Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 6-7 pm
  • Hosted by Stephen Smith


Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn.
From American Public Media.

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 6 to 7 pm, WDIY will be airing a special broadcast of Educate from American Public Media, titled 'Hard Words: Why Aren't Our Kids Being Taught to Read?' This one-hour national documentary and podcast series by Emily Hanford and the Educate team focuses on Bethlehem public schools and the difficulty they face with teaching children. 

Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators around the country don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set-up to fail. This edition of Educate puts Bethlehem public schools in the spotlight as they confront and try to turn around a startlingly low proficiency on the state reading test.

What we're interested in
We're all about education. We care about equity and opportunity and how people learn. We dig deep into education research. We're curious about how research translates into policy — or not. We think good teaching is hard. We think history has a lot to tell us about why things are the way they are. We believe in vivid storytelling.

What we produce
We're a podcast, produced in collaboration with education reporters at The Hechinger Report. (Subscribe below for a new episode every two weeks.) We also produce an annual season of radio documentaries that air on public radio stations nationwide. You'll get the documentaries in the Educate podcast, or we have podcast feeds dedicated solely to documentaries.

Our team
We're a team of audio producers from APM Reports. Our host is Stephen Smith. Our producer is Alex Baumhardt. Our editor is Chris Julin. And our senior producer is Emily Hanford. We also have research fellows. Get in touch with us if you want information on how to apply.

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