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Northwest Missouri State University

Professional Development

Undergraduate and Graduate Credit Opportunities

Outreach endeavors to assist districts and organizations to provide a rigorous yet meaningful way for participants to receive graduate or undergraduate credit for their participation, implementation and on-going application of their learning from the professional development. Assistance is given in writing the requirements, scoring guides, or is completely done for your organization by the University. A representative from the University is generally on hand for registration and questions regarding the credit requirements.

The credit option is a valuable incentive for your employees since the rate for this credit is offered for a fraction of regular tuition rates.

If you would like to have information on how you might incorporate this option for your employees, please contact Professional Development at 816.272.4621.

University Contact

Professional Development
Northwest-Kansas City
6889 North Oak Trafficway
Suite 400
Gladstone, MO  64118

Phone: 816.272.4621
Fax: 816.301.7043


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The following organizations currently partner with Northwest-Kansas City:

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3Dimensional Coaching

Professional development workshops for coaches.


American Museum of Natural History

Phone: 800.649.6715

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Autism and Asperger Publishing Company

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Phone: 877.277.8254

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Behavioral Intervention Support Team (BIST)

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BIST, or Behavior Intervention Support Team, is a unique outreach program of Ozanam that provides consultation to teachers in hundreds of schools throughout the Midwest in order to create a positive change toward a safe and productive learning environment.

BIST's services are developed specifically for your entire school and can be applied to individuals, teams, or the entire faculty. Regardless of the exact nature of our work together, the process begins with a meeting of key people from your organization and BIST staff for an in-depth look at your situation. This is followed by an in-service to give your entire staff a feel for our philosophy and a look at our specific services. At this point we provide you with a recommended plan of action.

The Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) grew out of a desire to keep at-risk students in a community school. Our mission is to help teachers, administrators, parents and students learn techniques to effect positive change and create a healthy learning environment for all. We accomplish this through G.R.A.C.E. - Giving Responsibility and Accountability to Children in Education.

BIST offers training on topics such as:

  • Discipline Techniques
  • Partnering with Parents
  • Anger Management
  • Staff Support & Problem Solving
  • Girl Dynamics
  • ODD
  • PDD / Aspergers / Autism
  • Many more!

Contact Information

Heather Leap
Ozanam/ BIST

421 E. 137th Street
Kansas City, MO  64145
Phone: 816.508.3652

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Clerestory Learning Professional Development Program

Architecture of Learning Basic Course
A Clerestory Learning Professional Development Program
Authentic learning results in understanding. Effective instruction moves learners from knowing the details of content or skills to understanding how they fit together so that intentional application can be made.

However, not all learning involves the same mental processes. The identification of what is being taught impacts the choice of instructional methods.

The Architecture of Learning™ enables teachers to identify the type of content they are teaching (content, skill, combination, or content via skill application), identify the underlying patterns that support that content, develop instruction that engages mental processes appropriate for developing understanding, identify the form and content of appropriate assessments and develop those assessments, and teach with an emphasis on understanding.

Writer's Stylus Basic Course
A Clerestory Learning Professional Development Program
About two-thirds of America's eight grade students and about three-fourths of high school seniors failed to reach proficient writing levels on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a 2006 survey of college professors suggests a large majority of college students possess "limited writing skills," and a 2003 study found American companies are spending billions of dollars on remedial training for employees-some "new hires straight out of college" (Dillon, 2008).

The need for writing capacity has increased as electronic communication has soared. However, test results and observations by business leaders and college professors indicate that our current instructional efforts fail to equip students with proficient writing ability.

This course takes a twofold approach in addressing this need: 1) it equips teachers with increased knowledge, understanding, and utilization of sound writing practices, and 2) it equips teachers to convert this knowledge into improved writing instruction for students.

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Contact Information

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Green Hills Area Education Agency

Green Hills AEA

Contact Information

Michelle Lidgett
Glenwood Regional Office

PO Box 8
212 Independence Suite 100
Glenwood, IA 51534
Phone: 712.527-5261
Fax: 712.527.5263

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Missouri Assessment Program

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Phone: 800.663.3348

Contact Information

Debi Korell
Science MAP Regional Instructional Facilitator

The Northwest MAP Regional Instructional Facilitators are expanding their efforts to include the writing of model units in science, in-depth Grade Level Expectation (GLE) work in math and communication arts, and a content series connecting the GLEs, Depth of Knowledge (DOK), curriculum and instruction in math, communication arts and science.

Northwest supports theses MAP activities in these and other regions with graduate credit offerings. Through this avenue, teachers are able to reflect on what they have learned and define how they can best implement these learnings in their own classrooms and at their district.

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Missouri Department of Conservation

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Contact Information  

Stacey Davis
Anita B. Gorman Conservation
Discovery Center
4750 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110
816.759.7305 x 2236

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North Kansas City School District Professional Growth Courses

Department of Teaching & Learning
Phone: 816.413.5066

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Northwest Regional Professional Development Center

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Toll Free Phone: 800.663.3348
Local Phone: 660.562.1995

The mission of the Northwest Regional Professional Development Center is to "Build the capacity of educators and schools to maximize student performance through high quality professional development." NWRPDC offers extensive professional development workshops with the option of graduate credit. These workshop options focus on content area training, as well as high quality instructional practices. Additionally, if the district's professional development plan engages teachers in long-term professional learning and is linked to student learning and district improvement goals, graduate credit may be an option. For more information call 800.663.3348 or 660.562.1995. You may register on the web at

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Professional Learning Communities/Accelerated Schools

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Phone: 800.663.3348

Contact Person:
Lori Colvin
Professional Learning Communities Project Assistants

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Seela Science, Inc.

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Uncommonly Sensible Science Video Series

Courses Offered

$175 per course payable the day of the class to Seela Science
$75 per credit hour for graduate credit through Northwest Missouri State University billed at later date

  • Body Shop (4th-8th Grade)
    Body structure: body materials and processes, body structures (complex eye, ear, nerve cells, vertebrae, ball and socket joint), cells and cell processes, classification/characteristics of animals
  • Earth and Sky Secrets for Young Minds (K-3rd Grade)

    Objects in the sky -- (eclipses, solar energy creates heat, solar system, stars)

    Changes in the Earth and sky -- (day/night, moon phases, seasons, weather, weather instruments, extreme changes in the weather - hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, changes in the earth's surface - volcano, erosion)

    Earth materials and fossils -- (fossils, natural or man-made, earth resources, soil components)

  • Earth's Dirty Little Secrets (4th-8th Grade)
    Earth structure/processes/materials: plate tectonics, earthquakes and earthquake monitoring, volcanoes and volcanic effects, oceans and surface water, glaciers and groundwater, soil, erosion forms and resources
  • Everyday Science Around Us (K-3rd Grade)

    Advanced properties of objects and materials -- (recycling, environment, changing states of matter, chemical/physical change, density, surface tension, physical properties -- rough/smooth, hard/soft, light/heavy)

    Advanced position and motion of objects -- (flight, action/reaction, simple machines, sound, vibration, push/pull, amount of force affects the motion, directions -- up/down, left/right, forward/backward)

  • Everyday Waves (4th-8th Grade)
    Light, heat, and sound waves
  • Have Forces, Will Travel (4th-8th Grade)

    Force and motion: energy conversion and transfer, Newton's Laws, torque, center of gravity, centripetal force

  • Just Simply Machines (4th-8th Grade)
    Simple and compound machines
  • Plant and Animal Science (K-3rd Grade)

    Life cycles of organisms -- (life cycle of the moth, life cycle of a chicken, life cycle of plants, seed dispersal)
    Organisms and their environment -- (habitat differences, camouflage, impact of humans on environment, pollutants, adaptations to environments
    Characteristics of organisms -- (animal parts, plant parts, camouflage, classification, basic needs)

  • Plants Inside & Out (4th-8th Grade)

    Plant structure/function: plant structures, seeds and germination, plant functions, plant uses, classification

  • Science for Beginning Einsteins (K-3rd Grade)

    Properties of objects and materials -- (recycling, environment, changing states of matter, chemical/physical change, density, surface tension, physical properties -- rough/smooth, hard/soft, light/heavy)

    Position and motion of objects -- (flight, action/reaction, simple machines, sound, vibration, push/pull, amount of force affects the motion, directions -- up/down, left/right, forward/backward)

Science Content

Learn new teaching techniques while earning graduate credit. You may do this as an individual or a building, department, district in-services. Let's face it, classes use precious time and all that driving hurts the budget! The Uncommonly Sensible Science video series keeps you at home. It lets you work at your own pace, on your home computer, or best of all in you OWN classroom! Each course is flexible in credit, for 1 up to 3 credit hours! Each course provides you with a full thematic unit textbook of 20 some elementary Hands-On science activities. You can use these every year and improve your science curriculum with these activities correlated to the National Science Content Standards! You receive and keep a corresponding full materials kit of science items.

Each class contains a course-specific video that doubles as a classroom constructivist teaching aid! There are also student assessment items for every activity! You're taking the course, but your students can be actively involved in doing the activities and assessing their progress! Then you report back on their learning as a trained professional educator does!

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Virtual Education Software (VESi)

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Virtual Education Software, inc. partners with accredited colleges and universities to provide interactive, continuing education courses for teachers and higher education students. Online education courses can be taken cooperatively through over seventy accredited college and university partners nationally.  Rely on the expert instruction and flexibility of e-learning to advance your career, move up on a salary schedule, or complete state re-licensure requirements. As we release new courses each year, we look forward to helping you achieve your educational and career goals.

Northwest Missouri State University has partnered with Virtual Education Software, inc. to offer professional development courses for educators online. These interactive courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule and are offered for graduate credits for educators. VESi courses are now tablet compatible, making it easy for you to recertify anytime, anywhere with reliable, stable online access.

TO REGISTER for one or more courses, please call: 1-800-313-6744 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST, Monday through Friday.

VESi recommends that you check with your school district and/or state licensing agency to verify these course offerings will meet your district and/or state requirements for salary advancement and/or state certificate re-licensure.

The following courses are available for graduate credit:

  • Autism & Asperger's Disorder: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies
  • Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse
  • Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services
  • Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment
  • Early Childhood: Program Planning
  • Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development
  • Educational Assessment: Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom
  • Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools
  • Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms
  • Infant & Toddler Mental Health: Issues & Information for Educators
  • Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher
  • Reading & Writing in Content Area
  • Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers
  • Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom
  • Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm
  • Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program
  • Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom
  • Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards
  • Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention & Intervention Strategies
  • Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

Check above website for additional information!