Mary Plummer Education Reporter
Mary Plummer is a reporter on SCPR's education team, covering arts education. Before joining the beat she was an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.
Plummer began her career in broadcast at ABC News in London, where she worked on TV stories for the network’s news lineup and regularly covered Europe for ABCNews.com.
Plummer has a master's degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she won the Richard T. Baker Award for multimedia reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University and was the editor in chief of her campus newspaper. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times, PBS/THIRTEEN and the Yomiuri Shimbun. Plummer grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.
Stories by Mary Plummer
History teachers tore up lesson plans Friday to teach a special lesson on the South African leader to kids who weren't even born when Mandela was elected president.
LaMotte was perhaps the strongest ally for teachers on the school board - and a vocal critic of the superintendent. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Kayser, who joined the board in 2011, gives his thoughts on roving arts teachers, arts integration into other subjects and why the arts budget is taking so long.
The artist, who was shot to death Nov. 13, will be buried Monday. His daughter said the outpouring of support from former students has been comforting.
City school district hasn't had instrumental music classes for its 19,000 k-sixth graders. School leaders are trying to give students an orchestra.
Culver City Unified has been refining its arts plan for a decade. Now, the district even offers specialized music instruction to its kindergarteners.
Bruce Reed will become president of the Broad Foundation starting in mid-December. He's been on Vice-President Joe Biden's staff since January 2011.
A national arts group is moderating an online discussion Tuesday about the brain and creativity. The webinar is free and open to the public.
L.A. Unified is one of several school districts that divides arts teachers time among several elementary schools. But the program's been cut over the years.
Cal State Fullerton will screen projects by 31 finalists for CSU's 23 annual Media Arts Festival. They include film, video, documentaries and other new media projects.
The Art of Education asked arts teachers to share their most challenging moments in the classroom. The responses may surprise you.
The board gave Deasy a satisfactory approval – an annual condition of extending his contract. Board staff would not say how many voted in favor or how many against.
Rumors of LA Unified head John Deasy's resignation reached a fever pitch Thursday after media reports. Deasy says he hasn't tendered his resignation — but will he?
L.A.'s Music Center has been a leader in not just productions - but also arts education. It's now making its Artsource lesson plans available online for free.
California's state education code requires arts education instruction, but is it really happening? Take Part in KPCC's arts ed survey.