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The METC Conference invites you to nominate a colleague or apply to be a Midwest Spotlight Educator for the 2015 conference. The recognition, in its third year, honors education technology leaders from the region, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. Midwest Spotlight Educators increase knowledge, improve skills and academic achievement with their integration of technology into instructional practices.

Midwest Spotlight EducatorsSpotlight Educators Benefits:

  • Free two-day registration to METC 2015
  • One year membership to the METC ISTE Affiliate
  • METC T-shirt
  • Midwest Spotlight Educator Certificate of Recognition
  • Press release
  • Recognition during METC
  • Opportunity to apply for a hotel travel voucher (if from outside of St. Louis)

To see who has been a past Midwest Spotlight Educator, select a year: 2013 or 2014. Those chosen as Midwest Spotlight Educators are eligible again for the honor five years after they’ve received it. 2015 submissions are due by June 2. Visit METCconference.org to read all the requirements of the application process.

 

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thirsty for moreLearn more about the CHARACTERplus National Conference’s keynotes and breakout session speakers at characterplus.org. The conference is June 17-18, with precon workshops on June 16.

Strands include:

• Academic Achievement
• Bully Prevention
• Early Childhood
• Service Learning
• Social & Emotional Skills
• Plus More

CHARACTERplus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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Craig Wagganer’s professional career has focused on leadership, team building, professional development and building relationships. Having overseen multiple boards and staffs, Craig has developed effective communication, leadership and team building skills that have benefited numerous organizations. He presents two Support Staff Academy (a program of EducationPlus) sessions this June:

LISTENING + SPEAKING = EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge

Learn witty and interactive approaches to increasing communication skills. We’ll share how to T.H.I.N.K before you speak; understand the power of listening and the effect it has on both sides of communication; and how to facilitate effective communication that fosters a growth atmosphere. The workshop is entertaining, fast-paced, and interactive.

EXPLORING LEADERSHIP ROLES & RELATIONSHIPS
Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge
Together we’ll explore the heart of leadership; the vertical relationship in leadership that pertains to being efficient; and the horizontal line of leadership that deals with being effective. At the end of the time together each participant will have experienced and integrated three keys to make their leadership a real plus.

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CCS Mobile Training Center 1We have a great opportunity next week for educators who use SMART technologies in their classroom. CCS Presentation Systems is taking its AV solutions around the country with their mobile training center. April 8-10, the mobile training center will be at EducationPlus in St. Louis, in the lower lot, and open for interested educators. Equipment on board includes Samsung 55” display, InFocus Mondopad, wireless document cameras, Epson projector, SMART Board 880, plus more.

On Wednesday, two free workshops will be offered (9-12 and again 1-4) by SMART Certified trainers. The session will focus on the integration of Notebook software into the Common Core and a preview of SMART Notebook 2014 and its exciting new features, including: instant feedback, student data retrieval, improved math tools and much more. Registration is requested for the workshops.

This mobile training center is on a three month national roadshow that will participate in 30 events. You can follow its visits by searching #ccsroadshow. Questions? Leave a comment and we’ll respond!

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Maryville University continues thoughtful discourse on important issues of the day with a dialogue on diversity, inclusion, freedom, reconciliation and community-building. Three panelists will share their personal experiences and insights on reconciliation leading to a “rainbow nation” and discuss how we can deploy practical wisdom that stems from heroic actions by individuals close to Nelson Mandela during apartheid and the current post-apartheid era. Learn more at Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Reconciliation: Lessons for Leading an Inclusive Community on April 23. The event, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Edward Jones Auditorium, is free of charge & open to the public, but reservations are requested.

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March 2013 top(1)The Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month – no joke – did you contribute to the clicks?

(1) Adventures in STEM Education: Learn to Code!

(2) Engage students, Invigorate your curriculum

(3) Preparing Early Childhood Students for Kindergarten

(4) #METC14 Virtual Conference is Available Until the Summer

(5) Decipher the messages implicit in visual images

New workshop • Wednesday, 7/9/14 • 8:30 – 3:30 • Register online

Students and teachers are spending more time on the web, both in and out of school, more than ever. In this workshop, we will dive into the world of web apps that give students the ability to create, not just consume. We will discover websites for producing video, mixing and recording audio, and publishing websites, documents, and more. Please note: all the web apps will be great on Chromebooks in the classroom.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

greg twitterGreg Lawrence’s Twitter profile: Husband, Father, Worship Leader, Technology Facilitator, Google Certified Teacher, LoTi Mentor, SMART Trainer, and Apple Enthusiast . | @greglawrence
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