When a district agrees to participate in Missouri Model Districts (MMD)/District Continuous Improvement (DCI), 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/DCI is expected. Over the three years, MMD/DCI will inform DESE’s development of processes, resources, and expectations for supporting statewide effective education for all Missouri students.

The resources in the Getting Started with MMD/DCI section aid all MMD/DCI participants in their efforts to achieve the MMD/DCI goals and, most importantly, improve student outcomes.

What are the Goals of MMD/DCI?

  • Establish an environment supportive of instructional change through the enhancement of structures and processes at the systems level.
  • 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.

In this section, you will find:

Blueprint: theoretical and applied descriptions of the MMD/DCI components. This blueprint is a dynamic document in that processes described may change in response to lessons learned in the initial stages of implementation.

Step-by-Step: recommendations for how to implement the components of the MMD/DCI program. This Step-by-Step provides practical ideas and a wealth of resources for successful implementation.

Administrator’s Coaching Guide: provides direction and recommendations for establishing an effective approach to professional learning through coaching. This guide focuses on key aspects of successful coaching and information school leaders need to create the conditions necessary for coaching implementation within a district/building.

Implementation Checklist: list of action steps that districts are expected to accomplish throughout the three-year commitment.  This checklist outlines action steps critical for systems level change.

Implementation Practice Profile: implementation criteria formatted into a rubric structure with clearly defined practice-level characteristics.  The practice profile provides a useful picture of implementation levels and helps districts understand how to achieve the highest levels of implementation.

MMD Invoice and Expense Forms: documents that are a required part of MMD participation.  For help completing these documents, please contact Ginger Henry, Coordinator, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 573-751-0625, ginger.henry@dese.mo.gov