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It was supposed to be a day of peer editing, when my advanced journalism students provide thoughtful, in-depth feedback on their classmates’ first drafts. I love these days, when students become teachers and learning flourishes for both writer and editor. But on this particular morning only eight of my 19 students had submitted stories; only Read More

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As a business teacher at Scott County Central High School in Sikeston, Buddy Alberson is quick to mention his favorite part of leading the classroom. “I enjoy those ‘aha’ moments when students realize what they can do with the material they’ve been taught,” he says. “I have a sense of pride in the school, which Read More

in Administrator Spotlight

Dr. Asbill assisting student at computer

Cassville is tucked away in the southwest Missouri Ozarks, just a few miles from Roaring River State Park. It’s a picturesque community, but very small. Many similarly sized towns across the state struggle to attract qualified teachers to their school districts, but Cassville seems to have figured out how to address the challenge. They grow Read More

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Ashley Angle, Jefferson City Teacher

Natural light floods Ashley Angle’s kindergarten classroom, illuminating boxes of holiday ornaments the children have made. Each ornament features a group of snowmen made from a child’s handprint. The bright red or blue bulbs each bear the name of a child and will be given to parents and guardians – a keepsake for years to Read More

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This morning marked day 11 of this teacher’s winter break, but it was day one for my quiet staycation at home after hectic holiday plans and a flooded basement. After a relaxing soak in the bathtub, I opened my computer to social media. When I opened my newsfeed, I noticed a story posted by a Read More

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Dr. Duane Widhalm, Lebanon R-III

Lebanon R-III is not immune to the challenges that many districts face across the country. Sixty-two percent of its students receive free or reduced-price lunch. There was a time when the district battled low graduation rates. But if you ask Lebanon R-III Superintendent Dr. Duane Widhalm what makes the district and community special to him, it’s simple. Read More