NPR A large body of research suggests that students who go to middle school or junior high do worse academically, socially and emotionally, compared to the young teenagers who get to be the oldest students at schools with grades K-8. Read the full story at NPR.
The Atlantic "What’s needed is for parents to understand that test scores track so closely with a person’s background—their parents’ education level and income—that they say little about the quality of a school," says Jack Schneider, author of "Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality." Read more in The Atlantic.
KSHB “I felt like I was on 'Meet The Press' today. The students asked some very tough questions,” Bedell said. “And some of them were based on the political landscapes that exist with this country, the way race plays out here in the United States, and kids talking about how they can help us help them be more successful.” Read (or watch) the full story at KSHB.
KCUR "An estimated one in three young people reach the age of 19 without having a mentor to serve as a positive adult role model." KCPS is working to change this with their new mentoring program. Read the full story on KCUR.
NPR Suzanne Bouffard's new book, The Most Important Year, may be just what parents of preschoolers have been waiting for; a guide to what a quality pre-K program should look like. Bouffard spent a lot of time in classrooms watching teachers do some really good things and some not-so-good things.Read the full interview with Suzanne Bouffard on the NPR site.
KCUR Crossroads Academy submitted a bid to the city to buy the old Crispus Attucks School building at 1815 Woodland Ave for its downtown high school. If accepted, it could ultimately house 500 high school students attending the expanding Crossroads Academy program. Read the full story on KCUR.