This program offers support for mid-career teachers. Developing I begins with a statewide kick-off event featuring John Antonetti, author of 17,000 Classroom Visits Can't Be Wrong!  Developing I is part of the Missouri Teacher Development System ( and is open to any teacher who has:

  • completed at least three years of successful teaching
  • a strong desire for professional improvement

 This opportunity provides:

  • access to experts: state kick-off event with national expert John Antonetti
  • a copy of John's book: 17,000 Classroom Visits Can't Be Wrong!
  • access to on-demand learning modules to enrich teacher learning anywhere and anytime. 
  • consultant support
  • networking with other teachers 
  • competency-based programming  

Developing I emphasizes the following MTDS Competencies

 Shares innovative practices and revisions to instruction obtained from conducting action research and the use of emerging research within a community of practice.

 Reflects on, in, and for practice, focusing on:  (a) directing future instruction by reflecting; and (b) monitoring progress,  evaluating results, and adjusting instruction based on the use of action research and student growth data.

 Designs and adjusts lessons and/or learning goals in response to ongoing analysis of student needs based on multiple sources of data to meet individual learning needs and promote student progress.

 Facilitates learning experiences that combine engaging qualities of work, higher level thinking, and high-yield instructional   strategies to engage students intellectually, academically, and/or emotionally in content and in advancing their own learning. 

 Participation requires release days for monthly regional meetings, a statewide “kick off” learning session, and a mid- year statewide regroup and training. Tuition, transportation, food and substitutes will be the responsibility of the school or individual.

Who qualifies?

  • A current classroom teacher with a minimum of three years’ experience
  • A teacher with demonstrated classroom effectiveness
  • A teacher with a commitment to sustained professional growth

How are academy participants selected?

Teachers are selected through an application process which requires a narrative response to a set of questions. 

What are the costs and deadlines?

The program fee is $500, due after acceptance.

Multiple scholarships are available to cover all or part of the registration cost.