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Kansas City Education News

Supporting Students Outside the Classroom

By Michael Q. McShane

It’s 7:30 a.m. on a cold morning in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The sun is barely over the horizon and students haven’t yet arrived at the Crossroads Preparatory Academy charter school, but Crystalle Green is already setting up coffee, orange juice, and an array of LaMar’s doughnuts, a local favorite.  It’s all part of the job for Green, a former teacher turned site coordinator for Communities in Schools, a nationwide nonprofit “integrated student support” organization.

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National Education News

Battle Over Reading: Parents of Children With Dyslexia Wage Curriculum War

By Lisa Stark, Education Week

Kim Head’s kindergarten son, Noah, would do anything to avoid school. Hide under tables. Complain of a stomach ache. Cry. For Noah, going to school was painful and he didn’t understand why. But, his mom figured it out. It turns out Noah has dyslexia, a learning disability that makes it difficult to read and spell. Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 individuals, and is the most commonly diagnosed learning disability, said Sarah Sayko, the deputy director of the National Center on Improving Literacy. The group is federally funded and works to give educators and parents evidence-based information to help all children, including those with learning disabilities, learn to read.

Ditch the Math Worksheets and Stop Killing Kids’ Curiosity

By Kathy Liu Sun, Education Week

As a mathematics educator who also happens to be a new mom, I have serious concerns about the future math classroom my daughter will enter. One of my biggest fears is that the math class will stifle much of her curiosity and creativity that I have witnessed every day during her first few months of life.

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