The Academic Bowl team from Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD) will travel Washington, D.C., to compete as a wild-card team in the 2016 national Academic Bowl at Gallaudet University, a private university for the deaf and hard of hearing. Each year, 24 teams are chosen for the national competition. This year’s nationals will be held April 23-26.
Dr. Linda Godwin, a retired U.S. astronaut, will give the keynote address at Missouri’s first-ever statewide gathering for 7th grade girls focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The event was created by college and career consultants through the Department’s Office of College and Career Readiness. It will be held March 23 at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). Dr. Godwin will wrap up the day’s activities with her keynote.
The State Board today heard updates to the proposed Missouri Learning Standards. Since the February Board meeting, Missouri educators and the public submitted more than 600 additional comments, and Department staff members have considered that feedback for incorporation into the proposed standards.
The Department has announced the awardees of the Missouri Preschool Program grants. The grants total $1.4 million in start-up or expansion funding for programs around the state. Twenty-eight grants have been awarded:
Two students from Missouri are among a select group named as the nation’s top youth volunteers in the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The awards are designed to spotlight the importance of volunteerism in America and to encourage all young people to contribute to their communities.
Brooke Hale of Forsyth and Kera Mingus of Kirbyville are this year’s top Missouri youth volunteers. Each has received a $1,000 award and will travel to Washington, D.C., April 30-May 3.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) would like to clarify the situation involving an African American Gateway Science Academy student denied transfer from St. Louis County to the Gateway charter school. This unfortunate situation is not due to state law or state regulations. It is a result of the student's change in residency.
Public Hearings Scheduled for Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Six public hearings on vocational rehabilitation services have been scheduled in March throughout the state. The hearings will be conducted by Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) to gain feedback on ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities. Input regarding MVR’s goals and priorities is welcome.
Public Hearing Schedule
A program in southern Missouri is helping rural school districts attract educators by encouraging top students to return to their hometowns as teachers.
The Ozarks Teacher Corps awards scholarships to students entering their junior year in college if they agree to teach in their hometown or another rural south-Missouri district for at least three years after graduation.
“We feel the schools are integral to the life and the sustainability of many rural communities,” said Julie Leeth, executive vice president of the Community Foundation for the Ozarks.
The Department today presented proposed Missouri Learning Standards to the State Board. The standards define what students know and are able to do in each grade level and course.
The Department received more than 3,000 comments on the standards from the public, the legislative Joint Committee on Education and academic researchers. The results have been incorporated into the proposed standards, which must receive Board approval by May 2016.
Citing improving finances, academics and stable leadership in St. Louis Public Schools and Riverview Gardens School District, the State Board of Education voted today to maintain the Special Administrative Boards (SABs) in both school districts.
“We have to make a judgment on what's in the best interest of children,” said State Board of Education member Mike Jones. "If you're concerned about what's best for the children of SLPS, we need to continue the SAB."