Our City, Our Schools

A look at city investments in education

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About Our City, Our Schools

The series highlights levy-funded programs from pre-K through high school. Host Brian Callanan talks with everyone from principals to preschoolers about the Families and Education Levy's successes and its challenges. Is the investment paying off? How are levy programs improving student achievement? What are the benchmarks for measuring the levy's effectiveness?

Our City, Our Schools: Empowerment Math Project
Our City, Our Schools: Empowerment Math Project

Some people just aren't good at math. It's a message you may have heard in school, but educators in Seattle say it's a myth that's hurting kids' ability to learn. Sixteen teachers are working hard to change the math mindset of hundreds of students across Seattle with the help of a Families and Education Levy-funded program called EMP, the Empowerment Math Project. EMP teaches students to be creative and collaborative in their approach to even the toughest math problems. Host Brian Callanan talks with students, parents and teachers to see how the results from this program, now in its second year, are starting to add up.