education

Job Training
10:03 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program Gets National Attention

An example of the work done by floor layer apprentices in the ceramic phase of their training.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

 

In a quest to make job training count, the Obama administration is taking an interest in work-based apprenticeships. A St. Louis program is serving as a model for the administration.

The White House is highlighting about 40 programs across the country that are doing it right under the so-called Ready to Work Initiative. Only one such program in Missouri has made the list, the St. Louis Carpenter Union’s Mid-Apprenticeship Program.  

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Education
11:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Students Find Sweet Opportunity In North St. Louis

Dejah Cox tends to Sweet Sensations bee hives that are located on a vacant lot in north St. Louis.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

 This is how the conversation usually goes when Dejah Cox tells her friends she has a job.

“They’re like, ‘oh really, what do you do?’” they’ll ask her.

Dejah: “I’m a beekeeper.”  

“They’re like, ‘no!’” Dejah said with a chuckle.  “They’re shocked.”

On a recent Saturday morning, the teenager donned full beekeeper regalia and flipped open the top of a hive in a vacant lot in north St. Louis.  The honey she harvests will be used for an array of products, from lotions to body butter under the label Honey Masters.  

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Back To School
8:39 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Would-Be Teachers Flock To Normandy Job Fair

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

The Normandy Schools Collaborative is looking for a fresh start. So is Andrew Nardi. He’s hoping the two desires fit and he’ll get his first teaching job when classes start next month.

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State School Board
3:46 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

(Updated at 3:46 p.m. with revised transfer policy)

JEFFERSON CITY – With its president acknowledging that an earlier vote was an overreaction, the Missouri state board of education reversed itself Tuesday and broadened the terms under which students living in Normandy may transfer to nearby accredited districts in the upcoming school year.

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Back To School
5:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

With two weeks to go until teachers report for the beginning of the new school year, the Normandy Schools Collaborative said Monday it has hired 80 percent of the staff it needs, from custodians to principals.

But just to make sure it hasn’t overlooked any good teachers who are still looking for employment, the district said it will be holding a job fair two days later this week.

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Teacher Training
2:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Teachers Learn To STEM-itize Their Lessons

From Left: Elementary school teachers Kelly Greenwood, Mathew Williams, Sarah Tehan and Joanna McPherson cut into a pig heart during STEM TQ training.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Even though Barbra Pener teaches science and robotics, she likes to start the school year with a quick history lesson.

She points to a picture of the famous late 19th and early 20th-century scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie that hangs on her classroom wall.

“Her husband Pierre is in the photo, and she’s holding the baby,” Pener said.  

She then rattles off for her eighth-grade students Skłodowska-Curie’s list of accomplishments, including multiple Nobel Prizes and the discovery of two radioactive elements.

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Education Legislation
5:10 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Armed Teacher Bill, Signs Common Core Changes

Credit (via Flickr/kcds)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Monday a bill that would have allowed teachers to carry guns in the classroom, saying that ““arming teachers will not make our schools safer.”

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Student Transfers
1:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Normandy Parents Sue For Students' Right To Transfer Out

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Several parents of students who live in the Normandy school district filed suit in St. Louis County Circuit Court Monday, challenging the state’s move to limit the number of students who may transfer out of Normandy to accredited school districts.

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Charter Schools
3:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Partnership Spawns New KIPP School

Jaden Brooks and Ayden Abu cut the ribbon at KIPP Victory as Sen. Claire McCaskill and others look on.
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

Rodney Norman grew up in the St. Louis neighborhood near Mitchell School, though he didn’t go there, and he knows what the closure of the school did to the area near Page and Goodfellow boulevards.

Now, say Norman and his wife, Juanita, they know what the reopening of the building, as the KIPP Victory Academy for 200 students in kindergarten and first grade, will mean when classes begin next month.

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Normandy School District
9:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Normandy Board Starts Planning For New School Year

Ty McNichols
Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

Now that the dramas of the state takeover and the uncertainty of student transfers have mostly passed, the board of the new Normandy Schools Collaborative started working Monday night on their main goal: Raising student achievement.

Missouri's education commissioner Chris Nicastro sat at the board table while some of her assistants presented detailed plans on how to evaluate teaching and learning. The five board members heard the state’s plans for turning the district around.

In their presentation, the process was described this way:

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