Dyslexia: Screening and Planning for Implementation

07/16/19 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Participants will use the DESE Dyslexia Screening Tools Chart along with the Public Schools Dyslexia Plan to design and implement a plan for 2019-2020. Participants will look at a variety of screening tools, essential reading components, intervention strategies and explore varies implementation ideas. Time will be given to collaboratively develop a plan for effective implementation.

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Creating High Quality Assessments

07/24/19 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This workshop is designed for teachers and district leaders involved in assessment development. The goal is to follow a process similar to the one used to develop state MAP assessments.

Various protocols will be introduced which can be used immediately to ensure clarity and proficiency in state standards. The workshop will also cover processes to follow using state documents to create aligned assessments.

Participants will be given time to collaborate with others and to reflect on the day’s learning in order to leave with applicable next steps to push the work forward in their building or district. Building and district teams are encouraged to attend.

Objectives:

  • Protocols for helping teachers to have a deeper understanding state standards
  • Introduction to proficiency scale development and uses
  • A process for creating/revising state aligned assessments and scoring guides aligned to the MLS
  • Collaborative conversations across districts on processes and next steps to revise curriculum and assessments to be more tightly aligned to MAP assessments.

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Special Education New Teacher Academy (4-Part Series)

08/28/19 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 28 — 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Education Process: As a result of this training, participants will have a basic understanding of special education laws that focus on the implementation of the special education process, which is the process used for referring students for evaluation, finding children eligible for services, establishing an Individualized Education Program for them, and continued review of services and progress of and for the child.

October 23 — 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Writing Quality Individualized Education Plans (IEP): As a result of this training, participants will know the best practices in preparing for an IEP meeting, be able to write present level of academic achievement and functional performance, write SMART goals related to the students’ needs and understand all components of the IEP

January 22 — 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Progress Monitoring and Data Collection: As a result of this training, participants will be able to understand progress monitoring, the purpose of data collection and how it impacts your instructional practices.

April 1, 2020 —
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP): As a result of this training, participants will learn how to conduct formal and informal functional behavior assessments and translating the data to a behavior intervention plan.

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New Speech Eligibility and Speech Implementer

09/06/19 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The State Board of Education has approved changes proposed by DESE to the Missouri State Plan for Part B, Regulations Implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Beth McKerlie and Pat Johnson, experts within the field of speech and language, will discuss modifications to the 4 parts of the speech and language eligibility criteria and changes to updating and training speech implementers.

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Dyslexia Overview

09/09/19 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am

• Participant will discuss the definition and myths of Dyslexia along with possible characteristics. Participants will leave with a handful of possible supports and interventions for all struggling readers.

• The session will meet the 2 hour Dyslexia professional development mandate.

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Systemic Approach to Career-Life Preparedness

09/16/19 at 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Schools are considered the institution where young adults prepare themselves for their future. But how many students actually leave high school with a concrete plan or direction after graduation? This training will ask you to consider difficult questions as we answer “Why Career Development?”� Take a moment and answer these questions – How would my school define – Success Ready Student? Where do we systemically support Career Development in our curriculum? Do we believe all students should have a future plan? Participants will be asked to reflect on current practices, weigh the progress, and establish action steps to reach the desired goals they have for their school community. We will discuss a progression sequence when using worksheets, activities, and assessments within Missouri Connections and introduce the Middle and High School Frameworks to support career development grades 5-12.

Participants should bring a laptop or similar device.

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Missouri Connections for Educators

09/16/19 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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 Academic Plan (ICAP). Consider for a moment, how important it is for you as an educator to know a students’ interests, or likes/dislikes. Would this information help you design a lesson to reach a student? This interactive workshop will provide hands-on activities using Missouri Connections to demonstrate the resources School Counselors and Teachers can use to support career planning with their students. Participants will learn why Missouri Connections is a valuable tool for your students, while also providing a teaching resource to enrich a class lesson. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Missouri Connections; learning how easy one can navigate through the program. During the workshop, participants will be introduced to two assessments, explore several career pathways, and see the how assessment results contribute to a student’s ICAP.

Participants should bring a laptop or similar device.

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Missouri Connections for School Counselors - Beginning/Introductory

09/24/19 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The introductory training session is designed to support Missouri Connection beginners and users with limited experience. This session will focus on an overview of Missouri Connections, with emphasis on account types, login process, creating and managing of a portfolio, assessments, personal learning plan, tools for Counselors and Teachers, and the Implementation Framework. Participants will have the opportunity to actively engage in Missouri Connections, working through each aspect of the training.

Participants should bring a laptop or similar device.

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Kansas City Compliance Network: 1st and 2nd Year Special Education Directors

09/27/19 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Kansas City RPDC and Northwest RPDC Centers are sponsoring this four-day network. Two sessions will be held in St. Joseph and two sessions will be held in Kansas City. 

Join us quarterly for a more in-depth look on topics that impact New Special Education Directors. Time will be allowed for collaborating and problem solving on issues of concern.

  • Understanding the Standards and Indicators Manual/Understanding Your district’s Special Education Profile
  • Eligibility Determination with Emphasis on OHI/ Writing Compliant Evaluation Reports
  • Tiered Monitoring/File Reviews/Timelines
  • Hot Topics, End of the Year Deadlines, Data-driven decision making
  • Additional topics of interest

Sept. 27 – St. Joseph
Dec. 9 – Kansas City
Feb. 26 – Kansas City
Apr. 2 – St. Joseph

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Mathematics District Networking

10/01/19 at 8:30 am - 11:30 am

These sessions are intended to keep area mathematics personnel informed of any changes within the Missouri Learning Expectations, the most current assessment updates from DESE as well as hot topics in mathematics. Throughout the year, we will look at the most current DESE documents for mathematics, including the Expanded Expectations, Performance Level Descriptors, and the Test Item Specifications.

1. October 1, 2019   8:30am-11:30am
2. November 21, 2019   12:30pm-3:30pm
3. January 30, 2020     8:30am-11:30am
4. March 12, 220    12:30pm-3:30pm

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English Language Arts District Networking

10/01/19 at 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

These sessions will keep you informed of the changes within the Missouri Learning Expectations and current hot topics in English Language Arts.

1. October 1, 2019   12:30am – 3:30pm
2. November 21, 2019   8:30am –11:30am
3. January 30, 2020   12:30am – 3:30 pm
4. March 12, 2020   8:30am –11:30am

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Kansas City Master Teacher Academy 2019-20

10/04/19 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

If you have questions about the KCMTA, please inquire with Heidi Newlon.*
Application materials must be received electronically by noon on May 30, 2019. 

The Master Teacher Academy is extraordinary, intensive professional learning for select area teachers. This yearlong learning cohort-driven experience is designed to develop the deep pedagogical practice, content knowledge, and leadership skills that are the signature of a master teacher.

The Kansas City Master Teacher Academy will provide participants with a variety of rich experiences aligned with the Missouri Educator Standards. The Academy utilizes an action-research-based curriculum, monitoring student growth and analyzing the effectiveness of instructional methods/strategies. The Academy will utilize research-based materials as well as the expert knowledge of the cohort, providing opportunities for participants to develop not only their knowledge and expertise, but their abilities to communicate this information as professional learning leaders. For more information about the Statewide Teacher Academy, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCKLJ2fOvU

Participation requires attendance at a Statewide Kickoff Event, September 26, 2016, and monthly release days for full-day professional learning sessions held at the RPDC. Texts and some materials essential to the work will be provided, and lunch will be provided for participants at each session.

Tuition for the Academy is $499.00/annually for participants from non-member districts or $299.00/annually for members, due after acceptance. Fees and associated costs for tuition, transportation, and substitute teacher(s) are the responsibility of the school or individual.

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Dyslexia? I'm Secondary, What Does This Mean for Me?

10/07/19 at 8:30 am - 11:00 am

This session will be tailored for secondary teachers, administrators, coaches, instructional coaches, reading and curriculum specialists. We will focus on debunking myths, looking at common characteristics of Dyslexia, the components of reading development. Possible supports and interventions will also be considered to improve reading for struggling readers.

This session will count for the 2 hour professional development mandate.

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Dyslexia Overview - Elementary

10/07/19 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session will be tailored for elementary teachers, administrators, coaches, instructional coaches, reading and curriculum specialists. We will focus on debunking myths, looking at common characteristics of Dyslexia, the components of reading development. Possible supports and interventions will also be considered to improve reading for struggling readers.

This session will count for the 2 hour professional development mandate.

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Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) "How to Make It Your Own"

10/24/19 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

As greater emphasis is placed on schools implementing career development programs, and students exploring options for post-graduation, it is increasingly important for students to start their course planning before entering high school. The Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) serves as a roadmap for students that can be monitored by schools and parents. The ICAP builds a students’ portfolio; reflecting their achievements, goals, and preparations for their chosen path following graduation.

In this training, participants will begin the process of creating a functional ICAP, investigate methods to promote the ICAP, and understand the value of the “students’ journey” in graduating a Success Ready Student. We will introduce you to the ICAP training resource created by DESE that answers the “what”; while we continue to investigate the “why and how” that will prepare you to develop an ICAP that aligns with your school districts objectives. We will provide instruction and examples on how to modify the ICAP template, and discuss strategies to engage your faculty in the process.

Participants should bring a laptop or similar device.

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Missouri Connections - Site Administrator/Staff Account Training

11/12/19 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Site Administrators and Staff Account holders are essential to the effective use of Missouri Connections. Administrative tools enable you to manage student portfolios, access login information, reset passwords, create groups and generate reports/maintain data on assessments results, career plans, resume creation, occupational and educational sorts.
Staff designated as site administrators have the access to customize the course planner, create/assign checklists and edit graduation requirements in the Personal Learning Plan.

Outcomes:

  • Access user, staff and administrator accounts
  • Create user portfolios and manage account settings
  • Create site, group and individual reports for assessment results and usage

Participants must bring a laptop or similar device.

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Dyslexia- Next Steps

11/22/19 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

This session will explore the analysis of diagnostic reading assessments and the assessment research. The afternoon will focus on instructional strategies and activities in the areas of Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Morphology and Orthography. These instructional strategies are practical tools to help all struggling readers.

This session will count for the 2 hour professional development mandate.

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