Kansas City Education News
By Pat McGonigle, Fox 4 News
There aren’t many pieces of equipment, at any school anywhere, that can make a dramatic impact on attendance, test scores and the overall self-esteem of students. But teachers say it’s happening at more and more schools all across the metro. So what are these new-age contraptions that can deliver so much promise? Would you believe they’re the standard washer and dryer units for laundry? “Absolutely, I didn’t know before I came here either,” said Gina Boos with the United Way of Greater Kansas City. “And there’s been studies that show it really does help attendance because it’s one less thing they have to worry about.”
By Ray Weikal, KCPS Communications
Earlier this month, the Kansas City Public Schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps faculty conducted their annual All-City Colonel and All-City Command Sergeant Major Boards at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.
Northeast, East, Central and Southeast high schools and Lincoln Prep all sent nominees to compete for each position. Each candidate had to undergo a uniform inspection, take a multiple-choice exam, write a short essay on leadership, and then appear in front of a three-person board of two officers and a command sergeant major. The winners were Lincoln Prep students Juul Leylani for the All-City Colonel position and Glenne Hinkle for the All-City Command Sergeant Major position.
Missouri Education News
By Shannon O’Brien
A kindergartner at Leslie Bell Elementary School is accused of sexually assaulting classmates. Now parents are questioning if their kids are safe in the classroom.
The Lexington Police Department is investigating the situation that parents say school administrators knew about but didn’t do enough to stop it.
It was lunchtime on Nov. 13 when the kindergarten boy allegedly stuck his hand down a classmate’s pants and sexually assaulted her.
By Alisa Nelson, Missourinet
Gov. Mike Parson says Missouri has a problem with the number of young people smoking electronic cigarettes and the state is trying to get out in front of a problem that he says could explode. So far, Missouri has had 35 vaping-related lung illnesses and two deaths linked to vaping. During a press conference today at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Parson says a multi-agency effort has formed to launch the Clear the Air campaign about the dangers of youth vaping. “I’m sitting here as a parent, with kids and with six grandparents, you’re always concerned about things like this. They’re in the school systems now. What is their version of vaping – is it cool?
National Education News
Experts Say Active Shooter Drills Could Be Traumatic for Students
High profile school shootings continue to ramp up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack. But while national data show that nearly all U.S. public schools conduct some kind of security drill, many experts and parents are asking if the exercises — especially those involving simulated gunfire — are doing more harm than good. Melissa Reeves, former president of the National Association of School Psychologists, says the trend toward active shooter drills could harm the psychological development of young children. In a recent NPR interview, the Winthrop University professor describes how the drills can potentially trigger students who have experienced trauma and suggests schools practice lockdown procedures instead. Reeves believes the active shooter approach is being promoted by a growing security industry with school leaders being pressured to conduct such drills in order to be prepared. She says that could not be further from the truth. “We don’t light a fire in the hallway to practice fire drills, and we don’t put a child on a street corner and have someone grab them to teach stranger danger.”
Videos of the Week — A Communication Approach to Inclusion: Silent Lunch
Fifth graders at an elementary school in Nixa (Mo.) Public Schools took a unique approach to communication and inclusion, thanks to the leadership of their teacher, Chris Wilson. When Wilson found out that a student, Ella, has a hearing impairment he saw an opportunity for the class, not just for Ella.
Silent Lunch was created. Each Monday, Silent Lunch provides an extra resource for students who are interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL). This story was covered by the community’s local news station.
Thank you to Zac Rantz, the district’s chief communication officer, for sharing this video. Watch the video