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Monthly Archives: October 2012

We have two upcoming Saturday workshops on using interactive whiteboards- like Promethan ActivBoards and SMARTBoards- and meeting Common Core State Standards.  Each workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and each costs $50 for CSD member or $70 for non-members. Register online; both workshops are November 10.

This professional development is not for IWB beginners; we’re asking participants to bring existing materials and lessons that you want to revise.

Creating Interactive Whiteboard Lessons to Meet ELA Common Core Standards in the Secondary Classroom   ​This half-day workshop on November 10th is designed for secondary teachers who want to learn how to meet the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by using their interactive whiteboard (SMART or Promethean). Find out what the CCSS are and how you can create IWB lessons that align to them.  The focus will be on leveraging your existing IWB lessons and resources to transform them to meet the rigor and relevance requirements of the CCSS.

Creating Interactive Whiteboard Lessons to Meet Math Common Core Standards in the Secondary Classroom   This half-day workshop on November 10th is designed for secondary teachers who want to learn how to meet the Math Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by using their interactive whiteboard (SMART or Promethean). Find out what the CCSS are and how you can create IWB lessons that align to them.  The focus will be on leveraging your existing IWB lessons and resources to transform them to meet the rigor and relevance requirements of the CCSS.

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 In honor of their exhibition Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon, the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park is hosting a free workshop for teachers on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. K-12 teachers will have a chance to learn from scholar educators from Mount Vernon, including Nancy Hayward, has worked there for nearly 20 years; archaeologist Esther White; and Richard Josey, Jr., the Manager of Programs for the Historic Sites and Museums Division at the Minnesota Historical Society. The workshop is designed to give teachers the latest information, resources, and tools to teach their students about our nation’s first president. The workshop is free, but reservations are required.

Topics include:
The leadership of George Washington | George Washington: Visionary Farmer & Entrepreneur | Stories from the Enslaved Community | Alignment with the Common Core | Use of Primary Source Documents | Arts Integration

All participating teachers will receive free entrance to the exhibit. Upon request, attendance certificates  will be granted to teachers present for the full day. Call 314-361-9017 to register.

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The 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference takes place February 11-13, 2013. Cooperating School Districts is pleased to announce the 2013 Keynote Speakers. Both of them are Apple Distinguished Educators and Google Certified Teachers, and work closely with and in schools:

Ken Shelton on Tuesday, February 12, 8:00-9:15 am

Ken holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is a Discovery STAR Educator, and serves on the Board of Directors for Computer Using Educators “CUE”. Ken was also named to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Educational Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. He has worked as an educator for over 10 years and currently teaches technology at the middle school level. Follow Ken on Twitter @k_shelton.

Lucy Gray on Wednesday, February 13, 8:00-9:15 am

As an education consultant, Lucy works with a variety of institutions on 21st century learning initiatives, including directing the Consortium for School Networking’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. She began her career as a primary grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and has served in various capacities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute, and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in project-based learning which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference.  For further information, visit Follow Lucy on Twitter @elemenous.

The Midwest Education Technology Conference is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

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[December 12 EDIT: the submission deadline is extended to January 30]
CHARACTERplus‘ 19th National Character Education Conference takes place June 17-19, 2013 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Character Education is the core to student academic achievement, building a positive school climate and developing caring and productive citizens. Cooperating School Districts is seeking proposals from educators for the summer conference. Be a part of positively changing conference participants world – the call for proposals  is now open!  The deadline to submit proposals is December 10, 2012; presenters receive a reduced rate to attend the conference.

•School Climate/Culture
•Bullying Prevention
•Service Learning
•Unity/Team Building Activities-Building Relationships
•Staff Buy-in/How to Lead Change
•Curriculum Integration
•Student Leadership/Empowerment
•Research/Data Driven Decision Making
•Global Issues
•Community Partners
•State Standards | Common Core
•Academic Achievement
•Social & Emotional Learning
•Strategies for Pre-Service Teachers
•Intrinsic Motivation

If you have any questions about content, contact Suzy Ward at For assistance with submitting your proposal, contact Karen Vaughan at

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Would you like to learn effective strategies that empower students to transform conflicts into win-win solutions? This interactive workshop from Cooperating School Districts’ Learning Division will share with participants ready-to use tips and tricks for preventing and resolving conflicts, big and small, at your school. Participants will acquire an array of tools with practical application for teachers, administrators, counselors and social workers alike.

​The Learning Division’s Drew Schwartz currently works with K-12 educators as a consultant and speaker through for topics such as Positive Behavioral Support which are designed to cultivate positive school environments that foster student empowerment in and beyond the classroom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Masters degree from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel in government and conflict resolution. As an educator, he has taught Special Education at the middle school and high school levels in both Missouri and Texas. Additionally, he has presented and published internationally on the topic of conflict resolution and post-conflict reconciliation.

This professional development  is Tuesday, October 30, 2012 and will be held at Lindenwood University’s Spellmann Campus Center, in the Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room. The cost is $80 for CSD members and $100 for non-members. This fee includes lunch and materials; in addition, college credit is available after attending this full-day session. Register at by October 23rd- look for Conflict Resolution: Unlocking Barriers to Student Achievement on the event calendar.

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Registration is now open for the 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference in St. Charles, Missouri at METC, a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, is February 11, 12, and 13, 2013. This year’s theme is Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect. Nine strands include:

• Accountability / Assessment
• Differentiated Instruction
• Digital Creation
• Virtual Teaching & Learning
• Innovative Instruction & Engaged Learning
• Leadership & Professional Learning
• Library & Media Literacy
• Mobile Learning
• Technical Infrastructure & Support

Other conference information is available on Twitter at @METC_CSD and at

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Today Diane Stirling is conducting another CHARACTERplus Ten Essentials of Character Education professional development session. Participants in this full-day workshop collaborate on consensus-building, integrated lessons, class meetings, and service learning planning. Techniques demonstrated throughout the workshop translate to classrooms, staff meetings, student governments and leadership, PTOs, school boards, and community alliances. This workshop is one of three required for Basic Certification in Character Education. The other two are Character Development & Education with Dr. Marvin Berkowitz and Effective Methods, also with Diane Stirling.

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As you know from our post earlier this week, Media Literacy Week in St. Louis is coming up October 28 through November 4, 2012. There are many programs, special speakers and resources available for educators during this time. Do note, however, there is an Education and Community Engagement Committee within the Gateway Media Literacy Partners resources that is active year-round. (GMLP hosts Media Literacy Week).  GMLP’s ECE page has educational materials, events, ideas, and recommendations from committee members; take some time to click around! If you have ideas to submit for the page, please leave a comment here and we’ll share the info with GMLP.

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The sixth annual Best Practices Conference takes place Thursday, November 1 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Metro area educators are gathering to share practices are making a difference for students and teachers throughout the 1 day conference.

Not all of the sessions have been announced, but here’s a random sampling of topics and school districts represented:

•  Media Literacy | Ladue School District
•  Classroom Websites for Differentiation | St. Louis Public Schools
•  Kagan Cooperative Learning | Wentzville School District
•  Elementary Walkthroughs | Wright City School District

Dr. Monte Selby will keynote and present throughout the day as well. In addition, during the evening, Cooperating School Districts is holding its Fall Conference. During the Fall Conference, Dr. Selby speaks again, dinner is served, and CSD Scholarship Award recipients are honored. Learn more about these events at Education Today.

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