Professional Learning Academy - Graduate Courses
through Drake University

Improve your practice and advance your career with courses developed by teachers for teachers. For these courses, 1 CEU=15 professional development hours for maintaining Missouri licensure. Courses taken for graduate credit are eligible for acceptance as elective credits in graduate degree programs with prior approval of your advisor. Graduate credit is issued by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Different classes are offered at different times of the year, so check the online course listing often to find out what classes are coming up. Non-members can take courses for a higher fee.

Find full descriptions and syllabi of current courses, and enroll by clicking here >>

MNEA Online Training Series 

The Missouri NEA Professional Development Series’ live online format allows you to ask questions and engage with others without having to spend money on travel and lodging. Presentations are ideal for individuals or groups. You can participate anywhere using a computer with an Internet connection. If your computer has a speaker and microphone, that’s all you need. If not, you can call a toll-free number for the audio. 

Log in Members Only for a current listing of the MNEA Online Learning and webinar offerings and to register for all the sessions. All sessions are free to MNEA members, unless otherwise noted. The date listed is the day the training will be live. Many of the live trainings are recorded and can be watched later anytime. The recorded trainings are listed as "On Demand Presentations."

Organizing Tip: Choose at least one session that works with your school dismissal schedule. Invite your members (or all staff if part of your organizing plan) to participate together in the online session. The more notice you can give people, the better. Even if only a few attend, publicizing the event provides your local association visibility. 

Please contact or Laurie Bernskoetter at (573) 644-9623 if you have questions, feedback, or a topic you would like to suggest. 

On-Demand Trainings

  • Technology, Social Media, and Your Job Watch Now >>

  • Book Clubs in Action Watch Now >>
    Book clubs are a great way to engage above grade level readers in thoughtful discussions. With modeling and some basic expectations, the opportunity to share and learn from each other is valued in my classroom. The students are empowered to choose the text, the topics for the meeting, the focuses for the next meeting, and how much they will read. They will hold each other accountable for being prepared and participating. Literature and informational texts can be used to enrich reading, writing, speaking and listening standards. This can be used with a few students or with most of the class. The use of book clubs is best for teachers in grades 3 and up. Recorded presentation runs about 40 minutes, with five minutes of silence at the end so you can download resources and a link to a 12 minute video of a book club. Presenter: Amy Mailhot teaches at Lakewood Elementary, where she is a member of North Kansas City NEA. Mailhot is a former Kansas City regional teacher of the year. She has shared her book club methods with interested teachers in her district, and is excited to share what she has learned with you.

  • Rights of Education Support Professionals Watch Now >>

  • Rights of Certificated Educators Watch Now >>

  • Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse or Neglect Watch Now >>

  • Limits on First Amendment Rights of Educators Watch Now >>


Members-Only On-Demand Trainings    

  • Take Control of Evaluations
    Observations in your classroom play a big role in evaluations and guide helpful feedback. The current practice of several short observations means the evaluator often lacks context. Join this session to learn pro-active steps you can take so you sleep well after an observation, whether it was planned or unexpected. You’ll get a resource that creates readiness in case you are blind-sided by criticism months after an observation. Learn tips to discuss events that occur during an observation.
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  • How to Make that Difficult Parent Phone Call
    Read the Article in the fall 2019 issue of Something Better >>
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  • Data Breaches, District Technology and Legal Updates as of March 24, 2020
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  • Faith and Public Schools
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Live Webinar Trainings  

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Read to Achieve Contest 

If your school is within the KCTV5 viewing area (greater Kansas City), teachers at your school are eligible for a chance to win $1,000. The Read to Achieve contest is co-sponsored by Missouri NEA and Kansas NEA.

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