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MCPSA Weekly Bulletin
May 12, 2014
In This Issue

Advocacy Updates

MCPSA Conference Update

MCPSA Conference - Advocacy Strand

Unsorted - A Metro Theater Company Presentation

Teacher Education Day

FY 2013-2014 Budget Info

Association of American Educators



Governing Board Model Policies

Federal Programs

Missouri School Improvement Program 5

Alternative Education Forum

National Charter Schools Conference

Annual Missouri Department of Education Cooperative Conference for School Administrators

DESE Transition Institute

Ed Ops School Leader Meetings

MCPSA Governing Board Seminars

Supporting Struggling Readers with Complex Texts

Summer Curriculum Camps

Common Core in the News

Dow Teacher Challenge

Grant, Loan, and Sponsorship Opportunities

Quick Links

MCPSA Consultants

Federal Programs Consulting
Bette Morff


Special Education Consulting
Katie Uldall Welch


Conference 2014
Save the Date:
October 1 - October 3, 2014

Chase Park Plaza
212 N Kingshighway Blvd
St Louis, MO 63108
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Advocacy Upates
COMMON CORE - May 12, 2014

Last week both Chambers of the Missouri Legislature passed a bill (HB1490) essentially ending Common Core in the State of Missouri. The bill awaits one final committee approval before moving to the governor's desk for signature. MCPSA is seeking information/answers regarding key difference in the House and Senate versions of the bill and tracking the movement. We have also asked the MO DESE for information regarding the impact of this bill's final passage.

Beyond individual opinions of Common Core there are financial implications to all of the schools whom have invested dollars in materials, training, and conversion processes. Joe Robertson's story, this morning, in The Kansas City Star does a good job of capturing the debate/issue and providing perspective:

As we have information we will share knowing this is an important issue for each of you and your schools in several different ways.

On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act in a bipartisan vote of 360 to 45. The legislation, introduced by Reps. John Kline (R-MN) and George Miller (D-CA) will strengthen and improve the federal Charter Schools Program.

According to Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, “start-up dollars provided by the federal Charter Schools Program have helped nearly 4,500 public charter schools open their doors and serve students”. This includes several charter schools in the State of Missouri and with the opportunities for charter school expansion in the State the Charter Schools Program Grant is a critical tool for quality growth meeting the federal CSP’s primary purpose of helping expand the number of high-quality charter schools across the country through targeted grants.

H.R. 10 includes several key improvements to existing law, such as:
  • Giving priority in the state grant competition to states that do not limit the growth of charter schools;
  • Supporting federal grants for the replication and expansion of high-quality public charter schools;
  • Clarifying and codifying the Department of Education’s recent guidance to allow charter schools to use “weighted lotteries” to give a preference to disadvantaged children in admission lotteries;
  • Making state charter support organizations eligible to receive and disburse grants to fund the start-up and expansion of high-quality charter schools;
  • Allowing students to remain within an existing family of charter schools as students move from elementary to middle to high school without having to reapply through a lottery;
  • Strengthening state application requirements to ensure that start-up funds are awarded only to charter schools with fundamental autonomy over budget, operations, and personnel; and
  • Providing increased flexibility for schools using start-up grants.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be working with the National Alliance and members of the U.S. Senate on the charter school bill that was introduced in that chamber this week.  As Rees notes, “with a bill having passed the House last week and now a bill introduced in the Senate, there is momentum building around reauthorizing and improving the federal Charter Schools Program”.

Any assistance you and those within your school community can provide urging leaders in the Senate to move this legislation quickly to address the hundreds of thousands of students and families hoping for the opportunity to attend a high-quality public charter school would be terrific!


Yesterday Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act, legislation that will reauthorize the federal Charter Schools Program. The provisions included (see below) mirror what is also included in House legislation expected to be considered later this week via H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act.

The federal CSP’s primary purpose is to help expand the number of high-quality charter schools across the country through targeted grants.

The Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act will:
  • Give priority to states that provide equitable funding to charter schools;
  • Prioritize grants to states that ensure start-up funds are awarded only to charter schools with fundamental autonomy over budget, operations, and personnel;
  • Clarify and codify the Department of Education’s recent weighted lottery guidance to allow more schools to take advantage of the tool;
  • Ensure students can remain within an existing family of charter schools as students move from elementary to middle to high school without having to reapply through a lottery; and
  • Make state Charter Support Organizations eligible to receive and disburse grants.
There are three major differences in the Senate legislation: it prioritizes grants to states that have policies to help charter schools acquire or lease facilities; contains no cap on funding for the CSP; and allocates a larger percentage of funding to high-performing charter school networks to expand and replicate. The first point, a facility acquisition policy, does not exist in Missouri (negatively impacting prioritization of a Missouri grant application). If this passes into law it will serve as one more critical reason why we need to achieve the setting of legislative policy helping charter schools acquire or lease facilities.
MCPSA Conference Update
This year's Annual Conference schedule is coming together and we are excited to bring to you and your staff terrific, thought provoking, educational break out sessions, an opportunity to network with colleagues across the State of Missouri, and a chance to participate in ADVOCATING FOR MISSOURI'S CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

Information regarding the Annual Conference (October 1st - 3rd) can be accessed via our website at As breakout sessions are added the schedule is updated.

In addition to a greater conference focus on ADVOCACY, Sessions include:

  • Ensuring Teachers Master Core Skills Through Effective Practice;
  • Leading With Data;
  • Diversity Planning for Charter Schools;
  • Facilities Acquisition, Development and Management;
  • Developing a Real Estate Strategy;
  • Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands;
  • Missouri Legislative Session 2015: Priorities for Charter Schools;

The schedule for the October 3rd teacher professional development sessions has been completed and in addition to the Conference Premiere of Metro Theatre's Unsorted, includes:

  • Common Core Essentials: Assessment and Grading Systems;
  • Common Core and Special Education: Addressing Unique Needs;
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavioral Analysis;
  • Common Special Education Compliance Questions and Answers;
  • Increasing College Retention and Graduation Rates Through 'Cohorting';
  • Digital Platforms for RTI;
  • Rigorous Response to Intervention Model for K-1;
  • Critical Components for Teaching with Project Based Learning

Several of Missouri's Sponsors have alerted the Association they've extended an offer to schools in their portfolio to cover all or a portion of teacher registration costs. This is a FANTASTIC offer from the Sponsors and we greatly appreciate their support of quality professional development for teachers!

LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING! Registering more than 5 people but not sure exactly who? No problem! Send an email to indicating the number of people and we will hold those spaces! In addition, we will provide you with an invoice, register a place holder for you, and you can let us know the names later!

If you know who will be attending and would rather register online, you can do so here.

Do you have a student group whom you would love to see participate in this year's October 2nd Student Showcase? Let me know and we will work with you to ensure they are included and have the opportunity to showcase their talents!

Discount hotel rooms are available at a cost of $154.00/night at the Chase Park Plaza through September 10th.  To reserve one or more of these rooms, please contact the Chase directly toll free at 877-587-2427 or locally at 314-633-3000 and please note that you are part of the Missouri Charter Public School Association annual conference.

You and your team are important to the Missouri Charter School Sector! We want you to attend Conference and join the collective voice of quality charter school education in the State of Missouri!

MCPSA Conference  - Advocacy Breakout Session Strand Announced!



We are pleased to announce the addition of........


This year, on Thursday, October 2nd, a strand of breakout sessions will focus on the issues/challenges charter schools encounter!

Session Topics:

  • Missouri's Pension Systems and the Right to Choose the Best Plan!
  • The Education and Fair Assessment of Alternative Student Populations!
  • Charter School Funding in Missouri: Inequity in Action!
  • Facility Acquisition: Public School Buildings and the Rights of Public Charter Schools!

Each session will take a deep dive into the issue, current research/data and the changes necessary to bring equitable treatment to Missouri's charter schools. These sessions all lead to the MCPSA Members' Council Meeting on October 3rd when our membership will determine the 2015 legislative priorities agenda.

You don't want to miss out on the exploration, determination, and strategizing around issues impacting your school(s) daily!

Unsorted - A Metro Theater Company Presentation at the MCPSA Annual Conference

The Missouri Charter Public School Association is excited to announce the Metro Theater Company will be presenting a performance of UNSORTED at our Annual Conference. The performance will take place on Friday, October 3 at 9:15am as part of our morning general session for all attendees including teachers. UNSORTED is a student production and includes "themes of personal identity, belonging, acceptance and self-worth offering rich opportunities for thoughtful discussion about the ways we sort ourselves and each other, the dangers of labeling and exclusion, and the right all of us have to claim who we are." 

MCPSA is excited to bring this production to you and working toward funding to make this production available to every charter school over the next year. - See more at: For the Annual Missouri Charter Schools Conference click here to register.

Below is a description of the performance from the Metro Theater Company.

"Clothes are the characters in a playful world where everyone must be sorted, according to the bully-boss known as ‘Jacket.’ Separate and divided? No way! These mixety characters want to hang out with each other. Distinctly separate categories make no more sense to the clothes than they do in our world.  But Jacket is in charge. The sorting must be done…or else!"

Audiences will have fun watching this lively story tangle, unravel and re-weave toward hopeful possibility. After the play, themes of personal identity, belonging, acceptance and self-worth offer rich opportunities for thoughtful discussion about the ways we sort ourselves and each other, the dangers of labeling and exclusion, and the right all of us have to claim who we are.
MCPSA Teacher Education Day - October 3, 2014!

Teacher Breakout Sessions have now been finalized.  To see the full schedule, click here!
FY 2014-2015 Budget Information

Charter School Leaders,

We have received inquiries regarding whether there is information available yet as to what the charters should consider in their per pupil assumptions for FY14-15 in the following areas?

1) State allocation (WADA):
2) Federal Title I:
3) Prop C

Below is a communication received today from Roger Dorson with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Financial and Administrative Services division.

"We (MODESE) have not yet made projections on the amount per WADA for charters. Title I you would need to contact Pat Kaiser. As far as Prop C is concerned I have copied an entry to our monthly memo which should be informative.

The Governor’s Budget has projected an increase in Proposition C revenue for the 2014-15 fiscal year which is $34,400,000 above last year’s estimate of $793,100,000. The 2014-15 Proposition C Sales Tax payment will be paid on the 2013-14 weighted average daily attendance (WADA).

With statewide ADA basically holding constant and the assumption that summer school will do the same, it is predicted that Proposition C Payment WADA will be in the vicinity of 897,000 in FY14. If the Revenue Estimate of $827,500,000 is achieved, it would mean a WADA payment of approximately $922. While it appears this level of collection is achievable, caution should be used as determination of budget estimates are made."

Given the above communication there are a few important points to note:

  • For Federal Title I information you should contact Pat Kaiser. Pat's email is Pat.Kaiser@DESE.Mo.Gov;
  • The Governor's Budget has not yet been approved by either the Senate or House. it has be Truly Agreed and Finally Passed by 6 p.m. Friday May 9th and the Governor has until June 30 to sign, veto or withhold;
  • As Roger notes, the Proposition C Payment is an estimate based on projected revenue (in a yet to be approved budget) thus caution should be exercised in making your individual school budget estimates.

As we receive more information we will be sure to provide it to each of you.

Association of American Educators

What Would You Do With $500? Apply for an Association of American Educators Scholarship or Grant Today

Here’s some good news for educators this spring: You could receive up to $500 from the Missouri Charter Public School Association partner, the Association of American Educators, for professional development or for classroom supplies. You don't have to be an AAE member to apply and the application is online. What do you have to lose?

You can host a field trip, attend a conference, buy new calculators, or pay for a graduate course. In fact, use it for any number of items or activities that will help your students learn more effectively:

Teacher Scholarships:
Up to $500 for tuition, books, travel expenses, conferences, workshops, registration fees, other expenditures.

Classroom Grants:
Up to $500 for books, software, calculators, lab materials, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, other materials.

Teachers from across the country have received these awards. Lisa Bender, a marketing teacher from Maryland, used the money design a project exposing students to entrepreneurial concepts. Similarly, Maureen Barrett, a teacher from New Jersey, received a scholarship to supplement the cost of attending a national professional development conference. The application is simple, the awards are worth it!

AAE’s goal is to support educators so that they most effectively educate our students. Applications are due on October 1st. Apply online today:

Edmentum - MCPSA's Newest Partner!

Edmentum - Online Learning Programs

At Edmentum, our goal is to provide industry-leading digital solutions that empower educators and students. Our programs provide personalized learning that engages students and continuously measures student progress. We are dedicated to partnering with charter schools to dramatically improve achievement for every student.

Designed by educators, for educators, our programs provide the flexibility you need to easily fit into your school’s existing curriculum and programs. Edmentum partners with you to deliver comprehensive service offerings and expertise to ensure program success and drive student achievement.
Plato Courseware: K-12  grade
  • Standards-based curriculum aligned to the new Missouri Learning Standards
  • High-quality content for original credit, supplemental learning, credit recovery, unit recovery, and extended learning
  • Robust flexibility to customize courseware to meet your unique needs
Study Island: K-12 grade
  • Standards mastery and test preparation built from the new Missouri Learning Standards
  • Interactive lessons and activities that reinforce and reward learning achievement
  • Real-time progress monitoring that identifies student strengths and areas needing improvement
  • Technology-enhanced item types built on the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) guidelines promote higher order thinking and inquiry
To learn more about Edmentum’s Missouri solutions please visit:

Click here  to learn how Missouri’s own Portland Elementary School raised MAP scores with Study Island.
MCPSA Members Only:
  • Edmentum is delighted to offer 25% off Study Island and Plato Courseware programs to MCPSA members!
  • Edmentum also offers a free Trial of Study Island to MCPSA members.
Click here to learn more about Plato Courseware and to sign-up for a free demo!

Click here to learn more about Study Island and to sign-up for a free trial!
For more information and special pricing please contact:
James D. Mayfield Smith
Ed Consultant & Territory Manager
(816) 645-2600

*Make sure to mention you are a MCPSA member!

Achieve3000®--The Leader in Online Differentiated Instruction

MCPSA is excited to announce we have partnered with Achieve3000 to bring even greater benefits to our member schools.  Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction, serving millions of students nationwide. For over 14 years, the company has been helping students dramatically accelerate their Lexile® reading gains.

Achieve3000's online solutions deliver engaging nonfiction content that supports core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learning, special education, and other instructional models.

These solutions— KidBiz3000® (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000® (for grades 6-8), Empower3000 (for grades 9-12), Spark3000® (for adult learners), and eScience3000® (for grades 6-8) —are aligned with Common Core State Standards for English language arts, as well as state standards. Achieve3000 supports 21st century education initiatives across content areas and is raising student performance across the country.

How our solutions work:

  • Students take LevelSet to determine their baseline Lexile® reading level.
  • Students receive differentiated, grade-appropriate, nonfiction passages at their just-right reading level.
  • Regular assessments measure each student's understanding of the reading material .
  • The system auto-adjusts, increasing the rigor of the text as students improve.
  • Real-time monitoring and reporting enables educators to track student progress.

To schedule a free demo, please contact Susan Ryan at 636-795-5547 or

For more information about Achieve3000, visit

* Be sure to mention you are a member of the Missouri Charter Public Schools Association for special pricing.

Governing Board Model Policies

On The Horizon - Model Governing Board Policies for Missouri Charter Schools!

MCPSA, in partnership with our legal counsel Stinson Leonard Street, are in the process of developing a set of model governing board policies for Missouri's charter school governing boards. Whether a new or existing school these policies will provide you the templates for everything you need to govern a charter school in the State of Missouri.

We anticipate having these available in June and will be offering a special, reduced rate for our member schools! If you're in the process of researching the purchase of model governing board policies we hope you'll consider 'holding off' until the MCPSA policy suite is ready for you!

Federal Programs Update

Please mark your calendar for the Federal Program Spring Workshop.

The following items are on the agenda:

  • Charter School Highly Qualified Teacher guidance recently distributed;
  • Title I flexibility using Schoolwide or Schoolwide Pool option;
  • Community Eligibility Provision for the School Foods Program,
  • Tiered Monitoring Process;
  • Other general requirements of federal programs.
You may send an email to Bette Morff if you have suggestions of additional topics.

Kansas City - Tuesday, June 3, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
University Academy, 6801 Holmes Road, 64131

St. Louis - Thursday, May 29, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Construction Training School, 6301 Knox Industrial Drive, 63139

Presentation materials will be made available prior to the workshops. If a school has a conflict with the scheduled workshop dates, contact Bette and she can work with schools individually. There will be additional meetings scheduled in June, but they will be centered around helping with the budget submissions.

Missouri School Improvement Program 5 (MSIP 5) Adds Jobs Skills Measure

MSIP 5 Adds ACT WorkKeys®

In support of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's goal that all students graduate ready for college and career, the Department has announced ACT WorkKeys® as an additional academic measure that districts and charter schools can use to gauge students' proficiency as they graduate from high school. This assessment is focused on the practical application of literacy, mathematics, and the ability to efficiently access information.

Reading for information, applying mathematical calculation and problem solving, and locating information are skills employers say are critical to job success. Use of the assessment can help students identify their current career skills as well as identify areas that need improvement as they plan for their futures. Students who succeed on the assessment qualify for ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate.

"One of our primary goals is to make sure students graduate ready to succeed in college and career," said Dennis Cooper, assistant commissioner in the Office of Quality Schools. "Including the use of the WorkKeys® assessment as an option for districts and charter schools helps us do that, and it gives students, parents and teachers another way to see how well students are learning."

ACT WorkKeys® is a component of Missouri's Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative. The state was one of seven in the country chosen to participate in CWRC. The initiative is a voluntary effort guided by community leaders to align workforce and education to meet the economic needs of the state and local communities.

Alternative Education for the Middle and High School Student - Important Forum for MCPSA Members!

Alternative Education for the Middle and High School Student

Member schools and sponsors with or anticipating the addition of a middle school or high school student population are invited to The Alternative Education Discussion Forum!

Kansas City:
Date: Tuesday, May 20th
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Location:  University Academy, Mayerberg Room, 6801 Holmes Rd
Kansas City, MO 64131

There are MANY challenges in educating nontraditional/alternative middle and high school students. These challenges are compounded in the State of Missouri where the expectations and assessment of alternative students are the same as for any student. For our charter schools, whom often have a high percentage of alternative students enrolled, the question becomes how to meet the academic needs of these students while the school's total performance is compared to that of schools with a more traditional student population.

MCPSA and ACE Learning Centers invite you to an Alternative Education Discussion Forum. The intent of this Forum is important as we will take a deep dive into:

  • Defining exactly what/who an alternative student is;
  • Evaluating the current Missouri landscape and what the the Missouri Statutes say about alternative students and education;
  • Considering the challenges of educating alternative students in the public school arena;
  • Learning about the ACE Learning Centers model for educating alternative students;
  • Considering the 'ideal'
    • What are the best models for educating alternative students?
    • What statutory changes need to happen to meet the true educational needs of alternative students?
  • Strategizing toward next steps regarding policy and accountability changes

If interested in attending, please RSVP to Doug at

National Charter Schools Conference

Each year, the National Charter Schools Conference brings together more than 4,000 charter school teachers, leaders, and advocates to learn practices and policies that make a difference in our classrooms.


With more than 120 breakout sessions on the hottest topics impacting charter schools, the National Charter Schools Conference is one of the best professional development opportunities of the year for charter school professionals. Join over 4,000 over your colleagues under one roof at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center, located in the heart of the famous Vegas strip.


  • Find out how your peers recruit top talent and learn other useful practices by attending the Talent Development series,
  • Get real advice and insight on lessons learned from high-performing rural charter schools, the unintended consequences of going digital, and how to provide and receive staff feedback


  • Earn up to 20 CEU credit hours (additional fee)
  • Take national best practices for student success back to your classroom
  • Learn how you can leverage your autonomy to create custom programs for exceptional students


  • Get advice from others at the Administrator’s Front Desk networking lounge or at the COO/Business Manager’s Roundtable
  • Gather best practices for all areas of your work—learn how to recover from a financial crisis, respond to school violence, or how to use operational assessments to plan for the future


  • Meet other charter school board members from across the country in the Board Room Networking Lounge
  • Get the information you need on fundraising, financial management, understanding student data, and strategic planning


  • Connect with your peers at the welcome reception and strand-specific happy hours; problem-solve and share best practices at the networking lounges and peer-to-peer coffees. Get extra time to talk directly with expert presenters during “Office Hours.”
The National Charter Schools Conference is one of the best professional development opportunities of the year for charter school professionals and we hope to see you there!

To Register, Click Here!
Save the Date - 53rd Annual Missouri Department of Education Cooperative Conference for School Administrators

The 53rd Annual Missouri Department of Education Cooperative Conference for School Administrators will take place July 27-29 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. More information regarding speakers, events and registration will be available at a later date. Read more here!

DESE Transition Institute

Registration is now open for the DESE Transition Institute to be held June 23-25, 2014. The theme this year is Engagement: Parent, Student, Community.

Participants will be given opportunities to receive valuable, up-to-date information on how to improve engagement for students, their parents, and increase positive school and community engagement. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will focus on parent involvement in their child's educational career; dropout prevention strategies for school personnel, agency personnel, and parents; technical assistance in transition action planning; and, agency involvement in engaging students.

To register follow this link:

This year's institute will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203. Registration fee will be $15 per person. The fee may be paid in advance or at the time of registration. Payment may be check or money order to be made out to Treasurer, State of Missouri. No purchase orders will be accepted. Registration fee is nonrefundable but substitutes will be allowed. If mailing your registration fee in advance, mail to: Lina Browner, Office of Special Education, DESE, P. O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Please indicate the name(s) of all registrants(s) for whom the check is paying. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23. Opening session begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Registrants will be responsible for their lodging costs and all other expenses. Lunch will be provided on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Registrants will be responsible for all other meals during the Institute. There will be a list of area restaurants in your packets for your convenience. The room rate for this event is $64.20 per night with one and two bed rooms available. You must contact the hotel directly to reserve rooms. Reservations can be made by calling the Holiday Inn Executive Center at 573-445-8531, toll free at 888-465-4329, or online at (whether calling in or reserving online, use Event Code "UMM" to receive the discounted rate).

The agenda will be uploaded by May 15, 2014.

EdOps School Leader Seminars

Kansas City
Date: May 21, 2014
Time: 9:00-10:30am
Location: Kauffman foundation Conference Center

St. Louis
Date: TBD
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Location: TBD

MCPSA Governing Board Seminars - Dates and Topics Announced through December, 2014
Don't Forget to Register for these Upcoming 2014 Governing Board Seminars.  The topics include:
  • May - Fiduciary Responsibility and Charter School Financial Management
    • St. Louis - May 7, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - May 21, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • June - Safe Schools Act and Student Discipline
    • St. Louis - June 12, 2014 -6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - June 19, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • July - The Governing Board and School Leadership Relationship - Governing vs. Managing
    • St. Louis - July 10, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - July 24, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • August - Your Board Toolkit: Committee Structure, Policy Development, Dashboards, By-Laws - A Roundtable Event
    • St. Louis - August 14, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - August 21, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • September - Media Management and Strong Communication Structure
    • St. Louis - September 11, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - September 4, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • October - When a Board Member Doesn't Play by the Rules
    • St. Louis - October 9, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - October 14, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • November - Meeting Expectations: Vision, Mission, Goals and Core Values
    • St. Louis - November 13, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - November 6, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • December - Managing and Engaging Stakeholders
    • St. Louis - December 11, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - December 4, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm

St. Louis trainings will be held at the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

Kansas City trainings will be held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo 64110 in the Brookside Room.

Cost:  Cost is $40.00/board member per training session.

Please note:  Attendance at these sessions applies toward State/Sponsor governing board member training requirements.

For more information on these upcoming sessions, or to register, please visit the appropriate link below.

Kansas City Seminars -
St. Louis Seminars -

Supporting Struggling Readers with Complex Text
2014 MCPSA/Write Brained Learning Curriculum Camps
Write Brained Learning, in partnership with MCPSA, is excited to announce dates and locations for our 2014 Summer Curriculum Camps. Each week-long experience gives your school the training, tools, and time to develop a Common Core aligned, inquiry-based, and rigorous curriculum that contains all of the curricular components required by DESE.

We promise an engaging and productive week, but don't just take our word for it:

"Each day of the 5 day session, teachers and leaders focused on one part of the unit design process with ample time for reflection and focused conversation about the process and product. As a result, teachers walked away with high quality units ready to use with students. The collaborative nature and embedded work time made for a very productive week for our teachers and leaders!"

-Melissa Blevins, Director of Achievement
Pathway Academy Charter School

For complete details, including information on early bird pricing and on-line registration, please download the flyer.

If you have any questions about registration or the camps in general, please contact Kelley Barnes at
Common Core in the News

Six Ways the Common Core is Good for Students

Take the Dow Teacher Challenge

The Center for Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

We would like to introduce the STEM THE GAP Teacher Challenge.

Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!

Visit to submit an entry. The deadline for all submissions is May 16, 2014.

Together we can build a STEM-strong future!

National Proofpoint Day - May 30th

My father was the first generation in our family to graduate from college. I still remember going to his ceremony at the Blackham Coliseum and taking him out to dinner later. He studied business administration and we gave him a beautiful leather briefcase with a customized nameplate as his gift. My father's college attainment meant that I was always thinking about where I would go to college (granted my early choices were all based on NCAA teams). This has also meant that my elementary-school aged children assume that college is a normal part of their education. As a career educator, I know how powerful visibility and messaging is for our students to envision a different future for themselves. They are the reason that I choose to serve on the national advisory of First Generation Initiative (FGI).

FGI is launching National #proofpoint Day, May 30th, to inspire more of our youth to be the first in their families to complete a college degree. I really value your voice and would be honored if you could champion the #proofoint message within your community. Whether you were the first in your family or can tell the story of your family's first, help us demonstrate to this next generation that they have supporters and cheerleaders across the country.

Join hundreds of thousands of FG’s; future FG’s and FG allies in wearing green on Friday, May 30th to serve as a vocal and visible proofpoints--- influence the way a kid and their family dreams about their future.

If you're interested in learning more about First Generation Initiative, there is a toolkit that you can download at their website:

Join hundreds of thousands of FG’s; future FG’s and FG allies in wearing green on Friday, May 30th to serve as a vocal and visible proofpoints--- influence the way a kid and their family dreams about their future.

Thank you,
Rhonda Broussard
Executive Director
St. Louis Language Immersion Schools
Grant, Loan and Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarship Central

Scholarship Central is a free, online system through which any student in the St. Louis area can easily learn about and apply to St. Louis area scholarship and interest-free loan programs.

To see a list of available scholarships, please click here.