Focus on Missouri 2013



Since the inception of Focus on Missouri, we have created a dialogue, shared promising practice, and interwoven policy, practice, and research.  As we enter the fourth year of this annual statewide college access conference, we would like to move towards action. We hope to continue to build on the conversations and networking that have made this conference a success in previous years with this new and exciting format.

Focus on Missouri 2013 – Scaling Up will offer a one-day workshop designed to help leaders from campuses, school districts, community-based organizations (CBOs), and other educational entities bring promising practices to scale. The workshop introduces participants to a “Scaling Up” framework, which highlights the critical actions leaders should take to effectively bring a promising practice to scale. Additionally, the workshop will highlight campuses and/or organizations from Missouri who have successfully scaled up student access strategies.  We again anticipate a wide variety of participants including access providers, funders, secondary and post-secondary educators and administrators, policymakers, and researchers. 

Core objectives of the workshop:

Workshop Format
The workshop will include a mix of presentation, hands-on exercises, and facilitated discussion. It will be organized around four main areas – Creating Your Theory of Action, Understanding Your Readiness, Planning to Scale, and Communication & Stakeholder Engagement.

Pre-conference - Film Screening
First  Generation
Wednesday, March 6th - 7:00pm, Stoney Creek Inn

While many will join us on March 7th, we have a special treat for participants arriving on March 6th.  We will be screening the award winning documentary First Generation.

About the Film: Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, First Generation tells the story of four high school students - an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers - who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation's top educational experts (Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit; Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California), this 95 minute documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.

For More Information:
For registration questions contact Rhonda Clayton at 573-882-9551 or
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contact Susan Klusmeier at 573-882-3330 or