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6:26 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Clair Willcox rehired as editor-in-chief of MU Press

The University of Missouri Press has rehired its former editor Clair Willcox.
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The University of Missouri has rehired the ousted editor of the academic press it decided not to close. Clair Willcox is back in as editor-in-chief of the University of Missouri Press.

Some of his main duties will include managing the editorial department, serving as the acquisitions editor, and promoting the overall goals of the press.

Ned Stuckey-French helped lead the “Coalition to save the University of Missouri Press.”  French says the press has a long road ahead it and Willcox is the only one who can lead it going forward.

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Education
12:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Tiger Pantry aims to reduce food insecurity at MU

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A new MU resource, the Tiger Pantry, has opened its doors for those who need assistance.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the food bank, Tiger Pantry Founder and MU student Nick Droege says the pantry’s goal is to reduce food insecurity at MU.

Anne Deaton, the wife of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, encouraged Droege to develop the pantry. She says the Tiger Pantry has brought life to the meaning of One Mizzou, an organization that helps bring MU students together.

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Education
8:22 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Historic schoolhouse gets renovation through efforts of Chillicothe 4-H club

Chillicothe, Missouri's Liberty 4-H club, posed in front of the restored Swain Schoohouse, Saturday, Sept. 29.
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A 4-H Club and community members in Chillicothe, Missouri are celebrating the completed renovation project of a historic schoolhouse. This weekend the Liberty 4-H Club hosted an open house in the newly-renovated, 134-year-old Swain Schoolhouse.  

The Liberty 4-H Club hasn’t taken the deterioration of its clubhouse over the past few years sitting down.  Over the past three years, the club members and their community have worked to save the Swain Schoolhouse that’s been its home for generations:

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Education
4:56 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Jefferson City building Missouri's first high school academy

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Jefferson City is building Missouri’s first high school academy, where students can pick from a variety of career paths before entering college.

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Education
4:42 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Washington-based group suing MU for records

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A Washington-based education group is suing the University of Missouri over its refusal to provide records related to teacher training at the university system's four campuses.

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Education
9:34 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Banking regulator with KC ties to speak in Fulton

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The former president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City will speak Monday in Fulton on the future of banking.

Thomas Hoenig's 4 p.m. lecture at Westminster College's Coulter Science Center is free and open to the public.
Hoenig is now a director and vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the number two job at the independent Washington agency.

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Education
9:15 am
Mon October 1, 2012

iPads come to Kirksville School District

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Ray Miller Elementary School will be the first school in the Kirksville R-III School District to buy iPad tablets for student use.

The Kirksville School Board approved the nearly $24,000 purchase of 50 iPad tablets last Wednesday night.

Assistant Superintendent Jane Schaper says the money used toward the purchase was left over from the year’s allotment from the federal government.

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Education
9:09 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Southern Boone District gives its Superintendent an improvement plan

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The Southern Boone School District placed Superintendent Charlotte Miller on a professional improvement plan.

Earlier this summer, former Assistant Superintendent Carolyn Deffenbaugh released a letter of resignation – in it she slammed Miller, accusing her of favoritism, careless spending and mismanagement.

School Board President Ellen Kesterson says a committee of board members will meet with Miller every month to follow up with the goals outlined in the plan.

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Intersection
6:04 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Standardized tests and assessing student learning

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Education
4:22 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Missouri SAT scores fell amongst high school grads

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A report shows the SAT college-entrance exam scores of Missouri high school graduates fell this year.

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Education
8:55 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Mo. Board of Education tentatively revises school standards

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Missouri’s Board of Education approved a tentative plan for revised standards in schools across the state. The updated standards provide schools with guidelines for educator evaluation systems, which is required in school districts to help assess teacher performance.

Now, the board takes a variety of factors into account when evaluating student achievement such as standardized test performance, graduation rates and socio-economic breakdown of the districts. The new criteria are a more evolved version of the old standards.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

eMINTS program stresses technology and group learning

Students in New Franklin, MO. use technology to complete a research project on Wednesday, September 19. The eMINTS approach stresses learning with technology, so students have access to laptops and iPads.
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Classrooms in New Franklin, Missouri got a visit from members of the U.S. Department of Education.

Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton wanted a firsthand look at the eMINTS approach to education.

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Education
5:26 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Lincoln University and Harris Stowe State University receive federal grants

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Two Missouri schools are among several historically black colleges and universities nationwide receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Education
5:26 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

MU School of Nursing receives a grant and a visit from Governor Jay Nixon

Governor Jay Nixon
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MU’s School of Nursing will receive a $150,000 grant to educate additional nurses.

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Education
1:05 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Community college enrollment might be shrinking

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The economic downturn caused a boom in enrollment at community colleges nationwide. But that trend may now be reversing in Missouri.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, national enrollment at community colleges grew 20 percent between 2007 and 2011.

Now, enrollment may be coming down. Some St. Louis schools are anticipating declines in head count between 10 and 20 percent.

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Education
12:37 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

eMINTS prompts students to ask questions while learning

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Classrooms in New Franklin, Mo. got a visit from members of the U.S. Department of Education. Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton, who wanted a firsthand look at the eMINTS approach to education.

eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) is a professional development program created by the University of Missouri. The New Franklin School District implemented the eMINTS program about 10 years ago. It promotes inquiry-based learning as well as an increased focus on using technology.

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Education
9:14 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Manufacturing leads the way in Mo. job creation

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The latest Department of Economic Development report shows there were almost 18,000 new jobs in Missouri in August. The manufacturing industry added the most jobs with an increase of nearly 5,000 new positions.

Missouri Department of Economic Development spokesperson John Fougere says Missouri’s progress in job creation continues to grow following a big drop during the recession.

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Education
5:55 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

College of the Ozarks file lawsuit opposing Affordable Care Act

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College of the Ozarks filed a lawsuit today against the US Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury, arguing that the so-called “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. 

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Education
4:41 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

More male role models in Columbia public schools

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Columbia public schools are implementing programs that bring more male role models into the school environment. The new program is called the Males On Duty Squad, or MOD Squad.  These male volunteers serve as crossing guards and play with students during recess and lunch. Shepard Elementary Principal Jacquie Ward said that the largely female faculty introduced the program to fulfill students’ need for positive male role models.

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Education
5:38 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

MU Extension applies new strategies to better focus programs

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MU Extension is implementing a new staffing model and budget structure that would give programs a more geographic focus. 

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Education
5:38 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Students lobby UM Curators over coal power plant

Coal Free Mizzou demonstrators wait to present 3,000 student signatures to the University of Missouri Board of Curators during a meeting on Sept. 13 in Columbia. Chancellor Brady Deaton accepted the petition and agreed to meet with the group later.
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Student advocacy group Coal Free Mizzou presented the MU Board of Curators today with 3,000 student signatures asking the University of Missouri to transition from coal to clean energy.

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Education
12:12 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Soldier surprises kids with early return

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One mid-Missouri soldier has returned home early from his deployment to Afghanistan. Yesterday, Sergeant Major Mike Lederle attended a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone High School. But the soldier’s presence was a surprise for  his 9th and 11th graders who attended the assembly.

The moment was seconds away, but Sergeant Major Lederle was ready for battle. His boots were tied, his gear was perfectly rolled and tucked in, and his posture was stoic. But this time, it wasn’t an enemy he was confronting, it was anticipation.

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Education
11:53 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Columbia Public Schools considers hiring permanant substitute teachers

Teacher Denise Lasley uses an iPad at Benton Elementary School.
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Columbia Public Schools are having a difficult time finding enough part-time substitute teachers. So the School District is considering hiring full-time substitutes to help solve the problem. Columbia Public Schools’ spokesperson Michelle Baumstark explains full-time substitutes would have to fill in wherever they were assigned. Part-time substitutes don’t have to.

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6:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

GALLERY: Ashland Soldier surprises kids with early return home

Sergeant Major Mike Lederle and his wife Kena planned a surprise for their children at their school in Ashland Wednesday, September 12th. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought Mike was still on deployment to Afghanistan.
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Sergeant Major Mike Lederle surprised his children at their school in Ashland Wednesday afternoon. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought they were just attending a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone County high School. But during the ceremony, their father – who they thought was still on deployment to Afghanistan – walked out to greet them with a hug.

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Education
3:04 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

MU moves closer to forming a press advisory committee

MU leaders are getting close to forming a new advisory committee to lead the University of Missouri Press. Spokesperson Mary Jo Banken says a transition team is currently reviewing nominations and plans to send out invitation letters later this week.

MU Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace says this committee is the first of its kind and has a main goal.

“To offer advice, to help this campus, MU have the very strongest, highest quality academic press that we can,” Wallace says.

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Education
2:55 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

"Clickers" could come to Jefferson City Public Schools

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Jefferson City officials are considering the use of “clickers” – an interactive teaching device.

The Jefferson City School Board met last night  to discuss how the devices could benefit teachers.

Sharla Buthod is the Library Coordinator for Jefferson City public schools. She says the “clickers” would give teachers a better idea of how students are learning during lessons.

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Education
2:49 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Deatons host Patriot Day barbecue on the quad

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This year in honor of Patriot Day, Chancellor Brady Deaton and Dr. Anne Deaton hosted a barbecue on the quad.

MU Senior Matthew Beckum is in MU’s ROTC program and says they appreciate the Chancellor honoring the university’s veterans.

“We’re here to show our support, to let our presence be known and to congratulate and thank all the veterans that are here attending with us.” Beckum says.

Beckum says he and his classmates graduating this year are looking forward to starting their service.

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Education
9:05 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Columbia approves changes to teachers salary negotiation process

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The Columbia School Board has also approved a plan to allow public school teachers in the district the ability to have a specific organization represent them in negotiating their salaries. School Board members voted unanimously to approve the representation at a budget meeting Monday night.

For representation , teachers can choose the Columbia Missouri National Education Association, or maintain the current system, which involves an informal mode of communication between teachers and administrators.

Education
9:03 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Columbia considers new kindergarten assessments

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The Columbia School District is considering new kindergarten readiness assessments.

The Columbia Board of Education addressed the program at its meeting Monday night. Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools Peter Stiepleman says that better assessments are necessary because the children entering kindergarten have a wide variety of experience.

Education
8:51 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Chinese soon offered in some Columbia Public Schools

Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia schools
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A new Chinese language program will be taught at several Columbia public schools. The program is a partnership between Columbia Public Schools and University of Missouri’s International Program and Confucius Program. Three Chinese teachers will be training Columbia School teachers the language so they can start the program in fall of 2013.

The Institute signed the memorandum on Friday for the program and Spanish teacher John Becker is happy they have it set in stone.

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