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Missouri Principal One of '20 to Watch' for Improving Education through Technology

A St. Louis area middle school principal has received national recognition for his work to increase technology in the classroom to boost student learning and professional development for educators.

Dr. Robert Dillon, principal at the Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, was selected by the National School Boards Association as one of "20 to Watch" for the 2012-2013 school year.

Missouri Educators and Business Leaders Come Together to Support Common Core State Standards

Education leaders, business leaders and others from across the state gathered at the state Capitol today to voice their support for Missouri’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards, which the State Board of Education approved in 2010.

The standards are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college, other types of training and a career, education officials say.

Common Core State Standards Garner More Than 400 Endorsements

More than 400 school districts, businesses, individuals, and colleges and universities have stepped forward to endorse Missouri’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts.

The State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for math and English as part of the Missouri Learning Standards in 2010. The new standards will be in use in all public school districts in the state by fall 2014.

Missouri schools testing new assessments for Common Core State Standards

More than 360 schools in Missouri are participating in a pilot program this spring to test a new assessment system based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math.

The Smarter Balanced assessments, for students in grades 3-11, are currently being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a group of 24 states that includes Missouri. More than one million students across the country will take part in the pilot during April and May.

Students Gather Food and Funds to Help Feed the Hungry

Career and technical student organizations at nearly 100 schools in Missouri provided about 320,000 pounds of food for Missourians in need during the "Show Me the Hunger: Unite the Fight" statewide food drive.

The event, held in partnership with the Missouri Food Bank Association, was highlighted during Career Technical Education Month in February. In addition to feeding the hungry, the food drive­ was designed to increase awareness of hunger in local communities.

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.