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Pioneers in Education to be Honored Monday

Four educators will be honored Monday as Pioneers in Education for their commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri.

The Department will formally recognize the 2014 Pioneers during the 53rd Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. The ceremony will take place during a luncheon where more than 500 district leaders are expected to be in attendance.

Governor Nixon Appoints Maynard Wallace to State Board of Education

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Maynard Wallace of Thornfield to the Missouri State Board of Education. Wallace served as superintendent of school districts in Forsyth from 1979-1994 and Ava from 1994-1999. Previously, he worked as a teacher, coach and principal in Missouri public schools. Wallace chaired the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee while serving in the legislature from 2003-2011. He is past president of Southwest School Administrators Association and serves on various regional and local boards.

Burden of Proof of Provisional Status Remains on Kansas City Public Schools

The State Board of Education did not make a decision on Kansas City Public School's (KCPS) request for provisional accreditation today. There is not sufficient data available yet for KCPS to verify that they have earned provisional accreditation. Once the data are available, and the district is able to confirm that they have, in fact, earned such status, the Board will consider their request.

Flipped Classroom Concept Coming to Normandy Schools Collaborative

As part of the new beginning for the Normandy Schools Collaborative, the tradition of teachers giving classroom lectures and students doing homework at night is being turned on its head at Normandy High School. The school is adopting the flipped classroom concept in appropriate subjects beginning next school year. Training for administrators was held on July 15, and teachers will receive training in August.