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Collaborative Statewide Effort for School Improvement
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 5, 2013 - Thirty years after A Nation at Risk sounded the warning of mediocrity in America's schools, and more than a dozen years since the No Child Left Behind Act expanded top-down standards and assessments, most educators agree the nation's education system is still struggling to reach its goals for student learning.
This week a group of Missouri school leaders are coming together to rethink the state's system of school management during the first Governor's Conference on Baldrige in Education, at the University of Missouri.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is convening the conference to support an ambitious endeavor to reimagine the way schools are run. "For Missouri to compete in today's global economy, our students need to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers," Gov. Nixon said. "To accomplish that goal we need a comprehensive approach that includes not just more resources, but also higher expectations, greater accountability and a commitment to excellence at every level. With a proven record of improving performance and outcomes, the Baldrige program is an important tool to help schools deliver real results for our students and our economy."
The conference is being presented through a unique partnership among the University of Missouri College of Education, Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) and Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA), as well as approximately two dozen Missouri school districts. It focuses on how the principles of leadership and management developed by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program have shown tremendous improvement in student outcomes.
Conference speakers include national experts who have led schools through systematic continuous improvement strategies that raised test scores, increased graduation rates and created environments where teachers and principals love their jobs again. A featured speaker will be JoAnn Sternke, superintendent of Pewaukee Public Schools in Pewaukee, Wis., which just last month received the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
"We want participants to walk away understanding Baldrige actually reshapes and replaces the century-old industrial-management approach to education with a knowledge-management system," said Blake Naughton, executive director of the Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal at the MU College of Education. "The goal is for districts to leave the conference knowing how to implement many of the improvement efforts discussed at the conference when they return to their districts and schools on Monday."
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 18, 2013 - COCA presents the fifth installment of its new performance series COCA Presents 2013-2014, The Little Dancer: Through a New Lens, on December 14-15, 2013, in the COCA Founders' Theatre, located at524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Internationally-known St. Louis photographer Stewart Halperin provides the artistic backdrop for this story ballet, which magically brings Edgar Degas' famous statuette to life. This holiday season, the Little Dancer and her friends will dance among Halperin's photography from around the world. The Little Dancer is presented by Mary Strauss and is suitable for all ages.
The cast features Josh Routh as the Artist, Kathleen Radke as the Ballet Teacher and COCA student Isabelle Mattenson, a sophomore at Francis Howell North High School, as the Little Dancer. Other performers are members of COCA's Ballet Eclectica.
In conjunction with The Little Dancer: Through a New Lens, Stewart Halperin will exhibit a selection of images highlighting striking cultural customs and rituals from around the globe in Color ... My World in the Millstone Gallery at COCA, December 13, 2013 - February 9, 2014. Halperin's work has taken him to more than 80 countries spanning six continents, from some of the most remote corners of the globe to many of the world's major cities. Color ... My World is presented by the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation.
Performances are: Saturday, December 14, 2:00pm and 5:00pm and Sunday, December 15, 1:00pm
Tickets ($14-$18) are available for purchase online at www.cocastl.org, by phone at 314.561.4877 or in person at COCA during box office hours
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