Mallory Falk

Mallory Falk is the Education Reporter for WWNO. She fell in love with audio storytelling as a Middlebury Fellow in Narrative Journalism and studied radio production at the Transom Story Workshop. She currently produces the New Orleans Moth StorySLAM.

Before taking the plunge into radio, Mallory worked as Communications Director for the youth leadership organization Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools. She has taught radio in New Orleans middle schools and led youth media programs in Rwanda and Appalachia.

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Charter schools are changing American education. Some say for the better, some say the worse. This week the Southern Education Desk looks at the charter school movement throughout the south. We start in New Orleans, the testing ground for the movement. Nearly all the city's public schools have been converted into charters: publicly funded, but privately run. Now other districts are looking to New Orleans as a model for school reform. 

It's a Saturday morning, and school marching bands are playing for a crowd. But they're not in a Mardi Gras parade. They're in the Superdome, where 120 schools are set up at long tables, putting their best faces forward and trying to recruit families.

One gives on-the-spot instrument lessons, another is showing off it's step team.

A new guide to Louisiana charter school law came out on Friday. It's geared toward a specific group: charter school board members.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East recently held its second annual STEM Extravaganza. The event is designed to get girls excited about science, technology, engineering and math — fields typically dominated by men. Girl Scouts from grades K-12 came to the event, held at Dillard University.

WWNO continues its series "Behind the Test" with a look at standardized testing through the lens of test anxiety. In the weeks leading up to the LEAP test, teachers do a lot to prepare students: drilling them on crucial skills, giving out practice tests, even holding pep rallies to boost confidence. But what about preparing students to cope with test-related anxiety?