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Call for Presenters 

Fall Conference October 23 - 25, 2016

Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks


Keynote: Dave Burgess

"Teach Like A Pirate"


Presenters at the SMCAA conferences have repeatedly shared with us how much they enjoyed presenting and that they, too, always walk away with ‘ah-ha’ moments. SMCAA has been proud of the quality of the presentations that we have been able to secure over the years and are very much indebted to the knowledgeable and talented educators in our state who are so willing to share their expertise and information so that others might grow and create opportunity to use tried and true strategies for success.

We invite you to submit a proposal for the upcoming SMCAA fall conference aligned to the theme of ‘Creative - Independent-Engagement’. Our keynote speaker for this conference will be Dave Burgess, ‘Teach Like a Pirate’. He will conduct an all - day workshop for our attendees on Monday and then SMCAA selected in-state presenters will conduct sessions on Tuesday. Conference participants will appreciate hearing about things that are happening in your district that go beyond what we have commonly thought of as the traditional classroom.  Look at the programs/approaches being used in your district to boost student ownership for learning and how, as a result, achievement levels have improved! This is a great opportunity to showcase the work of your teachers and students!!

Please complete the following application and click submit .

Deadline: June 24, 2016  

 Call for Presenters Application

             Proposals will be reviewed and selected presenters will be notified by July 15.

SMCAA 2016 - 2017 Membership Drive

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.

Why be an SMCAA Member
2016-2017 District Membership Registration Form

2016-2017 Membership Individual/Associate Registration Form


Conducting You Own Curriculum Audit

The single most important step toward change is the first one. It is the one that begins the journey. Thus, using our internal GPS, it is essential that we first determine 'Where We Are'. This requires that we 'Face Our Own Reality' before we begin to chart a course for ‘where we will need to go’ and ‘what we are willing to do to get there,’ if we are to reach our goal of preparing every student with the 21st century skills they will need to be ready to succeed!

This 2-Day workshop will provide Curriculum Leaders with tools to help them determine if there is congruence among the written, taught and tested curriculum in their schools; including how to conduct a Readiness Audit to determine how prepared their 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 couple of years.

 Click Here for More Information, Dates and Registration


Moving to Missouri Learning
Standards/Next Generation Science Standards

Led by Mike Szydlowski, K-12 Science Coordinator

Columbia Public Schools

SMCAA has arranged for this popular workshop to be presented by Mike Szydlowski, at six different locations, again this summer. Mike is one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the state on the NGSS. Many who have attended before have shared how much they got out of working with Mike and are eager to attend again this summer!

Teachers who have familiarized themselves with the NGSS are aware of the rigor and relevance the new standards ask for in the classroom. The draft of the new Science Missouri Learning Standards closely mirrors the NGSS. Changes from the Science GLE/CLEs is BIG.

Mike will review NGSS philosophy, so participants will better understand the expectations, with concentration on exploring ways to convert current practices into NGSS practices. There are numerous hands-on activities that will expose teachers to varying strategies that can be used immediately. Participants are encouraged to bring a current lab or learning activity. In the workshop, Mike will work with the participants to "makeover" the lab or learning activity experience to make it more rigorous and relevant...which is an important goal of the Next Generation Science Standards. This professional development opportunity will be one of the most beneficial you have ever experienced. Grab your fellow science teachers/science team members and register to reserve your places. Don’t delay… there is usually a waiting list for these workshops!

            June 27     Ferguson-Florissant                       July 7     Raytown

            June 28     Jackson                                          July 8     Jefferson City

            June 29     Springfield                                      July 12   Macon


You won’t want to miss out on this exciting and fun day!

9:00 am - 3:00 pm…at all locations    

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2016 Annual Users' Group Meeting

Thursday, September 22
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 McCarty Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Meeting open to both current and prospective
BYOC and BYOC+ Users.

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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.  

 Click Here for Webinar Dates