Municipal elections are Tuesday, and there are a few education issues on the ballot. Paul Cushing, Jonathan Sessions, Joseph Toepke and Helen Wade are the four candidates running for three spots on the Columbia school board. Voters in Hallsville and Sturgeon face similar races for their school boards, and in Ashland, eight candidates are running for three vacant school board seats. The Harrisburg school district is asking for a $2 million bond issue for security and technology improvements.
The Minority Achievement Committee, or MAC Scholars, is a national program that supports academic achievement and community involvement for minority students. The nine programs in the Columbia Public School District encourage students to look to positive role models, whether they're in the community or another continent. KBIA’s Hope Kirwan caught up with the scholars at Lange Middle School at their recent tribute to Nelson Mandela, the former South African President and activist.
We often think of the business world as a world that belongs to adults—adults in suits moving money with the shake of a hand and the dash of a signature on a contract. But this week, we're taking a look at some unexpected ways kids are becoming entrepreneurs.
First, KBIA's Hope Kirwan takes us to a classroom in Jefferson City for a new kind of parent-teacher conference—these are led by the students. The classic parent-teacher conference is a good way to evaluate a student’s progress, but 4th graders at Jefferson City’s South Elementary get to take the lead and tell their parents what they've learned.
Documentary film has been very prominent in Columbia in the past few weeks. The 11th True/False Film Festival ended Sunday, and a new documentary film program was recently added to the Missouri School of Journalism. This edition focuses on documentary film and its presence in education and students’ lives.
Former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay earlier this month. He came out to his teammates last August—that season, he also became the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and helped lead the Tigers to a 12-2 record. Now, Sam could be the first openly gay player in the NFL.
High school is right around the corner for eighth graders, and for those in Jefferson City, a new academy system will be waiting for them. The district’s eighth graders are in the process of selecting and applying for academies for next school year.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:08 pm
JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.
But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.
The chamber commissioned the study, which was conducted by the Colorado-based Evergreen Education Group. Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me State, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.
A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core State Standards.
The standards are designed to put in place common nationwide achievement goals in math and language arts. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told committee members Tuesday that implementing the Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.
The University of Missouri has installed a new beacon alert system on the Columbia campus to help students, faculty, and visitors know when there is an emergency. For instance, in the case of a weather emergency, violent individual threat, or fire, the siren and light on each beacon will be activated.
University of Missouri Professor Newton D'Souza (left) and Chancellor Brady Deaton (right) look at the recently unveiled memorial honoring war veterans in Memorial Union on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. D'Souza's student, MU senior Karen Johnson, created the design selected by the Chancellor's Military and Veterans Committee. It features MU's iconic six columns missing one column to indicate soldiers fallen in duty.
The University of Missouri has received a major gift donation to fund a scholarship for military veterans.
Confidential benefactors donated the $1 million gift to create full academic scholarships for veterans attending the University of Missouri. The new Col. Dwight B. Shannep U.S. Army Air Corps Veterans Scholarship Fund is named in honor of a World War II veteran from Versailles.
MU leaders announced the gift Wednesday morning in Memorial Union following a color guard ceremony in full military dress.
Patti Watts teaches her advisory class about self esteem at The lessons that teacher Patti Watts teaches in her advisory class this month are a part of National Bully Prevention Month. Jefferson Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
October is National Bully Prevention Month, and some local schools are addressing the problem with special programs and discussions.
Every morning in Patti Watts’ classroom at Jefferson Middle School, she begins the day with an 18 minute advisory session, and this month, the topic covered is bullying. Watts’ enjoys this time with her students, and believes this more relaxed atmosphere gives students the confidence to speak their minds.
A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri's school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.
The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state's unaccredited school districts.
University of Missouri students got the chance to see firsthand the many countries that their peers represent – at yesterday morning's annual International Day Flag Ceremony. The ceremony began with a parade through campus with flags representing every home country of an international student at MU.
Governor Jay Nixon was at the Jefferson Day Care Center yesterday promoting his plan to increase funding for pre-k education in Missouri.
The governor recently awarded two other grants to the Kansas City School District, to help provide access to quality education to children in day care before entering kindergarten. The governor's visit to the Jefferson City Day Care Center celebrated the day care center's participation in the so-called "Missouri Start Smart" grant initiative.
A recent agreement between the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico and Norwich College in Vermont has school officials enthusiastic about future collaborations.
The arrangement guarantees Missouri Military Academy students who meet academic and leadership standards admission into Norwich University. The partnership between the two schools went into effect in late May.
Dean of Academics Frank Giuseffi says he looks forward to providing the students with more partnerships like this one to choose from, when choosing their college.
The MU Department of Anthropology recently hired Napoleon Chagnon, one of the first anthropologists to document the once-isolated Yanomamö (pronounced Ya-No-Ma-Ma) in South America. His research argued that the Yanomamö tribes fought one another for women, leading to disagreements among his peers. Exam spoke to Chagnon about the isolated tribes and his conflicts with the anthropological community.
This week, Columbia College broke ground on a new science building. MU’s Confucius Institute is partnering with a program in the North Callaway school district. Plus, we’ll take you along with a trip through the ‘Mizzou Adventures in Education’ event.
This week, The special project “The China Connection” tells us about a program at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico. Plus, an audio postcard that introduces you to a family that’s “like any other,” but at the same time different.
We’ll introduce you to a Mid-Missouri teen who has become famous for her singing… in Chinese. Plus, we’ll talk to the University of Missouri English professor behind the e-book “Is a college education still worth the price?”
This week on the show, a club at Benton Elementary teaches math, science and technology to students using video games. Plus, we’ll introduce you to the new principal of Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia.