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Winter Curriculum Director Symposium February 21-23, 2016

The Lodge at Old Kinderhook
Camdenton, Missouri

Both new and experienced individuals responsible for curriculum development, instruction and assessment will want to participate in this opportunity to add valuable information about the ‘how to’s and what now’s’ of the job! Experienced CDs will be sharing what is meant by specific state regulations, federal mandates and how to deal with the general tasks and responsibilities of the job, as well as learn about new and exciting programs to expand student learning.

The Symposium will begin on Sunday evening, February 21, with a dinner and Guest Speaker.  Roger Kurtz (MASA Executive Director) will be sharing with us the work that is being done by the Show-Me Accreditation Task Force and will provide highlights of the recently signed into law ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ (ESSA) that has replaced No Child Left Behind.

Following the Keynote, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will treat attendees to a relaxing reception to visit while enjoying a yummy dessert!

Then on Monday and Tuesday, attendees will have the opportunity to select seven different sessions designed to inform and confirm your thinking and curriculum leadership as we transition to the new Missouri Learning Standards and the provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Some of the SMCAA Region Groups are planning to meet Monday February 22, 3:20-5:00 pm. Please contact Julie (573) 635-2299 if you are interested in arranging meeting space.

Schedule Of Events

Breakout Session Descriptors

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For Lodging Contact Old Kinderhook at 888-346-4949 and ask for the SMCAA Winter CD Symposium rate of $89.00 per night. Cut off date has been extended to February 17, 2016. 


March Regional Meetings

Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.     -- James Belasco and Ralph Stayer 

The upcoming Regional meetings will focus on the importance of conducting a ‘Readiness Audit’ and using the results to determine how prepared your district is to perform the work and adjust to changes in curriculum development and instructional strategies that will need to be done over the next two years.

The provisions of the new ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ and the decisions that will be made by the Missouri State Board will provide us with the framework for where we are to go, but not how to get there. That will be the task of each individual state and each individual district.

Discussion will include:

  • ESSA top ten provisions
  • Status of the ‘New Standards’
  • Competitive Culture vs. Collaborative Culture
  • The Importance of Relationships and Accountability
  • Components of a ‘Readiness Audit’ 

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BYOC Webinars

As a service to our current BuildYourOwnCurriculum members, as well as to those who would simply like to see our practical approach to curriculum management first hand, we invite you to learn more by signing up for one of our upcoming webinars listed below. If none of the dates work for you, give us a call we'd be happy to schedule a custom showing.  

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 SMCAA 2015 - 2016 Membership

Reminder: SMCAA membership runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. You may register now for your district 2014 – 2015 membership. Many districts prefer to delay membership dues until July 1 or on this current fiscal year.

Also, please be aware that if you are a BYOC user, you must keep your SMCAA membership current in order to qualify for the BYOC/SMCAA discount. Renewal dates for BYOC and SMCAA membership do not always coincide, so please be sure to have your SMCAA dues paid for the year in which your BYOC renewal is due.

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