Class Of 2025

Class Of 2025

Class of 2025 offers an in-depth exploration of some of the issues that students from Oregon face today, seen through the lens of the students themselves.

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February 27, 2021 16 min
The Class Of 2025 is in middle school but transitioning soon to high school. Here's an episode looking further out, and what it's like to be in a different transition - going away to college in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Two middle school teachers talk to OPB Think Out Loud host Dave Miller about what it’s like in the virtual classroom right now -- how to keep students engaged, talk about current events, and what might happen when things go back to “normal.”
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February 2, 2021 17 min
Here’s another youth-produced podcast, this time from KUOW in Seattle. It’s called RadioActive. In this episode, teen reporters combine a fictional story with questions and answers about polarization, belonging, and social media.
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January 19, 2021 22 min
We’ve wrapped up this season of Class Of 2025, but we’re back to share another show we think you’ll like: tbh, from KALW. It’s a chance to hear straight from high school students in the Bay Area. This episode, they’re talking about race, education, and punishment.
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Middle school is almost over for the Class Of 2025 -- high school is next. An update on 8th grade, and a look to the future.
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For two Black students in the Class Of 2025, learning at home has been better than getting an education in-person. Why? How do these students’ experiences in school with peers and teachers compare to being at home with parents and pets? We hear Rayshawn and Josh’ stories, plus talk to a couple of University of Virginia professors.
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We’ll be back next week with episode 6, but here’s a bonus in the meantime - a conversation with OPB host Geoff Norcross and Michael Contreras, principal of Ron Russell Middle School - where most of the Class Of 2025 goes to school.
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Middle school is a time of changes -- academic, social, emotional, and physical. For boys, puberty tends to start in the middle of middle school -- later than for girls. What effect does that have on differences between boys' and girls' learning and behavior? How much do "old school" gender roles play into it? Johnathan and Joel share their challenges with middle school, and we'll talk brains with a neuroscienti...
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It’s Friday the 13th, the last day of in-person school, and Nathan Tew was teaching about the bubonic plague. New teachers to a middle school reflect on how the school year blew up, their scramble to maintain contact with students, and how things are going now.
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Teens are online a lot, and the pandemic pushed teens online even more -- whether through a computer or phone screen. At the same time, adolescence is an important time for building friendships and social connections. How are teens staying connected? Kaylie, Ava, Osvaldo, and Josh share their digital insights.
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School isn’t the only thing COVID-19 is interrupting. Being stuck at home means boredom, frustration, loneliness -- not to mention the fear and anxiety that comes with living through a pandemic. We hear from Shelby, Ava, Kaylie, and their families about life at home during COVID-19, plus a University of Oregon psychology professor weighs in.
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The Class of 2025 was halfway through middle school when COVID-19 shut down classrooms. At first, teenagers were excited for an extended spring break. But weeks turned into months of students staring at computer screens and the same walls of their homes. We hear from Anais, Rayshawn, and their families about what it’s like trying to learn during a global pandemic.
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October 5, 2020 1 min
OPB has followed a group of Oregon students for 8 years. The Class of 2025 is in the middle of middle school now - where school and social drama met a pandemic, protests, and an economic downturn. Learn what it’s like to be 13 in 2020.
The Class of 2025 podcast is coming to you this November, from Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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October 9, 2017 21 min
What should schools do when a politically charged issue like immigration scares students? Find out in the final episode in this season of the "Class of 2025."

Learn more about the “Class of 2025” project and podcast at opb.org/2025.
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Is your mind more like a muscle that you can build? Or a machine that does some things well, and others not at all? "Class of 2025" explores “mindsets” through students Austin and Jason.

Learn more about the “Class of 2025” project and podcast at opb.org/2025.
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September 25, 2017 24 min
How should schools teach students who are way ahead of the pack? We follow two Talented And Gifted students in the Class of 2025.

Learn more about the “Class of 2025” project and podcast at opb.org/2025.
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Students with learning disabilities have struggled to progress through school for decades. States have increased their focus in recent years on disabilities like dyslexia. Meet "Class of 2025" student Shelby and her efforts to become a better reader.

Learn more about the “Class of 2025” project and podcast at opb.org/2025.
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Ashley has done a great job of learning English as her second language. But what about her first language, Spanish?

Learn more about the “Class of 2025” project and podcast at opb.org/2025.
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Fourth grade marked his first time back in a public school after being homeschooled in his family’s trailer. But partway through the year, Ethan became homeless.

Learn more about the "Class of 2025" project and podcast at opb.org/2025.
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Coming soon from OPB, a new podcast from the "Class of 2025" project.

For more information about the podcast and the project, go to www.opb.org/2025.
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