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St. Louis Public Radio: Wash U offers Black studies workshop to teach educators about St. Louis’ Black history

St. Louis Public Radio: More than one-third of St. Louis K-12 students change schools midyear, new report shows

The 74: District-University Partnership Shakes Up St. Louis School Leadership

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis universities and schools are teaming up to study education issues

St. Louis Magazine: The turnaround strategy inside St. Louis Public Schools that may be working—and may get discontinued

Communities Forward Podcast: Developing Strong Educators, Part 1

Communities Forward Podcast: Developing Strong Educators, Part 2

St. Louis Public Radio: Wash U Brings Climate Change Education To University City High School

Edutopia: Science Lessons That Tap Into Student Curiosity About COVID-19

KMOV: Wash U students start volunteer tutoring service for kids using virtual learning

Fox 2 News: STEM Challenges to help kids stay engaged with science and math

Edutopia: Using Human-Centered Strategies to Adapt Science Lessons for Remote Learning

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Learning science brings public, private schools together at Green House Venture in St. Louis

St. Louis Public Radio: Math314 Tries To Help Students Do More Than Memorize Math Equation

Associated Press: Washington University in St. Louis to be free for low-income Missouri, southern Illinois students

St. Louis Public Radio: Wash U Will Give Free Tuition To Low- To Mid-Income Students From Missouri, S. Illinois

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Washington University’s Pledge program will provide a free college education for low-income students from Missouri and southern Illinois

St.  Louis Post-Dispatch: Teachers take field trips to learn about what students need in St. Louis workplaces

SiriusXM Entertainment:  Host Joe Madison interviews College Prep founder Leah Merrifield

St. Louis American: Algorithms and African-American life

Rotten Apples Podcast:  Rentable Science: Student Engagement Delivered!

St. Louis Public Radio: Embracing a different approach: How some St. Louis school districts are connecting health, education

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Creating a STEM-strong St. Louis

St. Louis Public Radio: WashU-supported residency program puts second-career teachers in the classroom

St. Louis American:  Gateway Greening, Monsanto, WUSTL partner with Normandy Schools

St. Louis Public Radio:  St. Louis-area students experience scientific research firsthand

St. Louis Public Radio: ‘It’s reshaping the way I see teaching’ — Wash U program aims to improve science education

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Teachers learn how to spark early interest in STEM careers

MTVU Stories: WashU students empower young women

St. Louis American: College Prep scholars graduate, head to college

St. Louis Public Radio: Hawthorn InvestiGirls program makes college feel ‘more real’

KMOX Radio: Wash U’s College Prep Readies Low-Income Scholars for Higher Ed

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Teacher residency approach aims to produce educators who stay

Warren County Record: Warrior Ridge students get MySci

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Students are judge and jury at St. Louis high school

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis County school district creates space for black girls to find their voice

St. Louis Jewish Light: Sharing the Great Outdoors

Warren County Record:  A new program for teaching science

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Editorial – Students can flourish in healthy environments

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis researchers will use $1.1 million grant to develop a healthy school model

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: His father is a Washington University janitor. Now, this Bosnian refugee will study there.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: School health clinics are growing in number in St. Louis region

St. Louis Public Radio: KIPP high school among 3 new charter schools opening in St. Louis this week

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Boeing-Washington University in St. Louis Partnership helps diversify STEM fields

iHEART Communities w/ Jade Harrell: Harrell talks to WashU’s Leah Merrifield about its stellar College Prep Program

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: KIPP St. Louis marks milestone with opening of first high school

St. Louis Public Radio:  The doctor is in: Normandy High one of three districts with health clinics on site

St. Louis American: Students find solutions to community problems Hands-on science ignites passion in young minds

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Magnet school in St. Louis celebrates milestone: its 1st graduates

St. Louis American: WUSTL graduates 25 College Prep Scholars

Riverfront Times:  Gateway to the Great Outdoors Is Teaching St. Louis Kids About… the Great Outdoors

KSDK: Saturday Scholars: Paving the way for St. Louis’ future

KSDK: STEAM event inspires young women

KMOV: Local charter school partners with Washington University to provide free education

Fox 2:  Washington University partners with KIPP to increase college completion rates

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: WashU offers a free ride to KIPP alumni who meet academic standards

St. Louis American: Education advocate: Deborah Patterson honored

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Gifted school takes root in Ferguson-Florissant

St. Louis Business Journal: Eyeing a higher salary? Look at STEM jobs

St. Louis American: WUSTL announces need-based scholarships for local students

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: At worldly St. Louis school, soccer field is stuff of dreams

South County Times: College Prep

St. Louis American:  From college student to college adviser

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Jennings High School celebrates its in-house free medical clinic

Ladue News: Architects of Tomorrow: The Alberti Program

National Public Radio: The Superintendent Who Turned Around A School District

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: College, universities have obligation to help their communities

Hechinger Report: Q&A with Leah Merrifield: A leading voice for socioeconomic diversity at Wash U.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Young Scientists Program: WashU grows young scientists

St. Louis Public Radio: Architecture firm celebrates design: Its own and a building program for children

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Hawthorn Leadership School opens as Missouri’s only public girls’ school

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Jennings schools increase awareness of trauma’s impact on learning