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Department Launches Website Devoted to Missouri Educators

The Department recently launched “Missouri Teachers,” a new website designed to celebrate the successes of Missouri teachers and administrators. The new site highlights the accomplishments of Missouri teachers and administrators, and features guest teacher columns regarding pertinent education topics. It also features information for those interested in becoming a teacher in Missouri.

Schools to be Recognized for Professional Learning

Several Missouri schools are set to be honored this week for their commitment to professional learning.

Sixteen schools from across the state have been named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for outstanding performance in implementing professional learning. The schools, which promote cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement, will be recognized during the Powerful Learning Conference Jan. 25-26 at Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri Board of Education Weighs in on Every Student Succeeds Act

Today Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education presented the State Board of Education with an overview of new federal legislation dubbed the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, that is replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Department staff indicated that they do not expect major shifts in Missouri’s current education policy as a result of ESSA.

Liberty School Receives National Recognition for 21st Century Learning Environment

EPiC Elementary in Liberty is no stranger when it comes to attracting attention. Since the school opened in 2014, Principal Dr. Michelle Schmitz estimates more than 1,000 visitors have come through the doors to “take a look” at the school’s unique learning environment.

The school recently garnered even more attention when it was named a 21st Century Learning Exemplar School by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21).

State Board Approves Classification Changes for Missouri School Districts

The Missouri State Board of Education voted to raise the classifications of five school districts during Tuesday’s State Board Meeting in Jefferson City. These districts were classified as fully accredited effective immediately:

  • Caruthersville 18
  • Gilliam C-4
  • Jennings
  • Malta Bend R-V
  • Spickard R-II

Each district showed significant progress in the last three years to warrant the change. All five were previously provisionally accredited.