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Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar Oct.10, 2017

Oct 10, 2017


Stories Behind the Fog: Briana

Oct 5, 2017
Stories Behind the Fog

Briana Johnson was homeless and struggling to remain in school. When she found the Life Learning Academy, fellow students gave her shelter and Principal Teri Delane helped her through difficult years. Briana spoke to Stories Behind the Fog's Arjanna van der Plas about her time there.

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar September 26, 2017

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar September 12, 2017

Sights & Sounds: Sanaa Khan

Aug 24, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Illustrator, printmaker and artist Sanaa Khan told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Used with permission from John Morgan under Creative Commons Flickr license


Wednesday marks the first day of classes at the University of California, Berkeley, which means it’s also the first day of classes for new Chancellor Carol Christ.

"Commencement 2014" by CC Flickr user CSU Monterey Bay, resized and recropped


Earlier this month, the Cal State University Chancellor announced something huge.  He issued an executive order that will radically change what’s known as “remedial” education.


A psychology team at Stanford studied whether self-affirmations actually work to improve academic performance for students of color.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar June 27, 2017

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar June 13, 2017


We’re continuing our discussion with 2017 Peacemaker Award Recipients. Phoebe Vanderhorst, founder of Way-Pass: Women's Aftercare Program and Supportive Services, joins us to discuss the unique barriers formerly incarcerated women face.

On today's Your Call we revisit our conversation with Dr. Ajay Chaudry, a social policy analyst and co-author of Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Looking At Education with  Carol Kocivar May 23, 2017

Claire Stremple

The KALW News team is looking for an experienced radio reporter to provide stories and Q&As about education for our daily news magazine Crosscurrents and to produce spots for our new daily newscasts.

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar May 09,2017

May 9, 2017

California kids are at risk of losing after-school and summer programs. Katie Brackenridge from the Partnership for Children & Youth joins Carol to explain how these programs help students, particularly low-income students.  Find out more at

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California releases proposed cannabis rules ... Nevada plans legal sales in July ... Federal crackdown not likely (at the moment) ... Schools block cannabis use ... Where DEA thinks teens hide pot ... and more.

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar April 25, 2017

 A conversation with Timothy Walker about his new book Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms. Finland has earned awards for creating a top tier education system.

Your Call: The child care crisis in America

Apr 19, 2017

A conversation with Dr. Ajay Chaudry, a social policy analyst and co-author of Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality. Compared to other advanced economies, the US government invests less in children under the age of five. 

Marsha Rosenbaum joins Carol to give an update on California's new drug law and suggest how parents can speak with their children about drugs.  Marsha is director emerita of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance, where she spearheaded DPA's work on youth and drugs and created the Safety First booklet.

The Bay Area has about 250 thousand Muslim residents – more than three percent of the region’s population. But what many people know about Islam is limited to anti-Muslim messages that have come from the highest political office holders.

What will the next four years look like for public education? Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, has spent years successfully working to privatize education in Michigan, and Donald Trump's budget calls for $9 billion in cuts to the Department of Education.

Carol talks with Kathleen White about the teacher shortage and what City College of San Francisco is doing to help.  The City College Teacher Prep Center provides information, resources and advice for students interested in teaching as a career. This includes assistance with university transfer for advanced degrees as well as support to obtain elementary, secondary and CTE credentials.

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Joseph Pace and guests explore the San Francisco Chronicle's VisionSF, a program honoring Bay Area leaders in social justice and innovation.

Claire Stremple

If you live in the Bay Area, chances are you know about Golden Gate Park. But you might not have heard about San Francisco’s second largest park: McLaren.

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar Mar.07,2017

Mar 7, 2017

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar

Jill Wynns joins Carol to talk about the future of public education.  What is the federal role? What really works to improve schools? What is the story on vouchers? Jill is the past president of the California School Boards Association and the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. 

Ben Trefny


This past Tuesday, Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed as Secretary of Education.


Photo courtesy of Lisa allanson and Lisa McDonough

Lisa Allanson and Lisa McDonough are the founders of Teen Hackz, a program designed to help teens understand themselves and others.


How did a teacher-led coalition defeat a charter school expansion initiative despite being outspent by dark money and out-of-state contributions?