MLDS V: Transformational Leadership (4 Sessions starting 9/24/20)

09/24/20 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) is a series of professional learning experiences specifically tailored to develop leadership capacity across multiple domains of leadership. Research and practical experience confirm the impact of leadership on multiple aspects of school life, personal satisfaction, recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, and student achievement, to name a few. Essential activities will include, but are not limited to

  • comprehensive and progressive learning treatments designed to meet principals’ needs at their current level of experience (Emerging, Sustaining or Transformational)
  • opportunities to develop formal and informal professional networks.
  • relevant leadership learning facilitated by MLDS specialists, delivered in a format that honors a principal’s time.

Join this cohort and watch your leadership skill and professional network grow. Not sure which cohort to join? Just ask!

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MLDS Foundations for Experienced Leaders

09/25/20 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) is a continuum of learning and supports provided to school leaders from aspiring to retiring. In addition to content available for aspiring school leaders, five levels of support comprise MLDS: Emerging Year 1, Emerging Year 2, Foundations for Experienced Leaders, MLDS III: Sustaining Leadership, MLDS IV: Sustaining Leadership and Transformational Leadership. School leaders will want to invest in their own professional development by attending each level of training.

The Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) Foundations for Experienced Leaders provides principals:

  • Training and support through research based learning experiences
  • Opportunities to develop formal and informal professional networks
  • Foundational learning for those who did not participate in the two-year Emerging Year Cohort

MLDS Foundations for Experienced Leaders includes three regional meetings which provide practical, relevant learning as well as two coaching labs providing hands on experiences to improve skills in assessing school culture.

If you are in your first years of school leadership and did not participate in Emerging Year content, please contact the RPDC Leadership Development Specialist, Teresa Tulipana at tulipanat@umkc.edu to discuss your best course placement.

Intended Audience: School leaders with 3+ years’ experience who have not previously participated in MLDS

Cost: FREE

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MLDS IV: Sustaining Leadership

09/29/20 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

The Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) is a continuum of learning and supports provided to school leaders from aspiring to retiring. In addition to content available for aspiring school leaders, five levels of support comprise MLDS: Emerging Year 1, Emerging Year 2, Developing Year 1, Developing Year 2 and Transformational Leadership. School leaders will want to invest in their own professional development by attending each level of training.

The Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) Developing Year 2 provides principals

  • Training and support through research based learning experiences
  • Opportunities to develop formal and informal professional networks

MLDS Developing Year 2 includes four regional meetings which provide practical, relevant learning as well as one coaching lab providing hands on experiences to improve skills in assessing school culture.

Participation in Emerging Year content is a pre-requisite for this course. If you are in your first years of school leadership and did not participate in Emerging Year content, please contact the RPDC Leadership Development Specialist, Teresa Tulipana at tulipanat@umkc.edu to discuss your best course placement.

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Pivoting your PBS System For Today's Learning Needs - Virtual

09/30/20 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

This session will focus on re-examining PBS systems to meet the demands of new learning environments. Participants will reflect on the PBS structures and how they can adapt them to meet the needs of today’s learners.

By the end of the session participants will…

  • Identify the importance of developing PBS practices
  • Identify Schoolwide expectations and modified those expectations for new learning environments.
  • Develop teaching and encouraging practices to support your expectations for new learning environments.
  • Re-establishing routines and procedures
  • Review the Eight Essential Classroom Practices and how they apply to our current reality.
  • Assist students and teachers in adjusting to new ways of teaching and learning

This training will be a VIRTUAL meeting.

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The Math Network (3 Sessions starting Oct. 1)

10/01/20 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am

The MATH Network provides an opportunity for teachers, Instructional Coaches and Administrators to learn and share new practices as well as get updates from DESE content specialists. This year’s Network meetings will be held VIRTUALLY, with three sessions held over the year.

Cost is FREE to KCRPDC member districts, and $50 for up to four from non-member districts.

For questions regarding this event please contact the facilitators, Cathy Battles at battlesc@umkc.edu or Kat Nicolaus at nicolausk@umkc.edu.

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The English Language Arts Network (3 Sessions start 10/01/20)

10/01/20 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The English Language Arts Network provides an opportunity for teachers, Instructional Coaches and Administrators to learn and share new practices as well as get updates from DESE content specialists. This year’s Network meetings will be held VIRTUALLY, with three sessions held over the year.

Cost is FREE to KCRPDC member dstricts, and $50 for up to four from non-member districts. If you have questions regarding this event please contact the facilitator, Grace Milano at milanog@umkc.edu.

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Restorative Practices Basic Training-VIRTUAL (2-Day)

10/05/20 - 10/06/20 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

This comprehensive Basic training in Restorative Practices is a 10-hour training, conducted in a series of four 2-1/2 hour “modules” over two full days (morning and afternoon sessions each day). This highly interactive virtual training opportunity is conducted in real time over WebEx. These four modules provide the necessary information for establishing the conditions for developing and nurturing a culture based on high quality relationships among all school community members and positive community building that is trauma-free. This is accomplished by focusing not on rules broken and punitive consequences but rather on the harms done and providing appropriate restorative consequences and the systems that are necessary to repair and support strong relationships among all school community members (students and adults). Working restoratively is a social/relational rather than a behaviorist model. Embracing restorative practices is not a program but rather a way of thinking, being and operating in the day-to-day. The training includes concrete and practical strategies for establishing the appropriate classroom and school-based routines as well as conducting circles and conferences in primary prevention as well as intervention contexts.

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BEST 2.0: Student Engagement and Motivation

10/08/20 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Building Educational Support for Teaching
Missouri’s requirements for Beginning Teacher Assistance Programming (BTAP) have changed. UMKC Regional Professional Development has designed courses for beginning teachers needing the required curriculum. Participants whose building/district provides no training must attend all session topics to meet the new requirements; otherwise participants may select to attend sessions as needed.

Understands and teaches the central concepts, structures, and tools of inquiry of the discipline and makes learning experiences engaging for students

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Developing Quality Individualized Education Plans

10/14/20 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Indiviudal Education Plan (IEP) is the key to providing services for a special education student. This training will review the process of developing and writing an IEP, including the present level of academic and functional performance, developing and writing SMART goals and everything in between. Additionally participants will learn ideas on how to involve parents in the process and review all timelines that must be met to remain in compliance.

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Accommodations and Modifications

10/16/20 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Accommodation and Modifications workshop will assist teachers and administrators in identifying the process of adapting curriculum, instruction and assessment; identifying the similarities, differences and connections between adaptations of curriculum, assessment and instruction; and applying accommodations and modifications to curriculum, instruction and assessment practices to allow students with disabilities to access the general education curriculum and receive instruction in the general education environment to the extent determined appropriate by the IEP team

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Toxic Stress, Trauma Virtual Workshop (AM Session)

10/22/20 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are the largest public health crisis to be identified in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress/trauma) impacts a child’s daily life in the home, in school and the community. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never “forgets.” Childhood adversity affects a child’s ability to learn and behave in productive ways by changing brain chemistry and architecture and thus impacts their ability to learn and behave “normally” in schools. All too often, children who are experiencing trauma, neglect and abuse in their homes and communities are identified as having “special needs,” such as ADHD, when in fact it is the trauma/toxic stress in their lives that is causing the misbehavior. Educators need to be keenly aware of this body of research and practical school-based remedies in order to mitigate the impact of toxic stress (ACEs) on successful child cognitive and emotional development, including impulsivity and misbehavior. In this workshop, the critically important information about this life- and practice-changing body of research, including ACEs and the ACEs Scale, will be introduced and the solution strategies will be presented.

Choose from two sessions 9:00am-12:00pm OR 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Toxic Stress, Trauma Virtual Workshop (PM Session

10/22/20 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are the largest public health crisis to be identified in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress/trauma) impacts a child’s daily life in the home, in school and the community. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never “forgets.” Childhood adversity affects a child’s ability to learn and behave in productive ways by changing brain chemistry and architecture and thus impacts their ability to learn and behave “normally” in schools. All too often, children who are experiencing trauma, neglect and abuse in their homes and communities are identified as having “special needs,” such as ADHD, when in fact it is the trauma/toxic stress in their lives that is causing the misbehavior. Educators need to be keenly aware of this body of research and practical school-based remedies in order to mitigate the impact of toxic stress (ACEs) on successful child cognitive and emotional development, including impulsivity and misbehavior. In this workshop, the critically important information about this life- and practice-changing body of research, including ACEs and the ACEs Scale, will be introduced and the solution strategies will be presented.

Choose from two sessions 9:00am-12:00pm OR 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Individual Education Plan File Review

10/27/20 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this session, we will provide an opportunity for special education staff to correlate compliance standards and indicators with actual student files. We will assist staff with understanding the “why’s” of compliance paperwork requirements.

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Using Common Formative Assessments and Meaningful Feedback to Bridge the Gaps

11/03/20 at 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This workshop is part of the Enhancing Your Engagement Seminar. Registering for this session gains you entrance to this 1-day session only. The session will take place virtually from 4:00 – 6:30 pm.

The workshop will focus on the instructional practices and techniques for writing and using common formative assessments to create visible learners. Teachers will learn and practice valuable techniques that they can use to expand and elevate their use of common formative assessments in order to improve student engagement, feedback and understanding. Various methods of formative assessment will be demonstrated, and digital materials and tools will be shared.

For more information, contact Kat Nicolaus: nicolausk@umkc.edu

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Quality Eligibility Determination for Students Suspected of an Academic Disability

11/10/20 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The focus of this workshop wilil be on the evaluation process from pre-referreal to eligibility. We will look at how decisions are being made regarding which students to evaluate, how to determine what information needs to be gathered through assessments and then how to use that information in eligibility decisions. Information regarding the content of evaluation reports, based on standards and indicators will also be included.

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Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia Characteristics Level II

11/20/20 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Participants must complete Level I prior to attending Level II training.

Let’s dig deeper into the needs of students who struggle with literacy! Why is reading and writing so difficult for these students? What makes the greatest impact after a student seems to know letters and sounds? A large portion of instructional time in this training will be hands-on strategy development of effective instruction for students who show common characteristics of at-risk readers and writers.

Participants will look closely at student needs related to decoding for reading and spelling but will dig deeper into understanding how the Simple View of Reading can make instructional decisions easier. This workshop moves beyond the foundation and into implementation for greater student success.

This training will include the following topics:

  • Simple View of Reading,
  • Going Deeper in Student Errors for Tier II,
  • Advanced Phonology,
  • Phonics and Orthographic Mapping for Decoding and Writing, and
  • Building Vocabulary.

There must be at least 10 participants registered by to have this workshop.

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Dyslexia: Practical Strategies and Activities for ALL Readers

12/07/20 at 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us in learning strategies that will help not only students diagnosed or showing risk factors of Dyslexia, but ALL readers. Participants will learn and experience practical, easy to implement activities to engage students. Specific focus will be on how gaps in phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics hamper comprehension for all readers.

This session is approved for the annual mandated Dyslexia training for all teachers.

We need at least 10 participants to have the session.

Free for Teacher Academy and Teacher Academy Graduates.

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Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia Characteristics Level III

12/14/20 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Participants must complete Level I prior to attending Level II training.

What can you do to address the needs of at-risk readers/writers? This training will provide a closer look into understanding, reaching and teaching students with reading difficulties that might be signs of dyslexia. Understanding processing needs of these learners will ensure deeper multi-sensory instruction and how changing the teaching approach can change the brain. Active participation will be expected as participants practice instructional strategies for evidence based effective reading/writing lessons. Participants will leave with instructional strategies to put into place immediately.

This session will include the following topics:
• Vocabulary
• Morphology/Etymology
• Fluency
• Spelling/Writing
• Language Structures
• Comprehension

There must be at least 10 participants registered by to have this workshop.

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LETRS: A Proven Approach to Raising Reading Achievement (5 Meetings - Starts Dec. 14)

12/14/20 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

K-12 Literacy Professional Development

LETRS ® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) provides teachers with the tools and understanding to teach the essential skills needed for literacy. Teachers learn the “science of reading” so they are able to apply research into classroom application to teach language and literacy skills to every student, no matter the curriculum or program used. LETRS is a blended model of professional development consisting of online course, textbook, and four face to face training.

LETRS
-Provides a robust online learning experience
-Integrates assessment considerations and tools for each topic
-Guides teachers through classroom curriculum development
-Includes engaging videos that show teachers demonstrating effective instruction

The LETRS course of study will include four face-to-face sessions with Locally Certified Trainers (RPDC Consultants) scheduled strategically throughout the implementation. These sessions will incorporate Bridge-to-Practice activities, discussions of instructional strategies, and reflection on the integration of new learning, ensuring greater transfer to classroom application.

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BEST 2.0-Law Presentation for Beginning Teachers

01/21/21 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Educated related law information for beginning teachers.

Guest Speaker: Steve Book, Council Representative
North Kansas City School District

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Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia Characteristics I

01/25/21 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

*Reaching and Teaching Students with Characteristics of Dyslexia – Level 1: Phonological Awareness & Phonics Focus

Are any of your students showing characteristics (signs) of dyslexia? What are those signs? What are teaching methods you can use to address the needs of these struggling readers? This workshop will take a closer look into understanding, reaching, and teaching students with reading difficulties that may be characteristics of dyslexia. The challenges of dyslexia may seem daunting. Early identification of dyslexia helps students receive the assistance and resources they need to be successful.

This training will include hands-on application of the following topics:
>> Understanding Characteristics,
>> Core and Causal Factors, and
>> Addressing Foundational Needs of the Learner through Phonological Awareness and Phonics.

There must be at least 10 participants registered by to have this workshop.

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Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia Characteristics Level II

02/18/21 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Participants must complete Level I prior to attending Level II training.

Let’s dig deeper into the needs of students who struggle with literacy! Why is reading and writing so difficult for these students? What makes the greatest impact after a student seems to know letters and sounds? A large portion of instructional time in this training will be hands-on strategy development of effective instruction for students who show common characteristics of at-risk readers and writers.

Participants will look closely at student needs related to decoding for reading and spelling but will dig deeper into understanding how the Simple View of Reading can make instructional decisions easier. This workshop moves beyond the foundation and into implementation for greater student success.

This training will include the following topics:
>> Simple View of Reading,
>> Going Deeper in Student Errors for Tier II,
>> Advanced Phonology,
>> Phonics and Orthographic Mapping for Decoding and Writing, and
>> Building Vocabulary.

There must be at least 10 participants registered by to have this workshop.

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BEST 2.0: Professional Communication

02/25/21 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Building Educational Support for Teaching
Missouri’s requirements for Beginning Teacher Assistance Programming (BTAP) have changed. UMKC Regional Professional Development has designed courses for beginning teachers needing the required curriculum. Participants whose building/district provides no training must attend all session topics to meet the new requirements; otherwise participants may select to attend sessions as needed.

Models effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication with students and parents to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interactions.

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Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia Characteristics Level III

04/05/21 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Participants must complete Level I prior to attending Level II training.

What can you do to address the needs of at-risk readers/writers? This training will provide a closer look into understanding, reaching and teaching students with reading difficulties that might be signs of dyslexia. Understanding processing needs of these learners will ensure deeper multi-sensory instruction and how changing the teaching approach can change the brain. Active participation will be expected as participants practice instructional strategies for evidence based effective reading/writing lessons. Participants will leave with instructional strategies to put into place immediately.

This session will include the following topics:
• Vocabulary
• Morphology/Etymology
• Fluency
• Spelling/Writing
• Language Structures
• Comprehension

There must be at least 10 participants registered by to have this workshop.

Register Now