APM Reports: Focus on Education

Series produced by American Public Media

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From preschool to the post-secondary years, this series of documentaries explores the question, "What kinds of education are needed for people and communities to thrive in the 21st century?"

From preschool to the post-secondary years, this series of hour-long documentaries explores the question, "What kinds of education are needed for people and communities to thrive in the 21st century?" Stephen Smith and Emily Hanford pursue meaning behind research in how we learn and teach, and what's being done across the country to strengthen our systems of education.


30 Pieces

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Caption: Teacher Christopher McFadden is a member of The Fellowship, a group in Philadelphia trying to recruit and retain black male teachers. Only 2 percent of teachers in American public schools are black men., Credit: Emily Hanford
(8/28/2017) There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggl...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KUER, Georgia Public Broadcasting, KOSU, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more


  • Added: Aug 28, 2017
  • Length: 52:58
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Frank Campbell was a teenager when he was sold to keep Georgetown University afloat. He was one of some 272 enslaved people sold by Jesuits in Maryland to plantations in Louisiana., Credit: Ellender Memorial Library, Nicholls State University
(9/4/2017) As more schools begin to confront their participation in slavery, they also consider how to make amends.

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Kindergartners in an Ohio classroom learning letters. One in five American kids struggles to read, and many of them have dyslexia. But public schools are failing to identify or treat dyslexia, even though there are proven ways to help kids with dyslexia l, Credit: Emily Hanford
(9/11/17) Public schools are denying children with dyslexia proper treatment and often failing to identify them in the first place.

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone. But new research shows that with the country growing ever more economically ...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 5
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At 19, Mario Martinez felt fortunate to have escaped his rough neighborhood and enrolled in a community college. But the odds that he would earn hi...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
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You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class. I...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
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Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some case...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
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Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cos

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Moving a lot is hard on school kids. And millions of children in the United States have unstable housing. A growing body of research finds that re...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeate...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:59