Nick Pandolfo

Nick Pandolfo writes for The Hechinger Report. A native of New York City, he majored in education at Eugene Lang College and later taught ESL for four years in New York, China and South Korea. Before entering Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Pandolfo spent a year backpacking across Asia and Australia, photographing and writing stories about ferry travel to China and road-tripping across an Australian desert. He has since covered education as an intern for City Hall News/The Capitol, and his work has appeared in The Washington Post, WSJ.com, Kaiser Health News and Forbes.com.

Recent Stories

Education Nation: In Arizona desert, a charter school competes

YUMA, Ariz. — Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School looks more like an office or call center than a school. Dean of students Chet Crain…

Q&A with Heather O’Mara: Teacher-student relationship remains vital in online learning

Heather O’Mara In Colorado, a state where just this week there’s been controversy as three foreign-language teachers lost their jobs when their classes moved online, there are…

Round-up of leading thinkers on parent-trigger laws

Parents in Adelanto, Calif., scored a victory for advocates of the “parent-trigger” law last week. The law allows public-school parents who gather signatures from a majority of their peers to…

Q&A with Ryan Meyer: The inner ear’s connection to academic performance

Ryan Meyer In 2007, Ryan Meyer left his job consulting for Dai Nippon Printing and moved home to Indiana to help his mother turn a personal project…

Q&A with Jonathan Lightman: The uncertain future of California’s community colleges

Jonathan Lightman This winter, California voters have a big decision to make. To help climb out of a nearly $9 billion shortfall, California passed a budget last…

Using video games to enhance teaching and learning

There’s a question caroming off the walls of many teacher lounges, company boardrooms and research centers alike: Do video games belong in America’s classrooms? For game designers, the answer is clear.…

Q&A with Daniel DeCillis: Major changes needed for California to further digital learning

Daniel DeCillis, of the California Council on Science and Technology It seems reasonable to think that California—home to Silicon Valley—would be ahead of the game when…

As online education spreads, new studies question its effects on students

Online education for K-12 students spread rapidly in the United States this year, aided by new technologies and ideas such as “flipped classrooms,” according to a study released on June…

The teacher you’ve never met: Inside the world of online learning

Good works from her home office in Thornton, Colo. (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) THORNTON, Colo.—Teacher Jane Good hurries around her kitchen on a recent morning in this…

Q&A with Superintendent Mike Hanson: Fighting to save California’s stressed schools

Fresno Superintendent Mike Hanson California’s fiscal crisis has hit public education particularly hard. School districts continue to slash budgets and lay off teachers, as state funds haven’t…

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