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  • Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better

    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.
  • Why Parents Make Flawed Choices About Their Kids' Schooling

    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.
  • KCPS students raise concerns, questions, suggestions with superintendent

    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.    
  • Winning by Attrition

    KCPT TAKE NOTE Some high schools in Kansas City achieve some of their success by not replacing departing students. Read more at KCPT Take Note.
  • Educate Parents About School Choice

    US News and World Report Parents need help making education decisions for their children and you already know who's here to help! Read the whole story at US News and World Report.
  • How Ending Behavior Rewards Helped One School Focus on Student Motivation and Character

    KQED "Instead of handing out prizes, teachers tried to reach children by talking about what’s inside them." Read the full story at KQED.
  • Addressing The 'Mentoring Gap' At Kansas City Public Schools

    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.
  • Getting The Most Out Of Pre-K, 'The Most Important' Year In School

    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.
  • Crossroads Academy Plans To Open High School In 18th & Vine Jazz District

    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.