Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Many people choose to follow a diet plan to lose weight and eat healthier.

But with so many diet plans available, from the DASH diet to the Keto diet to the Mediterranean diet and more, it can be a challenge to find one that’s effective and sustainable in the long term.

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This week, host Maggie Castrey speaks with Gwen Marshall, Equity and Diversity Specialist with Springfield Public Schools and coordinator of Black History Summer Academy.

Today’s discussion talks about the history and mission of the academy, and more about this year’s program “Hidden Gems-The Next Generation.”  The program taking place June 14-18th from 6:00-8:00pm is free and open to the public. Registration is required by the end of May.

Society has developed into a difficult place for many individuals with autism. Socialization and communication are fundamental, and these skills can be a hurdle.

Dr. Megan Boyle, associate professor of special education at Missouri State University, is a board-certified behavior analyst. She runs a clinic for children with autism spectrum disorders and prepares the next generation of educators for behavior issues in the classroom.

Individuals with autism experience the world differently, and often have challenges with social situations or communication.

Dr. Megan Boyle, associate professor of special education at Missouri State University, is a board-certified behavior analyst. She runs a clinic for children with autism spectrum disorders and prepares the next generation of educators for behavior issues in the classroom.

The middle school years are often tough for many children and bullying incidents peak in middle school.

Last week on the Missouri State Journal, psychologist Dr. Leslie Echols highlighted her current research focus on bullying and victimization, particularly among middle school students. She also talked about Powering Up, her joint research project with Dr. Sandra Graham from University of California – Los Angeles. It’s made possible by a grant of about half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation.

How do kids build friendships and navigate bullying in schools? Dr. Leslie Echols, Missouri State University associate professor of psychology, is trying to find out with her latest research project.

Hip-hop is its own unique culture, complete with music, fashion and art.

Dr. Ashley Payne, assistant professor of psychology at Missouri State University, studies hip-hop based education and identity development of Black adolescent girls and college-aged women.

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This week, host Linda Regan speaks with Missouri State University President Cliff Smart.

Today’s discussion continues exploration of initiatives designed to benefit faculty, staff and students geared toward tackling racism on campus. 

The new superintendent of Springfield Public Schools has scheduled three virtual Q & A sessions for later this month.

Dr. Grenita Lathan will share more about her background and professional experience and take questions and answers during those meetings.

They’ll be held via Zoom on March 23 at noon and March 25 at 6 p.m. and via Facebook Live March 31 at 6 p.m.  Registration is required, and you can do so here.

In-person meetings will be held later when Lathan is able to visit Springfield.

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The next deputy superintendent of operations for Springfield Public Schools is a Missouri State University graduate.

SPS selected Dr. John Mulford for the position.  He’s currently superintendent of Meramec Valley R-III Schools.  He has a degree in elementary education from Missouri State University as well as a master’s degree in secondary administration from William Woods University and a doctorate in administration and educational leadership from St. Louis University.

We all know that physical activity is good for us and necessary for a healthy lifestyle. So why do we let it falter?

Dr. Sara Powell focuses on sport and exercise psychology in the department of kinesiology at Missouri State University.

Even outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals struggle with mental barriers to initiating and maintaining a physical activity routine, Powell noted.

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Despite some gains, men still dominate in every part of news, entertainment and digital media, according to “The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2019” by Women’s Media Center.

Women – particularly women of color – continue to be underrepresented in media. This unequal representation is worrisome as it can reinforce and perpetuate harmful gender stereotypes.

Across North America, including Missouri, bats of certain species are dying in worrisome numbers from a disease called white nose syndrome, a fungal disease. This disease kills the bats while they are in hibernation.

Higher education continually needs to innovate to recruit and retain its students while making education accessible to more people. Sometimes this involves new programming, scholarships and other resources. Other times, it is reimagining curriculum and standards.

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Tax season is here. If you haven’t already, now’s a good time to get started on your taxes. What are a few key things to be aware of?

Dr. Kerri Tassin, associate professor in the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University, explains.

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