Education

Gallaudet University's 150th Anniversary

Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As Gallaudet University celebrates 150 years as a preeminent school for the deaf, it looks ahead at the future of higher education and changes in its Northeast D.C. neighborhood.

School Choice In D.C.

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

For the 2014-2015 school year, D.C. piloted its first unified school application lottery, incorporating both traditional public schools and public charter schools into a single application process. As parents learn the results of their applications, we explore school choice in D.C.

Behind The Scenes At Local Public Libraries

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Over the last decade, public libraries have changed and evolved rapidly to meet patron demand. Directors must balance the budget, find new ways to use existing space and manage collections that include books and resources, both tangible and virtual. We talk with directors of three local systems about the role of the library in our modern communities.

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

In her first year on the job, the Fairfax County schools chief is proposing to cut 700 staff positions and boost teacher pay. Karen Garza is here to talk about education.

School Closures And The "Snow Day Effect"

Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Last night, school systems around the region began sending out word of yet another weather-related closure. Snow days bring excitement for kids and frustration for parents. They disrupt classroom instruction. But some recent studies have found that concerns about the "snow day effect" are overstated.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo speaks with D.C.'s top school official about the state of local schools.

D.C.'s Evolving College Affordability Debate

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

District lawmakers want to create a new publicly-funded college scholarship program for low-income high school graduates. But many fear a proposed "D.C. Promise" program -- which was tentatively approved by the D.C. Council on Tuesday -- could ultimately undermine existing federal scholarship programs for D.C. teens. We explore the future of college support programs in the District.

Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Think Like People

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The pioneer of "deep learning" explains how computers can learn to think by mimicking the brain's system of neural networks, and how Google and others are using that ability.

MTV's Public Service Message: Teen Moms

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

MTV's two teen-mom reality shows have been criticized for glamorizing teenage mothers, but a new study shows they've led instead to a significant drop in births to teenage girls.

Equal Punishment? Reforming School Discipline

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo looks at how new federal guidelines on school discipline could impact classrooms and school security.

Training And Norms For Sign Language Interpreters

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

We explore the training and norms for sign language interpreters after the embarrassment at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

Remembering Quizmaster Mac McGarry

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.

For five decades Mac McGarry was a fixture of Saturday morning television in Washington, hosting the teen quiz bowl "It's Academic." McGarry died last week at age 87. We revisit his 2005 interview with Kojo.

Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth Davis

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.

Kojo chats with Elizabeth Davis, the new president of the Washington Teachers' Union.

Shaping The City: Designing New Buildings On College Campuses

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

Universities are big land-owners in the DC region, and many of them are building new facilities. We explore the tensions and pressures that influence design and construction on campus.

The Evolving Job Of Public School Principal

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Today's public school principals juggle a dizzying array of responsibilities. We explore the evolving job of the public school principal and their impact on school performance.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.