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DESE Announces 2021 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the 2021 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year this week, with the 34 selected teachers now under consideration to be named the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Committees comprised of education peers and key stakeholders from each Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) in Missouri selected the 2021 Regional Teachers of the Year, listed below by RPDC area.

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State Coronavirus Relief Funds to Assist Missouri Sheltered Workshops

The State of Missouri has allocated $4 million from its Coronavirus Relief Fund to support Sheltered Workshops across the state. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will create grant programs to distribute these funds to workshops to lessen the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on workshop operations. These funds will be used to address specific pandemic-related matters. Sheltered workshops that closed or had decreased revenue as a result of COVID-19 will have access to business interruption financial assistance grants.

DHSS and DESE Address Frequently Asked Questions about School Reopening Health Guidance

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released a document today that answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about K-12 school reopening health-related guidance. The document aims to provide additional clarity and consistency for Missouri school leaders and public health officials as they make decisions about school reopening strategies at the local level.

Ronald L. Roberts Appointed to Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board

The Missouri State Board of Education appointed Ronald L. Roberts to the Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) for the Normandy Schools Collaborative, which serves nearly 3,300 students. His term begins immediately and runs through June 30, 2023. Roberts will be replacing Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge, who was appointed to the State Board of Education in January 2020. 

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Program Highlights Missouri Schools

A Missouri public school district, along with two additional schools, earned recognition from the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program on Wednesday for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure sustainability education.

The 2020 honorees in Missouri include: