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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.