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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 …
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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 challe…
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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 challe…
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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 le…
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Just This
Kansas City Public Schools District Superintendent Mark Bedell has embraced a three-pronged approach to reduce suspensions an…
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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…
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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 rest…
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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 K…
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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 …
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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 butter…
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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…
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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 c…
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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 dro…
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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 t…
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Switching The Script
Nearly two decades ago, Atlanta aimed to revitalize its crime-plagued “Little Vietnam” neighborhood, and an innovative ch…
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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…
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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 …
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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 educat…
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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 …
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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 …
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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…
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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 score…
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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 an…
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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 o…
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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 Kan…
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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 unthinkab…
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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 ca…
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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…
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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 pursu…
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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 differen…
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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 …
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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 shor…
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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 Ci…
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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 d…
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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 …
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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 matter…
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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 attend…
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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 wa…
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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…
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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…
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Common Grounds | Immigration
The Take Note team convenes education stakeholders for a conversation over coffee to discuss immigration, entrepreneurship an…
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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 inclu…
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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 a…
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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 …
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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, …
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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…
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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 eff…
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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 …
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Perspectives
These vignettes are part of a collaboration between "Take Note: Our Schools. Our City. Our Future." and Johnson Cou…
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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, accord…
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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 i…
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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 …
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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…
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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 …
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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'l…
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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 …
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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 Publi…
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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, abou…