Peggy Barmore

Peggy Barmore is a freelance writer, living in Albany, NY. She is a 2014 graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from the State University of New York at Albany. She has more than three decades of experience in organizational communication, including more than 20 years in public higher education and education labor unions. Contact her at

Recent Stories

To smooth transitions from home to pre-K to kindergarten, states must invest in every aspect of early ed

West Virginia educators say working within a high-quality preschool program that emphasizes academic standards, teacher collaboration and family relationships makes it easy to burnish their strong reputation for thoughtfully executed transitions

(Left to right) Carol Cannon and her son, Johnathan, welcome teachers Cathy Jack and Pamela George for the first of two visits the pair will make to their Hemphill, West Virginia, home. The second visit will follow early in the new year.

Home visiting in high school: Trying an intervention for toddlers on teenagers

A struggling West Virginia district sends teachers to students’ homes to help them get to college

Students in Mount View High School teacher Amber Shirley’s math class work on an assignment.

Can putting the least-experienced teachers in the highest-risk schools ever result in success?

A district seeks teachers who will put down roots and stay

A vacant lot is all there is of a proposed multi-unit apartment complex for teachers and other professionals behind the Marquee Cinemas in Welch as Reconnecting McDowell works to renegotiate funds held up by the Trump administration.

At ground zero for the opioid epidemic, schools are helping students overcome the odds

Graduation rates are up, teen pregnancy is down, but the Trump administration could cut the budget for a West Virginia program that’s showing progress

What should new teachers know before they set foot in a classroom?

States turn to the experts: Teachers themselves

Matt Stuve tries out the latest in smart televisions from Apple in one of five innovative smart classrooms at Ball State.

Teachers colleges struggle to blend technology into teacher training

Digital fluency of young teacher candidates can be an obstacle rather than an asset

Elaine Wynn, right, chair of the board of directors for Communities In Schools, congratulates Talitha Halley. In the years since Halley fled Katrina, the organization helped her realize her goal of graduating from Howard University.

What we can learn from the Katrina children who thrived after disaster

Ten years after hurricane, some students have unexpected success

Common Core tests were supposed to be immune to test prep. So why are kids spending weeks prepping anyway?

Third-graders’ reaction to timed tests: “Oh, I can’t do this. There’s no way I can do it.”