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Learning Curve

Listen for Learning Curve between 7:33 a.m. and 7:44 a.m. every other Wednesday during NPR’s Morning Edition and again at 4:50 p.m. during NPR’s All Things Considered. Hosted by 88.9 WCVE Producer Catherine Komp.

As School Begins, Richmond Educator Shares Insights on the Power and Strength of Teachers

Richmond educator Danielle Greene says “teachers have the opportunity to use their talents and gifts to make the world a better place for all of us.” Greene recently spoke at the Fall Convocation for VCU’s School of Education. Before she departed for Stanford University where she’s pursuing a doctorate, 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp caught up with her for this edition of Learning Curve.


Building Civic Capacity on the Long Road to School Reform

The City of Richmond is tackling a long list of challenges facing the school system, including neglected facilities, academic achievement and hiring a superintendent. Leaders are also shaping an “education compact” to bring more stakeholders together. On today’s Learning Curve, 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp gets some outside perspective from author and professor Clarence Stone.

New Robotics Academy Preps Youth with Disabilities for Jobs in Technology

Across the country, people with disabilities face barriers to employment. In Virginia, the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities program offers training in information technology and modern manufacturing. Part of the initiative includes a robotics academy for young people with disabilities. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.


Smart Beginnings Releases School Readiness Plan for Kids 0-5

Nearly a quarter of kindergarteners in Richmond need literacy intervention. By third grade, about half of students fail the SOL math test. The coalition Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond is working to address these challenges with a school readiness plan. 

Jacque Hale says learning begins even before a baby is born. She’s Director of Programs and Community Impact at Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. She says a few simple activities make a big difference: reading, singing and playing.


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