Turn the Page KC: Building a City of Readers


On June 20 2017, KC-AERC partnered with Turn the Page KC to participate in Turn the Page KC's Summer event, Building a City of Readers. Turn the Page KC is an initiative sponsored by the Kansas City Missouri Mayor's office that seeks to increasing childhood literacy in Kansas City. During the Building a City of Readers event, over 1000 community children came to the Sprint Center to listen to the Mayor read a book and participate in interactive STEM activities with local businesses and organizations. This year, KC-AERC represented the Math field and conducted a survey with nearly 800 participants. KC-AERC staff interacted with students and helped them take the survey via iPad, and the results were displayed on the Sprint Center scoreboards for students to see the live results.

KC-AERC Researcher speaks on Outcomes and Progress of K-12 Education in Kansas


Associate Researcher Lauren Coleman-Tempel spoke at Friend's University in Wichita, KS on a panel sponsored by the New Symposium Society. Of the diverse perspectives represented, Lauren was one of the first women invited to speak in this organization's history.

KC-AERC Researchers Present at American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Antonio, TX


KC-AERC researchers, Meghan Ecker-Lyster and Lauren Coleman-Tempel, collaborated with TRIO SES practitioners from the University of Kansas' Center for Educational Opportunity Programs to present at AERA's Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Student Mobility in the Kansas City Area


On September 1, 2015 KC-AERC Executive Director Leigh Anne Taylor Knight presented Student Mobility in the Kansas City Area. News articles reporting on the presentation and the larger event are linked here:

Downward drag of student transience in the Kansas City Star.

Examining the Student Mobility Crunch on Tuesday's Up To Date with Steve Kraske.

Student Mobility Summit aims to raise high school graduation rates in the Kansas City Star.

Student mobility negatively linked to academic achievement, attendance on the University of Kansas website.

College and Career Readiness


As part of the high-school transitions research program sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, researchers at MU, KU and UMKC have been working to develop both a publicly available regional profile of high schools, based on college and career readiness measures identified in collaboration with districts, as well as district level profile reports for use by school leaders. On June 30th, KC-AERC researchers presented the results of this effort to an audience of school and district administrators, counselors and non-profit and business leaders.

KUCR coverage of this event, including highlights from the regional report, can be viewed here: Just How College And Career Ready Are Kansas City Area Students?

KC-AERC in the press: Researching flash mobs


LAWRENCE - If you've seen a flash mob, chances are you've seen video of it online - a group of people spontaneously breaking into organized dance in a public place. But sometimes the gatherings, often organized via social media, can turn violent, as was the case in Kansas City in 2011 when shots were fired among a gathering of young people at the Country Club Plaza.

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KC-AERC Researchers Awarded $249,000 to Study Problem with Math Student Placement


Kansas City, MO - The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $249,622 to Kansas State University to explore why students proficient in high school math courses are often enrolled in remedial math classes in college.

Research group works with Kansas City schools to improve K-12 education


Four universities in Kansas and Missouri have banded together to deploy their research strengths for the benefit of 32 school districts in the greater Kansas City area. They cemented the bi-state relationship recently with the appointment of a prominent local educator as executive director of the initiative.

Continue reading the press release at the link below.

MU, KU researchers join in schools study


Consortium of universities will provide aid to Kansas City-area school districts


Federally funded regional consortium to test ways to improve education


Kansas City Area Educational Research Consortium: Collaborative Research for Educational Improvement