News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education /news-rss?filter=elementary_and_secondary_education News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Thu, 24 Jun 2021 02:01:49 +0000 en-us DESE Allocates Over $50 million for Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grants 25431 at Tue, 11 May 2021 11:00:11 +0000 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is excited to announce a $50 million investment in growing Missouri’s teacher workforce. Because teachers are the biggest school-based factor in student success and the single most influential component of an effective school, this significant investment, available to DESE through federal COVID-19 relief funds, provides an immediate way for local school leaders to improve the learning opportunities provided to students across the state. State Board of Education Adds Members to Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board 25381 at Thu, 29 Apr 2021 08:45:10 +0000 The State Board of Education today issued a proclamation to add two members to the Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC) Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) — William H. Humphrey and Michael W. Jones. These new members begin their service on the JEGB effective immediately. The State Board’s proclamation also dictates the JEGB will reorganize and determine the JEGB leadership within 14 days. Missouri Joins National PSA Campaign to Address Teacher Shortage 25236 at Fri, 16 Apr 2021 07:34:58 +0000 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in partnership with the organization TEACH, is excited to announce “The Future Depends on Teachers,” a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign that is part of a long-term multi-phase recruitment initiative to diversify the teaching profession and address our nation’s teacher shortage. Governor Parson Proclaims April as Month of the Military Child 25096 at Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:28:25 +0000 Governor Mike Parson will issue a statewide proclamation declaring April as the Month of the Military Child on Monday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Waynesville, Mo. at the Waynesville Career Center. Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven, Commanding General of Fort Leonard Wood Maj. Gen. James Bonner and Waynesville Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Henry will join Governor Parson to speak at the proclamation event. Missouri Students Recognized for Outstanding Volunteer Service 24936 at Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:10:24 +0000 The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards bestowed top honors to two Missouri students for their exceptional acts of volunteerism in their local communities last week. Missouri’s top youth volunteers for 2021 include: Public Hearings Scheduled for Vocational Rehabilitation Services 24926 at Thu, 18 Feb 2021 09:25:31 +0000 Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) will conduct two virtual public hearings on vocational rehabilitation services in March to gain feedback on ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities. Input is welcome regarding MVR’s goals and priorities found in the current state plan. Public Hearings Schedule Extension Approved for State Coronavirus Relief Funds to Reimburse Substitute Teachers 24851 at Tue, 26 Jan 2021 09:30:17 +0000 The Governor’s Office recently approved an extension of the allocation of funds from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to support Missourians wishing to serve or currently serving as substitute teachers during the staffing challenges Missouri schools are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity for reimbursement, as well as the newly-approved alternative route to obtain a substitute teaching certificate, was first announced in October as a way to address the substitute teaching shortage exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools Selected to Participate in State’s $18 Million Literacy Development Grant Program 24741 at 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 24391 at 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 24381 at 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 24371 at 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 23831 at 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 23791 at 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 23721 at 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 23686 at 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: