Core Processes + Development

Registered virtual attendees will receive a recording of the session 24 hours after it has concluded.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break:  11:30 – 12:30
SMCAA Member Fees:

Webinars:  $100.00 per training  |  In-Person Trainings: $130.00 per training

Non-Member Fees:
Webinars:  $130.00 per training  |  In-Person Trainings:  $160.00 per training
3-Day Webinar Training Special for Member Districts:  SMCAA Member Districts can take advantage of a 3-day WEBINAR training special for $240.00 (a savings of $60 for members). The trainings included in this special are only the ones listed on this page as webinars. Any member district staff my attend these trainings. Valid from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Contact Julie Riley (jriley@smcaa.org) to take advantage of this savings opportunity!

 

For overnight accommodations when traveling to Jefferson City for trainings we suggest you book our special $99 rate at Capital Plaza Hotel. Click here to book your overnight stay.

 

2024-2025 Graduate Credit Syllabus Coming Soon!

Curriculum Director Training Level II – WEBINAR – April 23rd

So, the curriculum is written, but what now? How do we know it is working? What do we do now? How do we evaluate our curriculum? This advanced workshop takes the information from Curriculum Director Training Level I and goes beyond the classroom to looking at the curriculum from an outside view. Major focus topics covered in CD Level II include the following:

  • The importance of consistent shared vocabulary
  • A deeper look at the Five Standards of Curriculum Evaluation
  • The need for Curriculum Handbooks and District Assessment plans
  • Reviewing data to understand the impact of your curriculum
  • The collaborative process and its role in curriculum
  • Working with a curriculum evaluation rubric

All of these items and more will be discussed as we collaborate and learn from each other during Curriculum Director Training Level II

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.


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APRIL 23 – WEBINAR

Curriculum Director Training Level I — WEBINAR — April 22nd

Curriculum Director: easy to say, harder to define. What is a curriculum director? What do they do? Ask 10 districts this question and you will get 15 different answers. Oftentimes thrown into a large melting pot with other duties, the role of Curriculum Director can become muddled with uncertainty as to what the job entails. Come join us for this workshop as we dig into the skills and knowledge needed in creating a guaranteed, viable, and credible curriculum; along with tools to build instructional leadership and the importance of vertical alignment. The major focus topics which will be explored during this workshop include the following:

  • What the Job Entails and the Role of Instructional Leadership
  • Creating a Guaranteed, Viable and Credible Curriculum
  • The Five Standards of Curriculum Evaluation
  • Ensuring a Comprehensive Written Curriculum
  • The Importance of Vertical Alignment and Vertical Conversations
  • Types of Assessments and How to Choose the Best Fit

Come join us and your fellow curriculum folks from across the state as we look at the essential basics needed to fulfill your role as a Curriculum Director in your district!

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.

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APRIL 22 — WEBINAR

Using Curriculum Improvement Cycles to Enhance Curriculum Writing

Sometimes, when it comes to curriculum writing, you have to stop…reflect…and rethink what you are doing and what has been done. The curriculum we write should not only benefit our teachers, both present and those to enter our districts later, but should also be written to meet the needs of our students, community, and DESE mandates.

This training will explore how a Curriculum Improvement Cycle can not only help you write a guaranteed and viable curriculum, but also help ensure that it is written in a way to benefit the students. We will start the training by taking a look at why we even bother worrying about having a written curriculum, then we will dive into the five steps of a Curriculum Improvement Cycle: Evaluate & Diagnose; Prioritize & Set Goals; Develop and Plan; Curriculum Writing; and Implement and Monitor. By going through the process, individuals will walk away with the knowledge needed to know where to either start or where to head next in their curriculum writing and implementation journey.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.

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Providing Feedback in Instructional Settings – Webinar – March 25th

Feedback is an extremely important strategy for improving student learning and teacher growth. How can you use feedback to promote instructional quality, to increase desired instructional behaviors and measure improvement? How can you provide student feedback in multiple ways to improve student performance and mastery? How important is feedback in the growth of teachers and students? We will answer these questions and more in this one-day overview for those responsible for teacher observation, coaching, instruction, and evaluation. Come and learn a new way of providing feedback for teachers and students and responding to staff regarding feedback.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.

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Standards Based Learning

Standards-based learning is an excellent way to evaluate students’ progress to mastering standards or competencies. It provides a fair and objective method for teachers to use in the classroom and for students to clearly understand their status. Standards-based learning is a system that includes the instruction, assessment, measuring and reporting needed to determine a student’s mastery of the knowledge, processes and skills identified as a priority. We will discuss what standards-based learning is, the steps involved in developing both the classroom system and a school-wide system. We will also discuss the importance of community and parents in the process.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.


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Developing and Using Proficiency Scales

Proficiency scales can be a powerful tool in the classroom. A clearly articulated, well described proficiency scale gives students the opportunity to visually understand what is needed to master the learning goal or standard. It also provides the teacher with a clear understanding of what they should see when measuring a student’s proficiency. We will discuss and practice how to develop a proficiency scale and how to effectively use it in the classroom. Samples of scales written to some Missouri Priority Standards will be shared.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Assessment Directors, or Classroom Teachers


Location: Oak Grove R-VI School District Board Room | 1205 S. Salem St. | Oak Grove, MO 64075

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DATES TBA

Data Literacy: Data Driven Decision Making at All Levels

Studies have shown that using data wisely is a hallmark for improving schools. And when it comes to data, districts have an over-abundance of it these days it seems. But all the data in the world will have little impact unless teachers and administrators feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and skilled in analyzing the different forms of data at their fingertips. Join us as we take a look at data literacy-what it means and its importance; knowing what data to use and when; how to set-up and maintain data discussion; and other key items to help you and your district become more data literate.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing data reviews.


Location: Macon R-I Central Office | 902 N. Missouri St. | Macon, MO 63522

Note: Participants will enter through the basement door on the back side of the building. You are encouraged to park in the back lot close to Burger King.

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Using Practice and Process Codes to Increase Student Achievement

The Missouri Learning Standards lay out the “what” students should know, but how do we determine the “how” we teach them? Join us as we dive into ways students acquire knowledge through inquiry, communication, and problem solving as we explore DESE’s Practices and Processes, along with the four C’s (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication) of the 21st Century Learning Skills. We will look at ways to match the right “how” with “the what” to maximize student learning and engagement.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, or lead teachers assigned leading data teams.


Location: NH Scheppers-Meeting Room | 2300 St. Mary’s Blvd | Jefferson City, MO 65109

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Using Curriculum Improvement Cycles to Enhance Curriculum Writing – WEBINAR

Sometimes, when it comes to curriculum writing, you have to stop…reflect…and rethink what you are doing and what has been done. The curriculum we write should not only benefit our teachers, both present and those to enter our districts later, but should also be written to meet the needs of our students, community, and DESE mandates.

This training will explore how a Curriculum Improvement Cycle can not only help you write a guaranteed and viable curriculum, but also help ensure that it is written in a way to benefit the students. We will start the training by taking a look at why we even bother worrying about having a written curriculum, then we will dive into the five steps of a Curriculum Improvement Cycle: Evaluate & Diagnose; Prioritize & Set Goals; Develop and Plan; Curriculum Writing; and Implement and Monitor. By going through the process, individuals will walk away with the knowledge needed to know where to either start or where to head next in their curriculum writing and implementation journey.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.

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Developing Aligned Assessments

A quality assessment should clearly assess the chosen standard. This training will include the process for writing a quality assessment with samples as well as a process to audit the alignment of the assessments to the standards. We will also practice with Missouri Learning Standards and discuss the potential of the Moleap Blocks and using technology platforms.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Classroom teachers, and Assessment Coordinators

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Curriculum Writing for the non-Core Subjects

We know the importance of having a guaranteed and viable curriculum for our core content areas and MAP assessed classrooms, but what about “the others?” The push in districts for being more transparent in what is being taught in the classrooms makes having a written curriculum in all areas much more relevant. This workshop will review what curriculum writing looks like in non-core electives and upper-level content areas. We will review Missouri Learning Standards for the Fine Arts Standards, Physical and Health Education Standards and at state and national standards related to Practical Arts and Career Ed classes, and see how to align upper-level content to college and ACT standards.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.


Location: Oak Grove R-VI School District Board Room | 1205 Salem St. | Oak Grove, MO 64075

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A Deeper Look into Student Engagement – WEBINAR

This training will be offered as two mini-sessions, each running 2 1/2 hours.

You’ve done the work. You’ve unwrapped the standards, created meaningful learning targets, have assessments that give you pinpoint precision information…but your students still aren’t mastering their objectives. So, what now? If this sounds familiar, then maybe it’s time to step back and take a look at revisiting how the curriculum is being implemented and the learner activities in which the students are engaged. Join us as we take a look at the science behind student engagement and dis-engagement and how this plays a role in how we should go about implementing various instructional strategies.

Session 1: During this session, we will revisit and take a deeper look into the various forms of student engagements, the relationship between motivation and engagement, what it looks like, the role of teacher clarity, and more!

Session 2: During session 2, we will dig into various research-based instructional methods and activities which can be used to help increase student engagement. We will tie each of the activities back to a component of “why” students are dis-engaged in order to be more aware of selecting the appropriate strategy to counteract the underlying cause.

Dates: February 28th and March 5th
Times: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM both days
Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, or classroom teachers interested in learning more about instructional strateges.


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Curriculum Design and Review – Webinar

Effective instruction in the classroom starts with effective curriculum design. Join us as we discuss the steps involved in developing effective curriculum. We will progress from choosing a template and producing shared definitions to the process for creating the units and finishing up with all the outside unit supporting documents. We will also discuss the development of a local curriculum handbook. This will be offered via webinar and also as an in district or region presentation.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.

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NEW DATES TBA

Using Practice and Process Codes to Increase Student Achievement – WEBINAR

The Missouri Learning Standards lay out the “what” students should know, but how do we determine the “how” we teach them? Join us as we dive into ways students acquire knowledge through inquiry, communication, and problem solving as we explore DESE’s Practices and Processes, along with the four C’s (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication) of the 21st Century Learning Skills. We will look at ways to match the right “how” with “the what” to maximize student learning and engagement.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, or core content classroom teachers.


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NEW DATES TBA

Developing and Using Proficiency Scales – WEBINAR

Proficiency scales can be a powerful tool in the classroom. A clearly articulated, well described proficiency scale give students the opportunity to visually understand what is needed to master the learning goal or standard. It also provides the teacher with a clear understanding of what they should see when measuring a student’s proficiency. We will discuss and practice how to develop a proficiency scale and how to effectively use it in the classroom. Samples of scales written to some Missouri Priority Standards will be shared.

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Classroom teachers, and Assessment Coordinators

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NEW DATES TBA

Data Literacy: Data Driven Decision Making at All Levels – WEBINAR -New Dates TBA

This training will be offered as two mini-sessions, each running 2 1/2 hours.

Studies have shown that using data wisely is a hallmark for improving schools; and when it comes to data, districts have an overabundance of it these days it seems. All the data in the world will have little impact unless teachers and administrators feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and skilled in analyzing the different forms of data at their fingertips.

Session 1: During our first session, we will take a look at what is meant by data literacy and the foundations of data teams. Participants will use their own district as a way of working through the steps leading up to creating action plans: determining focus; utilizing the right team members; sources of data; ways to examine the data; responding to data; and developing usable action plans.

Session 2: Moving from a global view to a grade level/content area is the focus of session 2. We will take a look at best practices related to running grade level data teams, as well as various protocols for analyzing data. Participants will leave with a sample data team workbook and ideas to help sustain and move their data discussion further along for the benefit of student achievement and growth.
Dates:

Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM both days

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, Instructional Coaches, or lead teachers assigned leading data teams.


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Curriculum Writing for the non-Core Subjects – WEBINAR – September 5th

We know the importance of having a guaranteed and viable curriculum for our core content areas and MAP assessed classrooms, but what about “the others?” The push in districts for being more transparent in what is being taught in the classrooms makes having a written curriculum in all areas much more relevant. This workshop will review what curriculum writing looks like in non-core electives and upper-level content areas. We will review Missouri Learning Standards for the Fine Arts Standards, Physical and Health Education Standards and at state and national standards related to Practical Arts and Career Ed classes, and see how to align upper-level content to college and ACT standards.

Dates: September 5th

Times: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM both days

Target Audience: Curriculum Directors, Administrators, non-Core Classroom Techers, or lead teachers assigned to the duty of overseeing curriculum writing.


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