About the Missouri Collaborative Work Initiative


“Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiated a new approach to addressing the achievement disparity between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. This initiative is the Collaborative Work. By invitation, Missouri districts may choose to participate.


The purpose of the Collaborative Work Grant is to improve learning for all students, especially students with disabilities, and improve teaching, by:

-establishing and implementing effective and efficient collaborative  teams,

-implementing with fidelity and a high degree of effectiveness a variety of teaching/learning practices which have been proven to have a high effect size on student outcomes,

-developing and administering common formative assessments to measure the effectiveness of teaching/learning practices as evidenced by student mastery of learning objectives, and

-using data‐based decision making to guide decisions about classroom teaching/learning practices.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding
  • Department of Education
  • School-to-Work Transition
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