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Stephens College introduces new health sciences program

Dec 8, 2014
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  To keep women competitive in the workplace, Stephens College is adding a new Academy of Health Sciences. The academy will feature a variety of different curriculum including a co-ed program designed for K-12 to undergraduate students as well as a new Master of Physician Assistant program.

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Columbia middle school students will be seeing more locally grown foods on their plates after the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the district a $100,000 grant.

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Rolling Stone magazine says "there now appear to be discrepancies" in its story about a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012, adding it had "come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced."

The University of Missouri is known for it’s School of Journalism. Every year, hundreds of freshmen from across the country come to school at MU to learn about news or sports broadcasting. But KBIA’s Jason Hoffman found one freshman who’s career in sports radio has an added challenge: He's blind.


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  The University of Missouri has named Garnett Stokes as the new Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. According to a press release, she will begin work on Feb. 2.

Stokes is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, and got her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Georgia in industrial/organizational psychology

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The University of Missouri is investigating a threat made on the anonymous social network site YikYak against the on-campus Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. 

The University of Missouri hosted an open forum Wednesday for one of the four candidates for the new Title IX Administrator position.

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As we turn towards winter, the chance for school cancelations are increasing by the day. 

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MU NAACP, MU4MikeBrown, Four Front Council, and the Legion of Black Collegians encouraged students to wear black and walk out of class Tuesday afternoon before meeting in the student center to participate in a die-in.

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A lawmaker is drafting legislation to require Missouri universities create statewide tests for school children.

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A Missouri judge says taxes from three people suing Gov. Jay Nixon won't go to a group creating tests for the Common Core education standards.

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  A group of students is asking the University of Missouri to strengthen its policy to ensure that professors accommodate students who have to miss class for a religious holiday.

RESPOND program to educate on mental health

Nov 21, 2014

The University of Missouri announced the launch RESPOND, a program focused on educating students and faculty to aid others on campus with mental health issues. The program was launched on November 6 at a launch and reception event in the MU Student Center.

Missouri is attracting to foreign students

Nov 21, 2014

Foreign students are finding their way to Missouri and attending the state’s universities.

West Middle School may soon have a new crosswalk

Nov 20, 2014
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West Middle School students may have a safer walk to school if a new crosswalk gets approved by city council. The Columbia Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission officially recommended a crosswalk on Broadway, in between Stadium Boulevard and Clinkscales Road, to the Columbia City Council yesterday. The project was brought to the Commission by a concerned resident who lives around the school. West Middle School Principal Dr. Connie Dewey says a crosswalk would benefit students, especially in the mornings.

A University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine professor granted MU one million dollars Thursday. The money will fund the Frank Booth Fellowship in Physical Activity and Health in the MU School of Medicine and research in those areas.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin says it is obvious that Dr. Booth is passionate about helping people remain healthy throughout their lifetimes.

In the coming weeks, KBIA will be reporting on what effect the addition of Battle High School and the restructuring of middle schools have had on Columbia Public Schools overall. 

 

Gentry Middle School has more students than any other middle school in the Columbia Public School District.  You can see the exact enrollment numbers below: 

Columbia public schools offer online gym class

Nov 20, 2014
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Two Columbia public high schools are offering an online physical education program class.

  The students in Mrs. Neales’ class were all smiles as they sat on the music-themed rug, merrily strumming their ukuleles while the rest of the class sang along.

The ten ukuleles were purchased through a $625 grant by the Links of Learning program. This program awarded over $98,000 to Columbia area teachers this year.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has withheld state funding from two organizations aimed to educate Missouri's youth.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City will offer a one-year MBA program with free tuition beginning next fall.

The program offered through the Henry W. Bloch School of Management is similar to programs offered at about 20 institutions around the country.

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  By the year 2021, every student in the Columbia Public Schools (CPS) district from fifth grade on will have a personal electronic device.

“This year we started one to one in all of our fifth grade classes with iPad minis. So, our fifth grade kids and students are learning to kind of digitize their curriculum and next year they will be sixth graders, and so we’ll give another group of fifth graders iPads and it’ll continue on their way up,” CPS Coordinator of Instructional Technology Julie Nichols said.

Missouri schools were unsafe for LGBT students in 2013

Nov 17, 2014
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A National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network revealed that Missouri secondary schools were not safe for LGBT student in 2013.

Online Classes on the rise in Columbia Public Schools

Nov 14, 2014
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Columbia Public Schools (CPS) started making online classes available for high school students 7 years ago. It was pushed as a district initiative, not individually.  That means students from Hickman High School, Rock Bridge High School and Battle High School take online classes together.

While CPS develops some online classes on their own, most courses being used are from separate vendors. As of now, the CPS has contractual deals with Aventa Learning by K12 and Apex Learning. Contracts are renewed once a year based off of reviews and feedback.

Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

Nov 13, 2014

Part 2 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.

Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards.

She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to the process.

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Kids of Columbia Public schools can expect to ride in new busses starting next fall.

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The district’s first Early Childhood Leaning Center is scheduled to open in January 2017.

District Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said the district has been looking for ways to help unify the early childhood learning program in the district. Early education programs currently are spread out throughout the district in various buildings. However, he said the new building will greatly benefit both Columbia teachers and Columbia’s youngest learners.

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Columbia Public Schools (CPS) broke ground Monday on a new elementary school in southwest Columbia which would likely change the attendance areas of six nearby elementary schools.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the school, currently called “South Elementary” until it is officially named, took place this afternoon. Meetings began last week to determine the attendance zone boundaries of the new elementary school, which is planned to open for students for the 2016 school year.

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  We conclude our three part series called A Teachable Moment, which looks at how events in Ferguson are being talked about in St. Louis-area classrooms and schools. Later on in the show, we’ll hear how small grants awarded to teachers in Columbia Public Schools can make a big difference in the classroom.

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