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Elementary Education Continues to Evolve

Dr. Chloe Bolyard

Reading and writing serve as the foundation for so much of elementary school education and always has. While that remains unchanged, expectations of children and teachers evolve with the times.

Dr. Chloe Bolyard, assistant professor of elementary education at Missouri State University, shares recent changes in elementary education.

One of the biggest challenges for all teachers, noted Bolyard, is to meet the diverse and unique needs of all the children in a classroom. 

Technology is always a hot topic, and Bolyard speaks about how it is utilized in the classroom and the challenges it presents.

MSU’s College of Education partners with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to stay ahead of the trends and needs of teachers entering the workforce. Bolyard notes that the elementary school teacher has always been tasked with meeting standards in a meaningful way – while racing against the clock.

Bolyard says that families support education by reading and spending quality time with their children as well as enrolling children in enriching activities.

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work in the office of strategic communication. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State.
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