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Ritenour Music Teacher Selected as 2017-18 Missouri Teacher of the Year

At Iveland Elementary in the Ritenour school district, Beth Davey’s classroom does not fit the mold of a traditional music room. There are no risers or chairs, because for Davey, music transcends chord progressions and harmonies; it provides a voice for students to represent their world.

“Our humanity is solidified by feeling that we are known,” said Davey, who teaches K-5 music. “Connections sustain us, and to advance into the future, we must draw upon what connects us the most. Education provides this opportunity for connection.”

Missouri 2017 ACT Scores Increase in Every Subject

More than 68,000 members of the Missouri graduating class of 2017 took the ACT® as 11th graders and earned an average composite score of 20.4. That reflects an increase from last year’s composite score of 20.2 and is the fourth highest composite score among the 17 states that tested 100 percent of their graduates. Nationally, 60 percent of the class of 2017 took the ACT®, with a composite score of 21.0.

Missouri Welcomes New Members to the State Board of Education

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has appointed two new members to the eight-member State Board of Education.

Claudia Oñate Greim, Kansas City, is compliance counsel and chief privacy officer for Lockton Companies. She has served as chairwoman of the Missouri Housing Development Commission and the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commissioner (TIF). Ms. Oñate Greim holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Stanford University and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. She replaces John Martin on the board.

Missouri Releases Statewide Assessment Results

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) staff presented statewide Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results for grade levels 3 through 8 to the State Board of Education at its meeting today. More than 407,740 students participated in the state’s grade-level testing program. The results showed slightly increased scores from last year in all content areas and grade levels, but staff cautioned that one additional year of data does not establish a trend.

Missouri State Board of Education Approves ESSA Plan

The State Board of Education approved Missouri’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan today. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) began work on the plan more than a year and a half ago, holding nine regional meetings with the public on what matters most in the education of our children. More than 1,200 people attended those events and offered valuable feedback. The process culminated in a draft ESSA plan posted for a 30-day comment period from June 15 through July 15, 2017.

Missouri Improving Educator Preparation Programs

Missouri educator preparation programs are improving their systems for preparing classroom teachers and school leaders. The State Board of Education approved certification areas for 40 Missouri four-year colleges and universities today. Preparation programs and PK-12 are now focused on the same research-based practices, as outlined through the standards and quality indicators. This focus means improved preparation, resulting in better teaching and more learning for students.

Missouri Welcomes New State Board of Education Members

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens appointed three new members to the eight-member State Board of Education today.

Melissa Gelner is chief kinship officer at Askinosie Chocolate, executive director of Chocolate University and principal at M Gelner Marketing in Springfield. She previously worked for 14 years at Tyson Foods, most recently as the director of National Account Customer Marketing. Ms. Gelner earned a management and marketing degree from the University of Tulsa. Gelner will fulfill the remainder of Peter Herschend’s eight-year term. 

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: