How to Apply

We are pleased to invite your school to participate in the Missouri Post-Secondary Success Project, a free, 2-year professional development opportunity offered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offered in collaboration with the University of Kansas, Research Collaboration.

Schools with a complete team - i.e., minimum of one administrator, two general educators (department
chairs/leaders preferred), one special educator, one school counselor, and one additional member of any role - will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Elementary, middle, and high school teams are encouraged to apply. Each member of the team will attend approximately six days of training over the course of two years, while also receiving access to online resources and supports.

To participate in 2019-21, schools have two options:

  • Self-regulation team training in the fall (Sept. 17 & Oct. 29) in Columbia, MO. There are 8 spots open for schools teams; complete the Fall 2019 Self-Regulation application now to reserve your school's spot!

  • Self-efficacy team training in the spring (Jan. 21 & Mar. 4) in Columbia, MO. There are 8 spots open for school teams; complete the Spring 2020 Self-Efficacy application now to reserve your school's spot!

For both of options, schools will also receive an additional on-site training, scheduled at their convenience (date identified as part of application). Additionally, participating schools may receive a stipend to offset the cost of instructional staff substitutes, travel and lodging, and other related costs (pending funding). Teams are expected to continue with the project in the 2020-21 school year, but the specific details of what that training and support will look like will be determined individually for each school team, based on their progress throughout the 2019-20 year and their identified needs for the following year.

Led by Dr. Pattie Noonan and Elise Heger from the University of Kansas, the Missouri Post-Secondary Success project aims to increase student social and emotional competencies to support improved behavior and academic achievement, higher graduation rates, and better post-school outcomes. During training, teams will learn about the College & Career Competency Framework's implementation elements and create instructional plans that incorporate competency instruction into their course content.

Complete applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. There are only 8 spots available for each cohort, so we recommend applying as soon as possible to your school's chosen competency cohort (e.g., Fall 2019 Self-Regulation or Spring 2020 Self-Efficacy). If you have questions regarding the project or application process, you can contact Michelle Loewenstein by e-mail at or by phone at 785-864-0517.