Today's Date: February 26, 2021
Children's Minnesota receives heart transplant certification   •   Casting Workbook Español Launched as Part of New Global Expansion Effort to Support Spanish Talent Worldwide   •   BlackNorth Initiative's Dahabo Ahmed-Omer Earns Inaugural Business Changemakers Award From the Globe and Mail’s Report on   •   Trust the Leader in Online School: Insight School of Kansas Accepting Enrollments for 2021-2022 School Year   •   Children's Museums Mobilize to Serve Children and Families during COVID-19   •   Western Union Foundation Supports Career & Leadership Pathways for Migrant and Refugee Youth   •   AARP Members Frustrated with Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Efforts, Survey Shows   •   During Texas Storm, New Haven Assisted Living Served Seniors   •   Lies Travel Faster Than Truth in New Peaky Blinders Card Game from Steamforged Games   •   New Study Reveals Baby Boomers Turning to International E-Commerce, but With Different Expectations Than Younger Consumers   •   Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Launches Mobile Billboard to Expose Racial Inequality in the Chancery Court   •   Featuring Top 5 Vendors in the Global Online Lingerie Market Report | Competitive Landscape and Key Product Offerings | Technavi   •   Crown Royal Leans Into Legacy With Coming 2 America To Launch A Limited-Edition Pack Designed By Oscar-Winner Ruth E. Carter   •   BANDIER Now Available on Amazon   •   INTEGRIS Community Hospitals, Del City Schools Announce Donation of Feminine Products to The Sisterhood Project   •   Connie Stacey Wins The Forum’s 2020/21 Pitch for the Purse, $50,000 Prize   •   Vaquero Private Wealth Increases Its Dallas Presence With the Addition of The Maynard Group   •   Sneaker Culture Merges into the Fast Lane   •   Essilor Vision Foundation and Walman Help Bring Vision Care to People Who Need It the Most   •   Trulieve Partners with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to Provide College Scholarships
Bookmark and Share

MU Partners With Missouri Schools for Rejuvenation of Education

March 11, 2009                                                             Contact:  Jeffrey Beeson

                                                                                                  Information Specialist

                                                                                                  (573) 882-9144



MU Partners With Missouri Schools for Rejuvenation of Education

St. Louis and Kansas City school districts face problems affecting student success


COLUMBIA, Mo. – Knowledge is power and key to many of life’s successes. However, urban youth are missing the opportunity to effectively tackle the academic challenges of college because they were not adequately prepared. Now, a team of University of Missouri faculty in the College of Education have partnered with St. Louis and Kansas City school districts in a mission to assure that Missouri’s urban children are given opportunities to succeed.


“What we’re working toward is called simultaneous renewal. This partnership was formed to impact the teacher development program as well as the students’ learning environment,” said Dan Lowry, co-director of the MU Partnership for Educational Renewal (MPER).


Through dialogue sessions, MU undergraduates share their experiences regarding college preparation and the expectations of their university professors compared to their high school teachers. In addition, MU faculty members discuss urban education problems and current research in the College of Education. This information is shared with district administration to assist the administrators with evaluating and effecting positive changes in curriculum and teaching methods for students.


The MU team also is implementing renewal goals through the “Senior Year-On Site” and the “MU Teaching Fellows” programs in St. Louis and Kansas City. The “Senior Year-On Site” program gives students the opportunity to conduct a year of hands-on training with guidance from a mentor. The program allows students to immerse themselves into the life and culture of an entire school community while taking on the responsibilities of their own classrooms. The “MU Teaching Fellows” program offers support for teachers in their first year and an opportunity to earn a master's degree. Kansas City business leaders recognized the value of this program and donated $10,000 to attract fellows to their school districts and provide housing scholarships.


“School districts across the country, including those in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, have experienced miscommunication within the districts, a shortage of teachers and a high turnover of administration,” Lowry said. “When students are having a new principal each of their four years of high school or a new teacher in the middle of the year, the relationship between child and educator is never established. These problems are contributing to student inability to meet expectations of college professors, while limiting opportunities for success after graduating high school and entering college.”


In order to achieve a rejuvenation of educational institutions, policies and programs must be established that focus on student achievement and quality teacher preparation in the urban areas of St. Louis and Kansas City. Therefore, it is necessary to identify problems of practice, complete evaluation reports and develop unique field experiences for teachers while supporting the collaborative efforts of stakeholders that focus on teacher quality and preparation, Lowry said.


In addition to the new partnership with Kansas City and St. Louis, the MPER program works with 20 other Missouri school districts, affecting more than 194,000 students. The MPER is a member of the National Network for Educational Renewal.


Link to story:

Follow us on Twitter: @MizzouNews



Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News