June 26, 2019

Michael Reynolds

Kansas City Area Education News

Data Mining Uncovers Eviction Solutions and Earns National Award

KCPS team to be honored on June 25 by the Council of Great City Schools

By Ray Weikal, KCPS, The Plug

Kansas City Public Schools is receiving national recognition for its efforts to unearth the impact of evictions on students and to refine data into a cutting-edge program that helps families stay in their homes.  The Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) has announced that it is giving the 2019 Research and Assessment Leadership Award to the KCPS Division of Research and Accountability. The decision was prompted by a unique data-mining research and solution development collaboration forged by KCPS with the Kansas City Eviction Project, Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Local Investment Commission (LINC).

National Education News

Florida, maybe Alabama — will more states drop Common Core?

By Linda Jacobson, EducationDive
Florida eliminated the Common Core State Standards this year with an executive order from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, but in Alabama, getting rid of the standards is taking a more indirect route.  Next March, Alabama voters will decide on an amendment to the state constitution that would eliminate the elected state board as well as the state superintendent position. In their place, the governor would appoint an education commission and secretary of elementary and secondary education — all to be confirmed by the state Senate.

Demand for flexible classroom furniture explodes

By Shawna De La Rosa, Education Dive

  • Interest in flexible school furniture has skyrocketed. Between 2015 and 2018, the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose reported that requests for funds to purchase flexible furniture grew from 110 to 21,163, according to The Hechinger Report.
  • Flexible furniture means that classrooms can be arranged into different configurations to accommodate individual work, group discussions or small-group projects. Teachers, however, need training to be able to effectively teach in these new classroom configurations and for them to be worth the expense, the article says.

Community partnerships set students up for success in college and careers

By Shari Camhi, Education Dive
It is essential for high school students to be college-, career- and life-ready to be successful in the 21st century. High schools, and even middle schools, across the country need to be guiding students into career-paths that make sense, and make sure they have the skills needed make them employable;… By building relationships with governmental institutions, professional associations, colleges and universities, and local businesses, Baldwin students have the benefit of exercising these skills within the community and beyond. These relationships have provided opportunities and experiences, which assist in guiding students into promising career paths,…