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February 2015
Commissioner's Video Message

In this month’s Top 10 by 20 UPDATE, Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven discusses why Top 10 by 20 isn’t really about rankings or numbers. She also breaks down a few items in the legislature that could affect education. View via webstream or YouTube.

Department Names Three to Top Posts
Three top positions within the Department were filled last month. Dr. Stacey Preis is the new deputy commissioner for Learning Services, William Thornton will serve as general counsel and Dr. Chris Neale will take over as the assistant commissioner for the Office of Quality Schools. Thornton and Dr. Preis began their duties in February, while Dr. Neale will join the Department in July.
What's Happening Around the State? 
Schools around Missouri continue to show growth in academic achievement. See what Mehlville, Nixa, Rockwood, Hazelwood, Jefferson City and Waynesville are doing that will help propel Missouri into the Top 10 by 20.

Goal 1- All Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.

Career and Technical Education Month
February is Career and Technical Education month. More than 200,000 Missouri high school students and adults took part in career education programs during the 2013-14 school year. Learn more about what Missouri has to offer.

Missouri Learning Standards Newsletter

The Department produces a newsletter devoted to learning standards in Missouri. This e-newsletter keeps Missourians updated on the latest information related to the Missouri Learning Standards and includes blog posts and videos. For more information on the standards, including how to subscribe to the newsletter, visit www.missourilearningstandards.com.

Goal 2 - All Missouri children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school

DRDP Training Now Available
Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) training is presented through the Regional Professional Development Centers. The certified trainers will be presenting this two-day training to staff and administrators that work with preschool age children. There is currently no registration fee for this training. For training in your region, check the Regional Professional Development Center website for the next available two-day session. DRDP is a research-based, observation readiness tool adopted as the Department’s recommended early childhood instrument. Register now for a training session.

Conference on the Young Years
Mark your calendar for the 42nd annual Conference on the Young Years which will take place March 5-7 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The Conference is a great opportunity to learn more about early learning in Missouri. This year’s theme is Plug In: Teach. Play. Learn. Registration is now open.

Goal 3 - Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.

Educators to Receive MoLEAD Training

Thirty school leaders from the Kansas City area will receive leadership training later this year through the Missouri Leadership for Excellence, Achievement and Development (MoLEAD) program. The Edward Swinney Trust Grant will provide selected educators from the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City (CSDGKC) the opportunity to participate in the 26-day training program that works to enhance leadership skills among school leaders.

Register Today for Interface Conference
The 2015 Interface Conference will take place in late February at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The conference is a chance for math and science teachers to collaborate and gain meaningful professional development. The conference for grades K-6 will take place Feb. 19-21, while Grades 7-12 will be held Feb. 22-24. Register today!

Effective Evaluation Implementation Rubric Now Available

The Effective Evaluation Implementation Rubric is now available on the Department website. The rubric is designed to assist public school districts/LEAs in determining the extent to which their local evaluation process aligns to the Essential Principals of Effective Evaluation. As a reminder, districts and charter schools provide this alignment information through Screen 18a during the June collection window of Core Data. All school districts and charter schools are to be fully aligned to six of the seven Essential Principles this year. For more information on the rubric, visit the monitoring section of the Essential Principles and the Model Evaluation System in the Educator Growth Toolbox.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Training Opportunities
Regional service providers throughout Missouri are offering a series of training opportunities for educators. The trainings will center on a timely and critically important issue in educator evaluations: the use of student growth data. This type of data is required to be a significant contributing factor in evaluations by 2015-16, although the extent of this contribution is up to individual school districts. Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are a type of student growth measure appropriate for teachers of all subject areas and grades. Click here for training dates. For an orientation on SLOs, visit the Student Growth Data in the Educator Growth Toolbox.

Goal 4 - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will improve departmental efficiency and operational effectiveness.

Federal Grants Management Workshops

The Department will host two workshops regarding the impact of the new Omni Circular. At least one staff person (administrative personnel, accounting personnel, and/or program personnel) from each district should attend one of the workshops. The workshops will take place March 17 in St. Louis and March 18 in Kansas City. Early bird registration is $135 until Feb. 20. After that date, the registration fee will be $149.

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