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Faculty receives grant for student achievement, behavior program

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Dr. Emmett Sawyer, director of grants and contracts for the College of Education at Missouri State University, and Karla Eslinger, educational leadership professor, received a grant of $10,000 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for their project “Missouri Integrated Model (MIM).”“MIM provides a global response to school improvement by integrating various research-based practices to address the needs of students,” said Sawyer. “These practices address two important components in a school: student achievement and student behavior.”

Services for the MIM project may be provided by consultants from the Southwest Regional Professional Development Center (SWRPDC), who provide training to teachers in the designated school outside of the Springfield area in order to help them develop skills needed to improve academic achievement and successful behavior among the students.

“The MIM model is a holistic approach to school improvement,” said Sawyer. “Implementing a program to improve student behavior in a school does not mean that students are learning. Educators have come to understand that students in a school building have diverse needs and, therefore, need multiple levels of support to address these significant needs in order to improve the educational opportunities for everyone.”

Grant money received for MIM will fund the expenses of SWRPDC staff who work with teachers in the designated school.

For more information, contact Sawyer at (417) 836-6769.


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The College of Education offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Departments within the college include childhood education and family studies; counseling, leadership and special education; reading, foundations and technology; secondary education; and Greenwood Laboratory School. The college also sponsors many community initiatives to benefit educators and K-12 students in the region.
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