Education

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Columbia Public Schools

The Columbia Board of Education announced Friday that Dr. Peter Stiepleman will become superintendent of Columbia Public Schools effective July 1, 2014.

University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

Residents of the University Village apartment complex are upset over the news that the apartments will be closed June 30 and demolished. 

Honors given for MU diversity work

Mar 12, 2014
Heather Adams / KBIA

The organizers of a Chinese language school and professor of women’s and gender studies are among eight MU employees, studies and alumni being recognized for their work in diversity on campus.

This year was the Inclusive Excellence and Faculty Achievement Awards ceremony. Srirupa Prasad is a professor of women’s and gender studies and sociology at MU. She says her work is in an area where people don’t see change rapidly so she was surprised by the recognition.

Mark Bergin / KBIA

The search for a new superintendent for Columbia Public Schools is almost over.

University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

  A recent walkway collapse at an apartment complex for graduate students and their families has led more than 500 people to ask the University of Missouri to move a child-care center to a safer location.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 549 people have signed a petition concerning the day-care center after the fatal walkway collapse. Twenty-three-year city firefighter Bruce Britt died after he fell from the second-floor walkway at University Village on February 22.

Mark Bergin / KBIA

Follow this blog for live, continuing coverage of the "Meet and Greet" event for the two finalists for the Columbia Board of Education's superintendent position.

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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.

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Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

Parent-teacher conferences are a classic way to evaluate a student’s progress. But the teachers at South Elementary School in Jefferson City are helping students talk about their education with student-led conferences.

dred scott
Columbia Public Schools

The search for a new Columbia Public Schools superintendent was narrowed down to two finalists last week. CPS superintendent candidates Dr. Dred Scott and Dr. Peter Stiepleman will be introduced to the community and will answer questions Tuesday at a public "meet and greet."

Missouri School for the Deaf gets first deaf leader

Mar 10, 2014
Ernest Garrett III

The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton will have its first deaf superintendent as of July 1 this year.

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File / KBIA

Columbia school board candidates Joseph Toepke, Jonathan Sessions, Paul Cushing and Helen Wade participated Friday in a forum hosted by Muleskinners.

Parents voice concerns over day care building safety

Mar 10, 2014
University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

Parents who take their children to the Student Parent Center at University Village are concerned about the center’s safety.

University Village Apartments
Miranda Metheny / KBIA

An engineering review of a fatal Columbia walkway collapse near the University of Missouri has found that a concrete failure was to blame.

Columbia Board of Education President Christine King announced in a letter to district staff Tuesday the board has narrowed its search for candidates for superintendent to two people.

One is an internal candidate: Dr. Peter Stiepleman. Stiepleman is currently the assistant superintendent for elementary education for Columbia Public Schools. The other candidate is Dr. Dred Scott, deputy superintendent for the Independence School District.

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Polina Malikin has been the educational outreach coordinator for the True/False Film Festival for the past three years. 

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Students from the four universities in the UM System presented their research to legislators and spectators earlier Tuesday at the State Capitol as part of Undergraduate Research Day. The symposium featured posters of 46 students from MU, UMSL, UMKC, and Missouri S&T. Of the students presenting, 20 were MU sophomores, juniors or seniors.

Ethan West / KBIA

The University of Missouri’s Chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, honored Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill Monday after the couple  donated $2.5 million to Mizzou’s school of Veterinary Medicine.

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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.

Chris Belcher
Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Columbia Public Schools announced in an e-mail to staff Friday it decided on four final candidates to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. The Board of Education has not released the names of the candidates but will be interviewing them over several days to come.

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Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri senators have approved legislation that would control student transfers from the state's most troubled school districts.

Conference brings new perspective to documentary

Feb 27, 2014

The Based on a True Story conference kicks off today and hopes to provide a new perspective over the relationship between journalism and documentary filmmaking. The conference was started three years ago by MU Associate Professor of German Brad Prager.

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Columbia Fire Department

Police reports show that a firefighter killed in a Columbia walkway collapse was going door-to-door looking for trapped residents apparently because emergency responders thought they were dealing with a roof collapse.

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Rachel Rice / KBIA

A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation that would block the state from implementing new education standards.

Lincoln University to receive funds from USDA

Feb 26, 2014
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday new grants totaling more than $35 million to support research, teaching and Extension activities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities. The grant comes from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Ohio House Representative Marcia Fudge brought up the program with the Department of Agriculture.

Vilsack said the Universities use the grants in multiple ways:

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on legislation to lessen the effects of the state's student transfer law.

The wide-ranging bill attempts to address both the law and unaccredited districts.  Provisions within Senate Bill 493 include accrediting individual school buildings instead of districts as a whole and creating regional authorities across the state to oversee transfers.

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MU file photo

A contract shows the law firm hired by the University of Missouri Board of Curators to investigate how the University of Missouri handled a student's rape allegation has capped its billable hours at $120,000.

Janet Saidi / KBIA

  KOMU-TV News Director Stacey Woelfel has been named as the first director of the new Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Dean Mills, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, announced Tuesday that Woelfel will begin his new position at the Murray Center in September.

Woelfel said he sees his responsibility as injecting the hands-on Missouri Method into the new documentary program.

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C.J. Huff received a text message from his father after he completed an interview on Fox News about how Joplin was planning on moving forward after the tornado.

"Saw you on Fox. So proud of you. Now show them what you can really do."

The text was encouraging, as Huff’s father knew his son would have a plan. Three years later, Huff laughed in front of an audience of educators, parents and students as he explained to them he didn’t have a plan.

Stephens College receives largest donation in its history

Feb 24, 2014
Sara Pang

Stephens College announced a $15 million donation today by an anonymous donor, historically making it the largest gift the school has ever received. The donor has agreed that the college may use it to support its mission and invest in its future as it deems fit.

President Dianne Lynch said Stephens will invest the resources in strategic, creative ways that will help build on the college’s national prominence in both traditional academic programs and new areas of high marketplace demand.

Amanda Rose Wilder, Approaching the Elephant

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

In the film “Approaching the Elephant,” filmmaker Amanda Rose Wilder follows the students and teachers of a so-called free school in New Jersey where the students make the rules. Wilder, who mans the camera for the film, is a fly on the wall as the audience is taken through the school’s inaugural year and all of the problems that arise. 

Some students struggle with handling the school’s democratic structure while others thrive. The film culminates in some serious decisions regarding the future of the school, its tireless director and its most troublesome student.

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