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DESE Bulletin

January 16, 2020

Regional Teacher of the Year Nomination Period Open
The Teacher of the Year program aims to recognize the important contributions of the classroom teacher. No one person has a greater impact on the education of a child than the teacher who creates the learning environment where children flourish and grow. Only Regional Teachers of the Year are eligible to apply to be Missouri’s State Teacher of the Year.

Know a great teacher? Nominate them today!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 20, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and DESE offices will be closed.

Annual Conference on the Young Years
The 47th Annual Conference on the Young Years will be held on March 12-14 at Tan-Tar-A Conference Center. This year’s theme is A Vision for Early Learning.

In addition to the great keynote speakers, you will also be able to choose from over 100 breakout presentations, including several from our featured speakers.

Low-Interest Energy Improvement Loans

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting low-interest energy improvement loan applications for loans between $10,000 and $2 million. Public K-12 schools, among other entities, are eligible to compete for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The loan application period runs through April 17. The loans provide financing for energy-saving investments, such as high-efficiency lighting fixtures and lamps, high-efficiency heating ventilation and air-conditioning systems and other measures that reduce energy use and cost.

E-Cigarette Visual Dictionary
The Center for Disease Control’s Office of Smoking and Health has published a new resource. The devices and brands presented in this pamphlet are intended to highlight the different e-cigarette, or vaping, product generations and substances used in these devices. Understanding this information will assist schools, districts and communities in identifying these devices and also illustrate the challenges communities face when developing policy language to address the use of these products.

2020 Interface Conference
Interface is designed for all math and science educators interested in quality professional learning. The event features a variety of sessions and vendor exhibits to support you in teaching math and science at any grade level. The sessions offer participants the opportunity to receive in-depth information on a variety of topics.

Interface A (Grades K-6) is Feb. 20-22, and Interface B (Grades 6-12) is Feb. 23-25.

National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
To call attention to the issue of missing children, Missouri fifth graders are invited to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s annual National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. The state contest posters are due by February 7. One fifth grader from Missouri will be selected as the state winner. The state winner will receive a national award certificate from the Justice Department.

Contact Connie Berhorst at 573-751-2771 with any questions.

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