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The Central Regional Professional Development Center was established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1995.
The mission of the Central RPDC is to build the capacity and effectiveness of the entire school community to maximize student performance through high quality professional learning.
The Central RPDC is housed on the campus of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO. Since its founding, Central RPDC has enjoyed an outstanding working relationship with UCM’s College of Education, according to Dean Mike Wright. He stressed the important role the organization plays in this region.
“The Central Regional Professional Development Center provides critical services to teachers throughout west central Missouri,” Wright said. “Smaller, rural school districts cannot afford to provide their teachers the quality professional development they need, so it is imperative we do everything we can to maintain this service. In addition, the expertise of the RPDC has a positive impact on the undergraduate teacher preparation program at UCM.”
The Central Regional Professional Development Center is one of ten Regional Professional Development Centers established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Seventy-one school districts directly benefit from services provided by the Central RPDC. The Central Region is comprised of the following fourteen Missouri counties:
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.