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  • 2018 MARE/MO K-8 Conference - "Sharing the Success of Rural Education"

    It is hard to believe that the 2018 MARE/MO K-8 Conference is less than eight (8) weeks away.  One of our goals for the organization is to grow the annual conference in terms of number of attendees, vendors and sessions available.  I encourage you to make plans now to attend this year's event which will be held Wednesday, October 17th (1:00 p.m. - Opening General Session) through Friday, October 19th (11:00 a.m. - Closing Session) at the beautiful Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri.  The conference registration fee which includes the meal package is just $165.00 per person.   As part of the annual conference, MARE also provides the required Board Training program for newly elected or appointed Board members.  Linked below is a Conference Registration Form, Exhibitor Registration Forms and a Board Training Registration Form.  A "Conference Planner at a Glance" document will be added within the next week or so.  If you have questions regarding the conference, please don't hesitate to call our office at (660) 747-8050.  I hope to see you in October!

    2018 Conference Registration Form

    2018 Exhibitor Registration Form - page 1

    2018 Conference Registration Form - page 2

    2018 MARE Board Training Registration Form

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    2018 MARE Scholarship Golf Tournament

    The 2018 MARE Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on Tuesday, July 31st at the beautiful Osage National Golf Courses in Lake Ozark, Missouri. This year we had twenty-four  (24) teams participating in the event.  The weather was amazing (after the morning monsoon) and the entire crew at Osage National was awesome. Proceeds from the event are dedicated to providing scholarship funds for students who plan to become teachers and return to rural Missouri schools to teach.  This past year, through the generous support of our corporate sponsors, hole sponsors, players and other patrons MARE was able to award $25,500.00 in scholarships.  Our plan is to grow the financial support for the tournament so that we can offer even more scholarships next year.  Corporate sponsors for this year include the following:

    CTS Group - Founding Collaborator Sponsor 

    L.J. Hart & Company - Gold Flight Sponsor

    American Fidelity Assurance Company - Bronze Level Sponsor

    Forrest T. Jones & Company - Bronze Level Sponsor

    Guin Mundorf, LLC - Bronze Level Sponsor

    MEUHP - Bronze Level Sponsor

    Mickes O'Toole, LLC - Bronze Level Sponsor

    Missouri Education Health Group - Bronze Level Sponsor

    Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. - Bronze Level Sponsor

     

    Our Hole Sponsors this year included:  Inter-State Studio, Parallel Education, EdCounsel, LLC, MRTA, MUSIC, EduOptimus, George K. Baum & Company, Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C., Central States Bus Sales, Reynolds Construction & Commercial Roofing Company, Pro Energy Solutions, NREA, HTK Architects, Integrity Educational Administration Solutions, The Garland Company, Smart Data and GRP Mechanical.  

    Additional prize support was provided by FTJ, Integrity EAS, FES/SOCS and Osage National Golf Course.

    A Flight Winner - John Cochran, Charlie Branham, Troy Clawson & Matt Finch

    A Flight Runner Up - Neil Branham, Rick Goin, John French & Bryan Copple

    B Flight Winner - Richard Asbill, Eric White & Anthony Hartsfield

    B Flight Runner Up - Mick Spaulding, JK Bayse, Brad Hunter & Mitch Comstock

    C Flight Winner - Greg Silvey, Eric Hoyt, Jason Weydert & David Weis

    C Flight Runner Up - Preston Hyde, Jeff Davis, Jordan Stapp & Matt McCarthy

    Closest to the Hole Winners - #4 River Course - Brent Depee, #7 River Course - JP Norman, #2 Mountain Course - Dave McQuerter and #4 Mountain Course - Dave McQuerter

    Please make plans to join us next year on Tuesday, July 30th for the 9th Annual MARE Scholarship Golf Tournament.  The event will be held at Osage National with a projected tee time of 11:30 a.m.  

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    2018 MARE College Scholarship Recipients

    The Missouri Association of Rural Education is pleased to announce the 2018 Scholarship Recipients as noted below: (click on the image link to the right to see all of the recipients)

     

    Stephanie Borgman - Howard Heidbrink Scholarship

    Jennifer Scheiner - L.J. Hart & Company Scholarship

    Logan Wascher - William G. Peter Scholarship

    Alaina Nichols - Philip C. Dorth Scholarship

    Landon Figg - Frank "Dean" Cone Scholarship

    Kaylie Sappington - David M. Cooper Scholarship

    Alyssa Hundley - Ray Doerhoff Scholarship

    Blake Hackman - MEUHP Scholarship

    Jessica Slagle - Forrest T. Jones Scholarship

    Madison Owen - CTS Group Scholarship

    Amber Colvis - Guin Mundorf, LLC Scholarship

    Hannah Eddy - Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. Scholarship

    Lynnlee Parrott - American Fidelity Assurance Company Scholarship

    Lauren Davis - Missouri Education Health Group Scholarship

    Anne Reynolds - MIckes O'Toole, LLC Scholarship

     

    Please join me in congratulating all of our 2018 recipients!  For more detailed information on the candidates, please access the individual scholarships under the Communications Tab on this website.  

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  • MoTIGERS Grant Opportunity

    Below is some information on a grant opportunity with the University of Missouri.  If you have questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Larry Flakne at the phone number or email address listed in the message:

    Dear Kevin, 

    I HAVE ADDED SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE GRANT AIMS AT THE
    BOTTOM OF THIS EMAIL.  PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE PROFESSIONAL
    DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT RESOURCES TO HELP DEVELOP AND PRESENT LESSONS
    AND ASSESSMENTS ALIGNED TO THE NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS AND
    INCREASE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS’ COMPUTATIONAL THINK SKILLS. 
    INCREASING RESEARCH COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL SCHOOLS WILL
    ALSO BE A POSITIVE OUTCOME.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GIVE US A CALL WITH
    YOUR QUESTIONS.   LARRY 

    We would like to offer your school district the opportunity to partner
    with the College of Education University of Missouri in a new and
    exciting way.  The College is developing a grant proposal to help fund
    the creation of the MISSOURI CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AND GLOBAL
    SKILLS EDUCATION IN RURAL SCHOOLS (MoTIGERS).  The purpose of the Center
    is to provide access to professional development and collaboration
    opportunities specifically designed for rural schools to help prepare
    students for a STEM economy and increase the capacity of rural schools
    to participate in research.  The first proposed MoTIGERS project will
    include three initiatives for middle schools: 

     1.       To focus on developing Computational Thinking (CT) for middle
    school students through Scalable Game Design (SGD) projects.  SGD is a
    computer science education program that engages and motivates students
    through game and simulation programming, computational thinking, and
    problem solving activities.  

     2.       To bring professional development experiences to participating
    schools for developing the skills and knowledge needed to construct and
    implement lessons based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with
    consideration for local issues and contexts.  

     3.       To use novel approaches that give teachers autonomy to create
    tests aligned to the NGSS performance expectations and collaborate with
    other rural schools and MoTIGERS in the development of customized
    assessment software to administer valid and reliable assessments and
    analyze results data. 

    Middle schools may participate in any or all of the initiatives.  Each
    initiative will include a research component to measure the
    effectiveness and efficiency of the activities toward reaching the goals
    of the project. 

    IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS OPPORTUNITY, PLEASE SEND ME A LETTER
    EXPRESSING THAT INTEREST.  (Click on this link for a sample letter: 
    https://missouri.box.com/s/md1tf4u393f7grnb0n9q1lu3xwkr3qry )  WE NEED
    YOUR REPLY BY MONDAY, AUGUST 6.  You can attach a signed PDF to an email
    to flaknel@missouri.edu or mail it to: 

    Dr. Matthew K. Burns 

    14B Hill Hall, University of Missouri 

    Columbia, Missouri 65211' co 

    Please let me know if you have questions.  Thank you for your
    consideration. 

    Larry 

    Larry Flakne, HOOK CENTER and ELEVATED Program Director 

    HOOK CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND DISTRICT RENEWAL 

    312 Hill Hall, University of Missouri 

    Columbia, MO 65211 

    (573) 882-7990 

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

    AIM 1 – CONDUCT RESEARCH ON A MAJOR ISSUE OR PROBLEM IN RURAL
    EDUCATION (INCREASE CAPACITY TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO ACCESS A STEM-DRIVEN
    ECONOMY) 

    The focus of this proposal is on developing high quality teachers in
    rural districts through professional development that: 1) enables
    teachers to construct and implement NGSS-based lessons focused on local
    issues and 2) facilitates mentorship and support among those teachers
    that encourages collegiality, teacher retention, and the implementation
    of research-based practices through teacher decision-making. We will
    study a professional development system that focuses on research-based
    science and computational thinking curricula, accessing targeted
    resources provided electronically, and utilizing distance mentoring. We
    hypothesize that we will increase 

     (a)    the confidence and efficacy in teaching science content among
    participating teachers in rural schools 

     (b)    the confidence the science proficiency among students attending
    the participating rural schools 

     (c)    the confidence and efficacy in teaching computational thinking
    among participating teachers in rural schools, 

     (d)    the computational thinking proficiency among students attending
    the participating rural schools, and 

     (e)    the number of high school students in participating rural
    schools who report an interest in majoring in science-, computing-, and
    technology-related majors in college. 

    The proposed research in Aim 2 will integrate content and effective PD
    for rural teachers. We will work with teachers to better understand how
    to teach computational thinking through computer coding, how to develop
    more effective lessons in science, and will implement technology-based
    PD to ensure both happen with consistency.  

    AIM 2 – DEVELOP A STATISTICAL OR METHODOLOGICAL PRODUCT (INCREASE
    CAPACITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AND BENEFIT FROM EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH) 

    We will engage in two activities under this aim. First, we will develop
    a psychometrically sound assessment tool that is directly linked to
    local curriculum. Doing so, we hypothesize that we will (a) facilitate
    use of psychometrically sound data for instructional decision making by
    science teachers in participating rural schools (b) provide free
    psychometrically sound measures to researchers to measure science
    achievement in rural schools, and (c) provide researchers access to data
    from science assessments with students in rural schools. Second, we will
    also develop free online modules that rural schools can use to help
    evaluate the value of participating in research, and that researchers
    can use to increase the likelihood of a positive experience when
    conducting research in rural schools. Doing so, will facilitate the
    capacity of rural schools to participate in research. 

    Larry Flakne, HOOK CENTER and ELEVATED Program Director 

    HOOK CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND DISTRICT RENEWAL 

    312 Hill Hall, University of Missouri 

    Columbia, MO 65211 

    (573) 882-7990 

    _The __HOOK CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND DISTRICT RENEWAL,__
    College of Education University of Missouri is an endowed outreach
    center.  The focus of the Hook Center is bringing continuous quality
    improvement through improvement science and process thought to K-12
    schools and school districts with training, collaboration, and tools.___

     

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  • 2018 Outstanding Rural Education Awards Nomination Form

    The Missouri Association of Rural Education will be presenting three Outstanding Rural Education Awards at the conference luncheon on Thursday, October 18th.  Awards will be presented for Outstanding Rural Teacher, Outstanding Rural Administrator and Outstanding Rural School District.  In addition to these awards, the MARE and MO K-8 Executive Boards will be selecting and presenting "Friend of Rural Education" awards.  To submit a nomination for a teacher, administrator or your school district, please access the information below.  The deadline to submit nominations for these awards is Friday, September 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. 

    2018 Outstanding Rural Education Awards Nomination Form

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  • 2018 American Legion Boys State

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION:              
    July 2018 Contact: MBS Headquarters 1-877-342-5627                                                                            


    MARE SPONSORS STUDENTS TO ATTEND 79th SESSION OF MISSOURI BOYS STATE


    (WARRENSBURG, MO) – Johnny Tyler Kooyman from Malden High School and Kevin Morris from Willard High School, both sponsored by the Missouri Association of Rural Education, were among 915 outstanding Missouri students to participate in the 79th session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri program held June 16-23 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.


    Missouri Boys State is designed to educate and train young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership, and government. The student leaders, “citizens”, combine their knowledge and skills to build an entire operational state government in a single week which includes electing city, county, and state officials. Boys State is a pure democracy in that all citizens may vote and are eligible to hold office. Participants fully engage in activities during the eight-day program as they gain an understanding of government, learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and enhance their leadership and citizenship skills.


    Kooyman and Morris were nominated to attend this once in a lifetime experience by their high schools and selected based on their academics, leadership, citizenship, and character. As a sponsor, the Missouri Association of Rural Education afforded Kooyman and Morris the opportunity to participate in A Week to Shape a Lifetime - Missouri Boys State by funding the program fee.

    Kooyman (son of Denton Kooyman) participates in the A+ Program and is a member of the Beta Club. He is in the Malden High School Choir and is on the Football and Golf teams. He is also a Youth Sports Official and is employed. During the week of Boys State, Kooyman was a Citizen of Pershing City and a Member of the Federalist Party. He attended the Public Administration School where he gained an understanding of the city and county level government structures. He was elected and fulfilled the duties as a County Commissioner for Scott County and served as a Delegate to State Convention, Ward III and the Assistant Athletic Director. In addition, Kooyman opened and ran a business where he learned the economic impact of a business on his city, the importance of complying with city, county, and state laws and oridances, and how to pay taxes on the revenue generated by his business. He also was on the ballot for City Council, Ward III

    Morris (son of Jill Berry and Kevin Morris) participates in the A+ Program, Band, College Bound Program, Foreign Language - Spanish, and Gifted Program. He is a member of the History Club, Do Only Intelligent Things Club, Soccer team, and plays in the High School Orchestra. Morris earned an Academic Letter and was named to the Honor Roll. He is also active in his Church Youth Group and Boys Scouts of America and is employed. At Missouri Boys State, Morris was a Citizen of Richardson City and a Member of the Federalist Party. He attended the Law School and passed the Boys State Bar Exam which allowed him to become an Attorney. He was then elected and heard cases as a Circuit Judge. Morris was a member of the Boys State Bugle Corps in addition to serving as Beverage Commissioner; Assistant Health Commissioner, Ward II; and Delegate to State Convention, Ward II.


    During Boys State and along with all participants, Kooyman and Morris were involved in a wide variety of educational and recreational activities and heard inspirational talks from and asked questions of both state and national leaders. Speakers for the 2018 session included: Kansas City Mayor Sly James; Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt; Political Analyst Juan Williams; Businessman and Chocolatier Shawn Askinosie (Missouri Boys State Alum and Governor - 1978 and honored as the Missouri Boys State 2018 Alumnus of the Year); and Executive Vice President at the Aspen Institute Eric Motley.


    The entire Boys State staff is comprised of educational, legal, professional, and civic leaders who volunteer their time each year. Missouri Boys State is a 501(c)(3) organization and is a Missouri American Legion program. Students have the opportunity to participate in this nationally recognized program due to sponsors, like MARE. Sponsors are critical to the continued success of the program since students and their families are not allowed to pay any portion of the program fee. Organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to contact the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627.


    Students who will be juniors during the 2018-19 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their High School counselor and visit the Missouri Boys State website at moboysstate.org. The 2019 session will be held June 15-22. Informational presentations by a Boys State staff member may be requested by contacting the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627 or email bettie.rusher@moboysstate.org.
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  • MARE Board Training Opportunities

    The Missouri Association of Rural Education will be providing the required 16 hours of Board Training for newly appointed Board members on the dates listed below.  To register for one of our training events, please complete the attached form and send it to Kevin Sandlin, MARE Executive Director, at ksandlin@moare.com.  If we do not have a training scheduled in your area, please contact me so that I can determine if we can plan a training in your area! 

    MARE Board Training Registration Form 

    MARE Board Training Dates – 2018

     

    Cameron, MO – Old School – (816) 632-6063

    (Contact is Denise – 116 W 4th Street, Cameron, MO 64429)

    • Friday, January 26, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, January 27, 2018) (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)

     

    Poplar Bluff, MO – Holiday Inn – (573) 712-9021

    • Friday, February 9, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, February 10, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)

     

    Winston R-VI School District – (660) 749-5331

    • Friday, May 18, 2018 (8:15 a.m. -  4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, May 19, 2018 (8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.)

     

    Poplar Bluff R-I School District (District Board Room)  - (573) 785-7753

    • Friday, June 1, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, June 2, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)

     

    Shelby County R-IV School District - (573) 588-4961

    • Friday, June 1, 2018 - (8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.)
    • Saturday, June 2, 2018 (8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.)

     

    Crest Ridge R-VII School District - (660) 656-3316

    • Friday, June 15, 2018 - (8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.)
    • Saturday, June 16, 2018 - (8:15 a.m. -  4:15 p.m.)

     

    Lake Ozark, MO – The Lodge of the Four Seasons (Conference)

    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
    • Thursday, October 18, 2018 (8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • Friday, October 19, 2018 (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)

     

     

    ** We will likely schedule 1 or 2 trainings in North Central or Northeast Missouri with Leroy Huff serving as the Board Training Facilitator.  Those have yet to be scheduled! 

     

    PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ANY NEW BOARD MEMBER(S) NEEDING THE SIXTEEN (16) HOURS OF REQUIRED TRAINING.

     

    To register, please complete the form on the reverse side and fax to (660) 747-8160, scan and email to  ksandlin@moare.com, or go online (www.moare.com) and complete the electronic form found under Board Training.

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  • Legal Articles

    Various representatives from the legal firms that support MARE as Associate Members have agreed to provide us with timely legal articles on a variety of issues that face Missouri public schools and their leaders.  I would encourage you to check this site often for the most recent additions to the listing.  Share this information with others within your district and in neighboring districts so that everyone is "in the know" concerning relevant legal matters.  Special thanks to our friends at EdCounsel, LLC; Guin Mundorf, LLC; Mickes O'Toole, LLC and Tueth Keeney, LLC.  

    "School Safety" by Emily Wopata with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Protection Against Sexual Orientation Continues to Broaden" by Brittany Newell with Mickes O'Toole, LLC

    "After the Election: School Board Reorganization" by Amy Clendennen with Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, PC

    "It's one, two, three strikes you're out....Spring Personnel Decisions for Certified Personnel" by Kristen O'Neal with EdCounsel, LLC

    "New Construction Project Delivery Methods and When to Use Them" by Jeff Klusmeier with Guin Mundorf, LLC

    "Navigating a Child Complaint" by Adam Henningsen with Guin Mundorf, LLC

    "Strategies for Late Teacher Resignations in a Climate of Teacher Shortages" by Ryan VanFleet with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Relative Caregivers, Limited Guardianships and Student Enrollment: What Does Missouri Law Actually Require?" by Danielle McAfee with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Section 504: What's New and What's Next" by Betsey Helfrich with Mickes O'Toole, LLC

    "Accomodating Employees When They Return to Work (or Don't Return)" by Stephen Freeland with Guin Mundorf, LLC

    "Tackling Tough Enrollment and Residency Issues" by Ryan Fry, with Guin Mundorf, LLC

    "Being Too Nice in Performance Evaluations" by Brian Mayer with EdCounsel, LLC

    "How to Process a Continuous Wage Garnishment under the New Rules" by Johanna Shallenberger, Mickes O'Toole, LLC

    "Limitations on Working After Retirement: It's Not Just for Employees Anymore" by Kristen O'Neal with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Meal Charge Policies: Addressing Unpaid Balances" by Ryan VanFleet with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Missouri Human Rights Act Changes" by Brian Mayer with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Dealing with the Spearin Doctrine: Drafting Disclaimers" by Ryan VanFleet with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Student Drug Testing Policies: What Districts Should Know" by Danielle McAfee with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Student Searches" by Brian Mayer with EdCounsel, LLC

    "Legislating Bullying: A Brave New World" by Natalie Hoernschmeyer, Esq. with MIckes O'Toole, LLC

    "Tis the Season - Election Season That Is" by Christi Swick with Mickes O'Toole, LLC

     

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  • New Superintendent Boot Camp

    If you are a new Superintendent, then participation in the New Superintendent Boot Camp is highly recommended!  Representatives from Mickes O'Toole will be presenting a variety of sessions including information on student discipline, staff due process, investigating misconduct, bullying and student suicide, special education and FERPA and FSLA.  For more information, please access the flyer below.  

    2018 Mickes O'Toole New Superintendent Boot Camp

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