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New Assessments for Future Teachers Being Phased In Over Next Two Years

As Missouri's new standards for educator preparation take effect, several changes are ahead for students working to obtain teacher certification.

The standards, approved by the State Board of Education in November 2012, include new assessments being phased in over the next two years for prospective teachers as well as guidance counselors, librarians and school administrators.

The assessments are part of the new Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) program, a comprehensive approach for assessing the preparation of educators in Missouri.

Two Missouri Educators Among Five Inductees for National Teachers Hall of Fame

Two Missouri teachers are among the five educators nationwide named to the National Teachers Hall of Fame for 2013.

Smithville teacher Darryl Johnson and Blue Springs teacher Beth Vernon were honored Tuesday by the Hall of Fame, located in Emporia, Kan. The announcements were made during an assembly at each teacher's school.

"Congratulations to Mr. Johnson and Ms. Vernon for this recognition," said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "These teachers are fine examples of the quality educators we need in every classroom."

Kansas City, St. Louis Mayors Show Their Support for Common Core State Standards

The mayors of Missouri's two largest cities have expressed their support for the state's adoption of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay endorsed the more rigorous standards designed to ensure that all students graduate from high school college and career ready.

Sixteen High School Students Receive State Citizenship Award

Sixteen public high school seniors were honored Tuesday by the State Board of Education and The Missouri Bar as recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award.

The students were recognized at a luncheon in Jefferson City where they were presented with a plaque and a certificate recognizing them as members of the American Bar Association Honor Roll for citizenship.

Missouri Educators Selected for National Dream Team Focused on Common Core

Three Missouri educators have been selected to participate in the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team, a group of educators who create Common Core State Standards learning tools. These teachers were chosen based on their understanding of the Common Core Standards and their ability to create high-quality, highly conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students.

The 2013 Missouri Dream Team participants are:

Statement from Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro: Missouri Department of Education Applauds Thoughtful District and State Implementation of Common Core

Since the 2010 adoption of grades K-12 English language arts and mathematics Common Core State Standards, Missouri districts have been preparing for the transition to full implementation in school year 2014-2015. Yesterday's speech delivered by AFT President Randi Weingarten speaks to Missouri’s thoughtful approach.

Education Researchers Select Six Schools to Launch National Inclusion Initiative

Researchers at the University of Kansas have selected six schools from across the country to serve as models of inclusive education for KU’s five-year, $24.5 million K-eighth grade national education initiative called SWIFT (School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation) funded by U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs in October 2012.

Students and Educators Honored for “Breaking Traditions” in Careers

Eight Missourians will be honored Friday, May 3, as state winners of the 2013 Missouri Breaking Traditions Awards. The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City.

The Breaking Traditions Awards honor students, educators and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional careers.