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A few of the 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educators

1)  Shining the Spotlight on Exceptional Educators  read it here

2) 
STL Student Summit on Race 2015  read it here

3)  METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now  read it here

4)  February 2015 Top Reads  read it here

5)  Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO  read it here

 

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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.

CharacterPlus National Conference session

Expect for CharacterPlus National Conference sessions to be hands-on! This year’s conference is June 16-17, with the pre-con workshops, like the ones listed above, on June 15.

CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus. Learn more at edplus.org/characterplus/home. To read our previous posts on CharacterPlus National Conference pre-con workshops, click here.

 

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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!

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modified Franklin Library PhotoThe 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.

CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus. Registration for the conference is open. To read our previous post on CharacterPlus National Conference pre-con workshops, click here.

Edited image credit: Flickr Creative Commons

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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.”

Contest Rules
•  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.

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Make-A-SplashTanya Avrith‘s passion stems from a strong desire to effect change and inspire others to explore how they can use the technology to help differentiate individual students’ needs, provide a vehicle for collaboration and allow for deeper purpose and voice in student learning. Her CharacterPlus National Conference keynote addresses digital citizenship:

Rebranding digital citizenship is not an option. It is an imperative. It is our professional and moral responsibility as educators. We need to rebrand digital citizenship so that it becomes part of our daily practice. The technology itself, and our guidance on its use, needs to have a regular place in the classroom and in our students’ lives at school. We need to empower our students to have a voice and learn as citizens of a connected world.

At the conference, she will also present on the following topics:

  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media & the Web
  • Building Your Early Footprint
  • Helping Parents Embrace their Children’s Digital Life

Tanya holds a M.A. in Educational Technology and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. Tanya is a connected educator with strong ties to her PLN. She also is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Learn more about Tanya and her work at tanyaavrith.com.

Register for the CharacterPlus National Conference today; it takes place June 15-17 in St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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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!

5456308_731972923The 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.

To see all the requirements and criteria, please visit the METC website. The new deadline for submission is March 30, 2015. Contact Megan Moncure for questions.

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