SW-PBS Tier-1-Regional Emerging Phase #3

05/07/18 - 04/11/19 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

By Invitation Only

Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports (MO SW-PBS) will host a series of workshops designed for Emerging/Implementation Phase school teams.
Content will emphasize deeper understanding and implementation of the Essential Components of SW-PBS, implementation of effective classroom practices,
and the use of data for quality decision-making. For current SW-PBS Emerging/Implementation Phase schools only.

Outcomes:  By the end of these sessions participants will be able to ….

  • Apply the Science of Behavior to essential SW-PBS concepts.
  • Develop a plan for successful implementation with staff, students and families.
  • Increase student time on task through the use of active supervision.
  • Increase student engagement through increased opportunities to respond.
  • Selectively use activity sequencing and choice to maintain student engagement.
  • Use informal teaching strategies that incorporate monitoring, pre-correction, and re-teaching.
  • Monitor staff’s use of encouragement strategies with students.
  • Develop an annual plan for the ongoing teaching of expectations.



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Instructional Coaches Network: Continuing Cohort, Year 3 (2018-19)

09/04/18 - 05/07/19 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

This is the continuation of the 2015-16 Coaches Networking sessions designed to further the conversation, learning and support for the Instructional Coaches involved. Sessions will include, but not be limited to, in-school coaching experiences, fish-bowl observation and feedback and problem sharing/solving. Participants will benefit from the expertise of their coaching colleagues while providing expertise with others. Topics may include: Coaching teachers who are doing well, balancing numerous duties and roles, working effectively with administrators to enhance teacher effectiveness and efficacy, and coaching the reluctant teacher.

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Get Better Faster; An Adminstrator Book Study

09/12/18 - 05/08/19 at 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school. So, let’s improve both our leadership skills AND the skills of the teachers we serve. Join colleagues for this year long book study as we read and discuss Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s book Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers. In Get Better Faster, Bambrick-Santoyo shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success by focusing on the actionable and the practice-able.

Past book study participants report the networking, learning, sharing and discussing of the text as one of their best professional growth experience.

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Instructional Coaches Network: New Cohort (2018-19)

09/12/18 - 05/08/19 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

The greatest factor in determining a student’s success in school is the quality of the instruction, and COACHING has the greatest impact on improving classroom instruction. The Instructional Coaches Network is designed to provide yearlong, on-going learning and networking opportunities for building and/or district instructional coaches, mentors, or other teacher leaders whose role involves coaching teachers for improved instruction. Instructional Coaches will have an opportunity to increase their skills and strategies, explore common challenges and options to resolve those challenges, and share their expertise with other coaches.

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Creating a Successful and Thriving Library Program

04/05/19 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

This workshop will focus on the three pillars of a successful and thriving library program; Foundation, Innovation and Fun.

-Foundation-Defining your philosophy, evaluating your program and rethinking your space 
Makerspaces, production studios and more 
Contests, challenges, and making connections

Bring an open mind and be prepared to get re-energized!

Chris Anderson and Lori Riedel are co-library media specialists in the 360° LMC at Liberty High School in Liberty, Missouri. They each have 22+ years experience in education, most as elementary and high school librarians. They were selected as Visionary Educators for Liberty Public Schools and are leaders of professional learning for their district and surrounding areas. They were also chosen as 2019 METC Spotlight Educators.

Chris and Lori are passionate about developing learner agency and providing equitable access to spaces, resources and tools to support students in all content areas as well as to develop their personal interests. The 360° LMC can be defined in three words; Foundation, Innovation and Fun! Follow them on Twitter @360LMC.

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DRDP (2015) Meaningful Observation and Portfolio Training

04/08/19 - 04/09/19 at 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

At DRDP (2015) Meaningful Observation and Portfolio Training participants will learn how to conduct meaningful observation while becoming more proficient at using the DRDP instrument.

The DRDP (2015) assessment instrument is designed for teachers to observe, document, and reflect on the learning, development, and progress of children who are enrolled in early care and education programs.

The assessment results are intended to be used by the teacher to plan curriculum and to guide continuous program improvement.

It is mandated that every participant write their MOPDID # to obtain credit on the sign in sheet. Once attendance has been archived or closed the state rep will need to be contacted.

Registration=8:00-8:30 Training=8:30-4:00

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Teacher Health and Wellness: Using Mindfulness to Take Care of Yourself

04/09/19 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Finish the school year strong with this research-backed workshop that will benefit your well-being and performance. This two hour workshop will give teachers and administrators the tools they need to improve mental focus, sharpen acuity, manage mental stress and eliminate fatigue. As a teacher, you’ve taught students the skills to improve learning, memory, and performance. This workshop offers you, the care-giver, a practice that will rejuvenate and refill your care-giving spirit as we approach the second half of the school year. Adopting the techniques of mindfulness in the classroom can empower teachers with improved focus, resilience, and concentration. See incredible change in your well-being by joining us for this uplifting two hour workshop that will equip you will the tools you need to create a mindful atmosphere over the holiday season.

Prensenter’s bio: Jordan Lewis graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from William Jewell College, where he played basketball for four years. After graduating, Jordan struggled with stress managament and witnessed loved ones, friends, and aquaintances battle Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, and Suicidal Thoughts. These impactful experiences sent Jordan on a journey to find emotional and physical wellness and freedom. This journey led him to discover Mindfulness as a powerful tool to improve psycological and physical heatlth. After experiencing first-hand the benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation in his own life, Jordan founded Headstrong Health and made it his mission to help improve the lives of others through his message of Mindful Living.

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Event: Lessons in Leadership for Early Childhood Educators

04/15/19 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The role of the early childhood professional is critical in supporting the growth and development of young children as they provide the necessary skills for school readiness.

This professional development opportunity is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators and to assist in providing meaningful and high quality learning to assist them in their work in Early Childhood and Elementary Settings.

Dynamic leaders are always looking to sharpen their skills and improve their ability to lead well. Leaders in early childhood programs/schools will benefit from this interactive workshop.

Participants will:

  • Identify key qualities of effective leaders
  • Learn winning strategies to take leadership to the next level
  • Assess leadership style and strengths
  • Use assessment data to develop leadership plan
  • Network with other leaders in education

Participants registered before close date (Wednesday, April 3) will receive a leadership book and access to an online assessment. 

Cost: $69/Non-Members $59/KCRPDC Members


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Early Childhood Networking and First Step Next

04/22/19 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Regional Professional Development Center is offering an opportunity exclusively for early childhood teachers and leaders to network with other early childhood professionals from across the Kansas City Metro area. Along with this networking opportunity participants will be introduced to a Tier 2 Intervention, “First Steps Next” which is designed specifically for early childhood students. Please plan on joining us for a day designated for early childhood programs.

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Transition Best Practices

04/23/19 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

When we think in terms of the spirit of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the IEP is viewed as an ongoing process that begins with planning with the student and his/her family. The purpose of early planning is to identify the student and family’s vision for the future

As a result of this training, participants will understand the focus of Indicator 13 and how it relates to the following:

  1. Transition IEPs and Measurable Postsecondary Goals
  2. Present Level of Academic and Functional Performance
  3. Transition Services
  4. Course of Study
  5. Interagency Linkages
  6. Transfer of Rights

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: Missouri Equity Lab

04/24/19 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Educational equity means students have access to excellent teachers and receive the same high-quality education regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, language, disability, family background and/or income. The Equity Lab is an important learning opportunity for district/school teams to think about where the inequity exists in their school system and develop strategies for addressing these areas of inequity. The Missouri Equity Lab will serve as a vehicle for critical conversations among stakeholders to build the framework for the development of the District Equity Plan that would address educational inequities identified in their community.

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Practical Strategies for Reading Instruction-Phonics: Moving Past Sounding it Out!

04/30/19 at 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Participants will examine an essential component of reading – Phonics. Each session is designed to be a stand-alone or continuation of learning within the series. Participants will leave the session with an instructional strategy to add to their personal toolkit. The strategies presented will be high student engagement and minimal teacher preparation.

This session will study the relationship between sounds and letters. Participants will leave with strategies for decoding a wide variety of word types. Participants will also develop strategies for moving beyond decoding of words. This session is designed for PK-2 teachers and may count toward the mandatory Dyslexia strategy training for the 2018-19 school year.

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Guiding Students through Career Planning including English Learners

05/13/19 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am

With greater emphasis being placed on schools to graduate “success ready” students, the time has come for all educators to take on the responsibility of guiding students through career planning. It is imperative that teachers as well as school counselors have a working knowledge of the resources available through Missouri Connections and the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Please join us to learn more about how to get our students ready for graduation especially those English Language learners whom feel left behind because of the lack of the language. Attend this session and learn how to help your student meet their goals and not leave anyone behind.

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Teacher Academy Graduates - Kickoff 2019

07/18/19 - 07/19/19 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Missouri Teacher Academy Graduates program allows participants to continue to deepen knowledge gained from the Teacher Academy program and is a natural progression to building lead teachers for your school district. Attendees will continue to acquire strategies on the latest research in best practices that align with Missouri Learning Standards and the Missouri State Teacher Standards. Focus will center on building Artisan Teacher classrooms. Participation requires four release days for regional meetings and one Statewide Kickoff Meeting July 18 and 19, 2019 Lodge of the Four Seasons, Osage Beach. Mike Rutherford will be trainer for the statewide kickoff. Tuition, travel expenses (including hotel at the Statewide meetings), and substitutes will be the responsibility of the school or individual. Check with your local RPDC for scholarships!

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