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Mattacheese Middle School website

It's been a year unlike any other for teachers during the pandemic.

They've had to hold remote classes while teaching students in-person at the same time; they've had to step into school buildings with the threat of the virus, wearing masks and getting their students to wear masks; and they've had to navigate new lesson plans.

Jennette Barnes / WCAI

A small group of parents and school staff got up early enough on a recent Saturday to make it to North Falmouth Elementary by 8:30 a.m.

They came for a morning of work, setting up outdoor spaces for kids to play and learn.

Cape Cod Reopening Task Force

As schools finalize their reopening plans for the fall, the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force plans to offer a briefing for educators on COVID-19 testing and the latest virus data.

Administrators, teachers and school committee members will be invited.

Liz Lerner

A state memo appears to say classrooms could be limited to 10 children in the fall, but officials say that’s not the final word.

The whole “no school” thing is wearing thin, even for kids. To help maintain their connections with teachers and classmates, Provincetown is offering daily video conferencing.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

In the past year, Barnstable High School has seen a dramatic increase in its population of students coming from Brazil. Today, in the hallways between classes, visitors are almost as likely to hear Portuguese being spoken as English.

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

For the past few years, schools from Provincetown to Bourne have seen an uptick in the number of students who are classified as English Language Learners. Barnstable Public Schools has been at the epicenter of this increase, particularly in its high school.

John Basile / WCAI radio

On a sunny autumn day, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Superintendent Robert Sanborn took a small group of visitors on a tour of the new Cape Tech in Harwich.

The Cape has a little over 200,000 year-round residents, and just under 15 percent are school-aged children. It’s an unusual statistic—towns elsewhere in Massachusetts have numbers closer to 30 percent, and the Cape’s school-aged population is predicted to decline even more over the next decade. For some towns, the answer to this challenge is regionalization of schools; and for some parents, the answer is school choice.

When Nobody Enrolls for 6th Grade

Dec 19, 2018
Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

A new demographic report shows that the number of children on Cape Cod has been declining since 2010, as the population shifts to one that’s more elderly, childless, and seasonal. School officials are already seeing these effects, particularly on the Outer Cape, where enrollment numbers are slipping. 

12 Cape Cod Towns Vote on New $128M Tech School

Oct 20, 2017

Next Tuesday, residents in twelve Cape Cod towns will vote to either approve or deny the construction of a new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. The new building in Harwich would cost $128 million, and raise property taxes for the next 30 years.

Supporters say it’s worth the investment in the Cape’s workforce, while opponents argue the cost is too high.

Cape Teacher Searching Seafloor for Ancient Coastlines

Jul 19, 2017
The team aboard the E/V Nautilus explores the deep sea using a remotely operated vehicle equipped with cameras and tools for bringing back samples of rocks or marine life.
Courtesy of OET/Nautilus Live

Amy Fleischer is a teacher at Nauset Regional Middle School. But for most of July, she’s part of a team exploring California’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and mapping the seafloor aboard the exploration ship E/V Nautilus. One of the main goals of the mission is to find where the coastline was during the last ice age.

Scientist Leaves Teaching Biology for Tango

Jun 6, 2016
Courtesy Hsueh-tze Lee

Hsueh-tze Lee always thought she would have a career in science, but her passion for dance took her in a different direction. Lee, who studied at MIT and had received a doctorate in physiology from Harvard University, was teaching biology at Wellesley College in the 1990s when she discovered that her favorite pastime was becoming more and more important to her.

Wampanoag Immersion Preschool Gets Started

May 4, 2016

The group that has been teaching the Wampanoag language to tribe members for the last two decades is now opening a preschool for the first time. Applications are being accepted now.

The language, called Wôpanâak, had fallen silent for nearly 150 years when Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe member Jessie Baird (Little Doe) began to revitalize it in 1993. Using a trove of documents dating back to the 1600s, Baird pieced together the grammar and vocabulary of her ancestors and taught herself to speak it.

How to Talk to Kids About Climate Change

Mar 14, 2016
Jamey Stillings and Esha Chiocchio

Climate change is heavy enough for adults to contemplate, but as a topic for children, it can be downright scary. Not to mention that the science is pretty complicated. How do we teach children what they need to know without terrifying them -- and in a way they can understand?

Developing Science Standards for 21st Century Students

Jan 26, 2016
George Joch / Courtesy Argonne National Laboratory

The Space Race inspired a generation of students interested in science. Today, the issues facing aspiring scientists are no less momentous. For one, there's NASA's efforts to put people on Mars. But, closer to home, science issues touch each of us, every day – from climate change, to genetically modified organisms, and cutting edge medical treatments. And, of course, most of us have access to the world's collective knowledge via tiny, powerful computers we carry around in our pockets.

White House Advisor Speaks on Climate Education

Dec 8, 2015
The White House

White House science advisor John Holdren says how we talk to children about climate change is important. 

"The key... is to be clear about the basics of climate change," he said at a forum on climate education at WGBH in November. "Namely, what climate change is, and why it matters. "The second thing in talking to kids is, don't just paralyze them with all the bad news. End with solutions, with opportunities."

Sandwich's STEM Academy Opens

Sep 3, 2014

A new STEM Academy for Sandwich middle-schoolers infuses everything students do with the collaborative and tech-heavy methods of real-world science.

Program Aims to Expand Access to Summer Science

Sep 3, 2014
Students in the FASETS summer science course assist Mass Audubon researchers.
Jill Reves / Falmouth Academy

Unpaid internships are a luxury some students just can't afford, so Falmouth Academy has launched a summer research program that pays.

Embracing Science and Technology as a Learning Style

Nov 11, 2013
Manomet Center for Conservation

STEM seems to be everywhere these days. To most, the acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In Sandwich, the buzzword has an additional, slightly different, meaning:

STrategies for Engaging Minds.

What are those strategies? Basically, it boils down to something educators call inquiry- or project-based learning, with a healthy dose of the technology that pervades modern life.

Over the past 25 years education reform has focused on standards, testing and school choice as a means to improve student achievement. Have the reforms been successful? And how have they impacted curriculum and the ways teachers teach? We’ll sit down with three Massachusetts educators to get their perspective and discuss their thoughts on how education might further evolve to meet the needs of students and society.


Aquariums are the topic on the second of two shows looking at ocean education outside the classroom.

Millions of Americans visit an aquarium each year. In fact, some 80,000 people from around the world visit the tiny Woods Hole Science Aquarium. For many aquarium visitors, the touch tank may be as close as they get to a first-hand experience with marine life.

Living Lab Visits Another Living Lab

Mar 25, 2013

Ever wanted to hear what it sounds like on radio when somebody get stuck in the mud? Here's your chance. And never say we won't do what it takes to bring you great science stories.

The Challenges and Rewards of Science Fairs

Mar 18, 2013
President Obama talked with Samantha Garvey, 18, of Bay Shore, N.Y., about her environmental sciences project at the second White House science fair.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Science fair winners may not enjoy the celebrity and wealth of Super Bowl champions, as President Obama has quipped they should, but science fairs can yield lucrative scholarships and prizes, not to mention invaluable learning experiences for those who participate.

The mission of Massachusetts Community Colleges’ is to provide affordable education that serves the needs of their individual regions. This means providing the appropriate coursework, training and skills students require now, while looking ahead to be prepared for how community needs will evolve in the future.