Winter 2019 School & Community

Winter 2019 School & Community2019-01-22T15:46:31-06:00

Articles in this issue

The Power of Connecting Students With Authors

For the last three summers, a small group of Missouri educators has traveled to Hesston, Kan., to attend the annual nErDcampKS conference. This free one-day conference is modeled after the original nErdCamp in Parma, Mich.. While the national Edcamp (un)conference principles are followed, each of the conversations at a nErDcamp has a literacy focus. To make these literary events even more special, several authors from across the nation attend the day, participating in the discussions; many authors participate in panel discussions. “One of my favorite parts was meeting so many amazing authors—getting to spend time with them and get to know them [...]

February 26th, 2019|Categories: Reading Circle|Tags: , |0 Comments

Q&A with MSTA President Nic Vasquez

Every so often Nic Vasquez will have a friend pass along an article that claims people who wear unconventional socks make good leaders. If that’s the case, what’s on Vasquez’s feet shows that MSTA is in good hands. The new president has a penchant for silly socks, amassing a collection of 50-60 pairs with various prints and patterns. “I often have students yell at me in the cafeteria, ‘Mr. V, what socks do you have on?’” Vasquez said. “My socks don’t always match, and sometimes students will point that out. If having mismatched socks is the worst thing that happens to me, [...]

January 29th, 2019|Categories: MSTA People|Tags: |0 Comments

Creating a New School Culture through Student-Led Leadership

By Pam Clifton Putting others first is something eighth-grade Osage Middle School students hoped to do. They approached their teacher, Carla Bradley, and explained that they wanted to create a walk-a-thon. One of the girl’s grandparents was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, so the students planned to donate all proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri. Because of the school’s Leader in Me program, the students applied their leadership skills to a community service project that was important to them. Although Bradley helped guide students in their efforts, she says they were the ones responsible for the bulk of the work, including [...]

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: From Our Members|Tags: , |0 Comments

Are you a cyber-hoarder?

After deploying chrome books to each middle school student in our school and granting permission for the device to be personalized, now, three years later, students are steadily parading into the library with a common complaint, “My chrome book is just not working right.” Hmm…. Could it be out of date? Not likely because students know to click the arrow for updates to be installed. Could it be full of cookies? Again, most students know to clear the cache when their device is acting wonky (is that even a word?). Could it be a hidden problem under the layers of extensions? Very [...]

January 22nd, 2019|Categories: From Our Members|Tags: , |0 Comments

Serve. Lead. Inspire.

By MSTA President Nic Vasquez A recent musical sensation “The Greatest Showman” has become one of my favorite musicals. The film surrounds the story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The show doesn’t explore the darker aspects of P.T Barnum’s life, but it does feature numerous exhilarating musical performances that are able to entertain audiences with memorable songs and outstanding lyrics. Whether you’re a fan of musicals or not, there are some things each of us can take away from “The Greatest Showman.” As your president here [...]

January 20th, 2019|Categories: MSTA People|Tags: |0 Comments

Teachers Can Build Bridges with Legislators

By Matt Michelson, Government Relations Manager Elections are behind us, and a new session of the Missouri General Assembly has begun. There are many new faces at the Capitol for MSTA members to get acquainted with. The Government Relations department is working hard to connect members to their legislators and build relationships that will benefit Missouri students, teachers and communities. The legislature continues to have many former educators, with more added in the recent election, but the work has only begun. Strong voices that supported public education have left due to term limits. Building effective communication and understanding between members and their [...]

January 17th, 2019|Categories: Legal|Tags: |0 Comments
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