Devin Katayama

Education/General Assignment Reporter

Devin Katayama is the education reporter for WFPL Louisville Public Media. He earned his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago where he won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his work on street youth in Chicago. 

Devin previously worked with WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s Worldview program and with Northern California KQED’s The California Report. He credits his volunteer work with KBOO community radio in Portland, Ore. and for Vocalo.org for helping him achieve in public radio.

For more of his work, check out audiocollected.org.

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Education
3:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Flutie Effect? U of L Stops Accepting First Year Student Applications Earlier Than Ever

The University of Louisville has stopped accepting applications for first year students after seeing an 11-percent increase in submissions from the previous year.

This is the earliest U of L has maxed out the number of applicants its accepted—which is around 10,000— and officials say the success of the Cards men’s and women’s basketball teams are only part of the reason.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Former Employees Discuss Reopening Portland Boys & Girls Club, Local Philanthropist Helping

Community leaders and former employees are working with a local philanthropist to reopen the Portland neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, which The Salvation Army was forced to close in 2011.

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Education
1:04 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

How To Prevent Summer Learning Loss Through Quality Programming

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School is out for many area public school students and the concept known as Summer Learning Loss says some of those students will lose week’s worth of skills over the next few months.

Plus, studies show the losses are even greater for at-risk students, who may lose as much as two to three months of reading skills during the summer. Most students lose two to three months in math skills, studies show.

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Education
10:52 am
Thu June 6, 2013

JCPS Recognized For Improving Advanced Placement Passing Rates For Black Students

Courtesy of the Broad Foundation

Jefferson County Public Schools has been recognized for the number of African-American students passing Advanced Placement exams.

The gains are slight, but nationwide more black students are being tested in AP but "maintaining the status quo or losing ground" passing rates and/or participation, according to the educational Broad Foundation that release a report this week.

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Education
4:20 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Be A 'District Of Innovation'

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Jefferson County Public Schools is among the four school districts that were recommended and approved to become Kentucky’s first "Districts of Innovation."

Under state law, school districts can apply for exemption from certain Kentucky Department of Education regulations. These districts are called Districts of Innovation.

Sixteen school districts applied this year, but only four were recommended by the Kentucky Department of Education and then approved by the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday.

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Education
3:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What Kentucky Teachers Think Of Their Schools, Education Department Releases Survey Results

The above graph is just one of several questions posed in the 2013 TELL Survey.

The Kentucky Department of Education has released results of the voluntary anonymous teacher survey—known as the TELL Survey—which was conducted this spring.

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky teachers responded to the survey, which officials says is phenomenal. And over 90 percent of Kentucky schools are eligible to use the survey data to improve working conditions for teachers in schools. To be eligible a school needed at least half of its teachers to take the survey (and at least five teachers for smaller schools).

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Education
10:56 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Kentucky Leads Most States in Responding to Teacher Working Conditions Survey

Check out which school districts had the highest response rates.

A voluntary survey of Kentucky teachers on the teaching conditions inside their schools got a large number of responses.  

“Kentucky is phenomenal,” says Ann Maddock, senior advisor in external affairs for New Teacher Center, the organizations that helped administer the TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning Working Conditions) survey.

The anonymous online survey was open for a four-week period in March and the Kentucky Department of Education provided incentives—including raffle drawings with cash prizes—for teachers to complete the survey.

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Education
10:06 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Ad Counters 'Kids First Louisville' Criticism

The Jefferson County Teachers Association has responded to radio ads attacking the union ahead of contract negotiations with ads of their own.

The group Kids First Louisville paid for the ads that claim the JCTA’s contract creates barriers to improving student success.

Kids First Louisville Chair David Nicklies says the group has support from teachers, parents and community members but it's unclear who exactly these individuals are.

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Education
8:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

UNIQUE: 71-Year-Old JCPS Student Makes Good on Pact With Son to Earn High School Diploma

Charlette Edmondson Alexander earned her high school diploma from JCPS at the age of 71.

Graduation day is coming soon for thousands of Louisville area public school students.

We’re taking a look at unique ways graduates have earned their diplomas. 

I sat down with Charlette Edmondson Alexander, who went back into the public school system recently and got her diploma at age 71. 

"I am so proud of myself I cried when the guy told me I had passed. I'm just excited," she says.

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Education
2:55 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Review Team Recommends Most Kentucky School 'Districts of Innovation' Proposals Be Denied

School of the future, according to the popular children's show The Jetsons.
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Only four of 16 Kentucky school districts that applied to become Districts of Innovation will be recommended for approval at Wednesday's Kentucky Board of Education meeting, but officials will not yet say which districts will be denied.

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