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Missouri Honors Pioneers in Education

Six educators will be honored as Pioneers in Education on Monday, July 31, for their commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will recognize the 2017 Pioneers during the 56th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The ceremony will take place during a luncheon where more than 600 school district leaders are expected to be in attendance.

The following individuals will be honored as 2017 Pioneers in Education:

Hundreds of Missouri Students Showcase Their Technical Skills in National SkillsUSA Competition

More than 200 Missouri high school and college students traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, June 19-24 for SkillsUSA’s 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades. In total, Missouri students brought back 33 first, second, and third-place medallions, and 89 students placed in the top 10 against competitors from all 50 states and two U.S. territories.

Missouri to Offer New Career and Technical Education Certificate for Students

To help Missouri meet its goal of preparing all high school graduates for success, the State Board of Education approved requirements this week for a new career and technical education (CTE) certificate that students can earn in addition to a high school diploma. The requirements were developed in consultation with the state’s CTE advisory council. Students must meet all of the requirements in order to earn the certificate.

Missouri Students Recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars

Two Missouri high school students were chosen as members of the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, as announced by the office of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Erin Neely (Des Peres; Parkway South High School, Manchester) and Thomas Pointer (Gainesville; Gainesville R-V High School, Gainesville) earned top billing from Missouri, joining representatives from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad.

Eleven additional Missouri students were selected as semifinalists:

State Board Authorizes Extension for Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board

The State Board of Education today recertified the Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) for three years, effective July 1. DESE staff conducted a review of the Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC) in the areas of academic achievement, culture and climate, improvement planning, educator effectiveness, and financial stability.

Three Missouri Schools Recognized by Green Ribbon Schools Program

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday that three Missouri schools were chosen as part of the 2017 Green Ribbon Schools program. McKelvey Elementary School (Maryland Heights), Parkway North High School (St. Louis) and Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School (Maplewood) are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.