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Regional Professional Development Center

Professional Learning- Real, Relevant, Right Now!

Welcome to the Southeast Missouri Regional Professional Development Center (Southeast RPDC). This center is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As a state-wide system, the mission of the RPDCs is to build the capacity of educators through high quality professional learning to maximize student success. Our mission is to improve student achievement for all students in Southeast Missouri by providing appropriate and timely professional development to school communities in our service area. 

RPDC Inclement Weather Workshop Cancellation Policy:
In case of inclement weather, the Southeast RPDC will cancel workshops if Cape Girardeau 63 Public School District or the Cape Girardeau campus of Southeast Missouri State University is closed.

Parking Disclaimer:
Parking passes are needed for parking anywhere on campus that is not the parking lot outside of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Please be advised this includes the Alumni Center in which you will also need a parking pass for. Spaces on campus that are marked reserved (such as Hall director, Office of the President, etc.) or marked reserved 24hrs are off limits for visitors with parking passes.

COVID-19 Updates

University COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 Updates and Distance Learning Support - Updated 4.3.20

Effective Leadership for EVERY School Begins Here

“During this pandemic, the Missouri Leadership Development System has provided opportunities to build the knowledge and skills crucial to navigating the uncertainty of new realities and has connected principals to a strong network of support. It is our pledge to remain responsive to your needs and adaptable to the leadership challenges the 2020-2021 school year will bring. We are here for you!”

Join your fellow Southeast Missouri regional leaders in the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) to grow your collaborative network and transformational leadership skills. This year-long cadre will immerse you in a series of professional learning experiences specifically tailored to develop your capacity across multiple domains of leadership.

New or experienced leader? MLDS is for you! Each cohort experience is designed to provide practical learning responsive to the diverse and challenging demands of your role at all stages of your career.

The MLDS experience includes:
• Regional cohort learning facilitated by MLDS specialists
• School-based lab experiences
• Formal and informal professional network collaboration
• Mentoring for new leaders, meeting DESE certification requirements

MLDS is offered at no cost through DESE and the Southeast Missouri Regional Professional Development Center. If you are a new leader, please complete this form and forward it to

If you are an experienced leader and are interested in continuing your professional growth, please contact Tom Okruch at or 660.676.9291.

There is a cohort that meets your needs. Linked here is a flier for the 36th class of Leadership Academy, which is forming now. All building leaders who have completed their 3rd year of leadership experience or the Emerging Level of MLDS are welcome to participate.


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Workshops by Month

September 1 E-Learning Resources for 2020-2021 - Virtual
September 4 Literacy Collaborative Group- Virtual Session - CANCELED
September 4 SE RPDC Teacher Academy (Virtual) - Meeting 1 of 6 - CANCELED
September 9 SE RPDC Teacher Academy Graduates (Virtual) - Meeting 1 of 4
September 10 MLDS Emerging Level II - Regional Meeting I
September 11 Beginning Teacher Assistance Program (BTAP) Emerging Level I - ELEMENTARY (Meeting 1 of 3)
September 14 SW-PBS Tier 2 Advanced - Meeting 1 (Virtual) - CANCELED (will be rescheduled)
September 15 Diving Deeper into Grades K-2 Expanded Missouri Learning Standards in Mathematics Part 1 of 2 - CANCELED
September 16 SW-PBS Emerging Advanced Team Training - Meeting 1 - Virtual
September 17 Beginning Teacher Assistance Program (BTAP) Emerging Level I - SECONDARY (Meeting 1 of 3)
September 17 MLDS Developing Level I-Leadership Academy - Regional Meeting I
September 21 SW-PBS Tier 2 Sustain - Meeting 1 (Virtual)
September 21 Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia -- Part I - CANCELED
September 21 MAP-A for All! Pemiscot County Special School District -ONLY!
September 23 SW-PBS Tier 2 Meeting 3 (Virtual)
September 24 SW-PBS Tier 2 Systems – Meeting 1 (Virtual)
September 24 VIRTUAL Student Engagement Series: Routines and Procedures
September 24 MAP-A for All! (Poplar Bluff)
September 25 Grades 6-12 Social Studies Collaborative Meeting #1 (Virtual)
September 25 SW-PBS Conversations: Same Process, Different Perspective--What Is And Isn't Working with Virtual Instruction?
September 25 SW-PBS Conversations: Same Process, Different Perspective--What Is And Isn't Working with Current Face-to-Face Instruction?
September 25 Southeast RPDC Regional ESL Collaboration (virtual) -morning session 
September 25 Southeast RPDC Regional ESL Collaboration (virtual) -afternoon session
September 28 Progress Monitoring and Data Collection (IEP)
September 28 Compliance Connection September 2020 : Jackson
September 29 Compliance Connection September 2020 : North St. Francois County
September 29 & 30 Working with Students with Autism in the Schools - Cape Girardeau
September 29 MLDS Emerging Level I - Regional Meeting II
September 30 SW-PBS Nuts and Bolts (Overview for New Staff and Administrators) (Virtual) - CANCELED
September 30 Compliance Connection September 2020 : Kennett

For Workshops Later in the School Year, Visit


Phone: 573-651-5161
Fax: 573-651-2380

920 Broadway St.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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