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Generation XL: A 10-Year Weigh-In
Ten years after an in depth examination of the issues relating to childhood obesity, KCPT checks in to see what progress has been made to address the issues that cause obesity. Week in Review Host Nick Haines discusses where we ar…
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"E" Is For Exercise
A decade ago, Kansas City Public Television aired a 10-part series, Generation XL, which examined “the obstacles and challenges facing schools in their battle against sedentary lifestyles and bad eating habits among children.”…
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Say Cheese!
A decade ago, Kansas City Public Television aired a 10-part series, Generation XL, which examined “the obstacles and challenges facing schools in their battle against sedentary lifestyles and bad eating habits among children.”…
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Tipping The Scale
Like every dieter, the Kansas City region has made its share of resolutions. We would, collectively, move more and consume less. We would cut down on barbecue and stock up on vegetables. Most significantly, we would halt the alarm…
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Just This
Kansas City Public Schools District Superintendent Mark Bedell has embraced a three-pronged approach to reduce suspensions and counteract ineffective discipline measures. It involves the implementation of restorative justice, the …
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Week In Review: School Choice in Missouri
Across Missouri, there's swirling speculation that Gov. Eric Greitens and the State Board of Education plan to oust education commissioner Margie Vandeven and make a bigger push for the expansion of charter schools. Watch KCPT Wee…
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How Kansas City Schools Are Using a Restorative Justice Approach to Discipline
Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell is approaching discipline reform with a three-part plan focused on restorative justice, meditation and mentorship. As Take Note begins its examination of the plan, we explore t…
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Too Much of a Good Thing?
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 families to navigate a school landscape that offers more than …
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Creating Change from Tragedy
Nicole Hockley's son, Dylan, was one of 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. After the tragedy, she and other Sandy Hook parents founded Sandy Hook Promise to lobby for background checks. That was part of what…
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Learning from Sandy Hook
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 butterfly. “He’s my beautiful baby boy with captivating eyes and infectious giggle and warm deep cuddles. H…
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Winning by Attrition
As its name suggests, University Academy was created to prepare students for college. By most measures, the charter school in Kansas City is a tremendous success. In 2016, University Academy received a 100 percent score on the sta…
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Rethinking 'Troublemakers'
Turn the Page KC, the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department and the mayor’s office convened school district leaders and community stakeholders in September to review city-wide suspension data. This data from the Center for Civ…
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American Graduate Day
American Graduate Day 2017 is a four-hour, live broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students…
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Looking to Bear Fruit
In the orchards of Lafayette County, which is located just to the north and east of Kansas City, the peaches are giving way to apples. While locals and immigrant laborers work the land, the county’s educators have joined togethe…
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Switching The Script
Nearly two decades ago, Atlanta aimed to revitalize its crime-plagued “Little Vietnam” neighborhood, and an innovative charter known as the Drew School was a key part of the project.   Today, Drew is ranked as one of Scho…
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Understanding Trauma-Informed Care
School districts around the region are embracing the idea that educators must understand underlying issues, such as a violent home life or a history of sexual abuse, that are driving bad behavior or poor academic performance among…
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Feeding the Mind
Education and nutrition go hand in hand. If a child is hungry or malnourished, it’s a good bet they can’t concentrate on their studies. That premise underpins the federal school-lunch and school-breakfast programs, which provi…
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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 education. We went to Blue Valley to learn about their new mental health resources in “We Struggle, Too,” …
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Trauma-Informed Care Transforms Lee’s Summit School
Summit Ridge Academy administrators knew that old-school discipline wasn’t cutting it. Instead of suspension, many kids at the Lee’s Summit “alternative school” — which serves middle and high school students who need a d…
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Forging Their Own Path
Kenya Davis is a product of the Kansas City, Kansas, school district, as is her oldest daughter. But Davis’ enthusiasm for public schools waned when her youngest daughter, Sasha, entered Kansas City Public Schools. Sasha attende…
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Summer Meal Programs Work, But ...
The quest to address childhood hunger in the Kansas City region unites concerned citizens of all types around one of the most admired programs in our area: BackSnacks Run by Harvesters — The Community Food Network, the program s…
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We Struggle, Too
There's a perception that the grass is greener in the Blue Valley School District. That may be. After all, the academic scores are consistently high, the facilities are immaculate, and incomes are significantly above average. But …
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Preparing for College | Common Grounds
The "Take Note" Team convenes 2017 high school graduates from around the metro to discuss their opinions on school quality and advice to next year's graduates. See what factors they feel contributed to their success, and whether t…
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In His Shoes
Eighteen year old Josh Metje has a prestigious scholarship awaiting him at NYU, but to get there, he's faced his own share of tragedy. After his brother was murdered, Metje struggled with overwhelming grief. He credits his teache…
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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 Greater Kansas City. That child, Wendy Medina, 25, of Kansas City, received invaluable financial assistance through …
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Building From Within
It took three years and two superintendents, but in 2013, a band of Kansas City Public Schools parents achieved the unthinkable: the reopening of an elementary school in a rapidly contracting district. The school was Hale Cook, wh…
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Working Toward a Solution
Summer internships and jobs might be a rite of passage. But often inner-city kids lose out to well-connected families that cash in favors to land their child a primo position at the bank headquarters. Hire KC Youth — an employme…
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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 noting, the word "our" is used differently by different people. This week, we asked Nicholas Dorn, director of education with the KC So…
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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 students who pursued college classes while in high school. The College Now program allows high school students to the abili…
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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 used differently by different people. We asked Charles King, executive director of the Kansas City Teacher Residency Program what "ou…
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Failing To Succeed
Few industry leaders want to point out why their great ideas ultimately fell flat. Jobs, grants, money and pride could be at stake. But on Monday, national education leaders from across the ideological spectrum gathered at a Kansa…
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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 shortly after graduation in 2013, discuss Ryan's life, mental health and the implications of the new Netflix …
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Research Says ‘Voucher’ Programs Can Help Students
The drawings depict rainbows, hearts, flowers and crosses — thank-you’s to the Catholic Education Foundation in Kansas City, Kansas, from pupils attending parochial school on need-based scholarships. The money is coming from t…
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Leading With Heart
At Take Note we like to say, "This is Our City. Our Schools. Our Future." but, as we've been noting, the word "our" is used differently by different people. If you haven't heard Mark Bedell's story, it's well worth your time. The …
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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 metropolitan area, school choice can be both a blessing and a curse. It provides an array of education options, but th…
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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, education matters. This is our city, these are our schools and this is our future, so take note. Follow Take Note: Our Ci…
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Mental Health Resources for Area Families
A child’s mental health affects success in school. Mental health disorders can result in poor school performance and attendance, according to The Journal of School Nursing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says tha…
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Weighing The Choice Of Charters
Charter schools have traditionally filled a hole left by underperforming districts in Missouri. But what if that structure was radically changed? What if charter schools were allowed by states at the earliest sign of trouble – o…
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However You Say It, Kansas City is Home
Whether they speak Nepali. Spanish, French, Bermese or another language, these Gladstone Elementary students call Kansas City home. The Kansas City Public School District is home to more than 55 languages, and some children speak …
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All Smiles
It's not the most academically rigorous benchmark, but Linda Hinkley, a longtime teacher in the Hickman Mills School District, remembers her students for how they looked when they were happy. That is, perhaps, an apt metaphor for …
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Common Grounds | Immigration
The Take Note team convenes education stakeholders for a conversation over coffee to discuss immigration, entrepreneurship and barriers to learning in a series we call Common Grounds. From language and culture to community engage…
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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 include private, charter or public schools, but many parents in Kansas City aren’t aware of the options avai…
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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 improve academic achievement among public school students in the city. SchoolSmartKC, a project that started as pa…
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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 the metro, from funding to how changes in Washington impact area school districts. Nick Haines talks to area …
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Cracking The Code For Immigrant Students
Tucked within a quiet Kansas City community, Crestview Elementary School is pretty unassuming. But once inside the building, at 4327 N. Holmes St., it’s impossible to miss the multicultural faces in the classrooms or the interna…
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To Be Happy
In many ways Happy Melly is your typical middle schooler who loves to play soccer and spend time with his family. But he also speaks three languages and had to travel thousands of miles to make Kansas City his new home. Happy Mell…
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Ruckus | Show Me KC Schools' Tricia Johnson
Ruckus' Mike Shanin interviews Tricia Johnson, executive director of Show Me KC Schools, about her organization's efforts and the year-long KCPT education project, Take Note | Our City. Our Schools. Our Future. Johnso…
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Common Grounds | School Choice
The Take Note team convenes education stakeholders for a conversation over coffee to discuss school choice options around the Kansas City area in a series we call Common Grounds. From homeschooling to charters to pu…
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Perspectives
These vignettes are part of a collaboration between "Take Note: Our Schools. Our City. Our Future." and Johnson County Community College’s Advanced Reporting class. Reporting students, directed by Professor Mark Ra…
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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, according to youth.gov. Other benefits are a decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use, improved behavior an…
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Local Action Drives Education Policy
Betsy DeVos has proven to be one of the most controversial players in President Trump’s new lineup, with her conservative ideology inflaming passions as she takes the helm of the Department of Education. But, are her critics tak…
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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 Note breaks down the complex subject and finds the devil is in the details. Join us as we explore the complexities th…
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"The Bad Kids” Resonates with Students, Faculty at Kansas City Alternative High School
Before coming to DeLaSalle Education Center, NaKira, who is a high school senior in Kansas City, Missouri, says that she felt like she was a “bad kid.” “I felt like I had a real bad attitude problem; couldn't nobody tell me …
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Perceptions Continue to Shape Districts
When Heidi Van moved to the West Plaza with her two young children, she joined a vanguard of families staying in Kansas City rather than chasing the idea of a better public education in the suburbs. She welcomed the diversity. As …
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The Science of Believing
What is the single biggest factor related to student achievement? You'll find it buried deep in a 50-year-old document. You'll also see it on the faces of Kansas City youth who struggle to not let their past hold them back from a …
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How We Got Here
It has taken us more than a century to get here. That's the first thing we come to realize as we explore the current state of K-12 education systems across the Kansas City metro. A host of interesting characters, challenging tim…
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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 Public Square examine the relationship between poverty, housing and education in our metro in this town hall c…
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Ruckus: Newsmaker Mike McShane
In December, Ruckus host Mike Shanin interviewed Mike McShane, Director of Education Policy for the Show Me Institute, about Betsy DeVos, now secretary of education under the Trump administration. McShane also touched on the rol…