January 2018                                         

Commissioner of Education Public Hearing Held in Early January
The State Board of Education held a public hearing on January 8 to allow Missouri citizens the opportunity to speak in-person about their preferred qualities for the next Commissioner of Education. Nearly 30 individuals spoke at the event, which can be heard in its entirety here.

45th Annual Conference on the Young Years Registration Open
Join us for the 45th annual Conference on the Young Years (CYY) from March 8-10, 2018, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. With this conference, participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 16 approved child care clock hours through the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Register now to take advantage of the early bird registration which ends February 9th. The last day to register online is February 23rd.


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Orchard Farm R-V Eighth Graders Use 3D Printer to Help Second Grader with a Disability
A St. Charles second grader received an early gift during the December holiday season thanks to two eighth graders she’d never met. At Orchard Farm middle school, and “Innovation and Technology” class used special software and a 3D printer to help make lunchtime a little easier for a fellow student they’d never met.

In a Springfield Neighborhood, Families Work Together to Improve Literacy
A three-week academic boot camp developed in summer 2016 quickly grew into a monthly community event in a cooperative program between the Springfield Public Schools district, Missouri State University, Springfield NAACP, Parents as Teachers and more in an effort to improve child literacy in the southwest Missouri area. Led by adult volunteers – mostly teachers, librarians and MSU graduate students – the children read, are read to, or play reading and writing games.

Broadband Allows Students to Get Creative with Technology
This school year, students at Fayette High School (Fayette R-III) are taking advantage of a bump in internet speeds at the school to partake in a computer science course for the first time. In a classroom shared with business administration courses, students have the opportunity to create objects such as a Christmas tree or do statistics for the varsity football program.

DESE is working with the national non-profit Education SuperHighway to ensure that all students in Missouri have the internet access needed to support digital learning in the classroom. Learn more about the Connect & Learn Initiative here.

University City Closing the Homework Gap
To help more than 1,400 students in the University City school district achieve their academic goals, T-Mobile partnered with the district to provide wireless service, free hotspots and credits to purchase Chromebooks through its EmpowerED program. At a minimal cost to the district ($5 per student), families will receive high-speed internet at home, allowing students greater opportunities to succeed academically.

“Helping Hands” Program Made Possible Through Foundation Grant
In the Wentzville R-IV school district, two special education teachers received a $1,000 grant that permitted them to start the “Helping Hands” program. The endeavor is designed to help meet students’ basic needs such as food, clothing, personal hygiene and shelter.

“Many of our students are faced with daily challenges as a result of poverty,” said Stacey Roseman. “They are being raised in a single-parent household, by grandparents or they are in foster care. Many are homeless, live in hotels or live with multiple families.”

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Missouri’s Teacher of the Year Headed to the Super Bowl 
On Saturday, Dec. 16, Beth Davey, the 2017-18 Missouri Teacher of the Year, was recognized on the field during halftime of the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Beth, along with Kansas Teacher of the Year Sam Neill, was also surprised with an all-expense paid trip to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis this February! Check out the video the Chiefs ran during the special promotion here.

Interface Conference for Educators Coming in February
Interface is designed for all math and science educators interested in quality professional learning. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides specific guidelines requiring on-going, systemic professional learning offerings. The event features a variety of sessions and vendor exhibits to support you in teaching math and science at any grade level. The sessions, ranging in length of time, offer participants the opportunity to receive in-depth information on a variety of topics.

Interface A is for teachers teaching K-6 and will be held on Feb. 22-24, 2018. Interface B is for teachers teaching grade levels seven through college and will be held Feb. 25-27, 2018. Get more information and register here.

Guest Columnists Wanted for Missouri Educators Site
One specific feature of the Missouri Teachers website is a section where educators get their chance to share their passion about teaching as a “Guest Educator Columnist.” If you would like to contribute a column regarding a specific teaching experience, classroom methods or how you’ve implemented something you learned from a mentor/previous teacher, please contact the DESE Communications office.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. Inquiries related to Department programs and to the location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible by persons with disabilities may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Office of the General Counsel, Coordinator - Civil Rights Compliance (Title VI/Title IX/504/ADA/Age Act), 6th Floor, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480; telephone number 573-526-4757 or TTY 800-735-2966; email civilrights@dese.mo.gov
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