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Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy

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Contact and lead agency

Ron Jewell, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: 573-526-4822
Fax: 573-526-5710

Professional development system

The Missouri Training Institute (MTI), located at the University of Missouri, Columbia, coordinates STAR training throughout Missouri. Missouri's professional development for AEL professionals is mandated and regulated by The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Teacher Certification Office. Missouri's AEL professionals are required to go through a series of workshops and activities, including a Pre-Certification Workshop, Beginning Teacher's Assistance Program, two-year mentoring program, and yearly performance-based teacher evaluations and to accumulate at least 20 hours of professional development a year.

STAR implementation

Missouri is working with all our programs to leverage STAR in as many different contexts as appropriate. We are looking at lower literacy levels as well as using some of the structures for Math and Language.

Missouri's pilot phase ended in December 2008. The data collected showed that of the pilot projects, there was a 16 point increase in the intermediate-level attainments from the previous year for these local programs.

Missouri invested in the State Trainer Certification process in 2009 for three trainers. All three completed the year long process and afterward, trainings began across the state.

To date, all of Missouri's programs use STAR, with new teachers trained each year.