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jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.
jwmartinez has written 851 posts for KC Education Enterprise

At Least Three Metro-Area Districts Apply for Federal Race to the Top Funds

At least three districts in the Kansas City-metropolitan area have expressed their intention to apply for the latest round on funding through the United States Department of Education Race to the Top program. Those three are: Blue Springs R-IV School District Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition KS City #33 In addition, a “District not Disclosed” has … Continue reading

Do you love your students?

“Do you love your students?” As we approached graduation from the School for Education, our teachers coached us on how to respond to this standard interview question. “Your answer should always be, ‘Yes.’” Sure enough, in one of my first interviews for a teaching position, the assistant principal asked me, “Do you love your students?” … Continue reading

Several Low-Performing Head Start Programs in KS & MO Retain Federal Funding

Several Head Start low-performing programs in Kansas and Missouri have retained federal funding: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/grants/dr/cohort-1-awards-results.html ___________________________________________________ Read our Twitter feed for more education news from local, regional and national sources:http://twitter.com/#!/JW_Martinez ___________________________________________________ The KC Education Enterprise has a new sister site, KC Education Research Updates, with occasional news from researchers and neuroscientists of interest to educators.

What Superintendents Really Think About Common Core, Other Education Topics

___________________________________________________ Read our Twitter feed for more education news from local, regional and national sources:http://twitter.com/#!/JW_Martinez ___________________________________________________ The KC Education Enterprise has a new sister site, KC Education Research Updates, with occasional news from researchers and neuroscientists of interest to educators. Related articles Emotional Cues Alter Perceptions of Time & Number (kceducationresearchupdates.wordpress.com)

Why?

Time for bed, Sweetie. Why? Because you need your sleep. Why? Because you’ll be cranky tomorrow, if you don’t get your sleep. Why? Because Dad and I will be cranky tomorrow, if you don’t get your sleep. Why? Sometimes I answer, “Because I said so. That’s why.” And then I start giggling and tell my … Continue reading

Missouri Legislature Sends Measure to Reform Unaccredited Schools to the Governor’s Desk

This just in from the Missouri Senate Majority Caucus Communications Director: Legislature Sends Measure To Reform Unaccredited Schools to the Governor’s Desk Bill Also Streamlines Missouri Tenure Laws JEFFERSON CITY— During the recently concluded legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly sent the Governor a measure aimed at helping students in failing school districts. This legislation, Senate Bill … Continue reading

Mars and Male Anatomy

Usually my daughter eats a hot lunch at school, but today I had to pack a sack lunch for her to take on a field trip. Her class is going to hear a talk at the Kauffman Center sponsored by National Geographic. The speaker is Kobie Boykins, a NASA engineer working with the Mars missions. … Continue reading

Second Thoughts: High School Rankings Revisited

A couple of years ago, when I started publishing the KC Education Enterprise, I dashed off a little article about some local entries on a national list of “America’s Best High Schools.” At the time, I was new to blogging and thought of such posts as ephemeral. But this story is like a ghost. It continues … Continue reading

Money Trumps All: Reflections On The April School Board Elections

Earlier this month, districts on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area elected slates of school board candidates. At least one of those candidates did not reply to the KC Education Enterprise candidate survey, saying “I have the endorsement of the NEA and the Kansas City Star,” and she thought that was sufficient … Continue reading

NEW RESEARCH REPORT Ready, Willing and Able? Kansas City Parents Talk About How To Improve Schools And What They Can Do To Help

THIS JUST IN … a new report from the non-profit, nonpartisan organization, Public Agenda: Ready, Willing and Able? Kansas City Parents Talk About How to Improve Schools and What They Can Do to Help.” The Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation funded the report. ___________________________________________________ Read our Twitter feed for more education news from local, … Continue reading

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