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
The NEA reports only 56 percent of adults received arts education at some point in their lives. The percentage dips to a third of high school graduates.
Teaching Channel has been around as an online resource for teachers since 2011. Several of its 57 videos focus on arts integration.
In an article in "New Republic," father and writer Mark Oppenheimer argues that ballet and classical instrument lessons teach kids the wrong lessons.
California students are required to perform daily patriotic exercises — at most schools that means reciting the pledge. Do they know what it means?
Did you know the original text of the Pledge of Allegiance did not include the words "under God"? Test your Pledge knowledge here.
Ahead of his new album, The Diving Board, he played an intimate concert for USC's Bovard Auditorium. He also answered questions from budding musicians.
LA Unified's board adopted the district's new arts education plan - but gave officials until Dec. 3 to produce details on implementation and arts spending.
Teaching guru Rafe Esquith opened up about how he dealt with failure early in his career and why he feels today's education assessment methods are misguided.
A roundup of creative art projects for kids that will help you get into the spirit of fall. Check out these crafts from around the web.
More than eight weeks after district officials' completion of a new arts plan, many key details remain unclear. One major missing component: a budget.
Washington Monthly released its latest list of the top "socially conscious" colleges. Two California public universities landed the one and two spots.
The Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra will hold auditions in Sierra Madre on Saturday. Bruce Kiesling is the orchestras new music director.
Students at the Orange County School of the Arts and their parents can check schedules - and grades - on exclusive app designed by a set of parents.
The Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra launched last summer to help teach 6 to12 year olds music. Most don't get it at school.
L.A. Unified's school board is expected to hear public comment Tuesday on it's newly released plan to increase arts instruction for students.