Education news and issues in the Ozarks.


Education Connection
6:42 am
Thu March 5, 2015

MU Chancellor Highlights Value of Choice with Higher Education

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Askinosie Chocolate Founder and CEO Shawn Askinosie on Monday at the factory along Commercial Street.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin says while college may not be for everyone, some education beyond high school has its rewards.   

Loftin was visiting Springfield this week as part of MU’s Show-Me-Value Tour, in which he spoke with local high school students, business leaders and education experts on the value of higher education.

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Education Connection
4:35 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

OTC Seeks Part-Time Instructors

OTC Springfield

Ozarks Technical Community College is in the market for some part-time instructors for its five campuses.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky tells us who the college is looking for.

OTC will hold an Adjunct Faculty Career Fair on the Springfield campus this month.

Lance Renner, OTC’s dean of general education and business, said they don’t have an exact number they’re looking to hire.  The event, he says, is a chance for the community college to find qualified candidates in the areas in which there’s the greatest need.

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Helping Others
3:25 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Local Nonprofit Turns to Crowdfunding to Help Build Primary School in West Africa

A prototype of the primary school to be built in Burkina Faso.
Credit For Burkina / Benjamin Hall

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with literacy rates at 28.7 percent. To help boost these rates and make education more accessible, a Springfield nonprofit organization called For Burkina recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a three-classroom primary school, which when completed will serve more than 130 children. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

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Missouri State Journal
9:40 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Collecting Stories on Route 66

David Richards

From Chicago to Santa Monica, historic Route 66 stretched across the country becoming synonymous with an idyllic 1950s world full of neon signs and Chevrolet Corvette convertibles. Missouri State University (which is conveniently located in the birthplace of Route 66) now serves as one of the repositories for Route 66 archives in order to make it more accessible to researchers and scholars. David Richards, associate professor of library science, and Thomas Peters, dean of the libraries at MSU, recently were awarded several grants to study this highway in a new light.

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Education Connection
8:22 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

SPS Names Head of Special Programs, Athletic Director

Phyllis Wolfram
Credit Springfield Public Schools

Springfield Public Schools has named new officials to lead its special programs and athletics departments.

This past week the district announced it has hired Phyllis Wolfram to serve as executive director of special programs and Randy Stange to the athletic director’s role.  

Wolfram will oversee SPS special services, gifted education, federal programs, early childhood, compliance and English Language Learner services. Her annual salary will be $126,861.

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