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Educators celebrate Missouri Read-In Day

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According to The Nation’s Report Card, a collection of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data, in 2015 a little over one third of fourth and eighth grade students performed at or above proficiency in reading. The National Center for Education Statistics shows that the average reading score of fourth and eighth graders in the […]

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March 27th, 2017

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The mental health epidemic in schools, part 2: An educator’s role

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In our last Look Into Education post, we discussed the mental health crisis that is sweeping across schools in the U.S. — with estimates of one in five children experiencing some type of severe mental illness in their life. We’ve discussed the role of education leaders in this crisis, however, in this post we will […]

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December 30th, 2016

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The mental health epidemic in schools, part 1: An education leader’s role

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According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, approximately 13 percent of children ages 8-15 experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their life, and for those ages 13-18 it is 21.4 percent. Over the past several months, NPR has been producing a special series called A Silent Epidemic: The Mental Health Crisis […]

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December 28th, 2016

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Education leaders learn lessons walking in their students’ shoes

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While William Woods education graduates scatter across nearly all of Missouri’s 567 school districts as teachers, principals and superintendents, they all wake each school day to a shared question and concern: how well do I relate to my students? Do you have a strong understanding of what their day-to-day school life looks like? What if […]

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September 13th, 2016

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Heroes in low-income schools: Part 2

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In our last Look Into Education blog, we discussed the great need in Missouri and all across the U.S. for education leaders — heroes — to step into low-income schools and enact change. Linda Cliatt-Wayman grew up attending Strawberry Mansion High School, a low-income school in Philadelphia, and shares her story in a TED Talk. […]

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August 23rd, 2016

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Heroes in low-income schools: Part 1

William Woods EDU

For the first time in recent history, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools come from low-income families — 51 percent. In Missouri, 45 percent of public school students come from low-income families, according to a report from the Southern Education Foundation. But […]

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August 16th, 2016

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Bachelors in education students learn the importance of leadership in and outside the classroom

William Woods EDU

In February of this year, four leading education groups — The National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the U.S. Department of Education — met at the 2016 National Summit on Teachers Leadership to encourage and empower more educators to be leaders in their […]

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July 5th, 2016

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Advice for education students: How to approach parent-teacher conferences

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As a teacher, you want to see your students reach their full potential. As a parent, you want the same. You’re in this together. Interacting with the parents of your students should not be a dreaded confrontation, but a collaboration of minds fighting for the same goal. Here is some advice for bachelors in education […]

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April 6th, 2016

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Promoting educational change in rural Missouri

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Experts tell us that when it comes to teaching in rural schools, both the challenges and the chance to make a real and lasting difference can be great. With a statewide population of over a quarter of a million rural students­, Missouri offers new teachers – including many graduating from William Woods University – opportunities […]

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September 18th, 2015

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Celebrate summer with a good read or two

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In his NFL playing days, Jerome Sally would have spent his summer getting ready for pre-season training camp. But Sally, who played professionally for seven seasons for the New York Giants, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Kansas City Chiefs, spends his summers doing what many school administrators do, getting ready for the next school year. […]

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August 4th, 2015

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