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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL)


    Name: The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL)

    About: MASL is the premier professional organization for library media specialists who work in Missouri schools.

    The purpose of MASL is:

    · To advocate for access to school library media center services and resources for Missouri’s children.
    · To develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the educational community
    · To enable the use of information technologies in Missouri schools.
    · To provide opportunities for continuing professional education, focusing on exemplary practices in school library media centers.
    · To recognize significant contributions to the profession and to the improvement of school library media programs in Missouri.

    Tweet with us using the hashtag #MoEdAdvocates.

    Readers Awards: MASL presents four Readers Awards each year, representing the best current youth literature available to students of different grade levels. MASL creates a preliminary list of titles, and students across the state can vote on which books win a MASL Readers Award. See the 2015-16 Readers Awards Nominees.

    MASL’s Readers Awards are:
    · Show Me Readers Award (grades 1-3)
    · Mark Twain Readers Award (grades 4-6)
    · Truman Readers Award (grades 6-8)
    · Gateway Readers Award (grades 9-12)

    Number of Employees: MASL’s board sets direction and policies for the organization, but a third-party management company runs MASL’s communications, finances, member services, readers award programs, and events, and manages its general office duties.

    President of the Board: Lysha Thompson
    A full list of MASL’s Board of Directors is available on its website.


    Social Media: MASL on Facebook

    Legislation & Advocacy: MASL advocates for intellectual freedom. More information about MASL’s legislative advocacy, including its legislative agenda, is available to members. You can learn more about the American Association of School Librarian’s advocacy efforts here.

    This post is part of a running series called “Missouri Education Advocates,” which is designed to highlight the professional education organizations in Missouri that work on public education legislation and advocacy. These short and sweet features highlight basic information about some of Missouri’s leading education organizations.

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  • Missouri High School Students Awarded for Citizenship

    The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently recognized 15 high school seniors for their exceptional citizenship. The 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship awardees are:

    • John Bantle, Rockwood Summit High School
    • Theresa Abby Bergman, Oakville High School
    • Seth Boeke, Stockton High School
    • Alexander Jackson Bollinger, Fort Zumwalt South High School
    • Talor Crawford, Webster Groves High School
    • Jessica Dennis, Lee’s Summit North High School
    • Sophia Etling, Parkway South High School
    • Nora Faris, Concordia High School
    • Charles Darren Green, Malden High School
    • John Korenak, Lindbergh High School
    • Shelby Linneman, Brentwood High School
    • Kaitlee Metcalf, Hume High School
    • Nathan Rickard, Francis Howell High School
    • Danica Ridgeway, Jefferson City High School
    • Lauren Wilbert, Carl Junction High School

    State Board of Education President Peter F. Herschend (left), State Board of Education member Dr. O. Victor Lenz, Jr. (right), and Missouri Bar President Jack Brady (center left) with all of the 2014 Missouri Citizenship Awardees following the awards ceremony on April 14, 2014, in Jefferson City. — at The Missouri Bar.

    This year’s recipients received their awards at an April 14th luncheon in Jefferson City. Missouri Bar President John Brady and State Board of Education President Peter Herschend presented seniors with their awards.

    The Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship award, which is organized by DESE with assistance and financial support from The Missouri Bar, awards students for exemplary community service and academic and extracurricular achievements in civics and government. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of educators and by members of the Missouri Bar’s Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education.

  • Joplin Teacher Wins Prestigious Milken Educator Award

    The Milken Educator Awards are the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program, and this year, one of Missouri’s own teachers was honored. Tobin Schultz is a social studies teacher and football coach at Joplin High School, and he was one of 15 teachers across the United States to be receive what Teacher Magazine calls, “Oscars of Teaching”.

    Founded in 1985 as an initiative of the Milken Family Foundation, the Milken Educator Awards program rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with $25,000 unrestricted awards.

    The Milken Family Foundation points out that the Milken Awards are not for lifetime achievement.

    “The Milken Educator Awards targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and, more significantly, for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.” (source)

    Schultz was this year’s only awardee from Missouri but he joins 42 other Missouri teachers who received the award before him.

    Nearly 2,600 teachers have received the award in all, and each of them is provided ongoing networking and professional development support and tools as long as they continue their careers in education.

    One of the most touching aspects of the Milken Awards is that the awards are always presented to winners as a surprise in front of their students, colleagues, distinguished officials and media during an all-school assembly.

    Missouri Parent congratulates Tobin Schultz and Joplin Schools!

    You can read Schultz’s full bio on his Milken Awards page.

  • 9 Missouri Schools Earn Extra Credit for Healthy Choices

    This fall, nine Missouri schools made nutritional improvements that earned national recognition through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC).

    The HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. (source)

    Congratulations to HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Awardees:

    From Webster Groves School District:
    Avery Elementary School
    Bristol Elementary School
    Clark Elementary School
    Computer School
    Hudson Elementary School

    From the School District of Clayton:
    Glendridge Elementary School
    Meramec Elementary School
    Ralph M. Captain Elementary School

    From Springfield R-12:
    Harry S. Truman Elementary School

    More than 6,500 schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia have received HUSSC awards, which recognize schools that:

    · Improve the quality of the foods served
    · Provide students with nutrition education, and
    · Provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity (source)

    In order to be awarded through the HUSSC, each school must meet the program’s criteria throughout a 4-year certification process. To learn how to apply for the HUSSC award, visit the HUSSC website.

    Do you enjoy learning more about nutrition and meal planning in Missouri’s public schools? Be sure to read these posts on the MO Parent Blog:

    Making Sure Missouri’s Kids Eat Breakfast
    The Summer Food Service Program: Preventing Summertime Hunger

  • 8 Missouri Schools Honored with 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools Award

    Each year, the U.S. Department of Education honors schools whose students have shown overall academic excellence or overall improvement in academic achievement through its Blue Ribbon Schools Award.

    This year, eight Missouri schools have earned this national honor:

    Bolivar High School, Brentwood High School, Lee’s Summit West High School, Nixa High School, Sappington Elementary School, Spokane High School, Willow Springs High School, and W.W. Keysor Elementary School are Missouri’s 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools.

    According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Blue Ribbon Schools set an example for other schools across the nation:

    "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education,” he said.

    The Blue Ribbon Schools Award honors public and private schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Schools are evaluated on one of two criteria: high performance or improvement.

    High performing schools are schools that are ranked among the highest performing schools in the nation in reading and mathematics on national assessments. Student demographics are not taken into account for high performing schools.

    Improving schools are those with at least 40% of their populations classified as disadvantaged. These schools have reduced the achievement gap in reading and mathematics in state or national assessments in the past year.

    Congratulations to Missouri’s 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools!
    Bolivar High School (Bolivar R-I School District, Bolivar)
    Brentwood High School (Brentwood School District, Brentwood)
    Lee’s Summit West High School (Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, Lee’s Summit)
    Nixa High School (Nixa R-II School District, Nixa)
    Sappington Elementary School (Lindbergh Schools, St. Louis)
    Spokane High School (Spokane R-VII School District, Highlandville)
    Willow Springs High School (Willow Springs R-IV School District, Willow Springs)
    W.W. Keysor Elementary School (Kirkwood R-VII School District, Kirkwood)

    Missouri’s Blue Ribbons School Award recipients will be among the 236 public and 50 private schools who are acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education at a national recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 18th and 19th, 2013.

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