In West Virginia’s McDowell County, parents and caregivers often lack the support necessary to raise happy, healthy children. In the second of his two part report, John Tulenko looks at new programs that offer a ray of hope.
McDowell County, WV, is a hard place to be a kid. The former coal mining community is the poorest in the state, with the highest rates of drug overdose, suicide, and heart disease. A new initiative, which includes the teacher union, is trying to turn this around.
Philadelphia's low-performing traditional schools are hemorrhaging students. So superintendent William Hite is fighting back, giving students an incentive to return by opening three high schools with innovative, project-based curriculums. Will it work?
At Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Philadelphia, project-based learning is at the core of all instruction, and it seems to work.
An expert on education technology, Lehmann says putting a laptop in the hands of every student is a “game changer”, bringing the outside world into the classroom and transforming the way that students and teachers interact.
In Philadelphia, Principal Chris Lehmann has founded a school where kids learn by exploring real-life projects and teachers teach by asking questions.
In Philadelphia, 70,000 students fled low-performing neighborhood schools this year to attend charter schools. Now, Superintendent William Hite is fighting back by opening three new high schools with innovative curriculums.