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MCPSA Weekly Bulletin
April 7, 2014
In This Issue

Early Bird Conference Registrations

Governing Board Model Policies

Charter Schools and the Prevailing Wage

Charter School Benefit Structures

Alternative Education Forum

Always Prepped - Custom Data Dashboards for Your School

MCPSA Governing Board Seminars

Teacher Education Day

MCPSA's Consulting Team

NWEA Climbing the Data Ladder Workshop

Summer Curriculum Camps

Federal Programs Update

Common Core in the News

SLISS' Language Immersion Co-Laboratory

UMSL College of Education Master Educator Institute

Excellence in Education Awards

School Grants for Healthy Kids

Ava's Grace Scholarship Foundation

Grant, Loan, and Sponsorship Opportunities

Quick Links

Conference 2014
Save the Date:
October 1 - October 3, 2014

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212 N Kingshighway Blvd
St Louis, MO 63108
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Last Month to Receive Early-Bird Rate for Conference Registrations!
This year's conference will be held Wednesday, October 1st through Friday, October 3rd at the beautiful Chase Park Plaza hotel in St. Louis.

Early bird registration for member schools will run through Friday, May 2nd!  Full-price conference registrations will be accepted through Friday, August 15th.

To register for conference, please click here. 

Discount hotel rooms are available at a cost of $154.00/night at the Chase Park Plaza through September 10th.  To reserve one or more of these rooms, please contact the Chase directly toll free at 877-587-2427 or locally at 314-633-3000 and please note that you are part of the Missouri Charter Public School Association annual conference.

Keep watching this section of the newsletter for exciting conference updates including speakers, sessions, and special events!
Governing Board Model Policies

On The Horizon - Model Governing Board Policies for Missouri Charter Schools!

MCPSA, in partnership with our legal counsel Stinson Leonard Street, are in the process of developing a set of model governing board policies for Missouri's charter school governing boards. Whether a new or existing school these policies will provide you the templates for everything you need to govern a charter school in the State of Missouri.

We anticipate having these available in June and will be offering a special, reduced rate for our member schools! If you're in the process of researching the purchase of model governing board policies we hope you'll consider 'holding off' until the MCPSA policy suite is ready for you!

Charter Schools and the Prevailing Wage

Charter Schools and the Prevailing Wage - Further Information

Earlier this year MCPSA provided notification via the Weekly Bulletin that charter public schools in Missouri are required to pay prevailing wage for any facility construction and/or renovation work per the Department of Labor. We have been seeking additional clarification. Through the City of St. Louis Mayor's Office we were able to receive the following from Jeff Edmondson, the Program Director for the Division of Labor Standards:

"Generally, a charter school is exempt from all laws and rules relating to schools, governing boards, and school districts. However, sections 160.400-160.420 provide that a charter school is a public school and is considered a quasi-public governmental body. A charter school is also considered to be a public school within a school district and the personnel employed by the charter school are public school employees. It is for these reasons that it is the position of DLS that charter schools are covered by the prevailing wage laws."

For additional information please feel free to contact the Division of Labor Standards at 573-751-1224.

Charter School Benefit Structures

Charter School Leaders,

In our efforts to research benefit structures, interest in benefit cooperatives, and to advise and inform new school development groups MCPSA is working in conjunction with member school KIPP:Inspire to determine the types of benefits member charter schools are offering and the extent to which governing boards are funding benefits.

We would appreciate you or your business manager taking a few minutes in the next week to complete this brief survey ( Once we have received all of the data collected it will be summarized and shared with our members. As helpful as this data will be for us we believe it will also be informative for each of you as you consider your school's benefit structure.

In advance, thank you very much for your assistance.


Alternative Education for the Middle and High School Student - Important Forum for MCPSA Members!

Alternative Education for the Middle and High School Student

Member schools and sponsors with or anticipating the addition of a middle school or high school student population are invited to The Alternative Education Discussion Forum!

St. Louis:
Thursday, May 8th
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: 209 Rue St. Louis St. Florissant, MO 63031

Kansas City:
Date: Tuesday, May 20th
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Location:  TBD

There are MANY challenges in educating nontraditional/alternative middle and high school students. These challenges are compounded in the State of Missouri where the expectations and assessment of alternative students are the same as for any student. For our charter schools, whom often have a high percentage of alternative students enrolled, the question becomes how to meet the academic needs of these students while the school's total performance is compared to that of schools with a more traditional student population.

MCPSA and ACE Learning Centers invite you to an Alternative Education Discussion Forum. The intent of this Forum is important as we will take a deep dive into:

  • Defining exactly what/who an alternative student is;
  • Evaluating the current Missouri landscape and what the the Missouri Statutes say about alternative students and education;
  • Considering the challenges of educating alternative students in the public school arena;
  • Learning about the ACE Learning Centers model for educating alternative students;
  • Considering the 'ideal'
    • What are the best models for educating alternative students?
    • What statutory changes need to happen to meet the true educational needs of alternative students?
  • Strategizing toward next steps regarding policy and accountability changes

If interested in attending, please RSVP to Doug at

Always Prepped - Administrator and Teacher Data Dashboards Customized for Your School

The Missouri Charter Public School Association is pleased to announce a new cooperative purchasing agreement has been established with Always Prepped! Always Prepped is the leading reporting and data solution for school administrators, principals, and teachers.

Always Prepped has developed FERPA and COPA compliant technology that seamlessly allows you to integrate or upload excel reports of your academic, behavioral, and attendance information in one place.

School Leaders can use this dashboard to:

  • Easily build attendance; behavioral & academic graphs from excel reports and apps such as PowerSchool, NWEA, Khan Academy & more.
  • Quickly upload past reports to build longitudinal student graphs to view trends in learning.
  • Automatically connect data from educational apps that teachers use in their classroom with all other academic data to build a holistic view of their students.
  • Free up hours of reporting and analysis for you and your teachers and spend more time using this data to drive instruction.

As part of our agreement, Always Prepped will be offering special pricing to our MCPSA member schools from now until April 30th. The pricing breakdown is as follows:

  • March 31, 2014 – April 30, 2014
    • Annual License Price (retail) – $2,500/school
    • MCPSA Charter School Pricing
      • $1000/school (1-4 new subscriptions from MCPSA members)
      • $750/school (5-9 new subscriptions from MCPSA members)
      • $500/school (if 10+ schools sign up)

Schools that sign up in March or April will also have their annual license pricing locked in forever.

For more information or to schedule a free demo please contact Chris Mott at (240) 389-4152 or email him at

*Make sure to mention you are a MCPSA member school.

MCPSA Governing Board Seminars - Dates and Topics Announced through December, 2014
Don't Forget to Register for these Upcoming 2014 Governing Board Seminars.  The topics include:
  • April - Emergency Response Planning
    • St. Louis - April 17, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - April 8, 2014 - 6:00-8:00pm
  • May - Fiduciary Responsibility and Charter School Financial Management
    • St. Louis - May 7, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - May 21, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • June - Safe Schools Act and Student Discipline
    • St. Louis - June 12, 2014 -6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - June 19, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • July - The Governing Board and School Leadership Relationship - Governing vs. Managing
    • St. Louis - July 10, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - July 24, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • August - Your Board Toolkit: Committee Structure, Policy Development, Dashboards, By-Laws - A Roundtable Event
    • St. Louis - August 14, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - August 21, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • September - Media Management and Strong Communication Structure
    • St. Louis - September 11, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - September 4, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • October - When a Board Member Doesn't Play by the Rules
    • St. Louis - October 9, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - October 14, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • November - Meeting Expectations: Vision, Mission, Goals and Core Values
    • St. Louis - November 13, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - November 6, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • December - Managing and Engaging Stakeholders
    • St. Louis - December 11, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - December 4, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm

St. Louis trainings will be held at the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

Kansas City trainings will be held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo 64110 in the Brookside Room.

Cost:  Cost is $40.00/board member per training session.

Please note:  Attendance at these sessions applies toward State/Sponsor governing board member training requirements.

For more information on these upcoming sessions, or to register, please visit the appropriate link below.

Kansas City Seminars -
St. Louis Seminars -

MCPSA Teacher Education Day - October 3, 2014!

MCPSA Annual Conference Registration Now Open!
Meet the MCPSA Consulting Team!!!
The Missouri Charter Public School Association is pleased to announce that we have contracted with with four expert consultants, bringing even more value to your MCPSA memberships.  These consultants are:

Becky Odneal - State Compliance Consulting

Becky has been an independent educational consultant to public charter schools, school districts, and education associations around the state of Missouri for the past four years. Becky has extensive knowledge in the areas of education policy, quality data collection and reporting, and accountability. 

Becky's services are available to our member schools at an exclusive rate of $80.00/hour.  For more information on Becky and the services she offers, please click here.  Becky can be contacted at
Bette Morff - Federal Compliance Consulting  

Bette has been a member of the MCPSA team for over 4 years and is an expert in all aspects of federal compliance for schools.  All MCPSA member schools receive 10 hours of Bette's time included as part of their member benefits.  Any additional time needed can be purchased at the discounted rate of $65 dollars/hour.  For more information on Bette and the services she offers, please click here.  Bette can be contacted at

Karren Colbert - Common Core Consulting

Karren is the President at Write Brained Learning and has a passion for creating and conducting job-embedded professional development.  Karren holds a BS in Elementary Education and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri, Columbia where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor. She has extensive knowledge in the area of preparation and implementation of Common Core standards into schools.

Karren's services are available to our member schools at an exclusive rate of $80/hour.  For more information on Karren and the services she offers, please click here.  Karren can be contacted at

Katie Uldall Welsh - Special Education Consulting

Katie is a certified special educator currently completing her Special EducationCoordinator Certification. She has extensive knowledge in the areas of special education compliance, reporting, IEP procedures and preparation, as well as delivery of instruction.

Katie's services are available to our member schools at the exclusive rate of $80/hour.  For more information on Katie and the services she offers, please click here.  Katie can be contacted at
NWEA Climbing the Data Ladder Professional Development Workshop
In the Climbing the Data Ladder workshop, participants will use MAP and/or MAP for Primary Grades assessment results to support classroom instruction. Topics include differentiated instruction, data informed lesson planning, and instructional strategies to support the needs of all students.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use MAP scores to assist with the differentiated process
  • Connect MAP data with instructional content and strategies 
  • Develop a differentiated lesson using DesCartes and/or Primary Grades Instructional Data

Target Audience:
Teachers, Instructional Leaders, Coaches, Administrators

$175 per participant

Dates and Locations:
St. Louis
- April 23, 2014- St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 8:30am-3:30pm
To register, please click here.

Kansas City- April 24, 2014- Ewing Marion Kauffman Conference Center, 8:30am-3:30pm
To register, please click here.

2014 MCPSA/Write Brained Learning Curriculum Camps
Write Brained Learning, in partnership with MCPSA, is excited to announce dates and locations for our 2014 Summer Curriculum Camps. Each week-long experience gives your school the training, tools, and time to develop a Common Core aligned, inquiry-based, and rigorous curriculum that contains all of the curricular components required by DESE.

We promise an engaging and productive week, but don't just take our word for it:

"Each day of the 5 day session, teachers and leaders focused on one part of the unit design process with ample time for reflection and focused conversation about the process and product. As a result, teachers walked away with high quality units ready to use with students. The collaborative nature and embedded work time made for a very productive week for our teachers and leaders!"

-Melissa Blevins, Director of Achievement
Pathway Academy Charter School

For complete details, including information on early bird pricing and on-line registration, please download the flyer.

Currently, MCPSA is working with Karren Colbert of Write Brained Learning, to offer a second series of Common Core workshops. Details coming soon!

If you have any questions about registration or the camps in general, please contact Rachelle Morgan at
Federal Programs Update
Schoolwide Building Revision Plans Due - April 15, 2014

If you need to make revisions to your Schoolwide building plans or your Title I LEA Plan, revisions are due by April 15th. Please let your Federal Programs’ Supervisor know if you have made revisions to one of these plans once you have submitted it.

Common Core in the News
Common Core: What It Means for American Education - In this four-part series, award-winning reporter Peg Tyre examines how the controversial Common Core Standards will impact American education.
 St. Louis Language Immersion School's Language Immersion Co-Laboratory

St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS) was designed to combine language immersion and inquiry-based teaching in a public school environment. In our commitment to inquiry-based instruction and professional growth, SLLIS routinely sends teachers and administrators to visit peer schools across the US to learn from their practice. In our visits, we’ve learned that many of our peer schools are asking themselves the same questions about inquiry and student action in an immersion setting. This co-laboratory is intended to create a space for educators across the US to share their best practices, research, and questions about growing inquiry and making it visible in our instruction.

In conjunction with the College of Education at University of Missouri-St. Louis, SLLIS will bring national thought leaders in immersion and inquiry education together to provide opportunities for transformational insights into student learning, teaching practices and institutional support for inquiry in immersion programs.

With its theme and overarching question of Creating a culture of inquiry, the co-laboratory will invite educators to reflect deeply on how they design and facilitate inquiry-based learning for their students. The conference experience includes both large and small group sessions, each addressing one or more of the following strands:

Student as inquirer:
  • How do we effectively create a culture of thinking?
  • How do we help learners develop dispositions that support thoughtful learning across school subjects?
  • What are the unique challenges and strategies for demonstrating thinking in L2?
Teacher as inquirer:
  • How do we effectively create and support a culture of thinking among teacher teams?
  • How do we help teachers reflect upon their own practice and model inquiry for their students?
Administrator as inquirer:
  • How can we effectively advocate for local or state support for inquiry and immersion?
  • How do we encourage and implement inquiry and action for our instructional teams?
  • What can we learn from the structure of professional learning opportunities locally and virtually?
Educators from all grades PreK-8 and all subjects, especially from International Baccalaureate schools, are encouraged to attend, as are educators from all types of schools. University faculty and graduate students in language and education are also encouraged to attend.

For more information please click here.
 UMSL College of Education Summer Master Educator Institute
Go Deep — Follow Your Passion!
Summer Master Educator Institute 2014
University of Missouri St. Louis

Take the Next Step: Become a Distinguished Educator
Whether you are a PreK-12 classroom teacher, a school administrator, or an educator/trainer in a museum, business or youth serving organization, the new Summer Master Educator Institute at the University of Missouri St. Louis offers you the opportunity to follow your passion and deepen your knowledge. Our new concentration areas give educators a degree or non-degree path to expertise.

COE LogoDegree or Non-Degree
Degree: The Master’s Degree option consists of 9 hours of foundations courses that examine history, the impact of community on our youth, issues of social justice, teacher leadership, and student advocacy; two 9-credit hour concentration areas that provide the core of expertise in the areas you choose and give you the depth and expertise in areas that match the needs of you and your students; and a two-semester, 6 credit hour capstone where you become a researcher in your own organization or classroom to really understand how to ask the right questions, collect meaningful data, and analyze and present it in a way that informs others.

Non-Degree: If you have a Master’s degree, or aren’t quite ready, and simply want to come for more in-depth content about a particular area, just come spend the summer with us and choose one of the concentration areas below.

Get Started
Don’t wait! Get started this summer with your first concentration area or just take one course. This summer, we are offering the following concentration areas and courses:

Curriculum and Instruction for Student Learning
In order for all students to optimally achieve, teachers must develop integrated, standards based, innovative curriculum delivered as engaging instruction that equips students to develop the knowledge and skills for a global society. This concentration explores common core and common issues in curriculum design and implementation. Educators will create curriculum and design instruction for their own educational settings.


  1. ELE ED 6411, Curriculum Leadership in Elementary Programs (3) June 16 – August 9, TuTh, 2:30 – 5:10 p.m.
  2. ELE ED 6423, Learning Through Inquiry (3) June 16 – July 12, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.
  3. ELE ED 6422, Curriculum Design of Elementary Programs (3) July 14 – August 9, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.


  1. SEC ED 6415, Curriculum in Social Contents (3) June 16 – August 9, TuTh, 2:30 – 5:10 p.m.
  2. SEC ED 6420, Improving Teaching and Learning (3) June 16 – July 12, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.
  3. SEC ED 6416, Curriculum Design of Educational Programs (3) July 14 – August 9, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.

Media & Learning in a Digital Society
As today’s students increasingly grow up in a media saturated world, teachers need to think creatively about how to harness media and technology for learning while helping consumers become critical about the sources of information and how to verify Internet information in responsible ways. This concentration insures that educators will be up-to-date in technology integration as well as being able to share this learning with colleagues.

  1. ED TEC 5301, Introduction to Computers and the Internet (3) June 16 – August 9, Online
  2. ED TEC 5340, Selection & Utilization of Educational Multimedia (3) June 11 – June 27, MTWThF, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  3. ED TEC 6444, Cognition & Technology (3) July 9 – July 25, MTWThF, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Leadership in Education
Organizations need leaders who understand the complexities of systems and working with diverse staff and families within situated communities in a dynamic and changing educational environment. Leadership in Education concentration allows educators in various roles and career levels to apply principles of leadership to creating effective communities of practice.

  1. ED ADM 6503, Organizational Change in Education (3) (Required) June 16 – August 9, Wednesdays, 4:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Choose 2 of the following:

  1. ED ADM 6205, Legal Contexts of Education (3) June 16 – August 9, Mondays, 4:15 – 6:55 p.m.
  2. ED ADM 6203, Political Contexts of Education (3) May 19 – August 9, Online
  3. ED ADM 6401, School Staff Development and Supervision (3) June 16 – August 9, MW, 7:00 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.

Special Education for Diversity and Inclusion
For educators who are not receiving a degree in Special Education, but would like to expand their understanding of Special Education law and the needs of students with cross-categorical disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, this concentration offers coursework on the characteristics and effective strategies for teaching students with different abilities in educational settings.

  1. SPC ED 6610, Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3) June 16 – June 20, MTWThF, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  2. SPC ED 6325, Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management (3), June 23 – July 11 (no class: 7/3-7/7) 4:20-8:10
  3. SPC ED 6415, The Law and Special Education (3) July 14-25, MTWThF, 4:10 – 8:30

Science Literacy in an Era of Reform
Those who teach science need to continually work toward developing and implementing relevant curricula and new instructional strategies as well as revise and upgrade current methodology to meet Next Generation Science Standards. The Science Literacy concentration focuses on professional development with respect to instructional research and best practices for all involved in enhancing science education.

  1. ELE ED/SEC ED 6441, Problems and Research in Teaching Science (3) June 16 – August 9, MW, 5:30 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.
  2. TCH ED 6444, Environmental Education (Forest Park) July 15-26, MTWThF, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Contact: to register)
  3. EDUC 6404, Seminar: Reorienting Curriculum for Sustainable Development (3) June 16-26, MTWTh, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Adult Education and Training
Corporations need effective trainers. Community-based organizations, higher education institutions, and others need educators who can aid adults in meeting their educational goals. Whether you currently work with adults or are interested in doing so, this summer you can gain or enhance your knowledge and skills in teaching and training adult learners regardless of their learning context. Consider taking these exciting courses this summer.

  1. ADU ED 6410, The Adult Learner – 4-week online course, May 19 - June 13
  2. ADU ED 6420 – Survey of Human Resource Development and Adult Education 8-week course, June 16 – August 2
  3. EDUC 6602, Programming in Community and Adult Education 4-week course, June 16 – July 11

Early Childhood Education
Learn how to work with the youngest members of our society in order to prepare them for success in the future. This concentration area gives you insight into working with parents and communities in partnerships and in ways that support the whole child; designing and implementing early childhood programs with success in mind; and examining current issues in early childhood to better understand the needs of young children today.

  1. ECH ED 6321, Parent & Community Resources in Early Childhood Ed (3) May 19 – July 12, Online
  2. ECH ED 6415, Organization and Development of Early Childhood Programs (3) June 16 – August 9, Online
  3. EDUC 6404, Seminar: Issues in Early Childhood Education (3) June 16 – August 9, Online

Leadership in Literacy I
The first of two concentrations in literacy that lead you to the literacy endorsement, Leadership in Literacy I is designed for educators who want a deeper understanding of reading and writing processes across the lifespan. This area emphasizes the preparation of leaders in a wide range of school and community settings, including classroom teachers, coaches, or program coordinators/directors. Concentration I emphasizes cutting-edge theory, research and instructional practices in literacy education.

  1. ELE ED 6686, Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities (3) May 24 – June 14, Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  2. ELE ED 6684, Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading (3) June 16 – July 12, MTWTH, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  3. ELE ED 6387, Literacy Acquisition & Learning for Diverse Students (3) July 14 – August 9, MTWTh, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Transition to Teaching
Do you have a bachelor’s degree and think about becoming a teacher? These courses get you started and on the way to completing State certification and your master’s degree simultaneously. Consult an academic advisor for more details — see contact information below.

  1. TCH ED 5310, Instructional Design (3) June 16 – July 12, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.
  2. TCH ED 5311, Foundations of Education (4)* May 19 – June 14, MTWTh, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  3. TCH ED 5312, Differentiated Instruction (4)* July 14 – August 9, MTWTh, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  4. ED PSY 6109, Learning & Development in Secondary School Settings (4)* June 16 – August 9, TTh, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

* Pending approval, these courses will be 3 credit hours this summer.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

  1. TCH ED 6210 Foundations of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (June 16 – August 9, TuTh 2:30 – 5:10 p.m.)
  2. TCH ED 6220 Principles of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition (June 16- July 12, MTWTh, 5:30 – 8:10 p.m.)
  3. TCH ED 6230 Cross-Cultural Communication in the Classroom (July 14 –August 9, MTWTh 5:30-8:10 p.m.)

Elective Concentration: 9-Hours
To insure maximum flexibility in course selection to meet the individual needs of professional educators’ development, this concentration represents an opportunity to select three unique courses from the various courses offered in the College of Education in an eclectic and personalized way. Choices to include in this concentration need to be approved by advisors and signed off on by the program director. See our website or the 2014 summer course schedule for more options.

Contact Information:
For more information contact the Office of Academic Advising and Student Services, 116 South Campus Classroom, 314-516-5937 or, email More concentration areas available at

To apply as a Master’s or non-degree student, go to: http//
Send transcript early!! Apply by April 1 for May classes and by May 1 for June and July classes.
Excellence in Education Award
St. Louis Magazine is creating a new program called Excellence in Education and its mission is to recognize and reward the outstanding teachers in the St. Louis area.

The award program is based on an open nomination process.  Please encourage your faculty and students to go online to and nominate a teacher or administrator in elementary, junior or high school who they think is deserving of this special award.  The winners will be featured in the fall issue of SLM's St. Louis Family and treated to surprises and award recognition.

Please note, applications are due by May 12, 2014!
School Grants for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids welcomes schools to apply for 2014 -2015 School Grants for Healthy Kids. The grants are funded by their partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund (and more!) and will range from 500 to 5,000 dollars.

In addition to financial support, AFHK will provide the roughly 1,000 chosen schools with significant in-kind contributions in the form of programs, school breakfast and physical activity expertise and support to engage volunteers. We’ll also give schools management expertise and support to develop strong alternative and universal breakfast or physical activity programs.

Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school’s ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives. Applications must be filed by May 2, 2014

Grant available for ALL STATES – School breakfast program pilot and/or expansion – to include alternative breakfast programs (i.e., breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, breakfast after 1st period, breakfast on the school bus) and universal breakfast programs. Average grant size is $1,400 per school.

IMPACT: Schools must realize an increase in daily ADP of school breakfast program by 25%, and must provide information to students/parents on nutrition and caloric content of foods available. Schools must also join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2015. (Note: Multiple schools within a district are encouraged to apply. Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program; and must have a free/reduced priced meal eligibility greater than 50% to be eligible. Priority selection will be given to schools with student enrollment greater than 500 students).

If you’re interested for your school, an archived hour-long introductory webinar session is available to learn how to apply.

Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation

Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation is now accepting applications for this year’s program. The organization awards scholarships for higher education to children in Missouri who have an incarcerated parent or primary caregiver. Applications are due April 15, 2014.

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Grant, Loan and Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarship Central

Scholarship Central is a free, online system through which any student in the St. Louis area can easily learn about and apply to St. Louis area scholarship and interest-free loan programs.

To see a list of available scholarships, please click here.