Special Education Improvement Consultant, RPDC

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May 3, 2022


Northeast Regional Professional Development Center

The Northeast Missouri Regional Professional Development Center mission is to build the capacity of educators and schools to maximize student performance through high-quality professional development. The Center is part of DESE’s State-wide System of Support and is totally grant-funded.  It is located on the campus of Truman State University.


Special Education Improvement Consultant



This 12-month, full-time, professional position will provide training to district staff and assist districts in the implementation of effective research-based activities in order to improve the academic performance and post-secondary outcomes to ensure all students, but especially students with disabilities, graduate college- and career-ready. Collaboration with other initiatives and interagency work of the RPDCs and DESE to provide support to districts and schools will be expected. This position will require travel in the northeast region, as well as some in-state travel to state meetings.


  • Assist educators in implementing effective, evidenced-based instructional practices;
  • Assist districts in implementing effective programs/processes designed to positively impact graduation and dropout rates;
  • Assist districts in designing college and career ready plans which ensure the effective transition of students from school to post-school activities;
  • Deliver high-quality training on evidence-based practices using DESE-approved materials;
  • Attend professional development opportunities applicable to Special Education Improvement Consultant work as requested/approved by DESE;
  • Provide training to district/school LEA staff;
  • Develop, present, facilitate meetings, coach, and deliver HQPD to adult learners;
  • Use technology in the development, presentation, and delivery of training and technical assistance;
  • Participate in developing, refining and/or revising training and support materials when requested by DESE;
  • Use the materials and tools provided or approved by DESE with integrity;
  • Be ambassadors of DESE in their work with districts, schools, and communities;
  • Have a thorough understanding of the scope of the work and of the intended outcomes.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, special education, education administration, or appropriate related field
  • Five years of successful classroom teaching, school improvement planning, administration, or related experience
  • Effective leadership through coaching, presenting, consulting, and facilitating
  • Use of technology to develop and enhance high-quality professional development
  • Effective teaching and learning practices, especially related to students with disabilities
  • Knowledge of
  • Standards-based IEPs,
  • Differentiated Instruction,
  • Components of Effective Literacy,
  • Social-Emotional Learning



  • Master’s Degree in education, special education, education administration or appropriate related field
  • Knowledge of DESE initiatives: School-Wide Positive Behavior Support, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Missouri Learning Standards/DLM Essential Elements, Missouri Model Curriculum, Missouri Educator Standards and Quality Indicators, MSIP, and District Continuous Improvement (DCI)
  • Knowledge of/Experience with MAP-A, Data-based decision-making, and Specially Designed Instruction (co-teaching format; accommodations and modifications to curriculum, instruction, and assessments)


Please submit a cover letter addressing the required qualifications, a resume, academic transcripts and contact information for three references at employment.truman.edu or mailed to:

Truman State University

Human Resources MC 101

100 E Normal Ave

Kirksville, MO 63501


Review of applications will begin May 10, 2022 and continue until filled.  Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.



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