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regional professional development academy

The Central Regional Professional Development Center was established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1995.


The mission of the Central Regional Professional Development Center is to build the capacity of educators and schools to maximize student performance through high quality professional learning.

Excellent teaching and learning everyday.


  • Professional learning that improves educator effectiveness is fundamental to student learning.
  • All educators have an obligation to improve their practice.
  • More students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning.
  • Successful leaders create and sustain a culture of learning.
  • Effective school systems commit to continuous improvement for all adults and students.

The Central RPDC would like to thank the following for their support in promoting professional learning to advance student achievement.

  • DESE
  • Regional School Districts
  • University of Central Missouri
  • Missouri Learning Forward

Learning Opportunities

Seventy-one school districts directly benefit from services provided by the Central RPDC. The Central Region is comprised of the following fourteen Missouri counties:

  • Bates Benton
    Carroll Cass
    Henry Hickory
    Johnson Lafayette
    Morgan Pettis
    Ray St. Clair
    Saline Vernon

The state Regional Professional Development Centers provide a wide range of services to meet the needs of teachers, administrators, and school districts. Each center will differ from the others as the goal is to meet the district needs of professional educators of each region.

Source: www.ucmo.edu