Emily Hanford

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  • Senior Correspondent/ Producer APM Reports
  • Role: National Program Staff

Recent Pieces from Emily Hanford

Caption: A student at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in New York conquers a high ropes course., Credit: Stephen Smith

Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools (59:00)
From: American Public Media

In the 1940s a British headmaster named Kurt Hahn set up a wilderness school called Outward Bound to teach young men the skills they needed to survive World War II. This ...
Caption: Teachers in Chicago doing "lesson study," a teacher improvement practice borrowed from Japan., Credit: Emily Hanford

Teaching Teachers (58:59)
From: American Public Media

This documentary what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to ...
Caption: Students at Howard University graduation, class of 2015, Credit: Emily Hanford

The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century (59:00)
From: American Public Media

Graduates of historically black colleges and universities helped launch the civil rights movement and built the black middle class. But after desegregation, some people began ...
Caption: Studying for the GED at an adult education school in Washington, D.C., Credit: Emily Hanford

Second Chance Diploma: Examining the GED (54:00)
From: American Public Media

Millions of high school dropouts hope their ticket to a better job is getting a GED. But critics say passing a test is not the same as getting a high school diploma, and it ...
Caption: Working a math problem at Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina, where each student gets a laptop., Credit: Stephen Smith

One Child at a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age (54:00)
From: American Public Media

Learning with a personal tutor is one of the best ways to learn. But hiring a tutor for every student was never a realistic option, until now. Can technology help customize ...
Caption: A class at the University of Phoenix's Hohokam campus in Arizona. Phoenix is the nation's largest for-profit university and largely serves working adults. , Credit: Brian Pobuda/University of Phoenix

The Rise of Phoenix: For-Profit Universities Shake Up the Academy (54:00)
From: American Public Media

The rapid rise of career-oriented, for-profit colleges and universities has provoked heated debate about the costs, quality and purpose of higher education. (9/5/2012)
Caption:  YES Prep students at an informational session at the University of Oklahoma. YES Prep is a charter school network that serves a low-income population in Houston, Tex. and focuses on getting all of its students accepted into 4-year colleges. , Credit: YES Prep Public Schools

Grit, Luck and Money: Preparing Kids for College and Getting Them Through (54:00)
From: American Public Media

Why are so many low-income students quitting college, and what leads a few to beat the odds and make it through? (8/30/2012)
Caption: The campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., founded in 1874. , Credit: Steve Woit, courtesy of Macalester College.

Who Needs an English Major? The Future of Liberal Arts Education (54:00)
From: American Public Media

The most popular college major in America these days is business. Does it pay to study liberal arts? (9/8/2011)
Caption: College students in a Maryland science class. Some professors are abandoning the traditional lecture because research suggests it's not very effective, but lecture classes are still common. , Credit: Emily Hanford

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking the Way College Students Learn (54:00)
From: American Public Media

Most college students spend a lot of time listening to lectures. But research shows there are better ways to learn. (9/1/2011)
Caption: A student picks up new job skills at the Tennessee Technology Center in Murfreesboro, a technical school where many people who have quit college go to improve their chances in an increasingly competitive economy. , Credit: Doug Strickland

Some College, No Degree: Why So Many Americans Drop Out of College, and What to Do About It (54:00)
From: American Public Media

37 million Americans are college dropouts. What wlll it take to get them back? (8/25/2011)