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Caroline Haebig (750 SQ)Caroline Haebig is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, in Lincolnshire, IL. She collaborates with teachers and administrators to improve how students engage in the learning process. She creates professional learning supports for educators and collaborates with teachers to redefine learning experiences using technology. Caroline has been influential in leading teacher prep for the district’s 1:1 iPad program and student engagement initiatives.

Caroline is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.
You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

Caroline is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Young Educator Network and the Apple Distinguished Educator Community.  She also was named as the ISTE Outstanding Young Educator 2012, a Jacobs Educator for the Indiana University School of Education 2012-2013, an ISTE Emerging Leader (2011), a Google Certified Teacher (2013) and a Google Education Trainer (2014), among her accomplishments. Connect with Caroline on Twitter @Haebig.

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missouri_modifiedEducationPlus and the METC ISTE affiliate invite you to the Missouri Summit featuring Google for Education. This event will be at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Over the course of the day, speakers will focus on integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, and practicing administrators and teachers from the St. Louis area and beyond.

Send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, technology support staff and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education and other Google tools to support student learning. Included in the $80 registration is a continental breakfast and lunch, with time to connect and learn from each other. For more information and to register, visit www.gafemo.com.

Google Educators Groups of Eastern Missouri and Maplewood Richmond Heights School District are also sponsors for the event.

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pd bubbleThis series from EducationPlus will be a 5-day program geared to new Special Education Teachers.  Special Education Compliance Consultant Jeanne Rothermel will take time for discussions about issues participants may be struggling with and share resources that might be helpful to them.

Topics to be included:

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Special Education Process 101, to include information on Quality Eligibility Determinations

Day 2 – Monday, November 10, 2014
Managing Problem Behaviors, to include doing a FBA and writing a BIP

Day 3 – Friday, December 12, 2014
Standards-based IEP Development

Day 4 – Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Writing an Effective IEP, to include writing goals based on the standards

Day 5 – Monday, March 9, 2015
Wrap Up: Topic to be determined based on needs through out the series

Included in the package price will be the opportunity to attend one of the other professional development opportunities offered through the Special Education Division of the RPDC.

pd bubble IIThe Special Education Teacher Academy will be a total package cost of $150. The academy is designed for teachers new to Special Education, though veteran educators are welcome to participate in one or all sessions for a refresh.

These programs will be offered for individual enrollment if you choose not to register for the entire series. Register at www.edplus.org by September 17.

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faberAs the student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to ELLs. This requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenge learners to think at higher levels. How do we modify our teaching strategies in the classroom to make sure that these appropriate opportunities happen for ELL students? While many teachers were never trained to teach reading, writing, or ELL students, they get ELL students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes.

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session will provide specific and practical techniques that can be used by teachers in all subject areas to assist ELL students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills. Register online before September 16. For more details on this full-day session, visit our registration page.

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Bob Deneau Bob Deneau is in his 16th year with the Rockwood School District (MO) and has been an Instructional Technology Specialist for the past 8 years. Bob is passionate about the effective use of technology and the impact it has on student learning. In June 2014, Bob attended the Google Teacher Academy in Atlanta, GA to become a Google Certified Teacher. He is also a certified Google Education Trainer and co-led Rockwood’s Google Apps for Education roll out in the 2013-2014 school year.

Bob is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.  You can hear his best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

In the St. Louis area, Bob is involved in regional professional development as a board member for the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis and as a member of the EdcampSTL planning team. Connect with Bob on Twitter @itechbob and other social networks such as Google+.

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Angela Van Batavia | METC 2015Angela Van Batavia is a Library Media Specialist at English Landing Elementary in the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, MO. She earned her Education Specialist Degree in Learning Resources from the University of Central Missouri, where she is also an adjunct professor. She believes that the understanding and successful use of technology can be an educational equalizer. Her educational focus is to assist students and other educators to be competent, independent researchers.

Angela is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.  You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

A little bit more about Angela: she is focused on being an information specialist, instructional partner, teacher and learner, and strives to make the English Landing Library a “no-shushing zone” where students are encouraged to explore and create. In 2014, Angela was named a American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader. Connect with Angela on Twitter @angelagailvb.

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Featured Speaker Andrew Vanden Heuvel If you are hungry for new, fun STEM ideas in your classroom, you’ll want to learn more about one of our 2015 METC Featured Speakers, Andrew Vanden Hueuvel! A Google Glass Explorer, he shares his STEMbite videos on YouTube. See him in February!

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