Alumna Starts New Teaching Job but Leaves Behind Something Amazing in Arkansas


Maddie Stinson and an Arkansas Miss Amazing participant.
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Maddie Stinson and an Arkansas Miss Amazing participant.

Maddie Stinson graduated from the University of Arkansas in May and is now teaching fifth grade special education classes at Sky Ranch Elementary in Oklahoma City.

She left behind something amazing in Arkansas, though.

Miss Amazing is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build their confidence and self-esteem. Stinson brought it with her when she became a student at the U of A.

She had volunteered for the non-profit while attending high school in Belleville, Illinois.

“I instantly fell in love with it,” she said. “I started traveling to different states to participate in their events, and when I decided I was coming to the U of A, I knew I wanted to bring Miss Amazing with me.”

So, at age 17, Stinson became the Arkansas director and built the organization from

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China’s push to educate people out of poverty starts with free school



a group of people posing for the camera: Students study at the newly built Wenchang Middle School at Yuexi county, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in Sichuan province. Photo: Simon Song


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Students study at the newly built Wenchang Middle School at Yuexi county, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in Sichuan province. Photo: Simon Song

Shenzi Nibumu is two years older than her classmates in the southwest Chinese province of Sichuan.

Her family was too poor to send her to school at the age most children start and her elder sister dropped out of school to become a migrant worker in Guangdong province to support the family.

Shenzi Nibumu is now 17 years old and in ninth grade – the third year of middle school. She said she did not want to follow her sister’s path by dropping out to get a job, and instead wanted to continue with her studies and go to university.

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“I wish to go to medical school and

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Metro Detroit author starts homeschool program focused on character education, social skills

DETROIT – A Metro Detroit author started a home school when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first hit, but the focus is not on math or English.

The focus is on social skills that many parents are worried about with their children still being at home. The program has continued into the fall.

READ: Novi High School cancels in-person learning, activities after 5 students test positive for coronavirus

“I loved that communication before and after class, where they could ask questions, and it’s super interactive as well,” Maria Dismondy said.

Imagine a virtual classroom where students are getting lessons in how to work out sibling rivalry and that has a focus on rivalry and focus on diversity and mental health.

READ: Wayne-Westland school officials work to make sure students can learn remotely

Dismondy is teaching social skills in a virtual classroom. Sunnyside Homeschool focuses on positivity and mental wellness.

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First KU School of Professional Studies class starts this fall, pursues workforce-oriented education

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The back-to-school season looks different this year, and some University of Kansas students are not only starting a new semester but also make up the first class in the new KU School of Professional Studies.

KU created the KU School of Professional Studies in December 2019 as it focuses on innovation and serving adult learners with timely, workforce-oriented education. The new school, based at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, facilitates social mobility and equity by providing high-quality academic programs, research activities and engaged learning initiatives.

Offering in-person, hybrid and online programs in various disciplines – from biotechnology, engineering and information technology to American Sign Language and Deaf studies, public health and workplace communication – the school serves diverse students who may work full-time, have commitments outside of the classroom, have prior college-level education or otherwise need a different

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