Founded in 1928 for educators, by educators, Cooperating School Districts has become EducationPlus. To learn more, please visit welcome.edplus.org and watch this brief video.
There’s still time to help connect U.S. students to high-speed broadband by increasing our nation’s investment in the highly successful E-Rate program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking the American public for final comments on increasing E-Rate funding. If you haven’t yet filed your comments, you have until Nov. 8th to make your voice heard. We need all EducationPlus members to inform the FCC about how digital learning prepares students for success in college and career and to request increased funding for this important program. Please visit this link and make your voice heard. http://www.iste.org/about-iste/advocacy/e-rate?utm_source=edtechadvocacy&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=form&utm_campaign=E-Rate
The Secretary of State’s office is sponsoring a program about the Civil War in 2014. The Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City will host a 40-minute interactive theatrical program called “Civil War Archives Alive!”, which shows students what life was like for Missourians during the 1860s and how the bloodiest war in American history affected citizens and soldiers on both sides. The show will be presented by the education performance group Second Chance Foundation.
After the show, students can tour the Missouri State Archives, where all of Missouri’s surviving historical documents are kept.
Performances and tours are free of charge and any fourth or fifth grade class in Missouri is invited to attend. The program will take place on the following dates at the Missouri Archives in Jefferson City, with performances scheduled each day at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.:
- Thursday, March 13, 2014
- Thursday, March 20, 2014
- Thursday, April 3, 2014
- Wednesday, April 9, 2014
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
- Tuesday, May 6, 2014
- Tuesday, May 13, 2014
- Thursday, May 15, 2014
Missouri has a unique past, especially during the Civil War, when guerrilla fighters like “Bloody Bill” Anderson fought “Jayhawks” up and down the Kansas/Missouri border (a legacy that lasts to this day, as seen in the famous rivalry between MU and KU), and outlaws like Jesse James became folk heroes.
The program requires a reservation. To RSVP, or for more information, contact the Secretary of State’s office at (573) 526-5296 or email Emily.email@example.com.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is encouraging educators to make their voices heard regarding additional funding for the E-Rate program.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking the public for comment on ways to improve the program, and we need educators to inform the FCC about how digital learning prepares students for success in college and career, and to request increased funding for the E-Rate program.
For more information from ISTE and to link to their advocacy page, click here.
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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced seven public school teachers, including five in the St. Louis metro area, have been selected as finalists for the Missouri Teacher of the Year award.
The Missouri Teacher of the Year program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers throughout the state who provide a quality education to their students. The Missouri Teacher of the Year will serve as the state’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to the finalists:
- James R. Anians, an English teacher at Hoech Middle School in the Ritenour School District
- Heather Bailey, a first-grade teacher at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District
- Jamie Manker, a social studies teacher at Rockwood Summit High School in the Rockwood School District
- Jason Navarro, a social studies teacher at Wheaton High School in the Wheaton School District
- Amelia Ruzicka, a middle and high school math teacher in the Bayless School District
- Christy Straatmann, a science teacher at the Valley Park Middle School in the Valley Park School District
- Jacqueline Wilson, a culinary arts teacher at the Lake Career and Technical School in the Camdenton School District
The selection committee will choose the Missouri Teacher of the Year following interviews with each finalist next week. The winner and the other finalists will be honored at a banquet in Jefferson City this October. Learn more by visiting the DESE website.
Five Missourians were honored earlier this week by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as Pioneers in Education for their commitment and contributions to public education. They join more than 200 others who have been named to the select group of Pioneers since the inception of the award. Congratulations to:
Christopher “Kit” Bond, Mexico, expanded the Parents as Teachers pilot statewide while serving as Missouri’s Governor and signed a bill requiring all school districts to offer the program, benefiting 3 million children in the state. After being elected to the U.S. Senate, Bond continued to advocate for Parents as Teachers on a national level. Today, Parents as Teachers includes 3,000 programs and has expanded to all 50 states and seven countries.
Carl Fisher, Pleasant Hope, began driving a school bus when he was just 16 and continued serving the children of Missouri for 65 years. Fisher holds the Guinness World Record for longest career as a school bus driver, transporting students from three generations of families.
Ann Gibbons, Florissant, has served on the Hazelwood School District’s Board of Education for close to 33 years. While serving on the local school board, Gibbons has helped to restore Hazelwood’s 150-year-old one-room schoolhouse, advocated for more than $300 million in bond issue improvements and assisted with the implementation of full-day kindergarten. Gibbons has also been active with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for 43 years.
Jack Kinder, Chesterfield, spent 49 years as a teacher, superintendent, professor and advisor to students across the nation. Kinder served on the Board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and as executive secretary for the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA). In the 1980′s, President Ronald Reagan appointed Kinder to the National Advisory Committee on Continuing Education and the Board of Foreign Scholarships. Kinder was also appointed to the Education Commission of the States by Missouri Governor Christopher Bond.
Roberzene Price, University City, started her career in education as an elementary school teacher and went on to become a curriculum writer for the St. Louis Board of Education and the instructional coordinator for Eliot Elementary School in St. Louis. Roberzene remains connected to public education as a tutor, mentor and advocate for children.
According to DESE, state education officials have presented the Pioneer in Education awards each year since 1974, honoring teachers, school administrators, citizens and lawmakers for their distinguished careers in and contributions to public education in Missouri.
DESE recognized the 2013 Pioneers during the 52nd annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators; State Board of Education President Peter F. Herschend and Commissioner Chris Nicastro presented the awards.
Tech & Learning has compiled a list, sponsored by Dell & Intel, of education grants and the July 2013 through June 2014 deadlines for those grants. The next ones featured on the list are due August 1. Ongoing grants, like those from DonorsChoose.org and The Wells Fargo Foundation, are also featured. To see the complete list, and the accompanying links for more information, visit Tech & Learning’s website.
Cooperating School Districts announces that registration for the 2013-14 Technology Leadership Academy is now open. This annual academy will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools and districts.
The Technology Leadership Academy offered by the Learning Team focuses on:
• Learning leadership skills in technology
• Improving classroom use of technology
• Developing a vision of how to use technology to improve student performance
• Assessing strengths and needs of your staff/students in the area of technology
• Developing a practical and useful technology plan
• Expanding professional learning networks
All educators are invited to participate, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators, and teachers. Participants receive and use, if they do not already own one, an iPad with 3G capability as part of the registration fee. As part of the 35 hours of professional learning, they attend the Midwest Education Technology Conference and receive an epublication course book by Alan November - Web Literacy for Educators. To see dates and times of the sessions, visit CSD’s website.
CSD is pleased to welcome Diane Kline as the new executive director of CHARACTERplus. She joined the organization on July 8, 2013, and will collaborate with Liz Gibbons until Gibbons retires this fall.
Prior to her role at CSD, Kline was the marketing director for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the largest funder of the arts and culture in the region. At RAC, she created ArtsZipper.com, a St. Louis region cultural calendar, and developed DART, the Database of the Arts, a collaborative direct marketing effort which has resulted in more than $1.5 million of increased sales of tickets and cultural institution memberships.
During her marketing career, Kline has experienced the diverse sides of the profession, working as a writer/producer for KTVI, as an account director at Edelman Public Relations, a writer/editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and promotions director at American Express Incentive Services. She also worked at Maritz in marketing and communications.
Named the Nonprofit Professional of the Year in 2011 by the Community Service Public Relations Council of St. Louis, she also has been nominated for a national Emmy Award and has won three regional Emmy Awards. She has received a Bronze Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators; and a Missouri Broadcasters Association Award in Public Service Announcements. In addition, KTVI received a Missouri National Education Association Horace Mann Award through an initiative Kline ran called Great Expectations.
Kline earned her B.S. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a member of Mortar Board.
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More than 4,200 teachers have been recognized since 1983 for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession by The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Eight of the newest awardees are Missouri teachers who were selected as state finalists for the PAEMST. This network of award-winning teachers serves as a resource for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and keeping America globally competitive.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
State finalists in mathematics are:
- Ruth Knop, high school mathematics teacher, Parkway West High School, Parkway C-2 School District
- Melissa Livengood, high school mathematics teacher, Grain Valley High School, Grain Valley R-V School District
- Karen Smith, high school mathematics teacher, Truman High School, Independence 30 School District
- Lane Walker, high school mathematics teacher, Francis Howell High School, Francis Howell R-III School District
State finalists in science are:
- Kathleen Dwyer, high school science teacher, Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District
- Autumn Palmer, high school science teacher, Carthage High School, Carthage R-IX School District
- Carol Robertson, high school science teacher, Fulton Senior High School, Fulton 58 School District
- Christy Straatmann, middle school science teacher, Valley Park Middle School, Valley Park School District
Winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators following the initial selection process done at the state level. Each year, the award alternates between educators teaching kindergarten through 6th grades and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. Congratulations to these Missouri educators, their school districts, and their students. Learn more about the program at https://www.paemst.org; to see all of the Missouri educators who have received this award since 1983, click here.