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Mizzou K-12; 130 Countries and Counting

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Mar 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM
Topics: Higher Ed, K-12, Mizzou K12

Mizzou K-12 offers middle and high school students a learning experience other institutions cannot match — a global learning community and an affiliation with a state university.

Mizzou K-12; 130 Countries and Counting

Kathryn Fishman-Weaver, director of academic affairs and engagement for Mizzou K-12, said they focus on 21st-century skills, such as group collaboration and communication to prepare students for success in college and life. Fishman-Weaver said Mizzou K-12 has a diverse student body, coming from more than 130 countries in the past two years.

“Not many schools can offer all we offer,” Fishman-Weaver said.

Mizzou K-12 offers online, blended, and co-teach course options to give students and schools flexible educational solutions.

“We have an exceptional teaching team,” Fishman-Weaver said. “We are able to offer 22 world language courses and 10 advanced placement classes that many schools normally wouldn’t have.”

One of the benefits of the Mizzou K-12 model is increasing access to these courses for rural and urban schools. Instead of seeking out and hiring a teacher for AP Statistics or Arabic, schools can partner with Mizzou K-12 and offer the course through them.

“We meet with teachers to discuss professional development,” Fishman-Weaver said. “We discuss what we are doing and our values weekly.”

The professionalism of the Mizzou K-12 faculty and constant focus on the student, sets Mizzou K-12 apart.  Instructors pride themselves on warm, constructive, and holistic feedback on assignments.

Mizzou K-12 offers students an opportunity to be a part of an exciting global learning community.  

The teachers at Mizzou K-12 are dedicated to their profession with most carrying certifications or advanced degrees. The program is also the only online K-12 program housed in and backed by a major university’s college of education.

The focus on the student is important to Mizzou K-12 as no student is the same. Computers do not grade assignments.  Instead, a holistic summary is made up for each student, outlining their strengths and opportunities on each assignment, presenting a personalized experience on a global scale.

The relationship between Mizzou K-12 and MBS Direct serves all partner schools, adding another level of educational possibilities. The types of courses offered at partner institutions are not limited to what is taught on-location. The demand for a specific class can now be met using Mizzou K-12, and course materials are seamlessly obtained using the same Online Bookstore.

Mizzou K-12 offers more than 200 courses giving students the opportunity to learn at a pace convenient to them or as part of a blended classroom.

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About Jason Smallheer

Jason Smallheer worked for MBS from 2016 to 2017. His diverse career includes freelance work, broadcast radio and ski resort marketing. He has a passion for sharing ideas, helping businesses grow and professional development. When not expressing himself through writing, he enjoys time with his family and being outside doing anything that can result in scuffed knees and dirty clothes.

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