Education series guests Tricia Johnson, Show Me KC Schools and Phyllis A. Chase, Ed.D., UMKC Charter Schools Center, discuss education, student achievement and education options

Trica Johnson, founder and Executive Director of Show Me KC Schools and Dr. Phyllis A. Chase, Ed.D., Director, UMKC Charter Schools Center, discuss education, student achievement and education options as a part of Urban Connections series of programming on education.

Host and producer, Donna Morrow Wolfe, Co-host and co-producer, Joseph Jackson.

Tricia Johnson, originally from Southern California, has taught middle school in Chicago and internationally. She earned her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and worked in Indonesia in support of post-tsunami development before moving to Kansas City in 2009. In seeking out a school for their two children, Tricia realized that many KC parents were struggling to find answers to their school-related questions and ended up moving from the city. Tricia founded Show Me KC Schools to help parents find the right information and the right school for their child, right here in Kansas City. When not reading school handbooks, Tricia enjoys joging on local KC trails, rousing games of UNO with her children, and discovering Kansas City’s many great neighborhoods.

UMKC Charter School Center
In support of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education’s mission “to create lifelong opportunities through education for America’s diverse urban communities,” the UMKC Charter School Center’s (UMKC CSC) mission is to empower urban youths to attain their full potential, thus resulting in a city, state, and nation that can compete in a global economy.

This is being accomplished by focusing on the following:

Development of high-quality urban schools that will retain and attract families with school-age children within the Kansas City Missouri School District;
Accountability for student achievement that will result in the UMKC charter schools closing the achievement gap with the state of Missouri regardless of economic standing, race, and students with special needs, in exchange for greater autonomy;
Sponsoring charter schools that have safe and orderly climates, high attendance, increased parent involvement, and effective governance practices, including fiscal responsibility and legal compliance; and
Providing schools of choice for parents and students that could encourage more effective practices and collaboration throughout the Kansas City Missouri School District.
Initial Information for Charter School Applicants:

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

* Missouri Charter School Law

* New School Application

* New School Timeline

2013-14 UMKC Charter School Board Policies and Regulations

Wade in the Water: Songs and Stories of the River

As the muddy Mississippi winds its way past us in New Orleans, we’re reminded of the power and place of these waterways in American culture. First, we seek the source of the mighty river at the headwaters in Minnesota. Then listen to stories of steamboat captains, riverboats and rural fisherman. And learn about New Orleans own relation to the river with Tulane professor Richard Campanella. Plus river tales from Captain Doc Hawley, Aaron Neville and Al Green.

Timing and Cues
Episode Description:
Wade in the Water: Songs and Stories of the River
As the muddy Mississippi winds its way past us in New Orleans, we’re reminded of the power and place of these waterways in American culture. First, we seek the source of the mighty river at the headwaters in Minnesota. Then listen to stories of steamboat captains, riverboats and rural fisherman. And learn about New Orleans own relation to the river with Tulane professor Richard Campanella. Plus river tales from Captain Doc Hawley, Aaron Nevilleand Al Green.

American Routes Program Number 15-30 (repeat of 14-02)

00:00 Open Hour 1
segment A: INCUE: “This is AR I’m NS in New Orleans…”
“Green River” Creedence Clearwater Revival
SEGMENT: Mississippi Headwaters at Lake Itasca
excerpt: “Wade in de Water” Empire Jubilee Quartet
excerpt: “At the River” Tennessee Mountain Singers
“Burn On” Randy Newman
“The Flood Blues” Sippie Wallace
“I’ve Got the Big River Blues” Delmore Brothers
“Big River” Johnny Cash
“Get Down, River” The Bottle Rockets
OUTCUE: “…steamboat when AR returns.”
cutaway 1: “Deep River” Haden/Jones
segment B: INCUE: “This is AR I’m NS we’ll soon be…”
“The Lure of the South” Mamie Smith
SEGMENT: Belle of Louisville Engineer Jim McCoy,
and Fishing on Ohio
“Fishing Blues” Henry Thomas
“River Runs Deep” JJ Cale
OUTCUE: “…down by the river when AR returns.”
cutaway 2: “Ol’ Man River” K Durham
segment C: INCUE: “I’m NS with our program about…”
“River’s Invitation” Percy Mayfield
“Long Gone Lonesome Blues” Hank Williams
“The River” Bruce Springsteen
“Rivers of Babylon” The Melodians
CLIP: Al Green
“Take Me To the River” Al Green
OUTCUE: “…this is AR from PRX.”
cutaway 3: “Wade in the Water” Ramsey Lewis
1:00:00 “Wade in the Water” end
00:00 Open Hour 2
segment D: INCUE: “This is AR I’m NS in New Orleans…”
“The Julia Belle Swain” John Hartford
SEGMENT: Richard Campanella
“God’s River” Emmett Miller
CLIP: Dave Bartholomew
“Goin’ to the River” Fats Domino
OUTCUE: “…Doc Hawley when AR returns.”
cutaway 4: “Moon River” King Curtis
segment E: INCUE: “This is AR I’m NS coming up…”
SEGMENT: Captain Doc Hawley
CLIP: Dr. Michael White
“When the Mighty Mississippi Sleeps” Dr. Michael White
CLIP: Eden Brent
“Darkness On The Delta” Eden Brent
“Thanks for the Beautiful Land on the Delta” Duke Ellington
OUTCUE: “…in New York City when AR returns.”
cutaway 5: “Blue Creek” J Carter
segment F: INCUE: “I’m NS this is AR our program about…”
“Goin’ to Sit Down On the Banks of the River” Blind Gary Davis
“Harlem River Blues” Justin Townes Earle
Clip: Aaron Neville
“A Change is Gonna Come” Aaron Neville with the Neville Brothers
“Many Rivers to Cross” Jimmy Cliff
“Wide River to Cross” Levon Helm
OUTCUE: “…for AR from PRX. (music end)”
59:00 end

Hour One
00:00 — Open
23:11 — cutaway 1
40:21 — cutaway 2
58:59 — Hour one close and cutaway 3 “Wade in the Water” start
1:00:00 — cutaway 3 “Wade in the Water” end

Hour Two
00:00 — Open
17:07 — cutaway 4
37:06 — cutaway 5
59:00 — Hour two end

City of Joy: From Pain to Power

Women are coming together to heal in community, with hands in the soil, in one of
the most broken places on the planet, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Playwright and feminist Eve Ensler’s life-and-death struggle with cancer transformed her. At the heart of it was her reconnection with nature. She expanded her work to end violence against women and girls to include restoring nature and our relationship with nature. With master permaculturist Brock Dolman, she tells the hopeful story of the Congo’s V-Day Farm.

Nature’s Intelligence: Interviewing The Vegetable Mind

Are plants intelligent? If we knew their language what might they tell us?
Potawatomi Indigenous ecologist and author Robin Kimmerer and evolutionary
ecologist Monica Gagliano merge Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Western
science for a surprising trip into the minds of mosses and chili seeds and the
songs of corn. They agree what we really need today is a revolution in values, an
“Honorable Harvest” of gratitude and reciprocity with our plant kin.

Game-Changing Climate Leadership: What Happens In California Doesn’t Stay in California

As the world’s eighth largest economy, California is emerging as the potential gamechanger
for global climate leadership. Using strategic alliances and smart policies
that integrate ecology, economy and justice, these climate leaders show how:
Tom Hayden, lifelong activist and former California State Senator; Vien Truong,
Environmental Equity Director, Greenlining Institute; Wade Crowfoot, Senior
Advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Iran, Ukraine, Apache

“The U.S. peace movement is going to make or break this deal because this deal is now in the hands of Congress. This is an opportunity to stop a war before it starts. This is the chance to put the threat of a war with Iran off of the table. And for once instead of saying, ‘Every option is on the table,’ we actually have peace on the table.”

– Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council Action executive director, on the fight ahead in Congress to defend the international Iran nuclear accord

Listen to the entire program using these links, or to individual interviews via the links appearing prior to each segment description below.

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U.S. Peace Movement Must Mobilize to Prevent Congress from Killing the Iran Nuclear Accord

MP3 Interview with Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council Action executive director, conducted by Scott Harris

iranIran, the United States and permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, France, Russia and China along with Germany – signed a historic agreement in Vienna on July 14 that is designed to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities to peaceful, civilian purposes. In exchange, the UN will over time lift economic sanctions, allowing the Islamic Republic to resume international trade and gain access to billions of dollars that had been frozen. The 15-member UN Security Council unanimously approved the accord on July 20, as did the European Union.  Story continues

U.S., Russian Military Escalation in Ukraine Could Lead to Dangerous Unintended Consequences

MP3 Interview with Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus in Russian Studies and Politics at New York University and Princeton, conducted by Scott Harris

russiaRecent press reports from Ukraine detail long-repeated charges that Russia’s military is supplying both troops and heavy weapons to pro-Russian separatists fighting to preserve the break-away self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in the eastern part of the country. The pro-western government in Kiev warns that a troop buildup near the Russian-Ukraine border could signal a possible attack on the city of Mariupol this summer.  Story continues

Apache Tribal Activists Fight to Reverse Land Grab of Sacred Arizona Site

MP3 Interview with Wendsler Nosie, tribal council member and former San Carlos Apache tribal chairman, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

apacheArizona’s Republican Sen. John McCain has been the focus of recent news headlines after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump charged that McCain wasn’t a hero for the time he spent in a North Vietnamese prison camp during the Vietnam War. That statement caused politicians from across the political spectrum to come to McCain’s defense. But there’s another group of people who don’t consider McCain a hero – the 15,000 members of the San Carlos Apache tribe in McCain’s home state of Arizona. The tribe is angry because McCain, and Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, attached an 11th hour rider to the National Defense Authorization Act last December that set up a swap of 2,400 acres of federal land, called Oak Flat campground, which is held as sacred by the Apaches. Under the terms of the land swap, Oak Flat will be traded to Resolution Copper Mining, a subsidiary of British-Australian mining conglomerate Rio Tinto, in return for more than twice as many acres in the state owned by the company. Oak Flat is not part of the Apache reservation, but has been set aside for their use for decades due to its cultural and religious significance. The tribe had no opportunity for meaningful input into the decision. The mining company has promised to create thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


A Call In Show – Can Young Offenders Grow Up To Be Productive Adults?

The Miseducation of White Folks.
In this series, we look at how race and economics guide adolescents toward the criminal justice system and how laws help keep them there as adults.

Getting In Trouble When Young, Can You Learn Your Lesson And Move On?
A CALL IN SHOW – 816-931-5534

Juveniles can be tried as an adult as young as 12, 13 or 14 according to what state you are in. Any child psychologist and brain scientist will tell you that the human brain is not fully formed until sometime in your mid 20’s. So what can be expected of young people that get into trouble and end up behind bars? Should we treat them as juvenile predators with no hope of redemption or youth who have gone astray and need care and help to get them back on the right Track?

On today’s show Host Attorney David Bell talks with Andre Carson, a Client Advocate for KC NoVA, Former CEO and alumni with Reaching out From Within, a non-profit organization focused on mentoring felons and ex-felons re-entering into our society. He has worked and volunteered in Community Outreach for 19 years and is an ex-felon. They will be joined by Melissa Patterson Hazley, a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology with over ten years experience working in Education with special interest in first generation and multicultural student issues. Melissa works as the Director of Outreach, Education and Engagement for the KC Chapter of the Urban League and is also part-time psychology faculty at a local community college.

A CALL IN SHOW – 816-931-5534

Attorney David Bell of Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian P.C.
One Kansas City Place
1200 Main Street, Suite 2110
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 221-0080