The New Classroom Podcast

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Teaching and learning during a global health emergency have not been easy. Educators, school staff, students and parents have all been adjusting to the new normal. The New Classroom special reporting series produced by KUAF 91.3 with support from the Walton Family Foundation explores the struggles, changes and innovations in education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast is hosted by Zuzanna Sitek, a reporter and producer for KUAF's local news magazine, Ozarks at Large, which airs every Monday through Friday at noon and 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Sundays. It features stories produced for the program by Sitek and her colleagues, Antoinette Grajeda, Jacqueline Froelich and Daniel Caruth. For more New Classroom content, click here.

Episode Two of The New Classroom includes seven reports produced by Ozarks at Large staff from the end of October through the week before Thanksgiving. The stories cover the Arkansas Department of Education's efforts to reengage students who have not reported for class, women leaving the workforce to teach and care for their children, the challenges of taking college entrance exams during a pandemic, surging enrollment at the state's public charter schools and more.

The New Classroom: Episode One

Oct 7, 2020

Episode One of The New Classroom includes six reports produced by Ozarks at Large staff from the first day of school on Aug. 24 through the end of September. The stories cover teachers' reactions to reopening schools to in-person learning, students' impressions of the first week of school, the changes impacting substitute teachers, the learning pod trend and more. For additional New Classroom content, click here.