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Subject: Special Education New Director Institute, Summer 2008

Source: Pam Williams, Coordinator, Special Education Services

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Special Education Directors, Process Coordinators, Special Education Teachers, and LEAs anticipating hiring a new Director of Special Education for the 2008-2009 school year

Date: March 5, 2008

The Division of Special Education will conduct a New Director of Special Education Institute July 29, 30, and 31, 2008, in Jefferson City.  This institute will focus on core activities new directors must complete during their initial months of employment to effectively manage special education programs that promote positive outcomes for students with disabilities and protect the rights of students with disabilities and their parents.  Topics to be covered are: Legal Issues in Special Education, Special Education Compliance, Funds Management, Data Collection and Reporting, Effective Instructional Practices, Special Education State Performance Plan, Special Education Program Evaluation, General Supervision/Monitoring of Special Education Programs, and Program Improvement Planning.

Who should attend this institute?*

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand and limited space availability, individuals who have attended this training in the past are not eligible to enroll in this year's institute.

A "new" director is defined as a person who will be assuming the position/duties of a Director of Special Education for the first time during the 2008-2009 school year.  Districts planning to hire an individual who has never been a Director of Special Education in any Missouri school district or an individual who will be assuming such a position during the coming school year are encouraged to reserve these dates and submit a registration to the Division of Special Education as soon as possible.

Attendance at this institute is limited to 75 individuals and enrollment will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  This workshop is not intended for individuals who are new to a district, but have previously served as a Director of Special Education elsewhere or for individuals who have served for more than one year as a Director of Special Education in any district within the state of Missouri.

Important information, guidelines, and registration procedures are posted at http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/DI08.html.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of Special Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Email:  webreplyspe@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-5739   Fax:  573-526-4404


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