Career Directions Newsletter 8-13-13


Vol. 3, Issue 1 — August 13, 2013 — Published monthly by MCCE.

Welcome to the Career Directions newsletter from the Missouri Center for Career Education!

We are located at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, and our website at contains a wealth curriculum resources for career education instructors, administrators, and counselors. In addition to the downloads available through our website, all Missouri educators can access a great variety of curriculum materials, DVDs, and professional development kits through our free-loan library, Resources@MCCE.

We will provide monthly updates on MCCE activities and materials available through the website and library in this email newsletter. For more frequent updates on curriculum postings, library materials, professional development opportunities, and conference appearances,educators and administrators can join the conversation at our Facebook presence,

In This Issue:

  • C.O.R.E. Workshop Series Begins in August
  • Look for New Curriculum on MCCE Website
  • Building Bridges Conference, Nov. 10-12
  • New Career Development Publications
  • Assessment & Instruction Resources
  • Join Us on Facebook for Updates

C.O.R.E. Workshop Series Begins in August

A workshop series following up on the well-received C.O.R.E. (Concentrating On Reality Education) professional development offerings will occur in locations throughout Missouri this fall. Two sessions will feature the C.O.R.E. Process, as presented in previous C.O.R.E. workshops, and the remainder will expand upon those ideas for a variety of educational topics in a way that is consistent with the Common Core State Standards (Missouri Learning Standards).

  • CORE Process – Aug. 29 – Lewis & Clark Career Center
  • CORE Process – Sept. 19 – Warrensburg (location TBD)
  • Instructional Strategies – Sept. 27 – Southeast Missouri (location TBD)
  • Embedding Numeracy – Oct. 11 – Northeast (location TBD)
  • Instructional Planning – Oct. 17 – Columbia Area Career Center
  • Instructional Planning – Oct. 18 – Summit Center, Lee’s Summit
  • Classroom Management – Oct. 25 – OTC
  • CORE Process – Nov. 7 – Lebanon Technology & Career Center

Workshop fee is $100, lunch included. For more information or to register, visit

Look for New Curriculum on the MCCE Website

The curriculum projects developed during the last school year are for the most part complete and approved for distribution. We are working as quickly as we can to make these available through the MCCE website. Curriculum projects from the past year include:

  • Agricultural Education Instructional Frameworks
  • Graphic Communications
  • Guidance & Counseling Unit Updates
  • Child Development I & II
  • Early Childhood Professions
  • Family and Individual Health
  • Human Development
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Accounting I & II
  • Advertising
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Technology
  • Computer Applications
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Legal Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Multimedia
  • Retail
  • Web Design
  • Construction

Look to our Facebook page for information as these curriculum materials are released on the MCCE website:

Building Bridges Conference, Nov. 10-12

This year’s Building Bridges Conference is scheduled for November 10-12. The theme of the conference is “Success for All Students Requires Leadership from All Educators,” and keynote speakers will be Dr. Harry Wong and Dave Shepard. A preconference session by Dave Shepard will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. More information and registration forms will be available through the MCCE website at

New Career Development Publications

This spring, MCCE released a new career development magazine, “Rock Your World,” and a coordinating poster. These materials feature the Career Clusters and Career Paths adopted by Missouri schools, and they are intended for middle school and high school students. The magazine coordinates as a print supplement for the Missouri Connections website, including information about careers in all 16 Career Clusters, an interest profiler, budgeting and salary information, and a Personal Plan of Study template. Magazines are 50 cents each, and posters are $2.00. For more information, visit


Assessment & Instruction Resources

The lending library at the Missouri Center for Career Education continues to offer a wide selection of support material to Missouri educators. Listed below is a sample of some of the materials on hand.

Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing It Right — Using It Well
BOOK – This combination text and workbook contains: practical examples of what assessment for learning looks like in everyday instruction; Helps educators increase knowledge and skill in student-involved classroom assessment; Hands-on practice for the classroom. Additional resources on a CD-ROM, and video segments on the accompanying DVD.

Teacher Teams that Get Results: 61 Strategies for Sustaining and Renewing Professional Learning Communities
KIT – Kit offers staff developers materials to help principals and teacher leaders develop results-oriented professional learning communities. Facilitators can illustrate how focused teams promote professional relationships, collaboration, student engagement and achievement, and improved management of the stresses of change and accountability by: Developing a growth-oriented climate that is cultivated regularly; Sharing knowledge and skills to improve instruction; Building resilience by creating solutions that help teachers better manage their lives inside and outside the classroom; Determining priorities and creating excellence by responding to colleagues’ needs for learning and growth. Kit includes: The companion book Teacher Teams That Get Results; A 47-minute, content-rich DVD, with a navigation menu for easy stop-and-search control of video content, that features Gayle H. Gregory and Lin Kuzmich describing the step-by-step process of creating and sustaining strong teacher teams; A companion CD-ROM; A step-by-step facilitator’s guide connecting the book to the CD-ROM and DVD and providing workshop outlines, extended workshop activities, discussion questions, and major points of emphasis.

Blogs, Wikis, Poscasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
KIT – This multimedia kit provides staff developers with materials for helping teachers use new Internet technologies to advance teaching practices, student learning, classroom communication, and academic performance.this resource allows facilitators to provide both novice and tech-savvy educators with step-by-step guuidance for expanding the K-12 curriculum through Web tools such as: Weblogs; Wikis; Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds and aggregators; Podcasts; Social bookmarking; Online photo galleries; Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Includes DVD, facilitator’s guide, companion book and CD-ROM.

Visit the Resources@MCCE library online at to find materials useful for new and veteran teachers alike. We invite you to visit our new Facebook page and make recommendations, post comments and ask questions regarding these, or any other, resources at the Missouri Center for Career Education.

Ongoing Library Operations

Last school year, hundreds of educators throughout Missouri used the Resources@MCCE library, with 3,736 total checkouts. If each item impacts the education of only 30 students, the library reached over 112,000 students with quality educational materials. Because of this tremendous opportunity to improve education throughout Missouri, and in the face of an elimination of state funding from DESE, the College of Education at the University of Central Missouri is shouldering the burden to fund the library for the 2013-14 school year. However, UCM funding is only an interim solution. New funding will be needed to continue this valuable service. Let us know if you would be interested in helping find corporate sponsors for the library. Call us at 660-543-8768 or email us at

For more information about UCM’s decision to support the library this school year or about donation options to support the library, visit

Join Us on Facebook for Updates

For the most up-to-date information about releases on the MCCE website, workshops we will be offering, conferences we will be attending, and other information, visit us on Facebook: