• Missouri Model Districts (MMD) is a project supported by the 5-year State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG). The goal of the project is to improve the educational outcomes for all students, especially students with disabilities, through an evidence-based professional development approach focused on district-level implementation of effective educational systems and practices. MMD is a continuation and enhancement of a SPDG that began in 2012.

    With an emphasis on professional development, the MMD provides resources for bridging professional development to practice. Resources include high quality professional development content and framework for delivery; support for implementation fidelity at state, regional, district, and local levels; data for informing continuous quality improvement; and technology support for enhancing and supplementing professional development experiences for educators.

    District-Level Approach to Improving Student Outcomes

    The Missouri Model Districts project relies on a systems approach to implement a framework of effective educational practices in buildings and classrooms throughout a district.  When a district is selected to participate in Missouri Model Districts (MMD), an important collaboration begins. The district, DESE, and regional professional development centers work together to establish a state-wide coordinated system that supports effective teaching and learning and achieves exceptional student outcomes. A three-year commitment to MMD is expected. Over the three years, the Missouri Model Districts will inform DESE’s development of processes, resources, and expectations for supporting statewide effective education for all Missouri students.

    What Are The Goals Of MMD?

    For districts and buildings to:

    • Establish an environment supportive of instructional change through the enhancement of structures and processes.
    • Implement an evidence-based framework for instruction, which includes components that have a demonstrated positive impact on teaching and learning outcomes.
    • Improve student outcomes through incremental, yet impactful changes at the district, building, and classroom levels.

    Coordinated Professional Development

    The MMD approach to professional development relies on a coordinated system that includes the following elements.

    1. Content: Evidence-based materials assembled as professional learning modules.
    2. Training: In-person and online delivery of content.
    3. Coaching: Application of content with targeted coaching support