News

After-testing activities and ideas

Editor’s note:  This is a post from regular MSTA contributor Pam Clifton’s Teaching & Learning blog. Clifton is a sixth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at West St. Francois County R-4. State testing is done … now what? It’s time for some well-deserved fun! When the testing pressure disappears, teachers often find that the […]




Read More >

New Missouri Learning Standards to be Implemented 2016-17 School year

Editor’s note:  This is a post from regular MSTA contributor Pam Clifton’s Teaching & Learning blog. Clifton is a sixth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at West St. Francois County R-4. The State Board of Education has now officially shifted the curricular focus from Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to the Missouri Learning Standards […]




Read More >

MSTA Action – April 22, 2016

Download the complete pdf. Change to foundation formula sent to governor The legislature sent a bill to Gov. Nixon that modifies the funding formula for schools. State Board of Education approves new learning standards After almost two years of work, the State Board voted to approve new Missouri Learning Standards for K-12. Senate Education Committee […]




Read More >

Preparing for Retirement as a Teacher

Teaching is a rewarding career, but it also involves a significant amount of hard work. From coming up with lesson plans to grading papers and preparing students for testing, teachers end up putting in long hours on the job, which add up significantly over the course of a career. Those who plan on retiring in […]




Read More >

Job opening: Government Relations Manager

                        MSTA is looking to fill the position of Government Relations Manager. The position will become vacant when Krista Meyer transitions to her new role as Student Field Representative. The Government Relations Manager position assists with lobbying in Jefferson City, works with DESE and […]




Read More >

MSTA Action – April 15, 2016

Download the complete pdf. AT A GLANCE House adds amendments to guidance bill The House of Representatives added many amendments to a bill designed to strengthen guidance programs in our schools. Senate approves education-related bills This week the Senate moved on a number of bills related to education.  As we get closer to the end […]




Read More >

Preparing Students for Assessment

Editor’s note:  This is a post from regular MSTA contributor Pam Clifton’s Teaching & Learning blog. Clifton is a sixth-grade English language arts and reading teacher at West St. Francois County R-4. April brings more than showers for those May flowers. It also brings Missouri assessment for students from third grade to high school. Whether […]




Read More >

Online Dating as a School Employee

Editor’s Note: This is a post from MSTA’s Staff Attorney Scott Smith. Want to check the score of the big game? Need help determining which gas station has the cheapest gas? Are you wanting to play Yahtzee or another mindless game for five minutes? You can do all these things and more on the smartphone in […]




Read More >