Tuesday, March 31, 2015 New CharacterPlus National Conference Pre-cons Include Pushing Past Mediocre and Leading the Character Charge
The CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two the final two pre-cons being offered, with national speakers! Have you registered?
Pushing Past Mediocre…
(The 7 Ps to Leadership, Legacy & Human Excellence)
Topic: Staff & Student Leadership
Audience Grade Level: High School | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Joe Beckman, Epic on Purpose
Greatness lives within every student. Our job is to unleash it. In this high energy presentation, national youth speaker Joe Beckman identifies how students (and educators) can push past mediocre, and live a life of excellence. The 7 P’s to Leadership, Legacy and Human Excellence will be used including Purpose, Positivity and Potential. WARNING: Due to high levels of fun and laughter, we recommend you fully stretch the muscles in your face prior to attending.
Leading the Character Charge when Followers are Few & Hard to Find
Topic: School Climate & Culture
Audience Grade Level: K-12 | Experience Level: Beginner
Presenters: Madison Tomlinson & Sheril Morgan,
State Schools of Character, character.org
What happens when you seem to be alone or among the few who want to see school culture changed? How can you make change happen when nothing seems to be happening? We will explore the options you have in leading change when you don’t see anyone following. You will find ideas to build momentum in and outside of your school.
Did you know students and teachers can access and create lessons in Discovery Education Streaming? Are you aware of the thousands of resources aligned to the learning standards?
Build STEAM in your school!
Come learn on Wednesday, June 3rd the STEAM features available to you and your students from DE Streaming. Review the Teacher Tools, Atlas, STEM resources and Learning Management System too! Explore the Builder Tools; Board Builder, an Online Poster, Quiz & Writing Prompt Builder, along with the Assignment Builder. Learn how you can integrate these online, curriculum resources and share them with students and staff today! College credit available upon request. Registration is open.
Presenter Tina Lauer is the instructional technologist and assessment coordinator in the St. Charles R-VI School District. She is also an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University in the School of Education. Tina is a Discovery STAR educator, Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer. She has presented at several local conferences including the METC Conference and the MO Summit featuring Google for Education. Learn from her expertise this summer!
Friday, March 27, 2015 CharacterPlus National Conference Pre-cons Include Service Learning and Student Self-Motivation
The CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two of the pre-cons being offered, we will share out more in future blog posts!
Dramatic Play: Giving Meaning to Service Learning
Topic: Service Learning & Community Partners
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Andrea Walton, ARCHS
Yes! Young children can participate in Service Learning Projects. This session will explain what service learning is and how teachers can incorporate age-appropriate projects into their program through Dramatic Play.
Fostering Student Self-Motivation
Topic: Intrinsic Motivation
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood-12 | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Vivian Delia, FICP
Learn best practices and strategies to foster student self-motivation. The ABCs of intrinsic motivation is used to describe the importance of autonomy, belonging and competence to create a healthy school climate and instruction for optimal learning. Participants will read and discuss latest articles along with assessing where they are and where they want to be in this movement.
Edited image credit: Flickr Creative Commons
Saint Louis Story Stitchers has a contest open for St. Louis area students to participate in, learn more:
Call for Entries
St. Louis students are invited to enter original work- drawing, photography, writing- in the Youth Art & Writing Contest sponsored by Saint Louis Story Stitchers. The deadline to enter is Saturday, April 18 at 5 pm and winners are notified May 9.
This is an art and literary contest of original works created by St. Louis youth currently in fifth through twelfth grades residing in St. Louis city or county. The project theme is “Coming of Age in St. Louis.” Students are challenged to “give us glimpses of what you are seeing, hearing, feeling as a young person coming of age in St. Louis right now.”
• Youth residing in St. Louis city or county, grades 5-12, are eligible.
• Work must reflect on the project theme, Coming of Age in St. Louis.
• Work created in school is eligible.
• Work will be judged on overall quality, creativity, originality and sense of emotion, and/or personality exhibited and relevance to the theme.
• Saint Louis Story Stitchers will have sole discretion on the choice of contest judges.
• Judges’ decisions are final.
Winners will earn recognition May 16 at a special ceremony along with the following prizes in each of the three age divisions: first-place iPad mini and case, second-place $100, and third-place $50. Submissions are due by 5 pm, April 18. For more information and to enter, visit storystitchers.org.
The Virtual Essay Contest deadline for METC attendees has been extended! Submit your essay for a shot at winning an iPad Air 2. Show us what you learned using the latest the in digital media — be creative with your message and telling your story.
Simply pick your favorite online tool and make a connection between your experience at the METC Conference and the theme motivate, engage, transform, connect!
The creativity challenge for the 2015 contest is to incorporate the students that participated in conference. This includes the METC eNews Student Bureau, the IT Student Support team, the Show-Me a Movie Contest or the Student Innovation Stations from the Exhibitor Reception.
Join us in a series of fun and engaging workshops where educators will have the opportunity to work with LEGO Education kits and technology to bring Common Core and NGS to life! Participants will work through hands-on activities that cover modeling in science, math, engineering, language arts, reading, social studies and literacy that will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate and build their 21st century skills. Bring engaging and motivating programs into your classroom! Topics will vary by session (review descriptions when you register for your event). LEGO Education manipulatives available include:
• WeDo Robotics: STEAM
• StoryStarter: ELA, Reading, Social Studies, Science
• MoreToMath Primary Math
• MINDSTORMS Robotics EV3: Explore real world Math, Science, Renewable Energy and Engineering.
• Simple & Motorized Mechanisms: Physical Science, Physics, Renewable Energy, and Engineering.
Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO Education has open registration dates of May 6, July 17 and October 23.