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CCQI

The window for submission of CCQI is now closed, and we have been working with the Office of Data System Management to determine necessary baseline data in order to develop specialized reports that can be used to assist schools with program improvement.

During the 2019-20 school year, we will not require Cohort III to complete the CCQI process. Rather, we encourage you to review the completed CCQI evaluations with appropriate staff and consider developing improvement plans for those quality indicators that may need attention.

STEM Career Awareness Training

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has contracted with Learning Blade™ to offer middle school students more opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career awareness training.

Learning Blade™ is a supplemental, STEM toolbox of interactive online lessons, ready-to-use lesson plans and classroom activities designed to expose primarily 6th-8th grade students to STEM-related career opportunities and help them develop key skills as they move forward. This approach to STEM education focuses on activities that can be utilized both in a self-paced game environment and as practice in academic classrooms.

The system is built on the concept of missions. Each mission highlights a people-centered problem that engages today's students, and shows how STEM careers and technologies solve these problems. There are online lessons, projects and activities designed to grab students' attention while introducing them to the careers, tools and technologies found throughout STEM fields. It also has parent activities in order to stimulate discussion of careers at home.

Training is available to educators with the goal of having them feel confident in using Learning Blade™ at the end of the two-to-three hour session. Once your registration has been processed, Learning Blade™ will send you additional information regarding the optional training.

To create your account, please visit www.LearningBlade.com/MO. You must use your school email address in order to obtain a license for your school. Only one person from your school has to sign up to receive the school login information. Each individual school (not district) can receive a 3D printer if they complete 5000 online lessons in a single school year. One printer per school, per lifetime. If you have specific questions, please call 573-751-8665.