Learning Matters

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Learning Matters is an independent media production company focused on education. We've been telling stories and creating award-winning programs for over fifteen years.  Watch our work on PBS NewsHour and online.

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This series follows Paul Vallas through his first year as Superintendent as he charges forward to make inroads against obstacles that have long plagued New Orleans? schools.

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While our country is on the eve of electing a new leader, our nation?s education system is in crisis. What should our next President do to fix it? We posed that question to educators, students, parents and policy makers and created our ?Education Advice to the Next American President? podcast series.

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This series follows Michelle Rhee's attempts to reform one of the most challenged school districts in America--Washington, DC. Can Rhee provide a model of reform for the entire country, delivering on her promise of an excellent education for every child?

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Nearly ten months after Haiti's devastating earthquake that killed thousands and left 1.5 million homeless, not much has improved. But people are working to change that.

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We're kicking off our campaign with diverse points of view from people who are working hard to change U.S. education. Listen to what they have to say and then submit your own advice at http://edadvicefornextpres.org.

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When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, it dealt a massive blow to an already struggling school system. This series follows Paul Vallas through his first year as Superintendent as he charges forward to make inroads against obstacles that have long plagued New Orleans’ schools.

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The "Race to the Top" competition is unlike any education reform effort in U.S. history. This series of reports covers the past and present of school funding by government.

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What is it actually like for young Teach for America corps members, thrust into a classroom after eight weeks of training? What motivates them to teach, and what will keep them in schools after their two-year commitment ends? And is, as a recent study asks, Teach for America accomplishing its goal of creating lifetime civil servants? This series explores those questions. Over the course of two years, Learning Matters producers followed 7 Teach for America recruits as they fulfilled their assignments in New Orleans.

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What is it actually like for young Teach for America corps members, thrust into a classroom after eight weeks of training?

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What is it actually like for young Teach for America corps members, thrust into a classroom after eight weeks of training?


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Caption: Mackenton Louis reads to a group of kids at Lycee Toussaint L'Ouverture in Port-au-Prince, Credit: Judith Scherr/Learning Matters
A group of readers heads out to tent camps around Haiti to read to children displaced by the earthquake.

  • Added: Nov 22, 2010
  • Length: 07:52
Caption: SOPUDEP school in Morne Lazarre, a poor hill town outside of Port-au-Prince, Credit: Amanda Thieroff/Learning Matters
Most Haitian schools suffered at least some damage in the January earthquake. If they weren’t completely flattened, they’ve since been deemed “stru...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2010
  • Length: 04:38
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What happens when a 24-year veteran teacher is suddenly rated "ineffective" and loses her job?

  • Added: Sep 22, 2010
  • Length: 13:01
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The New York Times recently referred to today's youth - the "digital natives" - as "Generation Plagiarism." What do young people have to say about ...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2010
  • Length: 03:43
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Paul Vallas thinks the era of teaching as a career is coming to an end. What does the experiment in New Orleans tell us about what it means to be a...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2010
  • Length: 11:09
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Walter L. Cohen H.S. in New Orleans, LA was once called one of the most dangerous schools in America. Not anymore.

  • Added: Jul 28, 2010
  • Length: 08:18
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Among Detroit’s many problems: a public school system so deep in debt that last year, the state took it over. Michigan’s governor hired Robert Bob...

  • Added: May 25, 2010
  • Length: 08:18
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Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb was brought in to fix a school system that's a big mess. But who's paying his salary? Private foundations t...

  • Added: May 25, 2010
  • Length: 05:18
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One actor from the cast of the new HBO television show "Treme" is doing more than just acting.

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2010
  • Length: 03:57
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University of Tennessee graduate Kady Amundson’s days rarely end when school is over. At the start of her Teach for America assignment, her school ...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2010
  • Length: 06:16