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Helping migrants learn in southwest Missouri

Imagine starting a new school year, but instead of excitement there’s an overwhelming sense of anxiety. This is what many migrant students deal with when attending school for the first time in the United States. Missouri State University instructional specialist Claudia Franks recently received a grant continuation for a school in McDonald County that works […]

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One size fits all doesn’t work in the classroom

From the beginning, Reesha Adamson could sense her calling. She wanted to improve the lives of young people – those of elementary school age, especially – who have behavioral disorders such as oppositional behaviors, depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that manifest themselves in learning environments.

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Rebecca Smotherman Receives Post-Secondary Counselor Award

 

R Smotherman - revised photoMrs. Rebecca Smotherman, Instructor of the MS Counseling Program, was named the 2016 Southwest Missouri Post-Secondary Counselor of the Year by the Southwest Missouri School Counselor Association (SMSCA). She was presented with this award at the SMSCA Administrator Appreciation and Awards Brunch on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Missouri State University campus. Mrs. Smotherman is a certified School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor (RPT-S). She serves as the Director of Play Therapy Institute and the MS: Counseling Practicum & Internship Coordinator for Missouri State University. She is shown here with her family who were able to share the surprise as she received this unexpected award!

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CLSE Faculty and Students Actively Present Research at National Conferences

Paul Marci Taryne at Evidence BAsed conference    Taryne at Evidence Based conference   Katie and Kara at MSLBD 2016

Springtime at a university campus is often associated with Spring Break – yet, in reality, it is a very busy time for faculty and students as their research and coursework loads often come to a peak at this time. Just this past weekend we had three faculty members travel to Georgia to attend the Evidenced Based School Counseling National Conference at University of Georgia. Dr. Taryne Mingo presented research on Racial Identity Development in the Elementary Setting, accompanied by Dr. Marci Dowdy and Dr. Paul Maddox at this convention. Students are also actively presenting research on a national scale, as exemplified by Katie Curtis and Kara Forck, BSED: K-12 Special Education / Accelerated Masters: Special Education – Autism, shown here at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavioral Disorders in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a source of pride for the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education that our faculty and students are active in research, from the undergraduate level through the doctoral level. This research is typically field-based involving action research or intervention-based research directly impacting persons in PreK-20 settings (i.e., preschool through college). We celebrate their accomplishments here today!

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Dr. Jon Turner and Willard Public School Administrators Represent OERI at AASA

AASA 2016

Dr. Jon Turner (Assistant Professor of Educational Administration, MSU), Dr. Kent Medlin (Superintendent, Willard Public Schools), and Stewart Pratt (Assistant Superintendent, Willard Public Schools) recently represented Southwest Missouri and Missouri State University by presenting research results from the Ozarks Educational Research Initiative (OERI) at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in Phoenix, Arizona. Their presentation focused on the power of collaborative multi-district and university research efforts demonstrated by this project. [For full story, please read The Hough Post February 25, 2016.]
(Photo provided by Dr. Doug Hayter, former Superintendent of Schools, Branson, MO.)

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Counseling Program Alumnus Receives National Recognition

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education is proud to announce Rob Lundien, MS: Counseling (2002) alumnus, was a recent National School Counselor of the Year Finalist. Rob is a school counselor at Staley High School in North Kansas City. For full article regarding this exciting award, please see Alumnus honored as School Counselor of the Year finalist in Washington, D.C.

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Special Education Undergraduate Research Highlighted

SPE presentation at BOG

Research conducted by undergraduate special education majors was highlighted at the October Board of Governors meeting. Kaitlin Curtis, Kara Forck, and Lisa Oliphant summarized their undergraduate research, conducted as part of the Accelerated Masters in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders program. See story and video interview for full details: http://news.missouristate.edu/2015/11/23/on-task-behavior/.

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