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Ozarks Educational Research Initiative promotes educational research

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Educators and educational research are the life force of Missouri State University, and one such program is the Ozarks Educational Research Initiative (OERI.). The OERI was recently awarded a grant for $85,693 from various funding agencies to improve, promote and publicize educational research by conducting studies and program evaluations.

OERI has collaborated with 19 school districts (including Greenwood Lab School) from Southwest Missouri and Missouri State University College of Education.

“OERI is focused on continuous improvement of the educational outcomes for PreK-12 students in the 19 school districts, and beyond as we present the findings of our research in professional publications and presentations,” said Tamara Arthaud, counseling, leadership and special education department head.

These funds will be used to help pay a graduate assistant to assist with data analysis and travel expenses to send OERI members to professional conferences to present research results.

“We are pleased and excited to have this opportunity to work with the educational leaders of Southwest Missouri,” said Arthaud. “It allows us to stay in touch with our regional educational colleagues and have a more direct impact upon the educational outcomes of children in this region.”

For more information, contact Arthaud at (417) 836-6951.


About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.

College of Education
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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  • Dr. Tamara Arthaud
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