About the Missouri Collaborative Work Initiative

Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiated a new approach to addressing the achievement disparity between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. This initiative is the Collaborative Work. By invitation, Missouri districts may choose to participate. Click here to learn more about the State Personnel Development Grant that supported this work.

The purpose of the Collaborative Work Grant is to improve learning for all students, especially students with disabilities, and improve teaching, by:

  • establishing and implementing effective and efficient collaborative  teams,
  • implementing with fidelity and a high degree of effectiveness a variety of teaching/learning practices which have been proven to have a high effect size on student outcomes,
  • developing and administering common formative assessments to measure the effectiveness of teaching/learning practices as evidenced by student mastery of learning objectives, and
  • using data‐based decision making to guide decisions about classroom teaching/learning practices.

To learn more about collaborative work: http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/collaborative-work

The CW began in 2012-13 with the identification of 269 buildings in 170 districts. The CW is a minimum 3 year commitment. Scale-up of an additional 81 buildings from the original 170 districts occurred during the 2013-14 school year. The 2014-15 school year will be the last year to add buildings. No new districts will be added, except for K-8 districts that feed into established CW districts. Buildings’ joining in 2012-13 are referred to in this document as “Year 3 Buildings”. Buildings joining in 2013-14 are “Year 2 Buildings”. Buildings joining in the 2014-15 school year are “Year 1 Buildings.”

Want to learn more?

What is expected of Collaborative Work schools? The common understanding document provides the most current information for implementing Collaborative Work.

What are the steps of Collaborative Work?  The Journey of a Collaborative Work School graphic shows the steps to improved student learning.  Download this graphic or open the interactive version.

Where to Go for Help? There are 9 Regional Professional Development Centers available to assist you. Click here to locate your region.

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Click the image above to download a copy of the Journey of a CW School graphic or go to the interactive version.