Gwendolyn Glenn

Gwendolyn Glenn is an award-winning, veteran journalist who has covered hard news, feature and series reports on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for many years for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPRâ


Common Core: A Work in Progress
1:12 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Blending The Arts And Common Core

Flamenco dancer Anna Menendez performs for students at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena as part of lessons that combined the Common Core standards for English literature with art forms.

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:59 am

Earlier this year, 20 Maryland teachers were paired with professional musicians, singers and other artists to develop week-long lessons connecting the arts with the Common Core standards.

The artists went through Common Core training, the teachers learned how to blend the arts into their instruction and the lessons the teams created together went live in some Maryland classrooms this week.

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10:15 am
Mon December 15, 2014

New State Standardized Tests Pose Unique Challenges To New English Speakers

English Language Learners at Bond Mill Elementary in Laurel work on reading assignments in an after-school program that's giving them extra help in reading and skills they will need for the new state assessment exams.

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 8:09 am

Students in Maryland and 11 other states and the District of Columbia will start taking new standardized tests in March to assess their progress in math and English Language Arts under the Common Core standards. But some education experts fear that students who are only beginning to learn to speak English will be at a disadvantage when they take the more rigorous, computerized exams.

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Empty Desks
10:21 am
Mon November 17, 2014

One-of-a-Kind Daycare Center In Baltimore Helps Teen Parents

The main room of the daycare center for student parents at the Benjamin Franklin High School can accommodate 24 babies and toddlers.
Gwendolyn Glenn WYPR

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:29 pm

There are nearly 1,000 babies born to teenagers in Baltimore each year, according to the Kids Count Data Center. And that has led to a lot of students missing more than 20 days of school each year, making them chronically absent.

So officials at Benjamin Franklin High school came up with a way to help teen parents balance school work and child care. They opened the city’s first all-day childcare center within a school.

The center was three years in the making. Principal Chris Battaglia spearheaded a campaign to raise nearly half a million dollars from the city school system, the state department of education, the city health department, the United Way and other donors to renovate unused space in the building. The day care center opened its doors Oct. 30.

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2:20 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Aligning Teacher Training With The Common Core

Towson College of Education students Sheldon Fleming (left) and Mike Duklewski say they are finding it easy to connect the Common Core standards to the classroom work. They say the intense focus on the Common Core will make them more marketable when they graduate and are looking for jobs.

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:41 am

The Common Core standards for math and English Language Arts have led to major changes in how elementary and secondary students are being taught. But some education experts worry that teacher training has not kept up with the changes.

Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, an education think tank that focuses on teacher preparation and effectiveness, says college education departments are not in step with the major changes the Common Core requires of teachers. “Higher education is traditionally slow at adopting changes that are happening at the K-12 level,” she said at an Education Writers Association conference in Detroit last month. “We're seeing little evidence of the Common Core being taught on campuses up until a year ago. That may be shifting, but what has happened at the K-12 level often doesn't manifest itself in the teacher training that's going on in those schools.”

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12:59 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Homework: The Good, The Bad and The Unknown

The first thing Violet Perez-Schere, a fourth grader at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, does after school is homework. Her mother questions the value of homework for young learners.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 12:06 pm

For more than a hundred years, educators have debated the value of homework and they still do today. This year, a school in Chicago banned homework for kindergarten through second grades, and some local parents think schools here should do the same.

Valarie Perez-Schere, whose younger children go to Roland Park Elementary-Middle School, says the things she’s read about young children and education suggest “that there is little benefit to kids third grade and under doing homework.”

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