KQED Radio Staff
Education Reporter, The California Report
Ana Tintocalis covers K-12 and higher education news and trends across California for KQED's statewide program The California Report. She has reported extensively on how policy decisions affect learning in the classroom and the effect of the state's budget woes on public education. She also strives to tell the personal and human stories in education by including children, disadvantaged youth, parents and teachers. Ana began reporting for KQED in 2011.
Before her time at KQED, Ana was the education reporter for KPBS Radio in San Diego where she reported on K-12 and higher education in San Diego County. Her work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, the California Teachers Association, and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.
Ana is also is a former fellow with The Poynter Institute, and former SPJ-San Diego board member where she managed a high school mentor program.
Ana grew up in the desert community of Palmdale, California and earned her B.A. in journalism at California State University, Long Beach.
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It used to be that teachers stood at the front of class, and students did most of their work independently, at their desks. But there's a new push in California public schools to get students learning from each other through creative and challenging hands-on activities. It's called project-based learning. Yesterday, we met a teacher who's blazing a trail at Benicia Unified, north of Oakland. Today we head to San Jose, where an entire school is betting its academic future on this approach.
If you Google "teamwork," you'll get inspirational quotes like "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." That's from Helen Keller. The idea of working in groups is the basic philosophy driving a new push in California public schools: project-based learning. It's quickly gaining popularity because the state's new, more rigorous academic standards known as Common Core require students to hone their critical thinking skills and problem solve in groups. We meet one teacher who -- partly due to his own struggles in high school -- believes project-based learning is the best way to engage students at all levels.
California high school and community college students now have a better shot at getting into the University of California. The UC Board of Regents approved a plan yesterday to accept roughly 10,000 in-state students over the next three years. U.C President Janet Napolitano says she also wants more California graduate students.
Another 85,000 students who attended the now defunct, for-profit Corinthian Colleges in California may get their student debt wiped clean. The U.S. Department of Education says students from Corinthian's Everest and WyoTech schools are now eligible for help and can apply on the website of California's Attorney General.
California has 113 community colleges. That's the most of any state in the country. Now they all might be answering to a new accrediting agency.