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2014 New Special Education Directors Academy - July 23-25, 2014  
Registration is now open.

The Office of Special Education is again hosting a New Director of Special Education Academy to be held in July in Jefferson City.

Who should attend this academy?

This year, the Office of Special Education is inviting new (1st year) directors, as well as inviting back the directors from last year's academy as follows: 
New Directors: July 23, 24, and 25

This academy will focus on core activities new directors must complete during their initial months of employment that will assist them in the management of special education procedures and practices that promote positive outcomes for students with disabilities while ensuring the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected. Topics to be covered are:
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.

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 2014‐2015 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 Office of Special Education as soon as possible.

FIRST YEAR registration procedures are posted at 

Second Year Returning Directors: July 24 and 25
Some information from last year will be repeated as well as more in‐depth conversation on topics described above.

SECOND YEAR RETURNING registration procedures are posted at

If you need further information, please contact Tiffani Muessig, Supervisor, Effective Practices [email protected]  573‐751‐0185.

2014 Transition Institute/Dropout Summit - June 23-25, 2014
Registration is now open.

Registration is now open for the DESE Transition Institute to be held June 23-25, 2014.  The theme this year is Engagement: Parent, Student, Community.  Participants will be given opportunities to receive valuable, up-to-date information on how to improve engagement for students, their parents, and increase positive school and community engagement.  Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will focus on parent involvement in their child's educational career; dropout prevention strategies for school personnel, agency personnel, and parents; technical assistance in transition action planning; and, support agency involvement in engaging students. 

To register follow this link: http://dese.mo.gov/special‐education/effective-practices/workshops‐presentations

This year's institute will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203.  Registration fee will be $15 per person.  The fee may be paid in advance or at the time of registration.  Payment may be check or money order to be made out to Treasurer, State of Missouri.  No purchase orders will be accepted.  Registration fee is nonrefundable but substitutes will be allowed.  If mailing your registration fee in advance, mail to: Lina Browner, Office of Special Education, DESE, P. O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102.  Please indicate the name(s) of all registrants(s) for whom the check is paying.  Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23.  Opening session begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon). 

Registrants will be responsible for their lodging costs and all other expenses.  Lunch will be provided on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.  Registrants will be responsible for all other meals during the Institute.  There will be a list of area restaurants in your packets for your convenience.  The room rate for this event is $64.20 per night with one and two bed rooms available.  You must contact the hotel directly to reserve rooms. Reservations can be made by calling the Holiday Inn Executive Center at 573-445-8531, toll free at 888-465-4329, or online at http://goo.gl/6qJTHA (whether calling in or reserving online, use Event Code "UMM" to receive the discounted rate).

The agenda will be uploaded by May 15, 2014.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact John Stains at [email protected]  (573-751-0225) or Barb Gilpin at [email protected] (573-751-7661).