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Missouri Leadership Development System

With approximately 2,200 principals and 1,300 assistant principals currently serving in Missouri schools, an estimated 1,100 administrator certificates issued annually and roughly 300 new principals hired each year, the implications for teacher and student success are significant.

“Effective leadership is the hallmark of successful schools. Cultivating that capacity in every Missouri principal is essential to the success of each student. The Missouri Leadership Development System is the right approach, at the right time, for the right reasons.”

                                               Dr. Roger Dorson, Interim Commissioner
                                              Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

​The primary purpose of the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) is the development and support of effective school leaders.  In the fall 2014, a group of key stakeholders, currently engaged in principal development and support, were convened by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to identify the essential competencies of each of the steps on the MLDS continuum.  The MLDS Competencies are aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).

Executive Summary

Missouri Leadership Development System Emerging Level Year I/II Registration Form

MLDS Unpacking the Domains

MLDS Competencies

Emerging Level Participant Guide

Developing Level Participant Guide

MLDS Flyer

MLDS Staff

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MLDS Commission and their collaborative partners would like to express their appreciation for the support provided by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in the development of this statewide leadership initiative.  For more information on CCSSO efforts in the area of educational leadership, click here.