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Igniting a Love for Science

We are sincerely unhappy to inform you that the Science Mini-Conference Days that were to be held at Stephens College in Columbia, July 21 for elementary teachers and July 22 for secondary teachers, has had to be cancelled. In their place, SMCAA has partnered with Mike Szydlowski to provide five Science Workshops in a number of regions across the state. The workshops are designed to provide teachers with tools to help students develop problem-solving skills so they will have the ability to better understand and participate in their increasingly scientific and technological world. Those who have previously attended Mike Szydlowski workshops have raved about the quality of their experience!

New locations and dates

9:00-3:00 (all locations)

Click the location to register!


August 3 – K-12                                   Poplar Bluff

August 4 – K-12                                   Marshfield R-1


We are confident you will enjoy and benefit from a day with Mike!!!


Curriculum Coordinator Retreat
July 26-28

SMCAA Curriculum Coordinators’ Retreat is an opportunity for Curriculum Leaders to learn – share – reflect and create plans. Next summer’s agenda will focus on ‘the challenges curriculum leaders are facing in keeping alive the momentum, the CCSS helped fuel, toward creating challenging and effective curriculum. There has perhaps never been a more important time for leaders to step up to the plate and help in determining “What is important to do now?” Although there are uncertainties, there are also many opportunities to examine what we have done and whether or not district curriculum and instruction are actually addressing what students will need in order to be college and career ready. The agenda is full of great opportunities for curriculum leaders to broaden and strengthen their understandings and leadership skills.

Participants will share plans and discuss how to deal with overwhelming responsibilities, the importance of formative assessment and effective feedback, current issues and demands; all while avoiding the stress of conflict and confusion.

Participants in previous CD Retreats agree that, “One of the best parts of the Retreat is the collaboration - where coordinators share differing approaches to similar challenges.” 

“I look forward each year to attending the SMCAA Curriculum Administrator’s Retreat. As always, this past year did not disappoint. To be given the opportunity to collaborate with others from across the state who realize how vital self-reflection is to the curriculum revision process is priceless. Each year, I realize the impact of this training to be full and immediate as I become fully re-energized. It helps me to identify my purpose and redirect to maximize the impact I have on my district. I feel privileged to participate in such a professional experience.”

Julie Thompson, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer 
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Professional Development, and Technology Integration     
West Plains Public Schools

Country Club Hotel and Spa
                  301 Carol Road
                 Lake of the Ozarks, MO 65049

For room reservations call 800-964-6698 ask for the SMCAA CD Retreat rate of $89.00 before 7/6/2015, after the cut-off date group rate and guestrooms will be subject to availability.

Click Here to Register: July 26-28 


Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registrations received before July 6, 2015

Member District: $300

Non-Member District: $400

Registrations received after July 6, 2015

Member Districts: $350

Non-Member Districts: $450



 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.

Why be an SMCAA Member

District Membership Registration Form

Individual/Associate Membership Registration Form

BYOC User Group Meeting September 30, 2015

Join your peers from across Missouri at the annual BYOC Missouri User’s Group Meeting.  Our committee is busy refining the final agenda, but rest assured that this meeting is intended for both new and experienced districts.  Representatives from School Software Group will be present to answer questions and listen to any suggestions you have.  From its beginning BYOC has been designed by and has evolved from the input of districts, don’t miss your chance to gain knowledge and help in the future evolution of BYOC.

For More Information and Registration

Upcoming 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