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Northwest Missouri State University

PD Conf

Welcome to Northwest Missouri RPDC!


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.


Professional development and support for schools is delivered through regional learning centers comprised of content specialists with expertise to meet school/district needs. These teams model a collaborative, seamless learning community and facilitate goal-alike networks to promote and sustain effective schools.


  1. Raise achievement for all students and close the achievement gap among subgroups.
  2. Increase the quality of teachers and administrators in the region.
  3. Increase reading, math, science, and social studies achievement in the region through the high quality professional development of teachers.

Professional Development Training Opportunities

Effective Practices




Missouri Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are dedicated to ensuring all students learn at high levels. This is achieved through processes that shift focus from teaching to learning. PLCs establish a focus on learning, develop a collaborative culture and judge every action by the results produces. A PLC continuously improves its culture, practices and outcomes by analyzing teaching and learning in order to make focused decisions that support student needs.

Kendra Watson, PLC Consultant     
660-562-1995 or

School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) is a framework for creating safe and orderly learning environments in schools, while improving the social-emotional outcomes for students. It is a proactive approach that relies on research based practices, including developing clear behavioral expectations, teaching these expectations, acknowledging appropriate behavior, consistently correcting inappropriate behavior, and using behavioral data to systematically solve problems. SW-PBS is built on a three tiered model that provides additional behavioral supports to students who are not responding to the tier 1 interventions.

Karen Wigger, SW-PBS Consultant

Carolyn Hall, SW-PBS Consultant