MNEA Connects

We are hardwired for connection–connection to others, connection to our community, and connection to a purpose. Missouri National Education Association believes that Education is not only the greatest connector in our individual communities and Missouri as a whole but also one of the most crucial functions of our society: Education. Which is why MNEA brings to you MNEA Connects. A podcast to help you connect… Policy to Practice Educators to Communities Communities to Missouri Education Professional Learning to Better Practice

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Episodes

Thursday May 23, 2024

MNEA's Legislative Director, Otto Fajen, summarizes the 2024 Missouri Legislative Session and explains the major parts of SB 727. 
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a part of the resolutions committee or becoming a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvyEFb or contact Samantha Hayes.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

Friday May 17, 2024

➡️Changing Landscape of the Board
➡️Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Report
➡️Reactions to SB 727
➡️Well-Prepared Teachers 
➡️New Strategic Plan. More Detailed Roadmap. 
➡️Rules. Rules. Rules. Rules.
 
Scroll through the posting to get more info on each of these! The full report can be found at mnea.org/stateboard.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about the State Board or the report, please don’t hesitate to contact Rebeka McIntosh, MNEA Vice President, or Samantha Hayes, Teaching and Learning Director, at MNEA: Rebeka.McIntosh@mnea.org or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org. 
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a part of the resolutions committee or becoming a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvy
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

Friday May 17, 2024

Alicia Kleoppel (NKC-NEA), Lindsey Weatherby (SDNEA), Erin Mareth (Nevada NEA), and Mandy Frayer (Park Hill NEA) debrief their experience at NEA National Leadership Summit in March 2024 and discuss why involvement in Leadership Summit (and really all NEA/MNEA convenings for educators) is such a benefit to students, members, and locals.  
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvy
 
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

Friday Apr 12, 2024

➡️Update on MSIP 6 APR Release
➡️Health & Family Education Academic Performance Standards Open for Public Comment
➡️DESE Partnership with Missouri Department of Mental Health
➡️Notice of Rulemaking & Order of Rulemaking for Gifted Education
Scroll through the posting to get more info on each of these! The full report can be found at mnea.org/stateboard.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about the State Board or the report, please don’t hesitate to contact Rebeka McIntosh, MNEA Vice President, or Samantha Hayes, Teaching and Learning Director, at MNEA: Rebeka.McIntosh@mnea.org or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org. 
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a part of the resolutions committee or becoming a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvy
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

Friday Mar 29, 2024

 
MNEA's Otto Fajen reflects on the first 12 weeks of the session and forecasts the last 7 weeks in a conversation with Samantha Hayes about the Missouri Legislative Session (in regards to Education) so far. 
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a part of the resolutions committee or becoming a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvyEFb or contact Samantha Hayes.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

Welcome to MNEA’s “Top Takeaways from the March 2024 Missouri State Board of Education”
 
➡️Reports on Literacy Program Initiatives and LETRS Training in Missouri
➡️Accreditation of Missouri Educator Preparation Programs
➡️Beginning Teacher Assistance Program Rule Changes Approved for Public Comment 
➡️Update on the DESE and State Board Strategic Plan
Scroll through the posting to get more info on each of these! The full report can be found at mnea.org/stateboard.
If you have any questions or concerns about the State Board or the report, please don’t hesitate to contact Rebeka McIntosh, MNEA Vice President, or Samantha Hayes, Teaching and Learning Director, at MNEA: Rebeka.McIntosh@mnea.org or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org.
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a part of the resolutions committee or becoming a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvyEFb or contact Samantha Hayes.
 
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

Monday Feb 26, 2024

MNEA's Otto Fajen and Samantha Hayes recap another month of the legislative session in regard to movement on education legislation, which covers the reason behind Senate’s month delay, to Initiative Petition, to education bills that have focus at this time.
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a part of the resolutions committee or becoming a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvyEFb or contact Samantha Hayes.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

Monday Feb 19, 2024

NEA Senior Director, Andy Slaughter and interim NEA Director, MNEA Vice President Rebeka McIntosh, recap the latest NEA Superweek that occurred the first full week of February. They recap their work lobbying on the Hill, topics of discussion for NEA business, and how MNEA is growing strength as an association from this National presence. 
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a part of the resolutions committee or becoming a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvyEFb or contact Samantha Hayes.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

Friday Feb 09, 2024

Welcome to MNEA’s “Top Takeaways from the February 2024 Missouri State Board of Education”
 
➡️MNEA Members honored as 2023 Milken Educators
➡️4-Day School Week Report
➡️MSIP 6 APR Updates and Resources
➡️Praxis Returns to Missouri July 1, 2024, Cut Scores Set
➡️Missouri State University Leads in Teacher Apprenticeships
➡️A brief note on Charter Schools
 
Scroll through the posting to get more info on each of these! The full report can be found at mnea.org/stateboard.
If you have any questions or concerns about the State Board or the report, please don’t hesitate to contact Rebeka McIntosh, MNEA Vice President, or Samantha Hayes, Teaching and Learning Director, at MNEA: Rebeka.McIntosh@mnea.org or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org.

Tuesday Jan 16, 2024

MNEA's Otto Fajen and Samantha Hayes delve into early 2024 Missouri Legislative Session, focusing on key education legislation. The following legislation is referred to in the podcast:
SB 727 (Koenig): Modifies provisions of the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program
SB 728 (Koenig): This act establishes the Parents' Bill of Rights Act of 2024 and creates provisions relating to discussion of certain topics by school personnel
SB 729 (Koenig): Authorizes a tax credit for certain educational expenses
SB 814: Creates the Education Freedom Act and modifies provisions relating to the assessment of public elementary and secondary schoolsCalls on Supports such as Missouri Turnaround Schools Act (161.1090)
Hearing with the Education and Workforce Development Committee at 1 PM on Wednesday, 1/17/2024
HB 1989 (Pollitt): Establishes transfer procedures to nonresident districts for students in public schools
 
Stay informed with Education policy in Missouri by signing up for Otto’s weekly Legislative Update here!
 
MNEA Members: Interested in being a part of the resolutions committee or becoming a host or guest on MNEA Connects? Follow this link: http://bit.ly/3kvyEFb or contact Samantha Hayes.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org

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