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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Improvement Planning Training/FREE

Source: Gwynn Ready, Supervisor, Effective Practices 

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Special Education Administrators

Date: September 15, 2010

In collaboration with Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs), the Office of Special Education will be conducting regional trainings on Improvement Planning (IP) this fall in various locations around the state.  These trainings are designed to assist public agencies in developing a plan to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and meet the targets of our State Performance Plan (SPP) http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/SPPpage.html.

The development of an appropriate Improvement Plan is required by the Missouri Office of Special Education for (1) districts due for special education monitoring next school year as part of a self-assessment and (2) districts wishing to apply for grants from the Office of Special Education.  These districts are strongly encouraged to attend this training if they did not attend the IP training during the 2009-2010 school year.  Agencies who attended the training in 2009-2010 are highly encouraged to send a team to this training as the presentation has been enhanced to include detailed improvement planning information, an updated scoring guide, and updates on entering the Improvement Plan into ePeGs.

Improvement Planning is a process that will allow you to evaluate the strengths and needs of your special education program to meet the learning and behavioral goals of students.  IP emphasizes the use of a stakeholder group to evaluate information, data-based decision making, and implementation of evidence-based programs to improve student outcomes.  It is useful as part of a continual process to assess the district's ability to meet the SPP targets.

Districts are encouraged to send teams of up to five (5) members to this free training on the grants.  The morning training on the monitoring training is limited to two people per district.  We request each district send their special education director as one of the participants.  At least one of the attendees should be the person who will be responsible for completing the district's Special Education Improvement Plan.

***Registration is required.  Please register through My Learning Plan by accessing the following link and clicking on Compliance Catalog:  http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/training.html.  When viewing the training sessions, there will be a morning session and an afternoon session showing.  You will need to click something in each session even if you are not attending both sessions.