree In Social Sciences Washington Students Begin Field Tests For New, Common Core-Aligned Statewide Exams http://kplu.org/post/washington-students-begin-field-tests-new-common-core-aligned-statewide-exams <p>Students in more than 600 Washington state schools are beginning to take a new, potentially-tougher standardized test this week that will soon completely replace the state's current standardized tests.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:13:14 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15344 at http://kplu.org Washington Students Begin Field Tests For New, Common Core-Aligned Statewide Exams Seattle Schools To Use New State Funds To Avoid Planned Staffing Cuts http://kplu.org/post/seattle-schools-use-new-state-funds-avoid-planned-staffing-cuts <p>Following a cash infusion from the state and agitation from building-level staff, Seattle Public Schools administrators announced this week they won't be cutting staff members at schools after all.</p><p>Superintendent&nbsp;José&nbsp;Banda&nbsp;said the district will&nbsp;use the $8.3 million from the state Legislature's newly-passed budget to restore the equivalent of 50 assistant principals, counselors and clerical staff positions&nbsp;they had intended to eliminate next year.</p><p>"We intend to fully restore what was cut," Banda wrote in a district-wide email.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:37:24 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15037 at http://kplu.org Seattle Schools To Use New State Funds To Avoid Planned Staffing Cuts Seattle Public Schools: Spike In Marijuana Use Not Just Seen At Roosevelt High http://kplu.org/post/seattle-public-schools-spike-marijuana-use-not-just-seen-roosevelt-high <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Roosevelt High School has invited an expert on teen substance abuse to address concerned parents after the the school's principal&nbsp;<a href="http://roosevelths.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1708880/File/NinthGradeLetter.pdf?sessionid=da924dab94dcc0cab90c32738d89ab39" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">sent a letter to parents</a>&nbsp;about an increase in drug and alcohol use at the school.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The letter by principal Brian Vance said the school's number of disciplinary incidents involving marijuana and alcohol use had "doubled" since last year, from 12 incidents to 24.</span></p><p>Seattle Public Schools officials say they've observed a similar trend district-wide.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:32:16 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14998 at http://kplu.org Seattle Public Schools: Spike In Marijuana Use Not Just Seen At Roosevelt High Where Fate Of Wash. State's Education Waiver Now Stands, And Why It Matters http://kplu.org/post/where-fate-wash-states-education-waiver-now-stands-and-why-it-matters <p>Washington state is at risk of losing nearly $40 million in federal funding after <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-legislature-adjourns-without-action-medical-marijuana-gas-tax">lawmakers left Olympia</a> without passing a teacher evaluation bill.</p><p>Without the bill, the state failed to secure a waiver for an onerous requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act. As a result, the fate of federal funding for local <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/03/04/3078010/how-tacoma-spends-its-title-i.html" target="_blank">preschool programs</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=310241&amp;sessionid=64c82a6b59249c80c12123b491ca6769" target="_blank">extended day services</a>&nbsp;now hinges on what federal education officials decide in coming months.</p><p>Here's an explanation of why the lawmakers didn't pass the bill, and where the complex issue now stands.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14865 at http://kplu.org Where Fate Of Wash. State's Education Waiver Now Stands, And Why It Matters Seattle Teachers Vote Down School Building Budgets In Protest Of Looming Staff Cuts http://kplu.org/post/seattle-teachers-vote-down-school-building-budgets-protest-looming-staff-cuts <p>Teachers in 25 Seattle Public Schools have voted to reject their buildings' budgets for the next school year, and more may follow suit in the coming week.</p><p>Local teachers and union leaders coordinated the vote in hopes of forcing district officials to avoid cutting the equivalent of more than 50 full-time staff positions — clerical staff, assistant principals and school counselors — across the district's 95 schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:14:24 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14814 at http://kplu.org Seattle Teachers Vote Down School Building Budgets In Protest Of Looming Staff Cuts UW Launches Minor In Arctic Studies http://kplu.org/post/uw-launches-minor-arctic-studies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curiosity about what’s happening in some of the coldest places on Earth has prompted the University of Washington to launch its first Arctic Studies minor.</span></p><p>The program is the first of its kind offered by a university in the lower 48.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 14575 at http://kplu.org UW Launches Minor In Arctic Studies Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure http://kplu.org/post/inslee-teachers-union-clash-over-evaluation-measure <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030614AJ_TeacherEval_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.<p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:24:10 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14501 at http://kplu.org Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure Optional Essay And Other Changes Coming To The SAT http://kplu.org/post/optional-essay-and-other-changes-coming-sat The essay is optional. Scores will return to 1,600. And there will be no penalties if you answer something incorrectly. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:09:58 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 14480 at http://kplu.org Optional Essay And Other Changes Coming To The SAT Listen: At UW, A Science Fair For Schoolkids Features Human Brains And Spinal Cords http://kplu.org/post/listen-uw-science-fair-schoolkids-features-human-brains-and-spinal-cords <p>Each March, scientists around the world host open houses to get people thinking about the brain.</p><p>The events are all part of Brain Awareness Week.</p><p>At the University of Washington, that means the mother of all science fairs in a room decked out with human brains, spinal cords, finch chirping and flying fruit flies.</p><p>Take an audio tour of an event that drew more than 650 elementary and high school students.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 14436 at http://kplu.org Listen: At UW, A Science Fair For Schoolkids Features Human Brains And Spinal Cords UW's MOOC On Public Speaking Proving To Be Massively Popular http://kplu.org/post/uws-mooc-public-speaking-proving-be-massively-popular <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Washington professor Matt </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McGarrity</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> teaches a wildly-popular </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MOOC</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, or a free massive open online course open to virtual students everywhere.</span></p><p>McGarrity’s course on public speaking is one of more than a dozen MOOCs offered by UW. The communications professor likens the MOOC approach to a yoga class that might air at 6 in the morning on TV.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:05:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 14343 at http://kplu.org UW's MOOC On Public Speaking Proving To Be Massively Popular