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

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

Monday Jan 08, 2024

Happy 2024, MNEA Connects Listeners!! We are happy to bring another year of podcasting to you! 
 
MNEA Legislative Director, Otto Fajen, and Samantha Hayes, MNEA Director of Professional Practice, discuss Otto’s experience in witnessing and finding common ground in the Missouri Legislature. Everything from term limits, to language and issue frames, to redistricting, to the impacts of the media and social media is discussed. And, of course, the appointment of Dr. Eslinger as DESE’s next commissioner is thrown into the mix!
 
Curious about the book that Samantha references? See A Search for Common Ground: Conversations About the Toughest Questions in K-12 Education
 
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.
 
Happy 2024, MNEA Connects Listeners!! We are happy to bring another year of podcasting to you!
 
MNEA Legislative Director, Otto Fajen, and Samantha Hayes, MNEA Director of Professional Practice, discuss Otto’s experience in witnessing and finding common ground in the Missouri Legislature. Everything from term limits, to language and issue frames, to redistricting, to the impacts of the media and social media is discussed. And, of course, the appointment of Dr. Eslinger as DESE’s next commissioner is thrown into the mix!
 
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.

Wednesday Dec 06, 2023

MNEA Legislative Director, Otto Fajen, talks about the upcoming, 2024 Missouri legislative session, including his thoughts, predications, and #hashtag (hint: see title). 
 
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

Thursday Nov 30, 2023

SDNEA member and local leader, Lindsey Weatherby, hosts an episode with Colin Davitt, Director of Imagination and Wonder at Lindbergh School District, to discuss ChatGPT in Schools and how it can be a beneficial tool for educators and students alike. 
 
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 Oct 27, 2023

MNEA Legislative Director, Otto Fajen, gives the history and general format of the MNEA Resolutions and explains how they help him in his work at the Missouri capitol.
 
MNEA Resolutions
NEA Resolutions (NEA Webpage for Resolutions 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

Monday Oct 23, 2023

Welcome to MNEA’s monthly “Top Takeaways from the Missouri State Board of Education”!
 
Top Takeaways from the October 2023 State Board meeting
➡️Greg Kester, Potosi MNEA Member, Recognized as 2024 Missouri Teacher of the year!
➡️Dr. Margie Vandeven, Missouri Commissioner of Education, Stepping Down
➡️Local Control returns to Riverview Gardens & Normandy Schools Collaborative
➡️New Charter School Approved for St. Louis
➡️State board No Longer seeking standards status for CORE Skills
➡️State Board Changes Position on Voluntary Open Enrollment
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. 
 
Visit MNEA's website for the full report to get more info on each of these takeaways: https://bit.ly/3QsxiIB.

Friday Oct 13, 2023

In the final installment of this three-part, member-led episode, Social Studies Teacher, MNEA member and NEA Director, Andy Slaughter, interviews Dr. DeAnna Massie, Professor at Lewis and Clark College in Illinois and NEA member, to discuss student use of social media and technology and the impact on students. This timely and very relevant discussion focuses on social media usage by students, impacts of technology usage on student behavior, and references to Dr. Vivek Murthy’s recent publication on Loneliness. 
 
MNEA Members: Interested in 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

Tuesday Sep 19, 2023

Missouri NEA discusses Horace Mann’s Educator Advisory Panel Study white paper, Checks & Balance: How Financial Stress and Heavier Workloads are Accelerating the Teacher Shortage, from November 2022, with Rob Curtis (robert.curtis@horacemann.com). 
 
 MNEA Members: Interested in 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 Sep 01, 2023

In Episode 123, Samanth Hayes talks with Dr. Jason Adams, Learning Forward Missouri President and Assistant Superintendent of Learning for Webster Groves School District, about Learning Forward Missouri and their annual Conference, which will occur March 11-12, 2024 at the Lake of the Ozarks at Margaritaville Resort and Conference Center. 
 
“Learning Forward-MO is dedicated to improving the state of professional learning in Missouri.  [They] believe high quality professional learning for all teachers can improve the teaching and learning resulting in higher achievement throughout the state.  [They] provide an annual conference dedicated to providing new learning for teachers, professional development committees, administrators, coaches, and central office administrators to learn new skills and information to take back to their respective districts and share.”
 
 MNEA Members: Interested in 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

Thursday Aug 24, 2023

Agenda, Minutes, and Recordings from August 15, 2023 of the Missouri State Board of Education Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Consideration of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Amend 5 CSR 20-200.275, Mental Health Awareness Training
DESE has put together a model curriculum for this training, which can be found here.
For all Rule approvals, see State Board Agenda here 
Consideration of School Innovation Waiver Request for the Success-Ready Students Network
Innovation Waiver (161.214, RSMo)
7 items in 5 CSR 20-100.125 (MSIP 6)
Section 171.031 (2-4) RSMo.
Consideration of Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations
 Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) 
MNEA full response
Update on Social-Emotional Learning Standards
Public feedback for DESE and Workgroup
Report on the 2022-23 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level and End-of-Course Preliminary Statewide Results
Update on the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 6
MSIP 6 
Comprehensive Guide
161.855.4 RSMo
The next meeting of the Missouri State Board of Education will be held on September 12, 2023 at DESE in Jefferson City, Missouri.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Samantha Hayes at 800-392-0236 or Samantha.Hayes@mnea.org.  
 MNEA Members: Interested in 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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