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Kansas City Area Education News

Metropolitan area students prepare for the Scripps Spelling Bee

41 Action News

Can Kansas Schools Teach Computer Coding Without Eating Up Time For Math And Science?

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, KCUR 89.3

A teenager wakes up, gets ready for school. Slips a smartphone into her pocket on the way out the door. That worries some Kansas businesses, lawmakers and educators who see a disconnect between what students learn and the technologies that have transformed everything from tractors in wheat fields to checkout lines at grocery stores.

Missouri Education News

Ten inmates earn degrees, graduate in Missouri prison

by Fox 2 now

There was pomp and circumstance. There were caps and gowns. Proud family members sat in the audience.  It looked like just another graduation ceremony — except it took place at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in the town of Pacific, where all 10 of the graduates are incarcerated.

Knob Noster ranked number one rural high school in Missouri

By DSJ Now

Knob Noster – Out of nearly 600 high schools in Missouri, Knob Noster High School ranks in the top three percent in the state, coming in at number 14 for 2019.  This ranking places Knob Noster High School among the top high schools in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best High Schools.  Knob Noster High School’s overall ranking places it as the number one rural high school in Missouri and the number one small (non-magnet) high school in Missouri for 2019.

National Education News

As VR use grows in K-12, researchers consider its impact on children

By Linda Jacobson, EducationDive
Last school year, Elenisa Vasquez led a pilot initiative in the Laredo (Texas) Independent School District (LISD) to incorporate virtual reality (VR) technology into instruction for elementary and middle school students at two schools.  The program has been viewed as so successful that this year it expanded to include all 20 elementary schools and four middle schools. Each school has a classroom set of 20 RobotLAB VR devices preloaded with the Google Expeditions, Discovery and Cardboard Camera apps.

How to Promote Parent-Teacher Engagement

A new study finds the lack of information sharing between parents and teachers can serve as a barrier to student success.

By Sara Friedman, The Journal

When it comes to giving students with behavioral issues more support, creating an open line of communication between teachers and parents is critical. But a new study finds policies, processes and tools for documenting behaviors in schools are often implemented without considering exchanging information with parents.

Informative climate change units for classrooms hard to find, teachers say

By Michael Melia, Associated Press

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she’d never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit’s hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk.  “It is a pretty scary topic to take on,” said Ms. Allen, a teacher at Sanford Junior High School, in southern Maine. “There are some pretty tricky websites out there. You kind of have to be an expert to be able to see through that like, ‘Oh, no, these guys aren’t telling you the truth.'”

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