Statewide Teacher Academy

Congratulations Teacher Academy Graduate: Shannon Waldo, Billings

Shannon Waldo, a 2017 Statewide Teacher Academy Graduate from the Agency for Teaching, Leading, and learning was recently highlighted in the Missouri Teacher- the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The article focused on the continued passion Shannon has for teaching and her students after 19 years of teaching. Shannon is currently serving as a 2016-17 Regional Teacher and she is a Regional Teacher Leader in Southwest Missouri. She teaches music at Billings School District.

Build Teacher Leadership Capacity

Teacher academy participants obtain skills in curriculum design, using data to drive instruction, the effective use of instructional strategies, and increasing student engagement. Through reflective practice, teachers embark on a year long project, which focuses on improving student learning. Teacher leadership capacity is an expected outcome of the program, and participating teachers develop the ability to provide support and training for their colleagues within their home district. The Missouri Teacher Academy is a replication of the very successful Leadership Academy Program, which has been fundamental in providing professional growth for school leaders. Teacher Academy is designed to provide participants with an intellectually stimulating opportunity to learn and implement new teaching strategies in collaboration with other highly committed teachers in their region and throughout the state.

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Teacher Academy Qualifications 

  • At Least 3 Years of Teaching Experience
  • Demonstrated Classroom Effectiveness
  • Commitment to Sustained Professional Development


Statewide Kick-Off To Be Determined To Be Determined
Fri. October 6, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Springfield, MO PCOB
Fri. November 10, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Springfield, MO PCOB
Thu. January 18, 2018 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Springfield, MO PCOB
Fri. February 9, 2018 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Springfield, MO PCOB
Tue. April 20, 2018 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Springfield, MO PCOB
Statewide Graduation To Be Determined To Be Determined

Participation requires 8 release days, which include two statewide meetings and 6 regional sessions.

Cost: $500 (Tuition, transportation, food and substitutes will be the responsibility of the school or individual).


Southwest Regional Professional Development Center
901 S. National Ave, PCOB 250
Springfield, MO 65897

For more information, contact:

Tracy Gross, Professional Development Consultant

Download the Statewide Teacher Academy program information and application