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The Richards R-V School District is seeking applicants for the position of elementary school guidance counselor for the 2017-2018 school year. Interviews will be conducted until the position is filled. Send a formal letter of application, resume, and letters of reference to Richards R-V School District, 3461 County Road 1710, West Plains, Missouri attention Dr. Melonie Bunn. Call Dr. Bunn at (417) 256-5239 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding the position.
The Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE) provides the sixteen hours of Board Training required by the state for all school Board members. Our most recent Board Training was held in conjunction with the MARE/MO K-8 Conference October 20th through October 22nd at The Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri. The Board Training program is usually scheduled on a Friday (8:15 a.m. till 4:15 p.m.) and Saturday (8:15 a.m. till 4:15 p.m.) at various locations across the state based on identified need. Dr. Maggie Anderson and Dr. Leroy Huff provide the training for the organization. We are in the process of seeking information from Missouri school districts across the state in order to schedule our next round of training opportunities. If your district has a Board member(s) that is is need of training, please contact our office by phone (660-747-8050), fax (660-747-8160) or email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) to provide us with the necessary information. We are planning to offer training in the near future at locations based on identified need.
Dr. Paul Katnik, Assistant Commissioner from the Office of Educator Quality, presented the program at the Central MASA meeting held in Huntsville, Missouri on Wednesday, November 9th. His presentation centered around the teacher shortage that exists across the nation and specifically here in Missouri. As part of that presentation, he provided five (5) solutions to help address this matter. I am providing those and encouraging you to consider this information so that collectively we can help to address the problem.
Solutions for Addressing the Teacher Shortage Issue:
1) All School Superintendents/Core Data Personnel are encouraged to accurately complete Screen 21. The information gathered from this report is used by Dr. Katnik's team to share with college preparatory programs. This information is also used to identify critical shortage areas and for loan forgiveness programs.
2) Grow Your Own Campaign - Superintendents and secondary administrators across the state are encouraged to identify/recruit a minimum of 2-3 students each year that would make great teachers. The encouragement offered and active participation in FTA activities can help districts address their individual needs in the future. Statistically, over sixty (60) percent of teachers are employed within twenty (20) miles of where they graduated high school.
3) Improvements in teacher education preparatory programs, mentoring programs, Beginning Teacher Assistance Programs and teacher induction programs. New standards are coming out in December for public view regarding these areas.
4) Effective implementation of the Educator Evaluation Principles. Application of these principles will help school districts grow and improve teaching practice locally.
5) Active and engaged leadership from building and district administrators is critical. Teachers need to be supported. Teachers need to know that they are appreciated.
The Dr. Darrell "Jack" Holley/MUSIC Scholarship application (click here) is now available. Six $2,000.00 scholarships (non-renewable) will be awarded to students who graduate in 2017 from high schools in MUSIC member districts. The funding of the scholarships is provided by proceeds from the golf tournament and corporate donations.
The scholarship information is included with the application. Only one (1) application from your district is to be submitted. In districts which have multiple high schools, an application from each high school may be submitted. MUSIC K-8 districts are allowed to nominate one of their students. This nomination must be a student graduating from a Missouri public high school, which may be an additional selection from K-12 district or from a high school not in the MUSIC program.
Completed applications are due on February 17, 2017. If you have questions, please contact Mark Stockwell at (314) 800-2220.
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