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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:54am

LEBANON • Alice Liu’s bright smile coruscated from the stage after she won the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the verb that means “sparkled.”

Alice, 12, pumped her fists and held up the large trophy Saturday after her third consecutive win. She will travel in May to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.

Last year at the national bee, the Chesterfield seventh-grader tied for 34th in a field of more than 500 competitors. She tied for 12th in 2017.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:54am

URBANA, Ill. • An increase in enrollment at the University of Illinois system has sparked a move to hire hundreds of new faculty members, which the system's president says will improve teaching conditions.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:30am

JEFFERSON CITY • A group of lawmakers worried about intrusion into public schools by the state sounded off Wednesday night in the Missouri House about a proposal that would require schools to teach fourth graders about "appropriate online behavior."

"The idea that we can succinctly tell students in a short little seminar how to behave, honestly I think is naive," said Rep. Tony Lovasco, R-St. Charles County.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:30am

Kairos Academies, the only charter middle school expected to open in St. Louis this year, has signed a lease for a portion of Concordia Publishing House’s building in the Marine Villa neighborhood.

Kairos plans to open in the 143-year-old building at the corner of Miami Street and Jefferson Avenue by mid-August for an initial sixth-grade class of 115 students.

Co-founder and CEO Gavin Schiffres said the former office layout of the new space meshes with the school’s mission: to teach kids in environments similar to the open-office spaces where they will one day work.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:30am

ST. LOUIS • At the Soulard School, students practice yoga to start their day. They leave their shoes off for math, English and science lessons. They raise chickens, learn to play the violin and make lunch for each other.

Starting next fall, they’ll do it without paying a dime in tuition.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:30am

A stereotypical math classroom conjures images of a tangle of equations up on the board, students hunched over desks aligned in tidy rows and a stern teacher presiding over it all. This type of classroom does not belong to Brock Montgomery, a third-year math teacher at Parkway Northeast Middle School. In his eighth-grade pre-algebra and algebra classes, you’ll find comfy couches, word problems about giant cheeseburgers and the answer to the elusive question: When are we ever going to use this?

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 9:11am

School is the last place most students want to be on a Saturday morning, but that’s not the case for those involved in a joint program Parkway and Normandy school districts are offering this month.

Robots and video games are a big part of the draw, organizers say, to this program that melds science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM for short.

“We were surprised at all the interest from students,” said Jennifer Proffitt, STEM coordinator at Parkway. “We kept saying, this is a lot of Saturdays!”

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 9:11am

Three songs that have shaped our minds. Three moments that have shaped our country. The three-pound organ that shapes"who you are."

Those are the topics on tap as <a href="http://nie.post-dispatch.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://www.onedayu.com/events/detail/901"">https://www.onedayu.com/events/detail/901" target="_blank">One Day University with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> comes to town on March 23.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:54am

After a big gift from one of its most famous graduates, Washington University’s engineering school will have a new name soon: the James McKelvey School of Engineering.

The donation will fund more engineering scholarships, faculty recruitment and give the school an unconstrained endowment to invest in future needs as research and technology evolves. The amount of the donation was undisclosed.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:22pm

One of Laura Hipkiss’ guiding principles as a first-grade teacher at Laverna Evans Elementary School in O’Fallon, Illinois, is to “teach the expectation.” But she doesn’t just do it for her own kids.

As a coach for Positive Behavior Intervention Support — a team that creates ways to help the school community encourage good behavior — she has a direct impact on every single student. “We plan events for the entire school, like assemblies or different quarterly or even monthly celebrations that go along with programs like our Word of the Month,” Mrs. Hipkiss says.