Ed 101

Too Much of a Good Thing?

School Choice Presents Challenges For Some KC Parents

Choice can be a double-edged sword when complexity is the opposite side of opportunity. Indeed, some education advocates in Kansas City argue that it’s hard for some...

by Tammy Worth   |   Oct 19, 2017

Mental Health

Learning from Sandy Hook

Kansas City Audience Hears Ways To Prevent Gun Violence

Part of Nicole Hockley is frozen in a world before Dec. 14, 2012, when her 6-year-old son Dylan would pretend he was a b...

Dawn Bormann Novascone, Kevin Allen

Trauma-Informed Care

For Traumatized Children, An Offer Of Help From The Muppets

Cookie Monster is all wound up. The Count has him hold up his furry blue fi...

Anya Kamenetz

Ed 101

Winning by Attrition

Charter Schools in Kansas City Achieve Some Of Their Success By Not Replacing Departing Students

As its name suggests, University Academy was created to prepare students fo...

David Martin

Ed 101

Rethinking 'Troublemakers'

School Suspension Summit Challenges Education Leaders to Reevaluate Discipline Methods

Turn the Page KC, the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department and the mayor...

Take Note Staff

In The Community

American Graduate Day

Tune in from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 14 on KCPT

American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around th...

Take Note Staff

In The Community

Looking to Bear Fruit

Rural Educators Take ‘Trauma Informed’ Approach To Discipline

In the orchards of Lafayette County, which is located just to the north and east of Kansas City, the peaches are giving...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Ed 101

Switching The Script

Kansas City Public Schools Operates Charter Of Its Own

Nearly two decades ago, Atlanta aimed to revitalize its crime-plagued “Little Vietnam” neighborhood, and an...

Tammy Worth

Trauma-Informed Care

Understanding Trauma-Informed Care

What Does it Mean, and Where Did it Come From?

School districts around the region are embracing the idea that educators must understand underlying issues, such as a vi...

Kevin Allen

Ed 101

KC Leaders To Explore Disparities in School Discipline

Blacks, Males More Likely To Be Suspended

Biases, race inequity and gender discrimination in Kansas City schools are some of the alarming patterns set to be explo...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Health

Feeding the Mind

Take Note Examines School Meals Data

Education and nutrition go hand in hand. If a child is hungry or malnourished, it’s a good bet they can’t co...

Jesse Howe

Mental Health

If These Walls Could Talk

Over the course of past month, Take Note has been listening to area youth as we explore the intersection of trauma and e...

Kevin Allen

Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Care Transforms Lee’s Summit School

Discipline Referrals Plummet at Summit Ridge Academy

Summit Ridge Academy administrators knew that old-school discipline wasn’t cutting it. Instead of suspension, m...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Ed 101

Forging Their Own Path

Parental Activism Helps Launch Citizens of the World Charter School

Kenya Davis is a product of the Kansas City, Kansas, school district, as is her oldest daughter. But Davis’ enthus...

Tammy Worth

Ed 101

Student Survey

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Ed 101

Community Survey

 

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Ed 101

Summer Meal Programs Work, But ...

Key Is Addressing Underlying Causes Of Hunger

The quest to address childhood hunger in the Kansas City region unites concerned citizens of all types around one of the...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Mental Health

We Struggle, Too

Blue Valley School District Addresses Mental Wellness

There's a perception that the grass is greener in the Blue Valley School District. That may be. After all, the acade...

Kevin Allen

In The Community

Preparing for College | Common Grounds

The "Take Note" Team convenes 2017 high school graduates from around the metro to discuss their opinions on sc...

Catherine Wheeler, Timothy Holman Jr.

Ed 101

In His Shoes

Blue Springs High School Standout Discusses Overcoming Tragedy

Eighteen year old Josh Metje has a prestigious scholarship awaiting him at NYU, but to get there, he's faced hi...

Kevin Allen

In The Community

Nominate an American Graduate Champion

When it comes to improving the lives and education of children in our metro, mentors play an important role. Know a...

Lindsey Foat

Ed 101

United Way Program Propels Students To College, Beyond

Graduating from Park University would’ve been a stretch for a child of immigrants, if not for the United Way of Gr...

Binita Dahal

Ed 101

Building From Within

KCPS Parents Score Unique Victory In Reopening Hale Cook Elementary

It took three years and two superintendents, but in 2013, a band of Kansas City Public Schools parents achieved the unth...

Tammy Worth

Ed 101

Working Toward a Solution

Hire KC Youth Looks To Level Playing Field in Summer Internships

Summer internships and jobs might be a rite of passage. But often inner-city kids lose out to well-connected families...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

In The Community

Defining "Our" with Nicholas Dorn

At Take Note we like to say, "This is Our City. Our Schools. Our Future." but, as we've been not...

Kevin Allen

Student Voices

Student Voices | The Perks of College in High School

Take Note partners with Johnson County Community College's Promotional Writing class for stories of JCCC s...

Johnson County Community College Students

In The Community

Defining "Our" with Charles King

At Take Note, we like to say, "This is Our City, Our Schools, Our Future," but the word "our" is use...

Kevin Allen

Ed 101

Failing To Succeed

Kansas City Education Summit Looks To Learn From Mistakes

Few industry leaders want to point out why their great ideas ultimately fell flat. Jobs, grants, money and pride could b...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

In The Community

Common Grounds | Mental Health

On this episode of Common Grounds, the family and friends of Ryan Hill, an Olathe High School alumni who died by suicide...

Kevin Allen

Ed 101

Research Says ‘Voucher’ Programs Can Help Students

Critics in Kansas, Elsewhere Argue Playing Field Tilted Against Public Schools

The drawings depict rainbows, hearts, flowers and crosses — thank-you’s to the Catholic Education Foundation...

Tammy Worth

Ed 101

Leading With Heart

KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell

At Take Note we like to say, "This is Our City. Our Schools. Our Future." but, as we've been noting, the w...

Kevin Allen

Ed 101

Focus On: School Choice

Here at Take Note, we're asking: How do you create school choice through (blank)? For people in the Kansas City m...

Kirstin McCudden

Ed 101

Excuse Me, Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Education In Kansas City?

What do you know about education in Kansas City? Whether you're a parent, educator, or just a Kansas Citian, educati...

Take Note Staff

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | May 19

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice...

Kelly Lynch-Stange

Ed 101

Mental Health Resources for Area Families

A child’s mental health affects success in school. Mental health disorders can result in poor school performance a...

Elizabeth Hansen

Ed 101

Weighing The Choice Of Charters

Skeptics and Boosters Differ On Their Impacts On Missouri Students

Charter schools have traditionally filled a hole left by underperforming districts in Missouri. But what if that stru...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Ed 101

All Smiles

Hickman Mills Looking To Recapture Past Glory

It's not the most academically rigorous benchmark, but Linda Hinkley, a longtime teacher in the Hickman Mills School...

Kevin Allen

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | May 12

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice...

Kelly Lynch-Stange

In The Community

Common Grounds | Immigration

The Take Note team convenes education stakeholders for a conversation over coffee to discuss immigration, entrepreneursh...

Kevin Allen, Timothy Holman, Jr.

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | May 5

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice...

Kelly Lynch-Stange

In The Community

School Tours | A Simplified Guide to Investing in Our Schools

Choosing which school to send your child to can be a complicated process. Depending on where you live, your options may...

Timothy Holman, Jr.

NPR

Under Trump Budget, Nearly 2 Million Kids May Lose After-School Care

Mary Beth Burkes lives in Buchanan County, Va., a depressed coal-mining region where 1 in 4 families lives in poverty an...

Pam Fessler

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | April 28

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice...

Kelly Lynch-Stange

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | April 21

In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri applied for a state grant to resurface its playground through a t...

Kelly Lynch-Stange

In The Community

New KC Education Nonprofit Announces Next Round of Funding

A new Kansas City, Missouri, nonprofit has announced the second round of funding as part of a decade-long effort to impr...

Binita Dahal

Ed 101

Kansas City Week in Review | Take Note Superintendents Roundtable

With education stories making the news both nationally and locally, this Take Note Special addresses education issues in...

Nick Haines

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | April 14

On Wednesday, New York became the first state to offer free tuition to full-time students who attend in-state public col...

Kelly Lynch-Stange

Immigration

Cracking The Code For Immigrant Students

Northland Elementary Excels With Multicultural Student Body

Tucked within a quiet Kansas City community, Crestview Elementary School is pretty unassuming. But once inside the bu...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Immigration

To Be Happy

Education Through the Lens of Kansas City Immigrant Students

In many ways Happy Melly is your typical middle schooler who loves to play soccer and spend time with his family. But he...

Kevin Allen

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | April 7

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice...

Kelly Lynch-Stange

Ed 101

Ruckus | Show Me KC Schools' Tricia Johnson

Ruckus' Mike Shanin interviews Tricia Johnson, executive director of Show Me KC Schools, about her organization'...

Take Note Staff

In The Community

Common Grounds | School Choice

The Take Note team convenes education stakeholders for a conversation over coffee to discuss school choice opt...

Tim Holman

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | March 31

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice...

Take Note Staff

Student Voices

Perspectives

JCCC Advanced Reporting Students Bring Voices From Across the Metro

These vignettes are part of a collaboration between "Take Note: Our Schools. Our City. Our Future." and Johnso...

Take Note Staff

Social Determinants

The Science of Believing

Where Student Achievement and Hope Intersect for Our Metro's Most At-Risk Students

What is the single biggest factor related to student achievement? You'll find it buried deep in a 50-year-old docume...

Kevin Allen

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | March 24

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice...

Kelly Lynch-Stange

Ed 101

Volunteer Opportunities: Mentoring

At-risk students who meet regularly with a mentor are less likely to skip school and more likely to enroll in college, a...

Elizabeth Hansen

Ed 101

School Funding: The Devil's in the Details

School funding is a topic that regularly makes headlines but isn't often understood. With so much at stake, Take Not...

Kevin Allen

Ed 101

Local Action Drives Education Policy

Two Area Districts Highlight Close-To-Home Impacts

Betsy DeVos has proven to be one of the most controversial players in President Trump’s new lineup, with her conse...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed

A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | March 17

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice...

Take Note Staff

Ed 101

"The Bad Kids” Resonates with Students, Faculty at Kansas City Alternative High School

“The Bad Kids” airs at 9 p.m. March 20 on KCPT

Before coming to DeLaSalle Education Center, NaKira, who is a high school senior in Kansas City, Missouri, says that she...

Kevin Allen and Lindsey Foat

Ed 101

Perceptions Continue to Shape Districts

Urban Schools Are Working to Change Historic Stigma

When Heidi Van moved to the West Plaza with her two young children, she joined a vanguard of families staying in Kansas...

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Ed 101

How We Got Here

A Kansas City Education Timeline

It has taken us more than a century to get here. That's the first thing we come to realize as we explore the&nb...

Take Note Staff

Ed 101

Take Note: Does ZIP Code Matter

Should where a child rests his or her head at night impact the quality of the education they receive? KCPT and American...

Take Note Staff

Ed 101

Ruckus: Newsmaker Mike McShane

Show Me Institute

In December, Ruckus host Mike Shanin interviewed Mike McShane, Director of Education Policy for the Show Me In...

Take Note Staff

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