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Subject: "New" Special Education Directors Training
Source: Pam Williams, Coordinator, Services

Intended Audience: "New" Directors of Special Education

Date: May 10, 2007

A SELS message was sent March 14, 2007, announcing that the Division of Special Education would be holding a summer Institute for New Directors of Special Education on July 30, 31, and August 1, 2007, in Jefferson City. This message serves as a reminder of this institute and the importance of registering as soon as possible.

Important information, guidelines, and registration procedures are now posted at: http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/DITraining2007.html.

The institute will focus on core activities that new directors of special education must complete during their initial months of employment. It will present basic information in the areas of special education data collection and analysis, compliance requirements, funds management, and effective instructional practices. The information provided will assist the new director in the management of special education procedures and practices that promote positive outcomes for students with disabilities while ensuring that the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected.

Who should attend this 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 2007-2008 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.

*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.

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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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