As partners in the work of curriculum and instruction, we are well aware of the all the issues that you have faced this school year.  Weather and Flu, it seems, may not be the only deterrents to school attendance. As the concerns for COVID-19 continue to rise, we realize that meetings and trainings must take a back seat to other real time issues. Therefore, we at SMCAA have made the decision to suspend our travel and trainings through April 10th of this school year. 

The Spring Regional Meeting Presentations are available electronically on our Member District Site.  

Until we see you again, Onward! 


2nd Annual Bootcamp
Science and Math

June 29-30, 2020

Regalia Hotel and Conference Center, Lake of the Ozarks

Join us and your colleagues as we continue our work on Foundational Curriculum.  We will be unveiling our new K-8 Foundational Science Curriculum (FSC) along with our new partners from the DESE Science Department, and writers and reviewers from across the state.  In addition to Science, we will continue our work in supporting Mathematics teachers and Math personnel with training in content instruction using accurate instructional choices for grades 3-5. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with those in like content areas to use the Foundational Science Curriculum and to strengthen your teaching skills in Mathematics. 

Bootcamp Schedule of Events

Breakout Session Descriptors

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For overnight accommodations call Regalia Hotel and Conference Center at 573-723-3000. Ask for the SMCAA Bootcamp rate of $120.00 per night by May 24, 2020. The SMCAA Bootcamp contracted room rate will be extended after May 24, 2020, depending on hotel availability. 

Graduate Credit will be made available through Lindenwood University 

2020 Fall Conference

October 19-20, 2020

Call For Presenters

Conceptual Teaching at its Best!

Instruction and Assessment with Application in Mind

Call for Presenters Form

Submission Deadline: April 24, 2020

The performance requirements for the state assessment are moving teachers to approach instruction in a new way.  Teaching must move beyond facts, procedures, information, and skills to application of this knowledge in the form of scenarios and problem-solving situations. The 2020 SMCAA Fall Conference is looking for proposals to present in breakout session on the following topics and successful practices:

  • Transforming facts and skills into application assessment questions.  How you have done this in your classroom, building or district
  • Conceptual teaching strategies in the content areas: A variety of content and grade levels
  • Planning for conceptual understanding in the content areas: A variety of content and grade levels
  • Assessing student work using rubrics, scoring guides to identify conceptual understanding
  • Simple ways you can change your teaching from process and procedure to concepts and application

We know that there is outstanding education happening in classrooms, buildings and districts across the state.  Please consider sharing your expertise with us at our Fall Conference! 


Curriculum Review and Evaluation:
The Five Basics of Clarity and Quality

June 8, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hosted By: Belton 124

Registration Deadline: May 21, 2020
Seating Limited to 30 Participants

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Join your colleagues for a day of study and learning about how to review your curriculum for clarity and its effect on quality instruction.  We will review the five researched areas of curriculum evaluation and how to collect and organize your findings.  This one-day review is tailored for district curriculum leaders, coaches and school teams that are responsible for process and content curriculum review. 

Target Audience: Any administrator or curriculum leader in charge of curriculum review and evaluation


Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC)
Success Story

Gasconade R-1 Preparing a Lifelong Learners

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Webinar 1 - Introduction to BYOC: Unified and Effective Curriculum and Instruction

We will explain the philosophy behind the software and walk you through a live demonstration of BYOC, focusing on our core product features of curriculum and instruction management.

 2020 - 2021 Membership Drive

Bill Now or After July 1, 2020 Option Available

SMCAA is a state-wide non-profit curriculum support association. Its mission is to provide support to member school districts for the development, implementation, and evaluation of local curriculum aligned to state adopted standards and designed to support student achievement. Funding for the association comes largely from membership. Therefore, when we say, “We are only as strong as our membership”… We really mean it!

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Value-Added Benefits for 2020-2021 

Free attendance for all member district employees to our Fall, Winter and Spring Regional Meetings. Registration is required.

The Foundational Math and Science Curricula will be available to ALL SMCAA member districts as a value -added resource at no extra cost. Each curriculum covers grades K-8 with Algebra and Biology coming soon.

Reminder: SMCAA membership runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. You may register now for your district 2020 – 2021 membership. Districts may choose Bill Now or Delay Billing until after July 1.

  • BYOC users must keep SMCAA membership current to qualify for the SMCAA discount for both initial purchase and renewals. Stay current by registering for membership on or before July 1 annually.
  • As part of maintaining the SMCAA member discount, multi-year BYOC subscription districts are responsible for renewing membership annually. Districts may choose to submit membership for the full term of their multi-year subscription by contacting our office at 573-635-2299.