October 29, 2014
By the time students reach fourth grade, one-third have lost interest in science. By eighth grade, nearly half of them believe science is irrelevant to their futures and careers. Yet, studies estimate that by 2018, our country will have 1.2 million unfilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
One way to cultivate an interest in science, technology, engineering and math — just like in reading — is starting early and connecting the learning to students' own lives.
The newspaper is a terrific tool to meet these goals and a new teacher guide from Missouri Press Association and Foundation offers Missouri newspapers another resource to share with teachers and parents in your community.
"Building STEM Skills with the Newspaper," is now available to download at www.mo-nie.com using the download code: stemguide. The 15-page elementary guide offers a brief overview of the four main branches of STEM, newspaper activities to reinforce skills, and extension activities.
Post the guide on your website or distribute it to teachers and parents in your community electronically or in print.
Contact Dawn Kitchell, MPA Educational Services Director, for more information, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-932-4301.
October 3, 2014
Next week is National Newspaper Week, October 5-11. This year is the 74th observance, which celebrates the importance of newspapers to our communities.
Missouri Press has created four new features in our Famous Missouri Journalists series that are perfect resources for showcasing men and women who played major roles in journalism and other important arenas in our state. New this year are features on:
Walter Williams - fought for and won the establishment of the Missouri School of Journalism. Williams led the world's first professional school, creating the Missouri Method.
Mary Paxton Keeley - the first woman to graduate from the Missouri School of Journalism. She said she was waiting at the door when Walter Williams opened it!
Lucille Bluford - a civil rights leader, she fought for the opportunity to attend the Missouri School of Journalism.
Walter Cronkite - a newspaper man whose broadcasting standards forged his legacy as the "Most Trusted Man in America." Cronkite always considered Missouri his home and valued his newspaper roots.
Thanks to The Historical Society of Missouri for sharing its biographies and photographs with Missouri Press Association for this project.
The four new features join six original features in the series written by longtime Missouri Press Association historian Dr. William Taft. The original series has been converted to color and include: William Switzler, Joseph Charless, Mark Twain, Eugene Field, Joseph Pulitzer and the Missouri Press Association.
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September 16, 2014
How well do you know your U.S. Constitution? Test your I.Q. along with your readers with a new feature that offers 18 questions about our nation's founding document. Drive readers through your newspaper to find the answers on the companion feature that you publish IN THE SAME ISSUE.
Readers young -- and older -- will benefit from a Constitution Day civic lesson on or near Sept. 17. In addition to the Constitution Quiz, MPA has four archived features created in partnership with The Missouri Bar.
To download the Constitution Quiz and answers feature, or any of the archived features, use download code: constitution.
August 20, 2014
Sept. 8 is International Literacy Day, established in 1965 to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world's adults do not know how to read or write, and more than 94 million children lack access to education.
Missouri Press has joined a national effort by the International Reading Association and NASA to encourage kids to devote an additional 60 seconds a day to literacy activities. MPA has created a feature that promotes using the newspaper to improve literacy skills for children of all ages.
To download the feature, visit mo-nie.com and use download code: literacyday.
August 14, 2014
The teaching resource, "Using the Newspaper to Meet Langauge Arts Standards" has been updated and is available now for download. Newspapers are encouraged to promote this resource to local teachers. Copy and distribute or upload to your website.
The 28-page teacher guide offers newspaper-based K-12 classroom activities that teach the language arts skill of the Missouri Learning Standards.
Download code: standards14
Friday October 31st
Help Missouri Press assist Colorado Press Association! We still need several more people to serve as judges to help with the upcoming Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Let's return the favor! If you are willing to help, just email Kristie Williams: kwilliams@socket. Link
Friday October 31st
Friday October 31st
The new STEM Teacher Guide is now available! "Building STEM Skills with the Newspaper," is now available to download at www.mo-nie. Link