|Goal 3 - Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.
Science Teacher from St. Joseph Wins Prestigious Milken Award
Deborah Siebern-Dennis, a 7th and 8th grade honors science teacher at Bode Middle School in St. Joseph, has been named the winner of a Milken Educator Award that includes an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. St. Joseph School District officials called a surprise assembly for the announcement. Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley of the Milken Educator Awards made the presentation. Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven was on hand for the celebration and helped surprise Deborah.
“We are delighted that Deborah has received this recognition from the Milken Educator Awards,” said Commissioner Vandeven. “Deborah is a great example of the how the teaching profession enriches opportunities for Missouri students by promoting a love for learning.” Read more
Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educators
Educational stakeholders from a cross-section of rural, urban and suburban school districts came together on January 27, 2016, for Missouri’s first-ever Equity Lab. Districts in attendance included Cassville, Caruthersville, Center, De LaSalle Charter, Ft. Zumwalt, Marshall, Raytown and Riverview Gardens. The Center for Great Teachers and Leaders and Central Comprehensive Center staff were there to assist the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Educator Quality. Read more