News & Updates
School Improvement Initiatives
For additional information about the Missouri PLC Project, including information regarding training curriculum, regional support, and information from our Exemplary PLC Schools, please see www.moplc.org.
Four Public Schools Earn National "Blue Ribbon" Honors
Four public high schools in Missouri have been selected as 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
Schools Recognized as Model Professional Learning Communities
Eleven schools across the state have been recognized by state education officials for outstanding performance in implementation of collaborative strategies to promote student learning
Missouri Professional Learning Communities Project
"Professional Learning Communities appear to have the greatest potential impact on student achievement."
-The Leadership and Learning CenterTM
High Schools That Work is a whole-school, research and assessment-based reform effort for grades 9 through 12 established by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in 1987. This initiative offers a framework of goals, key practices and key conditions for accelerating student learning and raising standards. In February 2001, Missouri joined the HSTW consortium of states. More than 1,100 schools or systems in the consortium of states function as HSTW sites.
Seventeen sites in Missouri are currently implementing HSTW implementation as a standalone school improvement model while another 14 high schools have partnered with a feeder middle school to jointly implement HSTW and Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW), which focuses on preparing more students to enter 9th grade fully prepared to successfully take college-preparatory content.
Furthermore, Missouri also participates in the Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) network, which is centered on a version of HSTW that is tailored to the unique circumstances and needs of shared-time area career centers offering career/technical education courses to students from multiple districts. Twelve of the State’s area career centers are active TCTW sites.