Mary Plummer Education Reporter

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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

Pasadena tries krump to lure young dancers (photos, video)

The Pasadena Dance Festival features krump dancing as its headlining act. Organizers hope the street dance will inspire young people to stay engaged in the arts. See photos and videos.

Sylmar High science teachers: We can't afford new criteria (Photos)

Science teachers said they're excited about hands-on teaching. But how will the cash-strapped school pay for the necessary supplies? The first of two stories looking at science in the schools.

Life-changing scholarship awarded to 5 Paramount seniors

Five students at Paramount High School were selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. That many awards for the minority scholarship are rare.

Public comment period begins for new K-12 science standards

The California Department of Education has scheduled three meetings to gather feedback on curriculum standards that could be adopted in November.

LAUSD summer enrichment programs reduced again

The district is cutting its summer enrichment programming to 160 schools. The free activities for elementary and middle school students include art, music and drama.

K-12 science education standards get revamp, include evolution, climate change

New K-12 science standards developed by 26 states were released today. New standards call for more hand-on learning, less rote memorization.

Yo-Yo Ma to advocate for arts education

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma participates in the 26th annual "Arts Advocacy Day" in Washington, D.C. You can join a Google hangout or tweet questions to Ma.

Giants of K-12 textbook industry face new playing field

Changes to curriculum represent a major shift in K-12 education in the U.S. How will textbooks and educational materials producers keep up?

Bringing some jazz into the classroom

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Check out this list of resources for students and teachers, which includes lesson plans and a few local concerts.

6-minute film showcases arts education project, wins award (video)

A short documentary film follows Virginia students, many of whom are disabled, as they prepare for a stage project with professional musicians.

NRA-commissioned school safety plan unveiled

Former congressman Asa Hutchinson unveiled his new, NRA-commissioned plan for school safety. It calls for an armed staff member to protect schools.

More college grads are working minimum wage jobs

A lack of high-skilled jobs in the US could be a long-term problem. The number of college grads working minimum wage jobs is up 70 percent over a decade ago.

To help students learn, talk with your hands

A new study finds that students instructed with hand gestures performed better on tests than students instructed with speech only.

PHOTOS: LAUSD cafeteria worker featured in new play

Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in community-based work, debuts "Lunch Lady Courage" at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.

Obama signs law that reinstates tuition assistance

President Barack Obama has signed the spending bill that reinstates the military's tuition assistance program into law, but troops remain without the benefit.