MO.gov News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education /news-rss?filter=elementary_and_secondary_education MO.gov News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:52:20 +0000 en-us Schools Selected to Participate in State’s $18 Million Literacy Development Grant Program https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/schools-selected-participate-state%E2%80%99s-18-million-literacy-development 24741 at https://dese.mo.gov Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:01:09 +0000 The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to announce that 32 local education agencies (LEAs) were selected through a competitive sub-grant application process to receive services through the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program to improve literacy efforts at the local level. Elementary services will be provided to 40 individual schools within the participating LEAs; another 40 schools will receive secondary services. Missouri Sends Initial Shipment of Antigen Tests to Schools Statewide https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/missouri-sends-initial-shipment-antigen-tests-schools-statewide 24391 at https://dese.mo.gov Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:18:24 +0000 State officials began shipping thousands of antigen test kits to public and private schools across the state today. Nearly 330 districts/schools applied to participate in Missouri’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program for K-12 Institutions, requesting a total of nearly 583,000 test kits for use among symptomatic students and school personnel. These minimally invasive nasal swab tests must be administered by a health professional (e.g. a school nurse), and yield results in just 15 minutes. State Coronavirus Relief Funds Now Available to Reimburse Substitute Teachers https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/state-coronavirus-relief-funds-now-available-reimburse-substitute 24381 at https://dese.mo.gov Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:39:51 +0000 The Governor’s Office recently announced a new allocation from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to support Missourians wishing to serve or who recently began serving as substitute teachers in Missouri schools. Additionally, the Missouri State Board of Education recently approved an alternative route for individuals to obtain a certificate to serve as a substitute teacher to help address the shortage of substitute teachers throughout the state. DESE Announces New Office of Early Learning https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/dese-announces-new-office-early-learning 24371 at https://dese.mo.gov Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:22:14 +0000 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced today during the regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting the creation of an Office of Early Learning. This change is part of DESE’s ongoing focus on early learning and early literacy, one of the department’s four priority areas in the Show-Me Success strategic plan. Seven Missouri Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Accolades https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/seven-missouri-schools-earn-national-blue-ribbon-accolades 23831 at https://dese.mo.gov Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:20:07 +0000 Missouri’s seven Gold Star Schools for 2020 have also been recognized as U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes individual schools for either their outstanding academic achievement (top 15 percent in the state based on assessment scores and graduation rates) or their performance at high academic levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. Missouri’s 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools include: Missouri Awarded $18 Million Literacy Development Grant https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/missouri-awarded-18-million-literacy-development-grant 23791 at https://dese.mo.gov Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:35:43 +0000 The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) was one of 11 states to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program. The $18 million grant will be distributed over five years, allowing the state to advance literacy skills for children from birth through Grade 12. Darrion Cockrell Named 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/darrion-cockrell-named-2021-missouri-teacher-year 23721 at https://dese.mo.gov Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:58:40 +0000 Darrion Cockrell, a physical education teacher at Lindbergh Schools’ Crestwood Elementary (St. Louis), was selected by a committee of his peers and education partners across the state as the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year. He becomes the 52nd Missouri Teacher of the Year since the program’s inception in 1957, is the second recipient from the Lindbergh school district, and is the first male to capture the state’s top education award since 2015. DESE Announces Finalists for 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/dese-announces-finalists-2021-missouri-teacher-year 23686 at https://dese.mo.gov Thu, 27 Aug 2020 10:41:26 +0000 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has announced that seven educators have advanced as finalists for the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year award. Those finalists include: Former Charter School Executive Director Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/former-charter-school-executive-director-pleads-guilty-fraud-scheme 23671 at https://dese.mo.gov Wed, 26 Aug 2020 13:56:56 +0000 Former St. Louis College Preparatory (SLCP) charter school executive director Michael Malone pled guilty today in federal court to three counts of wire fraud related to a multi-million dollar scheme involving state education funds. Malone intentionally over-reported student attendance information so that SLCP received more state and federal funding than it was due. Sentencing information for Malone’s charges is forthcoming. Each charge of wire fraud carries a maximum possible penalty of twenty years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 or both. Missouri Recognizes Seven Gold Star Schools https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/missouri-recognizes-seven-gold-star-schools 23641 at https://dese.mo.gov Thu, 20 Aug 2020 10:24:50 +0000 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has announced seven Missouri Gold Star Schools for 2020. The program, which aligns with the national Blue Ribbon Schools program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes schools for outstanding academic achievement or schools that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. Missouri’s Gold Star Schools for 2020 include: State Board of Education Approves Alternative Route to Obtain Substitute Certificate https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/state-board-education-approves-alternative-route-obtain-substitute 23586 at https://dese.mo.gov Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:40:52 +0000 Through both a proposed amendment and an emergency rule, the Missouri State Board of Education approved an alternative route for individuals to obtain a substitute certificate of license to teach. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requested an additional path after consulting with education groups to help address the shortage of substitute teachers throughout the state. 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year Semifinalists Announced https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/2021-missouri-teacher-year-semifinalists-announced 23576 at https://dese.mo.gov Mon, 17 Aug 2020 14:55:44 +0000 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has announced the 15 Regional Teachers of the Year who have been selected as semifinalists for the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year award. The Teacher of the Year program spotlights the positive impact excellent teachers have on their students. The list of semifinalists includes teachers from multiple grade levels and subject areas and represents seven of the state’s 10 Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) areas: White House Recognizes Two Outstanding Missouri Educators https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/white-house-recognizes-two-outstanding-missouri-educators 23551 at https://dese.mo.gov Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:23:47 +0000 The White House recognized Missouri public school teachers Jessica Haskins and Elegan Kramer as recipients of the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The two educators are among 108 total honorees for the PAEMST, which is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to K-12 mathematics and science teachers. DHSS & DESE Address Additional Frequently Asked Questions about School Reopening https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/dhss-dese-address-additional-frequently-asked-questions-about-school 23441 at https://dese.mo.gov Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:41:19 +0000 The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) updated the previously released FAQ document today, answering additional frequently asked questions (FAQs) about K-12 school reopening health-related guidance. DESE Announces 2021 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/dese-announces-2021-missouri-regional-teachers-year 23386 at https://dese.mo.gov Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:45:51 +0000 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the 2021 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year this week, with the 34 selected teachers now under consideration to be named the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Committees comprised of education peers and key stakeholders from each Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) in Missouri selected the 2021 Regional Teachers of the Year, listed below by RPDC area. Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning