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2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year Semifinalists Named

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the names of 17 semifinalists for the 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year as it continues to honor and recognize excellence in the classroom. The Teacher of the Year program spotlights the positive impact excellent teachers have on their students. 

The list of semifinalists includes teachers of elementary grades and traditional middle and high school subjects as well as instructors of foreign languages and career and technical education opportunities:

Greater Numbers of Missouri Students Show Mastery of Multiple Languages

More than 1,000 Missouri students earned the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy during the 2018-19 school year for demonstrating proficiency in English and any of the world’s languages through standardized assessments and local measures. Being fluent in more than one language may provide a competitive edge for students in their future careers. In addition, students who earn the award may receive 12-18 credit hours at participating Missouri colleges and universities.

Educational Policy Committee Presents Recommendations to State Board of Education

An innovative and bipartisan committee designed to create a vision for the future of education in Missouri presented its findings to the State Board of Education on Tuesday. The Commissioner’s Educational Policy Committee (CEPC) outlined six foundational topics and discussed a series of action items the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) can take to make strides towards its stated mission of ensuring that every student graduates ready for success.

Missouri Honors Pioneers in Education

Eight Pioneers in Education will be in the spotlight on Monday, July 29, in recognition of their commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will recognize the 2019 Pioneers during the 58th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators. The ceremony will take place during a luncheon where more than 500 school district leaders are expected to be in attendance.

DESE Names 2020 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the 2020 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year this week, with the 35 selected teachers now eligible to be named the 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year.

Committees comprised of education peers and key stakeholders for each Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) in Missouri selected the 2020 Regional Teachers of the Year.

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State Board of Education Appoints New Member to Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board

Anthony W. Neal was named the newest member of the Normandy Schools Collaborative’s Joint Executive Governing Board on Tuesday, replacing outgoing member Richard Ryffel following his five years of service. 

A resident of the district, Neal currently serves as the President/CEO and senior partner of St. Louis-based Educational Equity Consultants (EEC). He has been an active member of multiple organizations and community boards in the St. Louis area. 

Missouri Schools Improve High-Speed Internet Access Through Connect & Learn Initiative

Students across Missouri are benefiting from new, high-speed internet connections in their classrooms, opening doors to virtual learning, providing for worldwide academic collaboration and enhancing research capabilities. Missouri districts and charter schools are completing projects to enable high-speed internet connectivity, and the first reimbursement has been made through the Missouri Connect & Learn Initiative.