MSTA Presents

MSTA Presents is the official home for the Missouri State Teachers Association podcast content.

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Tuesday Aug 30, 2022

Reading Circle Committee members Jenn Baldwin, Brenda Steffens, Lysha Thompson and Kayla Gilmore discuss how Missouri teachers can use the Reading Circle program in their classroom and share some of their new favorite books for the year for everyone from Pre-K to high school.

Wednesday Aug 24, 2022

Today MSTA was fortunate to get the opportunity to interview author and retired classroom teacher, Phillip Done about his new book, The Art of Teaching Children. Mr. Done taught elementary school for thirty-three years and was the recipient of the prestigious Charles Schwab Distinguished Teacher Award, a Teacher of the Year in California, and a nominee for Disney's American Teacher Award. You won't want to miss this conversation.

Wednesday Aug 17, 2022

In this previously recorded webinar, MSTA's Professional Learning Manager, Dr. Deana Layton-Ogden, talks with Shannon Berghoff from Jackson R-2 Schools about the concept of morning meetings and restorative circles. In addition, they discuss how to conduct both activities in the classroom. 
For more information, you can read Shannon's May 10 article on the topic here.

Episode 6: Back to School Tips

Tuesday Aug 09, 2022

Tuesday Aug 09, 2022

We speak with MSTA Professional Learning Manager, Dr. Deana Layton-Ogden and MSTA Digital Strategist, Kara Potter about back to school ideas and tips for teachers at any point in their career. In addition, several MSTA members share their tips for heading back to the classroom.
Share your own advice for new teachers:

Episode 5: Four-Day School Week

Wednesday Jul 27, 2022

Wednesday Jul 27, 2022

Today, Jon Turner joins MSTA Presents. Jon is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Missouri State University. Jon is a former educator and lifetime member of MSTA. Jon is also well versed in the history behind Missouri's four-day school. We discuss the inception of the four-day week in Missouri, some misconceptions about four-day weeks, and where four-day weeks are now and where they might be headed.
Below is the link discussed in the show as well as Jon's email address and Twitter account.
Twitter: @JonTurnerEdD

Thursday Jul 21, 2022

MSTA Senior Staff Attorney, Kyle Farmer joins today's episode of MSTA Presents. Kyle discusses MSTA's legal services for members as well as the value of having access to MSTA attorneys.

Ep. 3: MSTA Leadership Conference

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

Today's guests are MSTA Professional Learning Manager, Dr. Deana Layton and Lee's Summit 5th Grade Teacher and MSTA Leadership Workshop Presenter, Nicole Nowlin. They talk about what to look forward to at the July 18-19 conference as well as specifics about Nicole's workshops. In addition, they discuss the best time to get signed up next year if you aren't able to make it to the conference this year.

Ep. 2: Action Planning

Wednesday Jul 06, 2022

Wednesday Jul 06, 2022

This week’s podcast is a replay of one of our 30-minute-webinars from January. Lisa Toebben from Troy R-3 talks about how Action Planning can help you be more productive and make time for the things that are most important to you. This is an interactive webinar, so be prepared to pause as you listen so you can work along. The resources she references are all on our website, and you can find them at

Thursday Jun 23, 2022

Matt Michelson, MSTA's Director of Education Policy, joins Todd for the first episode of MSTA's reintroduction back into the world of podcasting. They discuss primary candidate endorsements, the 2021-2022 legislative session and DESE's Blue Ribbon Panel.

Monday Jun 20, 2022

This is the first episode for Missouri State Teachers Association's newest podcast platform. Look for shows that focus on education news, professional learning, legislative activity and more.


MSTA Presents

MSTA Presents is the official home for the Missouri State Teachers Association podcast. Look for weekly episodes focusing on MSTA highlights, education news, professional learning and legislative updates. 


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