Education

Program Topic Listen
112
August 26 -28
ADA and School Compliance Revisited — The federal Americans with Disabilities Act is intended to help people access public facilities, but an Iowa Watch investigation shows most of our schools are not in compliance with the law.
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Tara Thomas, Waterloo Community Schools/Waterloo
  • Cael Rudkin, student/State Center
  • Joey Rudkin, parent/State Center
  • Hannah Soyer/IowaWatch
109
August 5 – 7
Campus Free Speech Revisited — College traditionally is considered a place where open speech and expression are learning tools, taking students deeper into issues. But does a line exist where speech on campus goes too far?
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Hansen Bretling, UNI student government diversity director/Cedar Falls
  • Carter Yerkes, UI student government communications and marketing liaison/Iowa City
  • Miranda Pollock, BVU assistant professor of graphic design/Storm Lake
  • Dr. James Hampton, BVU professor of biology/Storm Lake
  • Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute/Washington, D.C.
  • Nicholas Fisher, editor, Northern Iowa newspaper/Cedar Falls
  • Sam Gill, vice president for learning and impact with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
107
July 15 – 17
Climate Change Education — We take a look at how the issue of climate change is taught and viewed by high school students and teachers. It’s a special project, our first working with high school journalists.
Categories: Education, Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Lynn Griffin, science teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Gao, senior/Cedar Falls
  • Brennan Kohls, junior/Cedar Falls
  • Brad Baker, chemistry teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Kamyar Enshayan, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education/Cedar Falls
  • Olivia Martin, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Tana Gahm-Ad, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Stortz, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
102
June 10-12
ADA and School Compliance — The federal Americans with Disabilities Act is intended to help people access public facilities, but an Iowa Watch investigation shows most of our schools are not in compliance with the law.
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Tara Thomas, Waterloo Community Schools/Waterloo
  • Cael Rudkin, student/State Center
  • Joey Rudkin, parent/State Center
  • Hannah Soyer/IowaWatch
96
April 29 – May 1
Campus Free Speech — College traditionally is considered a place where open speech and expression are learning tools, taking students deeper into issues. But does a line exist where speech on campus goes too far?
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Hansen Bretling, UNI student government diversity director/Cedar Falls
  • Carter Yerkes, UI student government communications and marketing liaison/Iowa City
  • Miranda Pollock, BVU assistant professor of graphic design/Storm Lake
  • Dr. James Hampton, BVU professor of biology/Storm Lake
  • Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute/Washington, D.C.
  • Nicholas Fisher, editor, Northern Iowa newspaper/Cedar Falls
  • Sam Gill, vice president for learning and impact with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
95
April 22 – 24
Climate Change Education — In recognition of Earth Day, we took a look at how the issue of climate change is taught and viewed by high school students and teachers. It’s a special project, our first working with high school journalists.
Categories: Education, Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Lynn Griffin, science teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Gao, senior/Cedar Falls
  • Brennan Kohls, junior/Cedar Falls
  • Brad Baker, chemistry teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Kamyar Enshayan, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education/Cedar Falls
  • Olivia Martin, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Tana Gahm-Ad, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Stortz, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
76
Dec. 11 – 13
Student Debt in 2015 — Student debt in this country is now more than one-point-two trillion dollars…that’s more than Americans hold in credit card debt or car loans. And the amount of per-student debt has nearly doubled from just a decade ago.
Categories: Education, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Mario Rossi, Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Madeline Meyer, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Raymond Starks, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Madison Cowmeadow, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Mariah Lewis, KDRA Radio, Drake University/Des Moines
  • Christine Romans, CNN/New York
67
Oct. 9-11
Brain Drain — Iowa’s population has remained largely stagnant, and despite efforts to entice young people to stay, many Iowa college graduates are still leaving the state. And that raises concerns about the health and future of our state’s economy.
Categories: Government and Politics, Education, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Joey Wolfe, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Tina Hoffman, Marketing and Communications Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority/Des Moines
  • Jacquelyn Smith, 2015 Iowa State University graduate/Ames
  • Emma Jones, 2015 Simpson College graduate/Indianola
  • Joey Gale, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
65
Sept. 25-27
Hidden Illnesses Revisited — Succeeding in college is hard enough, but the challenges are even greater for a student with a hidden illness…one the rest of us cannot see, such as juvenile arthritis, autism, learning disabilities, depression or anxiety.
Categories: Health and Environment, Education
Guests:

  • Jacob Amhoff, student, Buena Vista University/Fort Dodge
  • Abby Gardyasz, student, University of Northern Iowa/Ankeny
  • Cheyenne Goode, student, Grand View University/Indianola
  • Brian Steffen, chair, communication and media studies, Simpson College/Indianola
  • Kate Hayden, IowaWatch/Simpson
  • Megan Quick, IowaWatch/Simpson
  • Ben Rodgers, IowaWatch/Simpson
  • Steffi Lee, IowaWatch/Simpson
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
60
August 21-23
Student Debt in 2015 — Student debt in this country is now more than one-point-two trillion dollars…that’s more than Americans hold in credit card debt or car loans. And the amount of per-student debt has nearly doubled from just a decade ago.
Categories: Education, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Mario Rossi, Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Madeline Meyer, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Raymond Starks, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Madison Cowmeadow, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Mariah Lewis, KDRA Radio, Drake University/Des Moines
  • Christine Romans, CNN/New York
54
July 10-12
Common Core in Iowa Revisited — The national K-12 common core education standards have drawn attention from educators, parents, and government officials. The Iowa Core is to be fully implemented by the end of this academic year. But what is it, and why are so many talking about it?
Categories: Government, Education
Guests:

  • Rep. Sandy Salmon, Iowa District 63/Janesville
  • Tammy Wawro, president, Iowa State Education Association/Cedar Rapids
  • Tamara Scott, Concerned Women for America/Ankeny
  • Mandy Ross, associate superintendent of schools/Ames
  • Celia Stevenson, education faculty, Morningside College/Sioux City
  • Linda Waugh, education faculty, Morningside College/Sioux City
  • Lauren Coffey, Daily Iowan Ethics & Politics Initiative/UI
51
June 19-21
Brain Drain in Iowa — Brain drain — the exodus of young and well-educated individuals from a Iowa’s economy — raises plenty of concerns about the health and future of a state’s economy. Iowa’s population has remained largely stagnant over several decades and state efforts to entice young workers to stay are not working as well as some involved in the state’s economic development efforts would like.
Categories: Government and Politics, Education
Guests:

  • Joey Wolfe, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Tina Hoffman, Marketing and Communications Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority/Des Moines
  • Jacquelyn Smith, 2015 Iowa State University graduate/Ames
  • Emma Jones, 2015 Simpson College graduate/Indianola
  • Joey Gale, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
46
May 15-17
Hidden Illnesses — Succeeding in college is hard enough, but the challenges are even greater for a student with a hidden illness…one the rest of us cannot see, such as juvenile arthritis, autism, learning disabilities, depression or anxiety.
Categories: Health, Education
Guests:

  • Jacob Amhoff, student, Buena Vista University/Fort Dodge
  • Abby Gardyasz, student, University of Northern Iowa/Ankeny
  • Cheyenne Goode, student, Grand View University/Indianola
  • Brian Steffen, chair, communication and media studies, Simpson College/Indianola
  • Kate Hayden, IowaWatch/Simpson College
  • Megan Quick, IowaWatch/Simpson College
  • Ben Rodgers, IowaWatch/Simpson College
  • Steffi Lee, IowaWatch/Simpson College
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
33
February 13-15
Thinking Globally Revisited — How important is an understanding of the world in business? Some feel having global experiences is important as related to the job market, and more and more schools are integrating these concepts.
Categories: Government, Education
Guests:

  • Crystal Buzza, director of strategic partnerships, Waterloo Community Schools District/Waterloo
  • Sherice Ortman, international baccalaureate coordinator and advanced programs coordinator, Waterloo Community School District/Waterloo
  • Ryan Rohlf, 2014 Simpson College graduate/Indianola*
  • Maria Cochran, study abroad coordinator, Des Moines Area Community College/Ankeny*
  • Leah Otieno, 2014 Simpson College graduate, Kenya native/Indianola*
  • Steffi Lee, IowaWatch/Simpson College

* denotes audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

27
January 2-4
The Year In Review: 2014 — IowaWatch has covered a variety of stories in 2014, about the key issues facing Iowans. This program includes a discussion of those topics, including traffic cameras, meth addiction, the treatment of college students who are here from other countries, payday loans, and more
Categories: Government, Health, Education, Economy, Agriculture
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry, IowaWatch/UI Journalism Professor
  • Kelsey Block, IowaWatch/UI
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
24
December 13-14
Community Colleges Revisited — Iowa’s community colleges have evolved to meet the changing needs of society, forging new partnerships with four-year colleges and the private sector to enhance career opportunities for students
Categories: Education, Employment, Government
Guests:

  • David Ball, director of admissions, Hawkeye Community College/Waterloo
  • Andy Pattee, superintendent, Cedar Falls Community Schools/Cedar Falls
  • Mick Starcevich, president, Kirkwood Community College/Cedar Rapids
  • Lee Belfield, general manager of The Hotel at Kirkwood/Cedar Rapids
  • Mike Ralston, president, Iowa Association of Business and Industry/Des Moines
  • Michele Farrell, CEO, Measured Intentions/Urbandale
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
21
November 22-23
College Depression Revisited — College students with depression often run into more difficulties than the typical student. Those who struggle the most with this often invisible disease often don’t connect with the help they need.
Categories: Health, Education
Guests:

    • Jordon Deutmeyer, student, UNI/Cedar Falls*
    • Alyson Brown, 2014 UI graduate/Iowa City*
    • Jacob Christenson, marriage & family therapy prof., Mt. Mercy Univ./Cedar Rapids
    • Linh Ta, IowaWatch/UNI
    • Rana Moustafa, Iowa Watch/UI

*denotes audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

17
October 25-26
College Student Debt Revisited – It costs more than ever to go to college, and that means student debt is now higher than ever. We’ll talk with students about how they plan to pay that debt off and with administrators about why it costs so much to begin with.
Categories: Education, Economy
Guests:

  • Roberta Johnson, director of financial aid, ISU/Ames
  • Jonathan Fox, director of financial counseling clinic, ISU/Ames
  • Gisella Baker, director of financial aid, Hawkeye Community College/Waterloo
  • Colleen Murphy, vice president for enrollment, Cornell College/Mount Vernon
  • Jessica Magill, student, William Penn/Oskaloosa*
  • Shelby Brink, student, Drake/Des Moines*
  • Jake Bemis, student, UNI/Cedar Falls*
  • Marisa La Greca, student, UI/Iowa City*
  • Ryan Ashe, student, UI/Iowa City*
  • Melanie Mackey, IowaWatch/William Penn

*audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

For archived episodes, visit https://soundcloud.com/iowawatch