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Use of school email and computers

Editor’s Note: This is a post from MSTA’s Staff Attorney Scott Smith.  Using a school email account for personal correspondence might be convenient and allowed under board policy, but it comes with consequences. Since the school owns the email account you are using, the school can access all emails sent and received in that account. Therefore, [...]

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Governor Mel Carnahan Award in Public Service – Call for Nominations

One way family and friends of the late Governor Mel Carnahan choose to keep his memory thriving is by establishing the Governor Mel Carnahan Award in Public Service. Annually this award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions through their public service, both paid and volunteer, in the government, education, nonprofit or legal sectors. The [...]

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2014 Leadership Class

Twenty-eight MSTA members were recognized as the inaugural leadership class during Thursday’s Assembly of Delegates meeting. These individuals were honored for giving their time to improve education throughout the state. As volunteer leaders, they have served in numerous officer positions for their local Community Teachers Association and their MSTA regions. The 2014 Leadership Class includes: [...]

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Thurlkill, Hoch Elected to MSTA State Board of Directors

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri State Teachers Association elected a new President-Elect and Vice President at its Assembly of Delegates on Thursday. Glenda Thurkill, who is currently serving as Vice President, ran unopposed and was elected Presdient-Elect.  Brett Hoch was elected Vice President, defeating challenger Joan Snodgrass. Current President-Elect Stacy Williamson will step into the [...]

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Social stories survey request

You are invited to participate in a 10 to 20 minute survey studying the characteristics of the individuals for whom social stories are used in school settings, how social stories are implemented and used in school settings and the practitioners’ perceptions of social story efficacy in school settings. Early childhood through 12th grade Missouri public [...]

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What exactly am I signing?

Editor’s Note: This is a post from MSTA’s Staff Attorney Scott Smith.  Have you ever received a speeding ticket or other traffic citation from a police officer? It is a frustrating process that often requires you to sign your ticket when all is said and done. Signing the citation doesn’t admit guilt, it simply is a [...]

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I was once a teacher basher

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from MSTA member, Jennifer Gladbach. I  have a confession to make. The recent controversial Time magazine cover and the upcoming vote on Missouri Amendment 3 regarding teacher tenure have encouraged me to spill my guts. I was once a teacher basher. I was just not as vocal about it as [...]

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#MoNoOn3 flier

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from MSTA’s Manager of Organizing and Greater Kansas City Region Field Representative Charles Brooks.  Each year as the leaves start to turn, I face the same unresolved issue regarding Halloween candy.  Should we purchase candy that we like—just in case we are suddenly shunned by the neighborhood children and forced [...]

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Baseball in the classroom

Recently baseball has been on everyone’s mind with the playoffs in full swing and the season nearing its end. Missourians have been paying particularly close attention. Students’ focus on baseball may seem like a distraction, but this interest can be harnessed into learning. There are many ways to integrate baseball into your lesson plan to [...]

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MSTA’s 2014 Voter Guide

The MSTA Impact Committee has released its Voter Guide for the 2014 Election. Inside you can find a description of MSTA’s endorsement process, as well as a comprehensive list of all the candidates endorsed by the MSTA Impact Committee. There are also biographies of each endorsed candidate. If you are unsure about which House and [...]

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