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New Directors Academy

The Office of Special Education hosts a New Directors Academy for first-and-second-year special education directors. The Academy will meet four times throughout the 2016-17 school year. It focuses on core activities that new special education directors must complete during their initial months of employment and throughout the entire school year. These activities will assist them in the management of special education practices and procedures within the LEA, while ensuring that the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected. 

In order to provide a more comprehensive training program, New Directors Academy will be split into four (4) sessions throughout the school year. Please see the Academy Schedule below for dates in addition to July 25-26, 2017.

Who Attends the New Directors Academy?

Individuals who will be assuming the position/duties of a director of special education for the first time during the current school year. Returning directors who attended the previous year's New Directors Academy.

Intended Outcomes

Participants will learn:

Special Education Compliance

  • the special education process and the standards and indicators
  • discipline and dispute resolution options including facilitated IEPs
  • how to use data from the special education profile and program monitoring to plan for more efficient and effective compliance procedures.

Special Education Finance

  • how to track special education expenditures from various funding sources to ease the burden of financial reporting.
  • how to ensure compliance with spending thresholds to meet maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements.
  • allowable ways to expend Part B IDEA federal funds and proration methods.
  • other important fiscal requirements related to federal funds.
  • where to find available guidance and resources related to special education funds.

Special Education Data Collection and Reporting

  • why districts report Special Education data
  • What data are collected for student with disabilities
  • how the required data are reported to DESE

RPDC Services and Supports

Participants will meet with RPDC consultants to discuss programs and supports available from their local center.


Participants will network in small groups with their mentors and LASE leaders.

Session Date    Enrollment Location                    Sections     Presentations/Handouts                   

Academy Schedule


3/2/18 Open

Holiday Inn Executive
Center, Columbia, MO

Finance Compliance


1/18/18 No Enrollment Necessary Webinar Page Data
Finance Compliance

recorded webinar


9/26/17 Closed Tan Tar A Resort
Osage Beach, MO
Finance Compliance

Fall MO-CASE Administrators

New Directors Cohort: Discipline

Fall New Directors Academy
PowerPoint Presentation
Special Education Directors Monthly

Finance Handouts:
Payment Schedule 2017-18
Proportionate Share Flow Chart
Sample Proportionate Share Services Log
Sef-Part B Requirements
Special Education Finance Calendar for LEAs 2017-18
Special Education Time and Effort Flowsheet
General Ledger Checklist for Special Education Program Expenditures
MOE Flowsheet

Summer 2017 7/25-26 Closed Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 W McCarty St
Jefferson City, MO 65101



Summer 2017 7/25-26 Closed

Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 W McCarty St
Jefferson City, MO 65101


Summer 2017 7/24/17 Closed Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 W McCarty St
Jefferson City, MO 65101


Powerpoint Presentation
Spring 3/3/2017 Closed

Tan Tar A Resort
Osage Beach, MO
12:00-3:00 p.m.

Finance Compliance
Winter 1/19/2017 Closed Live Webinar &
Live Q & A
Hot Topics
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Finance Compliance